Since its inception managed care has been focused significantly on cost control. The continuing question has been, “Can costs be reduced without adversely affecting the quality and availability of services?”
Written templates of expected interventions and outcomes for selected groups of patients. These allow health systems to standardize care and to improve the processes and outcomes of care where possible.
A health care delivery structure that streamlines care by restructuring hospitals into delivery units that are more self-sufficient. This type of system provides care to each patient by using fewer providers.
Manager and supervisors need educational programs on the subject of managed care. Management should provide supervisors with training in developing budgets that reflect clinical realities, cost accounting, and strategic planning.