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Title
Patterns of health maintenance organization service areas in rural counties.
First Author
Ricketts 3d, Thomas C
Date of Pub
1995 Fall
Pages
99-113
Volume
17
Issue
1
Other Authors
Johnson-Webb, Karen D; Slifkin, Rebecca T
Abstract
This study analyzes the 1993 National Directory of HMOs to determine the extent to which rural counties are included in health maintenance organization (HMO) service areas. Two specific questions are addressed: (1) How do the patterns of service areas differ across HMO model types? (2) What are the characteristics that distinguish rural counties served by HMOs from those that are not? Although a majority of rural counties are in HMO service areas, substantially fewer are served by non-individual practice association (non-IPA) models. Access to HMO services is found to decrease with county population density, and adjacency to metropolitan areas is an important predictor of inclusion in service areas.
Abstract Continued
N/A
MeSH
Catchment Area (Health)/statistics & numerical data : Health Care Costs/standards : Health Maintenance Organizations/economics/statistics & numerical data : Health Services Accessibility/standards : Models, Organizational : Rural Health Services/economics/supply & distribution/statistics & numerical data : Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. : United States
NTIS Number
PB96-139548