Learning about managed care
The AAP Division of Physician Payment Systems announces the following managed-care educational publications:
• How to Use Your Managed Care Plan Effectively: Questions and Answers for Families with Children, is designed to help families and pediatricians understand how managed-care plans work. Developed by the AAP Committee on Child Health Financing (COCHF), this question-and-answer brochure explains how to access pediatric primary-care and specialty-care providers and children's hospitals, and how to obtain care authorization. Linking with community health services, cost-sharing requirements, accessing out-of-plan and out-of-area services, and plan exclusions and limitations also are covered.