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Providing High-Quality Services to Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Under Managed Care
Ensuring High-Quality Care for Children with Special Health Care
Elizabeth Wehr, J.D., Research Scientists, Center for Health Policy Research, The
George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
The quality of care provided to CSHCN under any type of managed care arrangement will
ultimately depend on the State's ability to enforce its policies through contracts with managed
Elizabeth Wehr, J.D., a Research Scientist for the Center for Health Policy Research
at The George Washington University Medical Center, discussed her recent national research on
State Medicaid managed care contracts.
The purposes of the study were to establish a baseline to
understand what services States are asking Medicaid managed care plans to provide and to create
a resource for States on the contracting activities of other States. She said that the study found
that there are several general contracting principles that States need to remember, which are to:
- Consider the role of contracts is in a deregulated health system.
- Craft enforceable language (with no omissions or ambiguities).
- Read the document from the point of view of the other party.
- Remember the role of subcontractors in delivering managed care services.
In addition, Ms. Wehr described the major domains of Medicaid managed care contracts as
benefit coverage, the service system and plan practices, the plans' relationship to the larger
health care system, and the business relationship with plans. She also provided examples of
specific Medicaid managed care contract language to show how this language must be carefully
written to ensure that high-quality care is provided by the plans.
Wehr E. Medicaid Contracting for Managed Care Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Center for Health Policy Research. The George Washington University Medical Center:1-7.
Rosenbaum S. "A Look Inside Medicaid Managed Care." Health Affairs July/Aug. 1997;16(4):266-71.
Wehr, Elizabeth. Major Domains of Medicaid Managed Care Contracts. Center for Health Policy Research. The George Washington University Medical Center.
Under contract to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Health Systems Research, Inc., assisted in planning and conducting this workshop.
Current as of September 1997
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