managed care


Definition of managed care

: a system of health care (as by an HMO or PPO) that controls costs by placing limits on physicians' fees and by restricting the patient's choice of physicians

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Recent Examples on the Web The amount of pills stockpiled by the state is equivalent to nearly two years-worth of prescriptions the state typically uses in its managed care programs, according to data provided by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services., "Ohio bought millions of hydroxychloroquine to combat coronavirus. It’s now a banned treatment," 18 June 2020 Carter stepped down as the leader of Passport Health in June when Evolent Health purchased a majority ownership stake in the Medicaid managed care company. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky to expand contact tracing to curb coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Florida’s $30 billion Medicaid budget and 17 managed care plans provide safety-net health programs for nearly 4.2 million low-income state residents. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Cash-strapped Florida hospitals face furloughs as COVID-19 peak nears," 8 Apr. 2020 Those funds are available only through prescriptions filled through managed care. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Bill to cut power of prescription drug middlemen in Medicaid advances," 12 Mar. 2020 The study notes that most Medicaid recipients are now on private managed care plans and about one third of Medicare enrollees now have Medicare Advantage plans. Abigail Abrams, Time, "The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here's Why," 6 Jan. 2020 The agency also is halting solicitation of managed care contracts in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, spokeswoman Christine Mann said. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "More bungled bid scoring forces Texas to cancel $10 billion of Medicaid contracts," 25 Mar. 2020 While the military will provide housing, the Department of Health and Human Services will manage care, transportation and security for those evacuated from China. Sig Christenson,, "Coronavirus evacuees headed to San Antonio," 1 Feb. 2020 Pharmacies across Illinois are feeling the squeeze with the expansion of Medicaid managed care, in which private insurers administer Medicaid benefits for the state. Lisa Schencker,, "Independent pharmacies struggling under new Medicaid program," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of managed care

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Managed care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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managed care

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Medical Definition of managed care

: a system of providing health care (as by an HMO or a PPO) that is designed to control costs through managed programs in which the physician accepts constraints on the amount charged for medical care and the patient is limited in the choice of a physician

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