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Health Aff (Millwood). 2001 Mar-Apr;20(2):175-85.

Provider organizations at risk: a profile of major risk-bearing intermediaries, 1999.

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  • 1Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Washington, D.C., USA.


Provider organizations have evolved to function as intermediaries between managed care plans and individual providers. These organizations assume much financial risk and care management responsibilities. We profile the characteristics of these organizations in markets across the country. The data, taken from a 1999 telephone survey of sixty-four entities in twenty markets and from interviews conducted during site visits to four markets, highlight the youth of many of these organizations, the large financial risk and functional responsibilities they bear, and the mixed views they hold about the health plans they contract with in terms of their willingness to delegate the authority, support, and collaboration that accompany risk. Policymakers need to evaluate what this means for oversight of managed care.

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