Quality Assurance Activities for Mental Health Services in Health Maintenance Organizations

  • Michael J. Bennett


Currently 13.6 million Americans receive their medical care in 323 health maintenance organizations (HMOs) (Inglehart, 1984). At the current rate of expansion, experts estimate that, by the early 1990s, that figure will reach 50 million. In addition to their direct impact, such organizations have been associated with the current upheaval in the medical community, and have prompted major revisions in practice patterns: a growing emphasis on cost containment, group practice, and reduced hospitalization. The success of for-profit HMOs, as well as a shift in government priorities that has eliminated subsidies, is forcing nonprofit HMOs to consider new sources of funding to finance expansion, and it is likely that such factors will play an increasing role in shaping such organizations as competition for the consumer becomes even more intense in the 1990s. These facts underscore the need to reconcile the economic realities of our times with the traditional values of medical practice, and the maintenance of quality.


Mental Health Quality Assurance Mental Health Care Health Maintenance Organization Mental Health Provider 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Bennett
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  1. 1.Harvard Community Health PlanHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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