GAO Finds Community Health Centers Are Leaning Toward Managed Care

September 1, 1995

WASHINGTON--As more states use prepaid managed care to control costs and improve access for Medicaid patients, the number of participating community health centers continues to grow. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) finds that such financial arrangements are not incompatible with a mission of delivering health care to the medically underserved, but that these institutions face substantial risks and challenges, which require new knowledge, skills, and information systems.

WASHINGTON--As more states use prepaid managed care to controlcosts and improve access for Medicaid patients, the number ofparticipating community health centers continues to grow. TheGovernment Accounting Office (GAO) finds that such financial arrangementsare not incompatible with a mission of delivering health careto the medically underserved, but that these institutions facesubstantial risks and challenges, which require new knowledge,skills, and information systems.