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Physician evaluations of care management practices in Medicaid programs.
Am J Manag Care. 2005 Mar; 11(3):156-64.AJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess differences in care management practices for Medicaid beneficiaries in predominantly commercial and predominantly Medicaid health plans.

STUDY DESIGN

Physicians in the networks of 8 managed care plans participating in Medicaid programs were surveyed regarding the availability and usefulness of care management practices and the overall quality of care management. The responses of physicians in plans serving predominantly Medicaid enrollees were contrasted with the responses of physicians in predominantly commercial plans who cared for Medicaid enrollees.

METHODS

Logistic regression analysis was used to calculate adjusted odds ratios relating to the availability of care management practices. Multiple regression techniques were used to construct comparisons of adjusted means relating to the usefulness of practices and the overall quality of care management.

RESULTS

Physicians in predominantly commercial plans reported greater availability of care management practices. No patterns of differences were noted in ratings of the usefulness of practices if available. Physicians in predominantly commercial plans rated the quality of care management higher than physicians in predominantly Medicaid plans. However, there remains room for substantial improvement for commercial and other Medicaid contracting plans.

CONCLUSIONS

Commercial plans add value to Medicaid programs, and efforts to discourage their withdrawal from participation are justified. However, physician evaluations support the potential for better care management in all types of contracting plans.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Duluth 55812, USA. aver0042@umn.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15786854

Citation

Avery, George H., et al. "Physician Evaluations of Care Management Practices in Medicaid Programs." The American Journal of Managed Care, vol. 11, no. 3, 2005, pp. 156-64.
Avery GH, Wholey DR, Christianson JB. Physician evaluations of care management practices in Medicaid programs. Am J Manag Care. 2005;11(3):156-64.
Avery, G. H., Wholey, D. R., & Christianson, J. B. (2005). Physician evaluations of care management practices in Medicaid programs. The American Journal of Managed Care, 11(3), 156-64.
Avery GH, Wholey DR, Christianson JB. Physician Evaluations of Care Management Practices in Medicaid Programs. Am J Manag Care. 2005;11(3):156-64. PubMed PMID: 15786854.
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