As a result, Unity ensured the key projects within the program were completed, that the right technologies were selected, that they were implemented and integrated to meet the needs, that the program met the expectations of key stakeholders, and that the program accomplished all objectives. ICD Readiness Assessment and Program Management for remediation As the ICD program manager, SI managed planning and oversight of activities required to modify the process, technology and associated people to successfully migrate to ICD throughout the health system by October 1, with minimal operational disruption, no loss of revenue, and at the lowest possible total cost. SI managed a governance structure that included a STeering COmmittee, Core Team, Physician Champions committee, functional teams, and engagement of all operations throughout the health system. In addition, SI managed the effort to define the change management associated with ICD, mainly the communications and education of all employees.
Operation[ edit ] HMOs often require members to select a primary care physician PCPa doctor who acts as a " gatekeeper " to direct access to medical services but this is not always the case. PCPs are usually internistspediatriciansfamily doctorsgeriatriciansor general practitioners GPs.
Except in medical emergency situations, patients need a referral from the PCP in order to see a specialist or other doctor, and the gatekeeper cannot authorize that referral unless the HMO guidelines deem it necessary.
Some HMOs pay gatekeeper PCPs set fees for each defined medical procedure they provide to insured patients fee-for-service and then capitate specialists that is, pay a set fee for each insured person's care, irrespective of which medical procedures the specialists performs to achieve that carewhile others use the reverse arrangement.
The member s are not required to use a Utilization of certified ehr technology for or obtain a referral before seeing a specialist. In that case, the traditional benefits are applicable.
If the member uses a gatekeeper, the HMO benefits are applied. However, the beneficiary cost sharing e. That means they monitor doctors to see if they are performing more services for their patients than other doctors, or fewer.
HMOs often provide preventive care for a lower copayment or for free, in order to keep members from developing a preventable condition that would require a great deal of medical services. When HMOs were coming into existence, indemnity plans often did not cover preventive services, such as immunizationswell-baby checkupsmammogramsor physicals.
It is this inclusion of services intended to maintain a member's health that gave the HMO its name.
Some services, such as outpatient mental health care, are limited, and more costly forms of care, diagnosis, or treatment may not be covered. Experimental treatments and elective services that are not medically necessary such as elective plastic surgery are almost never covered.
Other choices for managing care are case managementin which patients with catastrophic cases are identified, or disease managementin which patients with certain chronic diseases like diabetesasthmaor some forms of cancer are identified.
In either case, the HMO takes a greater level of involvement in the patient's care, assigning a case manager to the patient or a group of patients to ensure that no two providers provide overlapping care, and to ensure that the patient is receiving appropriate treatment, so that the condition does not worsen beyond what can be helped.
Cost containment[ edit ] Although businesses pursued the HMO model for its alleged cost containment benefits, some research indicates that private HMO plans don't achieve any significant cost savings over non-HMO plans.
Although out-of-pocket costs are reduced for consumers, controlling for other factors, the plans don't affect total expenditures and payments by insurers. A possible reason for this failure is that consumers might increase utilization in response to less cost sharing under HMOs.
History[ edit ] Though some forms of group "managed care" did exist prior to the s, in the USA they came about chiefly through the influence of U. President Richard Nixon and his friend Edgar Kaiser. This is considered by some to be the first example of an HMO. Byenrollment stood at 35, and included teachers, county and city employees.
Also in Dr. The medical community did not like this arrangement and threatened to suspend Shadid's licence. The Farmer's Union took control of the hospital and the health plan in Also inBaylor Hospital provided approximately 1, teachers with prepaid care.
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