ERIC Number: ED452665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What Parents Need To Know about Managed Care.
Early Childhood Bulletin, Dec 1997
"Managed care" is a term used to describe health care plans in which a primary provider typically monitors all of a patient's care within a specific network of providers. It differs from the traditional fee-for-service model in that patients often are expected to pay extra if they want to see out-of-network providers. Additionally, managed care plans may have their own decision makers, who have the power to override a physician's decisions. Families of young children who are eligible for early intervention and preschool services need clear information about how to ensure that their children receive the best possible health care under managed care plans. This article addresses issues for parents to think about and questions to ask. It provides contact information on important people for parents to call for assistance, and it defines common terminology used regarding this issue. Both the strengths and weaknesses of managed care are addressed. (SG)
Descriptors: Child Health, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Evaluation Methods, Health Maintenance Organizations, Integrated Services, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Preschool Education, Primary Health Care, Special Education
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS), 137 E. Franklin St., Suite 500, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3628. Tel: 919-962-8426 (Voice); Tel: 877-574-3194 (TDD); Fax: 919-966-7463; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.nectas.unc.edu.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System, Chapel Hill, NC.; Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.