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Network Incentives in Managed Health Care

Ching-to Ma () and McGuirem T.G.

Working Papers from Boston University - Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper introduces a theory of network incentives in managed health care. Participation in the plan's "network" confers an economic benefit on providers; in example, the plan expects compliance with its protocols. The network sets a target for the number of outpatient visits in an episode of care. A provider failing to satisfy the target may be penalized by the paln's attempt to direct patients to other providers within its network. There is an equilibrium in which every provider in the networlk uses the target.

Keywords: HEALTH; NETWORK ANALYSIS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C45 I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998
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