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This site visit provided federal congressional and agency health staff opportunities to visit facilities and engage in discussions on essential community health services. Focused on community-based primary care in a managed care environment, it featured delivery and financing concerns relating to nursing centers, community health centers, public-mission hospitals, and homeless services. In examining the impact of managed care in a rapidly changing health marketplace, it explored the implementation of the Medicaid HealthChoices program in the city as well as access to and delivery of care to persons with neither public nor private insurance. It also looked at the role of public health in a city where public and private insurers alike increasingly are involved in managed care.


Site visit: March 30-31, 1998, Philadelphia.

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