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Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Managed Care: An Inquiry and Review of Issues Affecting Service Delivery

Chorba, Terence ; Scholes, Delia ; Bluespruce, June ; Operskalski, Belinda H ; Irwin, Kathleen

American Journal of Medical Quality, July 2004, Vol.19(4), pp.145-156 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Managed Care: An Inquiry and Review of Issues Affecting Service Delivery
  • Author: Chorba, Terence ; Scholes, Delia ; Bluespruce, June ; Operskalski, Belinda H ; Irwin, Kathleen
  • Description: To understand the potential role of managed care organizations (MCOs) in prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), we conducted a systematic review of articles on STDs and managed care and sought qualitative information from MCOs on STD-related activities. The review focused on prevention, risk assessment, patient education, counseling, screening, and costs of care, but revealed relatively few published articles. Barriers to STD service delivery included competing priorities, lack of time or supporting organizational structures, and differing mandates of health departments and MCOs. Facilitators included collaboration between health departments and MCOs, regulatory and performance incentives, buy-in from key stakeholders, availability of infrastructure to support data collection, and inclusion of chlamydia screening in the Health Employer Data and Information Set to monitor plan performance. Because of the shift of STD service delivery from the public to private sector, incentives need to maximize interest and cooperation of patients, clinicians, and MCOs in STD prevention.
  • Is Part Of: American Journal of Medical Quality, July 2004, Vol.19(4), pp.145-156
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1062-8606 ; E-ISSN: 1555-824X ; DOI: 10.1177/106286060401900403
  • Subjects: Chlamydia Trachomatis ; Cost ; Health Care ; Managed Care ; Patient Education ; Prevention ; Public Health ; Risk Assessment ; Sexually Transmitted Diseases ; Medicine ; Public Health
  • Language: English

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