The Impact of Ownership Conversions on HMO Performance
AbstractRecently, several Blue Cross plans that sponsor Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), among other insurance products, have sought regulatory approval to convert from a not-for-profit to a for-profit entity. We examine the impact of not-for-profit HMOs converting to for-profit status in a fixed-effects framework using HMO level data from InterStudy. Our findings indicate conversions to for-profit status do not significantly impact HMO prices, profit margins, use of hospital days or ambulatory visits, and the provision of Medicare and Medicaid products.
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Volume (Year): 4 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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