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Alcohol; Access to Health Care; Legal


This study represents a descriptive, point-in-time examination of the structure and content of provider network agreements between managed care organizations (MCOs) and community mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) treatment and prevention agencies. This is not a study of the quality of managed care systems. Instead, this analysis is designed to assess provider contracts (one of the basic legal instruments on which the managed care system rests) and to identify the meaning of these instruments for MH/SA service providers, group purchasers, MCOs, individual consumers and their families, and public policy.


Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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