Beyond the Water's Edge: Charting the Course of Managed Care for People with Disabilities - Conference Resource Book. Introduction

11/01/1996

Welcome to the conference and Harbourtowne! We are glad that you arrived safely, and look forward to working closely with you over the next few days.

The conference, Beyond the Water's Edge: Charting the Course of Managed Care for People with Disabilities, is intended to draw together and present empirical research findings on the experience of people with significant disabilities in managed heath care, particularly how managed care plans affect access to care, service use, quality and cost.

This conference will be successful if it achieves three related goals:

  • Educating a large group of academic researchers, government policy experts, state officials, health plan and consumer representatives regarding available research evidence on the effects of managed health care on the lives of people with disabilities.

  • Identifying gaps in the knowledge base that need to be filled if managed care organizations are to learn how to effectively serve disabled populations.

  • Stimulating new research to support more efficient and effective strategies for the financing, organization and delivery of health and long-term care services to people with significant disabilities.

This notebook contains an overview paper for the entire conference, followed by track papers highlighting what we consider to be some of the interesting questions and issues to guide the group in break out sessions. In addition, we have included presentation materials from authors, separated by track and session.

Many of the data in this notebook are new, and as such, have not been published yet. New data contained in this notebook should not be distributed unless the author personally agrees. The materials are compiled merely for purposes of discussion and debate. It is hoped that much of the new data will be included in the thematic issue of Health Affairs, on managed care and people with disabilities, that will be an eventual product of the research and evaluation data presented at this conference.

Whereas we have tried to make sure that all information is correct at the time of printing, we understand that there will be additional changes that will need to be made. Please forward corrections to us at our fax number 202-401-7733 so that future copies will be correct.

We hope you enjoy your two days in Harbourtowne. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, please do not hesitate to let us know.


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