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    Managed Care

    Explain the major features of a consumer-driven health care plan (CDH).
    Consumer-driven health care plan (CDH) is a method to try and curb the costs of
    healthcare. Many providers have analyzed those who use CDH and find that the plans save
    money for both the employers and employees. Reindl discredits the myth that CDH plans pick
    the healthier clients as part of their patient population. Study data show that these plans do
    cover a broad range of chronically ill patients along with other types of more healthy adults
    CDH is often thought to discourage patients from seeking care. Data from CIGNA
    healthcare show that their patient population receives higher than average numbers of physician
    visits and preventative treatment (Rendl, 2010). Supporters of CDH feel that having this type of
    healthcare market can put patients in better control of their expenditures for medical care in light
    of future trends in this system (Munn, 2010). It was also reported that the cost of medical care in
    a CDH was projected to be at least a 14% cost savings in certain markets versus traditional plans
    (Reindl, 2010). The significant measure for any successful plan is high levels in standards that
    reflect evidence-based care. This is the true measure of quality. If the patient perception of a
    successful practice and outcome supersedes other experiences then that is where significance lies
    in client care.
    Discuss three major critics/drawbacks of managed care.
    The managed care concept came into existence with the beginning of the Health
    Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). According to Rodwin (2010), many writers suggest that
    we are now in a post Medicare and Medicaid stage but all the markers of these systems are still
    in place. The central themes of this are the challenges of physician entrepreneurship and
    the ability for patients to voice their care. Before managed care, a patient had the ability
    to move from one physician or healthcare system to another if they did not feel they were treated
    to their satisfaction. Now, it is not that simple. The patient must work within their own HMO or
    pay extra fees for using a physician or hospital out of their system. The patient can change
    systems but if they work for a particular company that has a contract with an HMO, they have no
    choice but to pay (Rodwin, 2010).
    "In 1970 there were 3 million HMO enrollees, and by 1976, only
    6 million in federally qualified HMOs. Then, Congress dropped the
    requirement that HMOs have open enrollment and community rating
    and reduced requirements for services they must cover. Still, by 1980,
    there were only 9.1 million enrollees. But by 1990, HMOs covered
    33.6 million individuals and by 2000 over 80 million (Rodwin, 2010)".
    Up until the early 1970s, a patient could still visit a physician for fee for service. After
    the Medicare bill was enacted in 1965, this is when the dynamics of medicine as we know it
    began to change. This was still a time when professional ethics deterred a physician or
    healthcare system from advertising their systems. It was still a time of passive physician patient
    relationships when patients were not encouraged to as questions and accept the physicians care
    As it became more difficult to control the costs of medical treatments and consistencies
    of prices from one to another, the insurance companies emerged with a price per illness or
    capitation. Blue Cross and Blue Shield were one of the first insurance companies to try this
    program. Obviously, this was not met with a lot of enthusiasm and went through many stages
    to the point it is today (Rodwin, 2010). Most people who pay for insurance even within a
    company or package plan are paying more or they are getting less for their dollar. This does not
    sustain the idea that a managed care system is saving money for the consumer (Geyman, 2012).
    There are several types of plans that can be used. Some are restrictive and others more
    flexible. An HMO will usually pay for your care that is rendered within the network. You ...

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