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Hosp Health Serv Adm. 1997 Fall;42(3):323-38.

Transferring managed care principles to VA.

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VA Medical Center, Boston, MA 01230, USA.


The Under Secretary for Health asked the Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service to identify the managed care principles that would enable The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to most improve its efficiency and effectiveness while retaining its unique mission. In response to this request, HSR&D's Management Decision & Research Center (MDRC) prepared this article. This article represents the initial work done by the MDRC to determine the extent to which readily available published evidence on implementing managed care principles meets the Under Secretary's information needs and to outline potential areas for further work. It provides an overview and synthesis of existing literature. The document was prepared by the MDRC Technology Assessment Program, which took responsibility because of its expertise in systematic reviews and syntheses of the literature, with contributions from the MDRC's programs in information dissemination and management research.

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