Health Insurance

Introduction to Health Insurance

Welcome to our Managed Care topic center. The health care system in the United States has been radically transformed by the advent of managed care over the past 20 years. Conceived as a means of cost-cutting in the face of ever-increasing healthcare expenditures, managed care has successfully shifted the balance of power within the medical field; reigning in spending excesses, lowering payments for services, and standardizing on efficient best practice care standards when possible. Many fields have been affected. For instance, Doctors’ independent decision making authority (their ability to order any diagnostic tests, or perform any interventions they wish) has been reigned in, and in many cases their reimbursements for services have declined. Also, Masters level health professions (Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, etc.) roles as care providers have expanded.

Health Insurance — In The News
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends Feb 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, a new report states. Once the law... Read More


Americans Still Divided Over Obamacare Feb 19, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act remains one of the most significant -- and controversial -- achievements of President Barack Obama's presidency. And Americans remain deeply divided over the health-care reform law that was signed by Obama five years ago, a HealthDay/Harris Poll released Thursday... Read More


Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 2015 Feb 15, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are facing an important deadline. This year's sign-up period ends Sunday, Feb. 15. For most people, it will be the last chance to select an ACA marketplace health plan or switch... Read More


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