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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1795



Changes in Managed Care: Recommendations and Public Hearing

[27 Pa.B. 5817]

   In August, 1997, the Commonwealth began an extensive managed care review process by forming seven work groups to study seven broad issues: consumer issues; data collection; risk assessment (fiscal and financial issues): special needs populations; behavioral health; provider networks and access issues; and quality assurance and utilization standards.

   The seven work groups which included representatives of consumers, providers, health insurers and purchasers have generated an initial set of recommendations. The work group recommendations will be available beginning on November 10, 1997, by contacting the Department of Health at (717) 705-0110 or on the Department's Web site @

   The Department will hold a public hearing for the purpose of accepting comments on these recommendations. The hearing will be held on November 25, 1997, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg, PA. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing should contact the Department of Health at (717) 705-0110 by November 17, 1997, to reserve a time to present testimony. Oral testimony will be limited to 5 minutes per organization and each organization may have one individual present testimony on its behalf. Written copies of testimony are encouraged and should be submitted at the hearing.

   Persons wishing to submit written comments directly to the Department should do so by December 1, 1997. Comments should be sent to: Department of Health, Policy Office, P.O. Box 90, Harrisburg, PA 17108.

   For additional information, or persons with a disability who require an alternative format of the recommendations (for example, large print, audio tape or braille) or desire to attend the meeting and require an auxiliary aide service, or other accommodation to do so, should contact the Department of Health's Policy Office at (717) 787-3488. TDD: (717) 783-6514 or Network/TDD: (8) (717) 433-6514.

   This meeting is subject to cancellation without notice.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1795. Filed for public inspection November 7, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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