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Taking the Pulse of Health Care in America from the Rand Organization
A presidential commission has recommended strategies for defining, measuring, and promoting quality. The private sector is eager to use information about quality to help employees make better choices among clinicians and health plans, a trend known as “value-based purchasing.” Is the quality of U.S. health care adequate? Is it getting better, worse, or staying the same?

Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health Services from The Washington Post
Twenty percent of adult Americans – or one in five – will have a mental illness during their lifetime that is severe enough to require treatment, and many more have problems that prevent them from enjoying their lives. Often these people suffer in silence, rather than admit they need help.

HMOs profiting from higher premiums
After years of anemic stock growth and flat earnings, HMOs are starting to please Wall Street again – and they are doing it by raising premiums.

Mental illness studies checked
The Institute of Medicine, a leading US health policy group, is seriously considering launching a review of studies that induce psychotic symptoms or that withdraw medication from people with mental illness, a top official said yesterday.

Millions for child mental health
A multi-million pound drive to improve services for youngsters suffering from anorexia, depression and other mental illnesses has been announced by the British government.

Is Your HMO Anorexic?
Surrounded by stuffed animals and dolls on her floral four-poster bed, 18-year-old Emmy Pasternak has a childlike appearance, but it can’t hide her anger. At 95 pounds, Pasternak is 23 pounds healthier than she was at the worst stage of her battle with anorexia nervosa. She says her fight with the eating disorder was overshadowed by worries about insurance and money.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress has expanded health care coverage for children. The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 establishes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). It also modifies Medicaid, adding many important consumer protections while putting other protections at risk. The long-standing AAP goal of universal children’s insurance coverage has not yet been achieved. However, we recognize that this new legislation is a real opportunity to advance our agenda.

Coalition for Fairnesss in Mental Health
Persons with mental illnesses should have the same mental health insurance coverage as those with other illnesses. All employees pay the same premium for their insurance coverage. Not to cover mental illnesses equally with other illnesses is discriminatory. There is an emerging body of evidence that inextricably links the presence of a mental-health disorder with the risk or progression of a physical complaint/illness.

CareCounsel
Case Management Resource
Families USA Foundation
Fighting Managed Care Abuses
HMO Page
Health Insurance Resource Center
Insurance Shopping Network
Joint Comm. on the Accred. of Healthcare
Medicare
Medicare HMO
Blue Cares National Association of Blue Cross
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
National Committee for Quality Assurance
National Partnership
PacifiCare Health Systems

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