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Medicare Managed Care

Has Its Time Come?

By Patricia DeMichele & Vicki Gottlich

The shift in emphasis in Medicare from traditional fee-for-service to managed care raises issues for low-income Medicare beneficiaries concerning coverage, due process rights, and quality assurance. This article describes initiatives spurring the growth of managed care in Medicare, as well as integration of Medicare acute services with long-term care, and discusses the implications of this growth.

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