A comprehensive approach to managed care for mental health

@article{LangmanDorwart2004ACA,
  title={A comprehensive approach to managed care for mental health},
  author={Nancy Langman-Dorwart and Thomas C. Peebles},
  journal={Administration in mental health},
  year={2004},
  volume={15},
  pages={226-235}
}
Managing mental health and substance abuse utilization in a complex network health maintenance organization (HMO) can successfully be accomplished through a comprehensive approach. Prescreening of admissions, and preferred provider contracts are two of the key components of one HMO's managed care system described in this paper. Savings approaching $300,000 in the first year were documented and formulas for tracking savings are described. These savings were the result of averting unnecessary… 

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