At least six states have outlawed gag rules under which some health maintenance organizations
threaten to dismiss doctors if they inform patients about alternative care that might add to costs.
In 1992, Antelope Valley Hospital paid Lancaster Community Hospital $250,000 to drop a 5-year-old antitrust lawsuit alleging AVH engaged in unfair competition by requiring health maintenance organizations
and insurance companies to use AVH for all members if any wanted obstetrics services.
Qualified (q) Rating Modifiers may be assigned to Health Maintenance Organizations
(HMOs), Canadian insurers and UK insurers that meet the minimum size and operating experience requirements for a Best's Rating but do not subscribe to our interactive rating process.
As increasing numbers of health maintenance organizations
look at cost-cutting measures to put their companies back in the black, many are considering or implementing premium hikes.
The operating subsidiaries, including health maintenance organizations
, are well capitalized and maintain good dividend capacity.
It includes 329 health maintenance organizations
and other managed care plans, which voluntarily supplied information on more than 50 measures.
Frank Keating, a Republican, has signed into law a bill that allows patients to sue their health maintenance organizations
for punitive damages.
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(HMOs), Canadian insurers and U.
Advocates for children, the elderly and the disabled worry that states will cut services, reduce coverage of fast-growing benefits like prescription drugs or use cheap, low-quality nursing homes and health maintenance organizations
The American Association of Health Plans, the leading trade group for health maintenance organizations
and other managed care plans, said its members ``do not and should not require outpatient care for removal of a breast.