Competing HMOs collaborate to improve preventive services.

L. I. Solberg, G. Isham, T. E. Kottke, S. Magnan, A. Nelson, M. Reed, S. Richards

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BACKGROUND: In July 1993, an unusual collaboration developed between competing managed care plans and with competing primary care clinics as part of a federally funded research grant (IMPROVE from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research). The goal of this collaboration is to scientifically test the ability of an health maintenance organization (HMO) to improve the delivery of eight adult preventive services by training and facilitating the use of continuous quality improvement and prevention systems by contracted private primary clinics. METHODOLOGY: In order to conduct this effectiveness study, it was necessary for two HMOs to come to a structural and functional understanding of how to operate jointly. Investigators recruited 44 private clinics for a randomized controlled trial in which 22 are being assisted in improving the process used to deliver these preventive services and 22 are being left alone as comparison clinics. The intervention is a train-the-trainer and consultation approach focused on clinics as collaborating customers. The comparison will be based on repeated surveys of patients and clinic personnel as well as chart audits to measure changes in systems and prevention rates. SUMMARY: Although this project was made possible by a number of unusual favorable factors, it can serve as a model for support of the clinician leadership that is essential to true health care delivery reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-610
Number of pages11
JournalThe Joint Commission journal on quality improvement
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995


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