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Managed Care

Vikki L. Vandiver

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.232

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Since the mid-1980s, managed care has been one approach used to address the economic crisis in the American health-care system. This entry overviews managed care from the perspective of policy, procedure, practice, and system. Specifically, emphasis is given to understanding the emergence and history of managed care, multiple definitions, how it works, and examples of managed care plans, key legislation, existing research, its future, and implications for social-work practitioners.

Keywords: managed care; health-care reform; capitated; cost-effectiveness; cost-containment; beneficiaries

Article.  3053 words. 

Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work ; Health, Illness, and Medicine ; Mental and Behavioural Health ; Social Policy and Advocacy

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