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ERIC Number: ED419178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 32
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Preparing Psychotherapy Students for the New Demands of Managed Care.
Chambliss, Catherine
The wildly varying utilization and quality control practices that make up "managed care" make it difficult to generalize new rules and requirements. Information that can aid counselor trainees in understanding the demands of managed health care is presented. The text explores the following questions: (1) "What do managed care companies want?" and (2) "What does managed care expect from behavioral health care providers?" The paper also explores some of the expectations that operate consistently across different managed care companies. It introduces the managed care mindset as "the future belongs to those who balance both quality and cost." It is claimed that psychotherapists must understand the domains of both administrators and clinicians in this new world of care. The ten key concepts underlying managed behavioral health care treatment direction, duration, dosage, and delivery are presented. Also provided are case management expectations of managed health care organizations, ethical psychotherapy treatment preferences on the basis of optimizing rather than maximizing care, and the idea of working responsibly to pare treatment. Partnering with managed care companies requires therapists to empathize and view problems from both the managed care and psychotherapy perspectives. Psychotherapists are advised to pick their clinical battles with increasing care and focus energy on cases where the most good can be done efficiently. (Contains 32 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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