The Mental Health Professional's Guide to Managed Care
This book provides an overview of managed mental health care, addressing the legal, ethical, and practical issues that today's mental health providers need to know to work successfully within the system. The editors take an objective view that will help practitioners interact with managed-care systems intelligently and effectively.
This edited collection discusses the history of managed care and the economic realities fueling the managed-care movement, as well as the mental health claims process and the implications for redesigning benefits. This guide to the "alphabet soup" of managed-care acronyms will help readers identify the many variations of managed care and the roles mental health professionals may play in each system. Relevant legislative developments and court decisions are examined, and important issues of ethics and practice that providers face are explored.