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The Potential of the Teaching Hospital for the Development of Prepaid Group Practices

Harold L. Light and Robert K. Match
Medical Care
Vol. 14, No. 8 (Aug., 1976), pp. 643-653
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3763828
Page Count: 11
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The Potential of the Teaching Hospital for the Development of Prepaid Group Practices
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Abstract

This paper deals with the development of a hospital based prepaid group practice at Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center. The paper provides an historical perspective of the factors leading to the decision to develop such a Medical Group practice, the difficulties encountered in obtaining conceptual approval from the Medical Center's Board of Trustees and its medical staff, the negotiations between the Medical Center and Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Greater New York as the insurance company which agreed to market the program and to subsidize it in its developmental stage, factors relating to the contractual negotiations between the Medical Center and Blue Cross, the key elements of the negotiated contract from the standpoint of the prepaid group, and the nature of the subsidies provided to ensure a healthy fiscal beginning. The paper highlights the methods used in achieving the desired goals and the development of the Group, sets forth the resistance which other, similar hospitals might anticipate in undertaking such a venture of their own, and highlights the nature and the degree of commitment necessary to bring such a program into being.

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