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Quality is the watchword for health plans that wish to survive to see the new century, and accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance is becoming quality's indispensable stamp. Practice guidelines are an imperative for that accreditation. Here's what seven managed care leaders had to say about guidelines in a recent round-table discussion.
Jean Lawrence
The health reform law signed by the president in August authorizes a pilot program of tax-free medical savings accounts. MSAs have been touted as an antidote to HMOs, but some say the two are compatible.
Anne Bilodeau
Experts say it won't be long before all clinical data move from paper charts to electronic data bases that can be shared with payers. But you needn't necessarily spend big bucks on new computer systems right away.
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Timothy Kelley
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Neil Caesar, J.D.