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Public-Sector Managed Behavioral Health Care: II. Contracting for Medicaid Services -- the Massachusetts Experience
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The quality of care for patients and families with mental health and substance abuse disorders in the United States depends in large measure on the quality of the contracting process between government and corporate health care purchasers and the insurance intermediaries that oversee and pay for care. Contracts and the financing mechanisms they establish do not ensure quality. But as the premier authorities on the contracting process state, they "influence conduct directly and indirectly and thus represent two of the health care system's most powerful drivers". (Authors)
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