Choosing and Using an HMO (Bloomberg Personal Bookshelf Series)

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The number one force driving most health maintenance organizations in the market today is profit, not quality. That's why HMOs are expanding as rapidly as they can. That's why multimillion dollar mergers are grabbing headlines. And that's why it's absolutely critical that consumers begin demanding superior quality from their HMOs. Ellyn Spragins had produced the first no-nonsense guide to selecting and using an HMO in this rapidly changing and confusing environment. This book cuts through HMO marketing hype, ...
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Overview

The number one force driving most health maintenance organizations in the market today is profit, not quality. That's why HMOs are expanding as rapidly as they can. That's why multimillion dollar mergers are grabbing headlines. And that's why it's absolutely critical that consumers begin demanding superior quality from their HMOs. Ellyn Spragins had produced the first no-nonsense guide to selecting and using an HMO in this rapidly changing and confusing environment. This book cuts through HMO marketing hype, giving you the tools professionals use to choose the best health plans. You will learn how to profile your family's health needs and match them to a health plan's strengths. You'll discover how to pick the best doctor, when to go outside a network, and how to get a consultation with a specialist. You'll save time, money, and a lot of aggravation. Choosing and Using an HMO describes the concrete steps you should take to get the highest quality care. Packed with resources and lists of HMOs to seek out - or to avoid - this easy-to-use book demystifies the increasingly complex world of health care.

"HMOs have dominated the news in the nineties; this book eliminates the hype and presents the bare bones of HMOs, shedding light on what consumers must know to get the most out of health care."

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Spragins expands her award-winning Newsweek story, "America's Best HMOs," with this excellent work designed to give people easy methods for finding high-quality managed healthcare plans, specifically health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and to help high-quality care thrive. Across the country, the almost daily press announcements of new fill-in-the-blank HMOs, especially those targeted to the huge market of Medicare beneficiaries, understandably confuse consumers with the dizzying array of choices presented by this complex healthcare option. Topics succinctly presented cover the best HMOs in each state, the 11 leading indicators of excellence, why Medicare HMOs are different and how to pick one, where to find yardsticks of quality, and how to challenge a medical decision and get an HMO to cover what a consumer needs. The intent here is to help consumers reward those excellent plans by migrating to them, thus supporting the future of top-notch healthcare. Spragins has done a remarkable job of translating for lay listeners highly specialized material more likely to be found in professional trade journals, but the numerous sources of available key quality indicators of HMOs would be far easier for consumers to access if their URLs were included. With the continuing growth in managed-care health plans, all public libraries are encouraged to offer this resource, along with its corresponding hard copy.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886464806
  • Publisher: Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Bloomberg Personal Bookshelf Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 Hours
  • Product dimensions: 4.74 (w) x 6.99 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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