Assignment 1: The Medical Management Function Reading 1A: The Role of Medical Management in a health plan • Define the term

medical management and explain the goals of this function • Describe some common components of medical management programs • Describe the role of the medical director in a health plan • Explain the purpose of medical management committees and identify several common types of medical management committees • Define the terms delegation and subdelegation • Explain why health plans sometimes delegate medical management activities Instructions:

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Go to 1. By definition, the development and implementation of parameters for the question delivery of healthcare services to a health plan’s members is known as 2. utilization management (UM) quality management (QM) care management clinical practice management 2. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Go to With respect to the size of a managed care organization (MCO) and its question medical management operations, it is correct to say that large health plans 3. typically have more integration among activities and less specialization of roles than do small MCOs. True False 3. With respect to the activities of MCO medical directors, it is correct to say that medical directors typically perform all of the following activities EXCEPT maintaining clinical practices delivering performance feedback to providers participating in utilization management (UM) activities educating other MCO staff about new clinical developments or provider innovations that might impact clinical practice management Go to question 4.

4. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms enclosed in parentheses. Select the term in each pair that correctly completes the paragraph. Then select the answer choice containing the two terms that you have chosen. Under a delegation arrangement, the (delegate / delegator) is responsible for performing the delegated function according to established standards, and the (delegate / delegator) is ultimately accountable for any deficiencies in the performance of the function. delegate / delegate delegate / delegator delegator / delegate delegator / delegator 5. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: The delegation of medical management functions to providers can occur without the transfer of financial risk. True False 6. For this question, if answer choices (1) through (3) are all correct, select answer choice (4). Otherwise, select the one correct answer choice. Health plans sometimes delegate selected medical management activities to their providers or other external entities. Activities that are frequently delegated include utilization review (UR) quality management (QM) preventive health services all of the above 7. MCOs usually have a formal program for the oversight of delegated activities. The following statements concern typical delegation oversight programs. Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. A letter of intent is the contractual document that describes the delegated functions and the responsibilities of the MCO and the delegate. In most cases, the evaluation of a candidate for delegation is based entirely on the candidate’s application and supporting documentation and does not include an on-site assessment of the candidate. Under most delegation agreements, an MCO cannot terminate the agreement before the end date stated in the agreement. One objective for a delegation oversight program is to integrate any

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Three of the statements are true and one is false.Reading 1B: The Relationship of Medical Management to Other Health Plan Functions • Explain the relationship between medical management and each of the following health plan departments: • Network management • Risk management • Legal affairs • Claims administration • Finance • Sales and marketing • Understand the role of information management in medical management operations and reporting • Describe some of the technologies that health plans use to manage information Instructions: 1. so the potential exists for unauthorized access to a health plan’s proprietary systems used to handle the majority of health plan eCommerce 3. Complete the Test 1. and 3 1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only 3 only 2. A discounted fee-for-service (DFFS) payment system 2. a health plan may establish a secured extranet. 2. Answer all the questions. Capitation If Riverside wants to use only those compensation methods that encourage the efficient use of resources. The Riverside Health Plan is considering the following provider compensation options to use in its contracts with several provider groups and hospitals: 1. 2. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. The following statements are about health plans’ use of electronic data interchange (EDI). A case rate system 3. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Go to question . 3. Select Go to question 2. To facilitate electronic commerce (eCommerce). One true statement about a secured extranet is that it is based on Web-based technologies available only to the employees of the health plan publicly available. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 6 questions. Go to question 3. then the compensation method(s) that Riverside should consider for its new contracts include 1.

Go to question 5. Unbundling Outsourcing Data mining Drilling down 6. Three of the statements are true and one is false. Medical management programs often require the analysis of many types of data and information. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. Most HINs are Internet-based rather than built on proprietary computer networks. One method of transferring the information in electronic medical records (EMRs) is through a health information network (HIN). Back to Top . Many health plans use data warehouses to assist with the performance of medical management activities. Otherwise. The paragraph below contains an incomplete statement. Go to question 6. EDI involves back-and-forth exchanges of information concerning individual transactions. The following statements are about HINs. if answer choices (A) through (C) are all correct. Currently.the answer choice containing the FALSE ALSE statement. 4. the majority of health plans do not have HINs that are capable of transferring medical records among their network providers. A HIN may afford a health plan better measurements of outcomes and provider performance. With respect to the characteristics of data warehouses. The use of a HIN typically increases a health plan’s exposure to liability for poor care. 4. select the one correct answer choice. The data format for EDI is agreed upon by the sending and receiving parties. EDI may use the Internet as the communication link between the participating parties. Select the answer choice containing the term that correctly completes the paragraph. For this question. One advantage of EDI over manual data management systems is improved data integrity. __________________ is an automated process that analyzes variables to help detect patterns and relationships in the data. select answer choice (D). it is generally correct to say that the construction of a data warehouse is quick and simple that a data warehouse addresses the problems associated with multiple data management systems that a data warehouse stores only current data all of the above 5.

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Reading 1C: Environmental Influences on Medical Management • Describe the types of environmental factors that affect medical management programs of health plans • Discuss the expectations of purchasers, providers, and plan members for medical management • Describe the major federal and state regulatory requirements that affect medical management • Describe how environmental factors influence a health plan's delegation of medical management functions • Identify the main accrediting agencies and explain the impact of accreditation on medical management

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1. Private employers are key purchasers of health plan services. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about employer expectations about the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services: 1. For both health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and non-HMO plans, employers typically have access to accreditation results and performance measurement reports to help them evaluate the quality of healthcare and service 2. Because of employers’ concern about the quality and costs of healthcare services available through health plans, direct contracting has become a dominant model among employers who sponsor health benefit programs for their employees Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 2. State governments serve as both regulators and purchasers of health plan services. The influence of state governments as purchasers is focused on Medicare and TRICARE programs Medicaid and workers’ compensation programs Medicare and Medicaid programs TRICARE and workers’ compensation programs
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3. Federal laws, such as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), have affected medical management activities by health plans. Consider the following provisions of federal regulations: • Provision 1—Limits damage awards in lawsuits related to noncoverage of benefits based on medical necessity decisions to the cost of noncovered treatment and does not allow health plan members to obtain compensatory or punitive damages Provision 2—Establishes electronic data security standards, which define the security measures that healthcare organizations must take to protect the confidentiality of electronically stored and transmitted patient information From the answer choices below, select the response that correctly identifies the federal laws that include Provision 1 and Provision 2, respectively. Provision 1- ERISA Provision 2- HIPAA Provision 1- HIPAA Provision 2- ERISA Provision 1- BBA of 1997 Provision 2- HIPAA Provision 1- ERISA Provision 2- BBA of 1997 4. The Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) is a quality initiative designed to strengthen health plans’ efforts to protect and improve the health and satisfaction of Medicare and Medicaid health plan enrollees. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires compliance with QAPI from both Medicare+Choice plans and Medicaid health plans Medicare+Choice plans only Medicaid health plans only neither Medicare+Choice plans nor Medicaid health plans 5. This agency has authority over Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of Justice (DOJ) 6. This agency oversees the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of Justice (DOJ) 7. This agency oversees fraud and abuse matters as they relate to medical management. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of Justice (DOJ) 8. The Midwest Health Plan delegated utilization review (UR) activities to the Tri-City Utilization Review Organization. After Tri-City improperly recommended denial of payment for services to a Midwest plan member, the plan member filed suit. The court ruled that Midwest was responsible for TriCity’s actions because of the relationship between Midwest and Tri-City. This situation is an illustration of a legal concept known as vicarious liability fraud a tying arrangement subdelegation 9. Accreditation is intended to help purchasers and consumers make decisions about healthcare coverage. The following statements are about accreditation. Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. At the request of health plans, accrediting agencies gather the data needed for accreditation. Most purchasers and consumers review accreditation results when making decisions to purchase or enroll in a specific health plan. Accreditation is typically conducted by independent, not-for-profit organizations. All health plans are required to participate in the accreditation process. 10. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about accrediting agency standards for delegation: 1. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) allows health plans to delegate all medical management functions, including the responsibility to perform delegation oversight activities 2. In some cases, accreditation standards for delegation oversight are reduced if the delegate has already been certified or accredited by the
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which is a tool that measures consumer satisfaction with specific aspects of health plan services >---------. One performance measurement tool that was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). which is a report card system for hospitals and long-term care facilities HEDIS. which was established to develop and implement a national strategy for quality measurement and reporting CAHPS.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 D B A B C B D A C C D Back to Top . which is a performance measurement tool that addresses both effectiveness of care and plan member satisfaction the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®).delegator’s accrediting agency Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 11. Various government and independent agencies have created tools to measure and report the quality of healthcare.

With respect to the characteristics of the three types of coverage policy. and administrative policy—are used in conjunction with purchaser contracts to determine a health plan’s coverage of healthcare services and supplies. 3. In case of conflict between the purchaser contract and a health plan’s Go to question 2. The paragraph below contains an incomplete statement. To manage the delivery of healthcare services to their members. Answer all the questions. health plans use clinical practice parameters. Three general categories of coverage policy—medical policy. Go to question 4. Select the answer choice containing the term that correctly completes the paragraph. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) Medical policy Benefits administration policy A standard of care 2. .Assignment 2: Clinical Practice Management Reading 2A: Clinical Practice Management • • • • • Describe the components of a health plan's coverage policy List several types of services that health plans typically limit or exclude Describe the types of coverage issues typically addressed by medical policy Explain the importance of technology assessment as it relates to medical policy Explain the role of clinical practice guidelines Instructions: 1. Complete the Test 1. Go to question 3. it is correct to say that a health plan’s medical policy evaluates clinical services against specific benefits language rather than against scientific evidence benefits administration policy determines whether a particular service is experimental or investigational benefits administration policy focuses on both clinical and nonclinical coverage issues administrative policy contains the guidelines to be followed when handling member and provider complaints and disputes 3. A health plan’s coverage policies are linked to its purchaser contracts. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the purchaser contract and coverage decisions: 1. 2. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 7 questions. Remember to scroll down if necessary. benefits administration policy. ___________________ is the type of clinical practice parameter that a health plan uses to make coverage decisions concerning medical necessity and appropriateness.

Ray. a medication that has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval only for the treatment of depression. Ray. a member of the Harbrace Health Plan.medical policy or benefits administration policy. To treat Ms. One way for Harbrace to reduce the risk associated with extracontractual coverage is by including an alternative care provision in its contracts with purchasers Go to question 6. Ray’s condition. a member of the Harbrace Health Plan. suffers from migraine headaches. Ray’s condition. the contract takes precedence 2. suffers from migraine headaches. Upzil has not been tested for safety or effectiveness in the treatment of migraine headache. Harbrace has agreed to provide extra-contractual coverage of Upzil for Ms. her physician has prescribed Upzil. Upzil has not been tested for safety or effectiveness in the treatment of migraine headache. Helena Ray. a medication that has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval only for the treatment of depression. Purchaser contracts commonly exclude custodial care from their coverage of services and supplies 3. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about Harbrace’s use of extra-contractual coverage: 1. Helena Ray. her physician has prescribed Upzil. In this situation. Harbrace has agreed to provide extra-contractual coverage of Upzil for Ms. Go to question 5. Although Harbrace’s medical policy for migraine headache does not include coverage of Upzil. the prescribing of Upzil for Ms. Ray’s headaches is an example of a cosmetic service an investigational service an off-label use a quality-of-life service 5. All of the criteria for coverage decisions must be included in the purchaser contract All of the above 1 and 2 only 2 only 3 only 4. . Harbrace’s medical policy most likely establishes the procedure that Harbrace used to evaluate the value of Upzil for treating Ms. Although Harbrace’s medical policy for migraine headache does not include coverage of Upzil. Ray 2. To treat Ms.

Back to Top . and tests. 7. Technology assessment provides the scientific rationale for the medical policy section that specifies when a medical service is appropriate and when it is not. select the one correct answer choice. Otherwise. Technology assessment is applicable only to medical policy development for new medical procedures. Well-crafted clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can benefit healthcare delivery processes and outcomes by providing a framework for care while also allowing for patient-specific variations. drugs. Three of the statements are true and one is false. The decision to accept or reject a proposed medical policy often depends on how a new technology compares to currently used interventions. For this question. select answer choice (d). The following statements are about health plans’ development of medical policies. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement.Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 6. if answer choices (a) through (c) are all correct. devices. based on physician judgment serving as a basis for evaluating whether providers are practicing in accordance with accepted standards focusing on the prevention or early detection of a particular condition all of the above >---------.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 B D B C C A D Go to question 7. The medical policy development process includes both a clinical and an operational review of a proposed medical policy.

Accessibility Effectiveness Acceptability Efficiency 2.Assignment 3: Quality Management in health plan Reading 3A: Quality Management • • • • • Describe the major steps in the quality management process Describe the role of outcomes in quality management Identify the characteristics. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Go to question 2. whereas clinical research considers the effects of changes in health status and quality of life gathers outcomes data from controlled clinical trials. Outcomes management is a tool that health plans use to maximize all the results associated with healthcare processes. . uses. The paragraph below contains an incomplete statement. 3. Select the answer choice containing the term that correctly completes the paragraph. and administrative data 3. ________________ is the quality dimension indicating that services result in the best care for a given cost or the lowest cost for a given level of care. whereas clinical research provides a relative measure of results focuses on treatment effectiveness. Complete the Test 1. financial. Definitions of quality healthcare vary. Go to question 3. four dimensions are essential to quality healthcare services. One difference between outcomes research and clinical research is that outcomes research provides an absolute measure of treatment results. Answer all the questions. whereas clinical research focuses on treatment efficacy examines diseases and treatments in isolation. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 8 questions. and sources of quality standards Describe the differences between traditional healthcare and population-based healthcare Describe how quality management relates to risk management and information management Instructions: 1. The goal of outcomes management is to identify and implement treatments that are cost-effective and deliver the greatest value 2. 2. however. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about outcomes management: 1. Outcomes management introduces performance as a critical factor in Go to question 4. whereas clinical research collects and analyzes clinical.

American Accreditation HealthCare Commission/URAC (URAC) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 7. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: All health plans participating in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) are required to use the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS) to measure customer satisfaction. This agency classifies its standards as either “shall” standards or “should” standards. (Internal / External) standards are based on information such as published industry-wide averages or best practices of recognized industry leaders. Among this agency’s accreditation programs are accreditation for preferred provider organizations (PPOs). Internal / internal Internal / external External / internal External / external 5. Go to question 8. Determine which term in each pair correctly completes the paragraph. True False 6. as well as the health plan’s performance on selected effectiveness of care and member satisfaction measures. This agency’s accreditation decisions are based on the results of an on-site survey of clinical and administrative systems and processes. and case management organizations. health plan call centers. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms in parentheses. Go to question 6. Then select the answer choice containing the two terms that you have chosen. Health plans use both internal and external standards to assess the quality of the services that they provide. Go to question 5.the assessment and improvement of outcomes Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 4. Go to question 7. Health plans primarily rely on (internal / external) standards to evaluate healthcare services. .

The complexity of modern medicine and healthcare delivery systems increases patients’ exposure to the risks of medical errors 2. Provider compliance with internal incident reporting requirements is low All of the above 1 and 2 only 1 and 3 only 3 only >---------. Patient safety and medical errors are important concerns for both quality management (QM) and risk management.American Accreditation HealthCare Commission/URAC (URAC) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 8. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about medical errors: 1. Licensing boards for healthcare professionals in all states provide a consistent system of quality oversight and accountability 3.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 D B A D A D A C Back to Top .

relatively inexpensive processes can qualify as highcost processes. 3. The Westchester Health Plan classifies its key processes into the following categories: high-risk. Select the answer choice containing the term that correctly completes the paragraph. When conducting performance assessment. Each quality standard used by a health plan is associated with quality Go to question 2. and high-cost. Answer all the questions. problem-prone. 2. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. Three of the statements are true and one is false. and high-cost.Reading 3B: Quality Assessment • • • • • • • • Describe the major components of a quality assessment program Describe the methods health plans use to identify and prioritize key services and processes Identify the types of standards and indicators used in performance measurement Identify the three main types of performance measures and describe their advantages and disadvantages Explain the importance of case mix/severity adjustment Describe the types and sources of data needed to measure performance Describe the use of plan and provider report cards Identify some of the major issues and barriers in performance measurements Instructions: 1. Each process must be classified into a single category. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 9 questions. Complete the Test 1. In some instances. Administrative processes such as scheduling appointments are examples of high-volume processes. a health pln may classify the key processes associated with its services into the following categories: highrisk. high-volume. Go to question 4. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Westchester also prioritizes the categories in terms of importance. problem-prone. high-volume. Remember to scroll down if necessary. High-risk processes most often involve medical interventions or treatment plans for acute illnesses or case management processes for complex conditions. . Go to question 3. The following statements are about this classification of processes. The process category that Westchester most likely ranks highest in importance is high-risk processes high-volume processes problem-prone processes high-cost processes 3. 2. The paragraph below contains an incomplete statement.

Go to question 7. process measures. A ______________ indicator is a form of aggregate data indicator that produces results that fit within a specified range. The most widely used structure measures relate to physician education and training. the data collected by a quality indicator should accurately represent the service dimension being measured. Go to question 5. . and inappropriate use of services. Go to question 6. In order to provide a true measure of quality. The following statements are about the characteristics of these three types of performance measures. overuse. such as the length of time to schedule an appointment. One advantage of structure measures over process measures is that structures are often linked directly to healthcare outcomes. and outcome measures. yes/no sentinel event discrete variable continuous variable 4. Three of the statements are true and one is false. A health plan needs different performance measurement systems to evaluate its administrative services and the clinical performance of its providers Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 6. This information indicates that the indicator should exhibit the characteristic known as clarity reliability validity feasibility 5.indicators. Process measures are useful in identifying underuse. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about performance measurement systems: 1. The most difficult purpose for a performance measurement system to address is to measure changes in outcomes caused by modifications in administrative or clinical treatment processes 2. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. Health plan performance measures include structure measures.

Patient surveys are the most widely used source of disease-specific clinical information 2. The SF-36 and the HSQ-39 (Health Status Questionnaire) surveys address both physical and mental health status All of the above 1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only 3 only 9. and outcome measures to evaluate performance depends in part on the scientific soundness of the measures. Go to question 8.0 that they are used to rank the performance of various health plans all of the above >---------. from consideration statistical adjustment of outcome measures to account for differences in the severity of illness or the presence of other medical conditions specification of a target population for a procedure and the data collection and analysis methods to be used elimination of variation within a patient population by dividing the population into groups that are at a similar level of risk 8. such as patients with contraindications to a particular treatment.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 B A D Go to question 9. A health plan’s choice of structure measures. Back to Top . health plans collect and analyze three types of data: financial data. With respect to most of the report cards currently available. clinical data. and customer satisfaction data. process measures. To measure performance for quality management. which refers to the identification and removal of unusual cases. it is correct to say that they are focused primarily on health maintenance organization (HMO) plans that they are based on data collected for the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) 3. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the sources of clinical data: 1. Increased demands for performance information have resulted in the development of various health plan report cards. One approach that a health plan can use to enhance scientific soundness is stratification. 7. Outcomes research studies sponsored by academic institutions and professional organizations have limited usefulness for particular health plans or individual providers 3.One disadvantage of outcome measures is that they can be influenced by factors outside the control of the health plan.

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Health plans communicate proposed performance changes through action statements. qualitative terms all of the above 3. In order for a health plan’s performance-based quality improvement programs to be effective. 2.Reading 3C: Quality Improvement • • • • • Identify the major components of the performance improvement cycle Describe how health plans use benchmarking to guide quality improvement activities Identify the goals of member education and outreach programs Describe the techniques health plans use to improve providers' ability to work within the healthcare system Describe three tools health plans can use to support provider decision making and improve clinical performance Instructions: 1. Reactive changes are typically both planned and controlled planned. The introduction of preauthorization as an attempt to control overuse of services is an example of a reactive change. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Complete the Test Go to question 2. The disease management program director will increase participation by asthmatic children in the health plan’s pediatric asthma disease management program. Primary care providers (PCPs) will increase the proportion of children under the age of two who are up-to-date on immunizations by seven percent within one year. health plans make changes to existing structures and processes. Go to question 3. but they are rarely planned neither planned nor controlled 2. the desired outcomes must be achievable within a specified timeframe defined in terms of multiple results expressed in subjective. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 11 questions. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. 3. The proportion of adult members who are screened for hypertension will increase by ten percent. 1. Go to question 4. . but they are rarely controlled controlled. Answer all the questions. The QM program director will evaluate the level of provider compliance with clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). In order to achieve changes in outcomes. Select the answer choice containing an action statement that includes all of the required elements.

Determine which term or phrase in each pair correctly completes the paragraph. the Stellar Health Plan conducted an evaluation of the success of the plan. Go to question 6. The evaluation focused on specific activities and assessed the relative importance of those activities to the plan as a whole. With regard to the effectiveness of quality improvement plans. Administrative action plans allow health plans to coordinate management activities 2. . Administrative action plans are used when performance problems or opportunities are related to the way the organization itself operates. it is correct to say that effectiveness is the relationship between what the organization puts into an improvement plan and what it gets out of the plan effectiveness is measured by reviewing outcomes to determine the accuracy or appropriateness of the strategy and the adequacy of resources allocated to that strategy the effectiveness of an action plan is typically measured with a concurrent evaluation an evaluation of plan effectiveness produces one of two results: the plan either (a) achieved the desired outcomes or (b) did not achieve the desired outcomes and is unlikely to do so under current conditions 7.4. Go to question 8. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms or phrases enclosed in parentheses. Then select the answer choice containing the two Go to question 7. Administrative action plans are designed to improve outcomes by helping plan members assume responsibility for their own health All of the above 1 and 2 only 1 and 3 only 2 and 3 only 5. Stellar conducted its evaluation as the plan was being carried out. This information indicates that Stellar’s evaluation of the plan was both concurrent and formative concurrent and summative retrospective and formative retrospective and summative 6. As a follow-up to a performance improvement plan for member services. Health plans conduct evaluations on the efficiency and effectiveness of their quality improvement activities. One function of administrative action plans is to integrate service across all levels of the organization 3. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about administrative action plans: 1. Go to question 5.

data collection focuses on (objective / both objective and subjective) data. employee errors. The process for collecting and analyzing data differs for quality assessment (QA) and quality improvement (QI). The Garnet Health Plan uses provider profiling to measure and improve provider performance. Go to question 10. . Benchmarking is a quality improvement strategy used by some health plans. Special cause variance is typically more difficult to detect and correct than is common cause variance Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 9.terms or phrases that you have selected. and equipment malfunctions are examples of special cause variance 2. For QA. objective / degree objective / cause both objective and subjective / degree both objective and subjective / cause 8. Performance variance can be classified as either common cause variance or special cause variance. With regard to benchmarking. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about special cause variance: 1. it is correct to say that cost-based benchmarking reveals why some areas of a health plan perform better or worse than comparable areas of other organizations diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) are a source of benchmarking data that describe individual procedures and cover both inpatient and outpatient care patient billing records provide a much more accurate account of procedure costs for benchmarking than do current procedural terminology (CPT) codes the focus of benchmarking for health plan has shifted from identifying the lowest cost practices to identifying best practices 10. Inadequate staffing levels. Go to question 9. Provider profiling most likely allows Garnet to evaluate all providers without considering differences in risk focus on specific clinical decisions of Garnet’s providers rather than on patterns of care identify the outliers and high-value providers in its provider network Go to question 11. and data analysis identifies the (degree / cause) of variance.

of Garnet’s providers 11. but not the efficiency. Most peer review is conducted concurrently 3.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 C A B B A B A B D C C Back to Top . Under the Health Care Quality Improvement Program (HCQIP).measure the effectiveness. Peer review is applicable to either single episodes of care or to entire programs of care 2. peer review is required for services furnished to Medicare and Medicaid recipients enrolled in health plans All of the above 1 and 2 only 1 and 3 only 2 and 3 only >---------. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the characteristics of peer review: 1.

Assignment 4: Preventive Care. If statements (A) through (C) are all correct. This questionnaire was designed specifically for use by health plans. Otherwise. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. complex healthcare educate and motivate members to prevent illness through their lifestyle choices prevent the occurrence of illness or injury detect a medical condition in its early stages and prevent or at least delay disease progression and complications 2. Each health plan must use the same form of the questionnaire. The following statements are about the BRFSS. 2. with no additions or modifications. Secondary prevention refers to activities designed to develop an appropriate treatment strategy for patients whose conditions require extensive. and Decision Support Programs Reading 4A: Preventive Care Programs • • • Identify the three levels of preventive care Explain the role of health risk assessment (HRA) for preventive care Describe some strategies that health plans may use to enhance member participation in preventive care programs Instructions: 1. Remember to scroll down if necessary. . With regard to HRA. A health plan's preventive care initiatives may be classified into three main categories: primary prevention. Answer all the questions. 3. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 7 questions. and tertiary prevention. This questionnaire monitors the prevalence of the major behavioral risks associated with illness and injury among adults. it is correct to say that Health plans rarely delegate HRA activities to external entities Health plans typically focus their HRA efforts on newly enrolled members HRA focuses on clinical data for an entire population and does not include demographic information that might identify individual members HRA is generally a reliable predictor of medical resource utilization Go to question 3. Go to question 4. All of the above statements are correct. Self-Care. 3. select answer choice (D). secondary prevention. Some health plans administer a questionnaire known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) as part of their health risk assessment (HRA) processes. 1. Complete the Test Go to question 2. Many health plans use HRA to target their preventive care programs to the healthcare needs of their members. select the one correct statement.

or community service agencies the appropriateness of a program’s educational approach. and cultural sensitivities of the target population a member’s level of knowledge about existing health risks and problems and the member’s ability and willingness to adopt new health-related behaviors a member’s access to information technology. Readiness is an important consideration for the development of health promotion programs. the Multistate Health Plan noted sampling bias. given the language. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the use of screening for secondary prevention: 1. Screening focuses on members who have not experienced any symptoms of a particular illness All of the above 1 and 3 only 2 and 3 only 1 only >---------. literacy level. and severity of behavioral risks presented by Multistate’s members 5. a computer. This information indicates that the HRA results do not accurately depict the characteristics of the Multistate member population under study because of errors in data collection are more accurate for individual Multistate members than they are for the total population cannot be stated in numerical terms indicate variation in the number. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Immunization programs are a direct means of reducing health plan members’ needs for healthcare services and are typically cost-effective. such as a video cassette recorder. True False 6. When analyzing and applying HRA results. Screening activities may involve specialty care providers as well as primary care providers (PCPs) and the health plan 2.End of the Test ----------< Go to question 5.4. Go to question 6. Readiness refers to the availability of previously established health promotion programs to an health plan’s members through employers. types. or the Internet 7. Back to Top . providers. Secondary prevention often results in more utilization of services immediately following screening 3. Go to question 7.

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Dr. Currently. Avis Bennet notices that the pain from the bruise has increased and that there are red streaks and swelling around the bruised area. Robert Cohen. Select the statement that describes a situation in which self-care most likely would not be appropriate. Back to Top . it is most likely correct to say 1. Oscar Gracken is recovering from a heart attack and requires ongoing cardiac rehabilitation.Reading 4B: Self-Care and Decision Support Programs • • Describe the use of telephone triage services in self-care and decision support programs Identify general methods that health plans use to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive care. some health plans use a form of decision support known as telephone triage programs. Martinez has decided to participate in Bloom’s shared decision-making program for prostate cancer. Emilio Martinez. The primary role of telephone triage clinical staff is to diagnose the caller’s condition and give medical advice. has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer by his physician. Martinez’s understanding about his care Go to question 3. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 3 questions. Two days after bruising her leg. The following statements describe situations in which health plan members have medical problems that require care. Answer all the questions. Quality management (QM) for telephone triage programs typically focuses on the clinical information provided rather than on the quality of service. On the basis of this information. 3. Caroline Evans has severe arthritis that requires regular exercise and oral medication to reduce pain and help her maintain mobility. self-care. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. 2. Calvin Dodd has Type II diabetes and requires blood glucose monitoring tests several times each day. and decision support programs Instructions: 1. The following statements are about telephone triage programs. A telephone triage program may also include a self-care component. Complete the Test Go to question 2. and decision support programs • Discuss the use of integration and partnerships to improve preventive care. 1. Remember to scroll down if necessary. 3. none of the major accrediting agencies offers an accreditation program specifically for telephone triage programs. To improve members’ abilities to make appropriate care decisions about specific medical problems. a member of the Bloom Health Plan. 2. Mr. self-care. Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. That verification of Mr.

Cohen Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 >---------. Martinez and Dr.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 A D B . Martinez. but the ultimate decision about care is up to Dr.options protects both Dr. Cohen and Bloom against charges of malpractice 2. Cohen will discuss the care options available to Mr. That Mr.

Complete the Test Go to question 2. medical appropriateness. The following statements are about the characteristics of a utilization review (UR) program. . Three of the statements are true and one is false. 3. UR recommends the procedures that providers should perform for plan members. 2. Then select the answer choice containing the terms or phrases that you have chosen. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. medical policy / can medical policy / cannot contract provision / can contract provision / cannot 3. and utilization review process • Describe the role of authorizations and member appeals in the utilization review process • Identify some of the ways that health plans evaluate the results of utilization review programs Instructions: 1. This type of review (can / cannot) be conducted by a nonclinical staff member. Go to question 4. Remember to scroll down if necessary. A health plan’s UR program is usually subject to review and approval by the state insurance and/or health departments. A primary goal of UR is to address practice variations through the application of uniform standards and guidelines. UR evaluates whether the services recommended by a member’s provider are covered under the benefit plan. 1. Determine which term or phrase in each pair correctly completes the paragraph. 2. The Brighton Health Plan regularly performs prospective UR for surgical procedures. Answer all the questions. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms or phrases enclosed in parentheses. An administrative review compares the proposed medical care to the applicable (medical policy / contract provision). Brighton’s prospective UR activities are likely to include documenting the clinical details of the patient’s condition and care tracking the length of inpatient stay Go to question 3. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 11 questions. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement.Assignment 5: Utilization Review Reading 5A: Utilization Review • Discuss some of the key issues health plans must address to develop and maintain effective utilization review programs • Explain the importance of medical necessity. One component of UR is an administrative review.

Three of the statements are true and one is false. The following statements are about health plans' complaint resolution procedures (CRPs). Utilization guidelines indicate when a UR nurse should refer a decision to a physician reviewer Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 5. .completing the discharge planning process determining the most appropriate setting for the proposed course of care 4. a member is (required / not required) to select a primary care provider (PCP). health plans balance evidencebased criteria with experience-based criteria 2. Under a direct access product. An health plan's CRPs reduce the likelihood of errors in decision making. Go to question 6. and is (required / not required) to obtain a referral from a PCP or the health plan before visiting a network specialist. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. required / required required / not required not required / required not required / not required 7. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms or phrases enclosed in parentheses. Then select the answer choice containing the terms or phrases that you have chosen. Go to question 7. Determine which term or phrase in each pair correctly completes the paragraph. True False 6. Go to question 8. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about utilization guidelines: 1. Due to competitive pressures and consumer demand. To see that utilization guidelines are consistently applied. many health plans now offer direct access or open access products. Determine whether the following statement about authorization systems is true or false: Only physicians can make nonauthorization decisions based on medical necessity. UR programs rely on authorization systems. When developing utilization guidelines. Go to question 5.

Patricia McLeod is a member of the Enterprise Health Plan. Ms. McLeod the 48-hour length of stay specified by State X 11. the contract with the purchaser. however. Go to question 9.CRPs typically provide for at least two levels of appeal for formal appeals. Most complaints are resolved without proceeding through the entire CRP process. and Ms. McLeod’s medical condition. but they cannot render binding decisions on appeals. One way that health plans evaluate their UR programs is by monitoring Back to Top Go to question 10. 8. CRPs include only formal appeals and do not apply to informal complaints. Enterprise’s UR staff have determined that the appropriate course of care for Ms. McLeod is scheduled to undergo a unilateral mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer. Kim Lee. Go to question 11. That the typical timeframe requires a health plan to respond to appeals in fewer than 20 days 2. State X. the length of hospital stay for which Enterprise must offer coverage is the length of stay deemed appropriate by Dr. as stated by company policy or regulatory requirements. has a benefit mandate specifying health plan coverage for 48 hours of inpatient post-mastectomy care. True False 10. Lee the 24-hour stay determined to be appropriate by Enterprise’s UR staff the length of stay deemed appropriate by Ms. it is generally correct to say 1. That the timeframe is accelerated for expedited appeals 3. McLeod includes a 24-hour stay in the hospital following her surgery. Based on Enterprise’s medical policy. In this situation. With regard to the timeframes for appeals. The surgical procedure will be performed by Dr. That the review period begins when the appeal arrives at a health plan All of the above 1 and 2 only 1 and 3 only 2 and 3 only 9. a surgical oncologist. . Helath plans have a specified number of working days to respond to Level One appeals. which operates in State X. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Independent review organizations (IROs) can mediate disputes and offer advisory opinions to health plans on UR issues.

By definition. uncomplicated healthcare services report the number of times that a particular provider performs or recommends a service excluded from the benefit plan >---------.utilization rates.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 C C D A A B C D B D B . utilization rates typically indicate changes in the total amount of medical expenses or claim dollars paid for particular procedures measure the number of services provided per 1.000 members per year indicate standard approaches to care for many common.

Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Answer all the questions. Go to question 3. Case management generally requires a less comprehensive and complex approach to a course of care than does utilization review 3. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Go to question 2. and accrediting agencies on case management functions Instructions: 1. regulations. In most commercial health plans. the case management process is directed by a case manager whose responsibilities typically include focusing on a disabled member’s vocational rehabilitation and training approving all care decisions for patients under case management reducing the fragmentation of care that often results when individuals obtain services from several different providers all of the above 2. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Go to question 4. such as assessing a member’s financial situation 2. Complete the Test 1. select answer choice (D). select the one correct answer choice. 2. Case management incorporates activities that may fall outside a health plan’s typical responsibilities. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the scope of case management: 1. Otherwise. . if answer choices (A) through (C) are all correct.Assignment 6: Case Management Reading 6A: Case Management • • • • Describe a variety of case management activities Explain the steps of the case management process Identify several strategic issues that may affect the development and improvement of case management programs Discuss the impact of legal issues. 3. Case management is currently applicable only to medical conditions that require inpatient hospital care and are categorized as catastrophic in terms of health and/or costs All of the above 1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only 1 only 3. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 8 questions. For this question.

..000 Projected medical care expenses for the same patients without case management ..71/1 0..25/1 Go to question 6.000 This information indicates that... 6.. This component of Ms. One component of Ms. independent entities may reduce an health plan's exposure to risk..$680. The use of a signed consent authorization form is consistent with accrediting agency standards for patient privacy and confidentiality of medical information..000 Actual medical care expenses for patients under case management .. Case management that is initiated after a member has incurred substantial medical expenses is more likely to be viewed as a tool to cut costs rather than to improve outcomes. True False 4. .. Health plan documents indicating that any case management delegates are separate. Go to question 5.. Nova’s ratio of medical expense savings to case management administrative costs was 0..50/1 1.. for the previous quarter.. A case management file cannot be used to support the health plan's position in the event of a lawsuit..... Go to question 7.. Osborn’s job is the collection and evaluation of medical.. The case management program director at the Nova Health Plan calculated the program’s ratio of medical expense savings to case management administrative costs for the previous quarter based on the following cost information: Administrative costs for case management . financial.. social. Three of the statements are true and one is false..$40.80/1 5. and psychosocial information about a member’s situation..The utilization review (UR) process produces the greatest number of case management referrals.$900.. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement.. The following statements are about risk management for case management. Breanna Osborn is a case manager for a regional health plan.. Osborn’s job is known as case identification case management planning healthcare coordination case assessment 5.

7. Type(s) of Services-on-site services only Type(s) of Organizationhealth plans only Type(s) of Services-on-site services only Type(s) of Organizationany organization that performs case management functions Type(s) of Services-both telephonic and on-site services Type(s) of Organization-health plans only Type(s) of Services-both telephonic and on-site services Type(s) of Organization-any organization that performs case management functions >---------. From the answer choices below. Back to Top . The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission/URAC (URAC) has an accreditation program specifically for case management services. One true statement about state regulation of case management activities is that the majority of states have enacted laws that list specific quality management requirements for a case management program consider case management files to be medical records that must be retained for a specified length of time view case management similarly and follow similar patterns with their laws and regulations have enacted laws or regulations requiring licensure or certification of case managers 8. select the response that correctly identifies the type(s) of case management services addressed by URAC’s standards and the type(s) of organizations to which these standards may be applied.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 C D A D D C B D Go to question 8.

Comorbidity can have a significant impact on the effective implementation of disease management programs. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. The following statements are about disease management programs. 2. 3. including disease management. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. severe burns. . customized healthcare supervision. such as high-risk pregnancy. True False 3. 2. Go to question 4. Disease management programs serve to improve both clinical and financial outcomes for healthcare services related to chronic conditions. Answer all the questions. and trauma. Complete the Test Go to question 2. The focus of disease management is on responding to the needs of individual members for extensive. self-care. Disease management programs apply to both diseases and medical conditions that are not diseases. Remember to scroll down if necessary. 1. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 7 questions. Comorbidity can correctly be defined as the degree to which the progression of a disease or condition is understood prevalence or rate of a sickness or injury within a given population degree of severity of a particular disease or condition presence of a chronic condition or added complication other than the condition that requires medical treatment Go to question 3. Three of the statements are true and one is false. patients typically maintain their existing relationships with primary care providers (PCPs) for all care.Assignment 7: Disease Management Reading 7A: Disease Management • • • • • Distinguish between disease management and case management Explain why health plans establish disease management programs Describe the types of organizations that provide disease management Explain the decisions a health plan must make to implement a disease management program Describe four approaches to integrating information disease management programs Instructions: 1. Tools such as preventive care. and decision support programs are used to support both case management and disease management. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Under a carve-out arrangement for disease management.

Varga’s overall care plan. This information indicates that Ms. Determine whether the following statement is true or false: Participation in disease management programs is currently voluntary. Varga at her home to administer treatment and assess the need for changes in Ms. Measure 1. select the response that correctly identifies whether these measures are true outcome measures or intermediate outcome measures.4. The Fairview Health Plan uses a dual database approach to integrate information needed for its disease management program. Selene Varga is participating in her health plan’s disease management program for congestive heart failure. formats the information for easy analysis. The Carlyle Health Plan uses the following clinical outcome measures to evaluate its diabetes and asthma disease management programs: Measure 1: The percentage of diabetic patients who receive foot exams from their providers according to the program’s recommended guidelines Measure 2: The number of asthma patients who visited emergency departments for acute asthma attacks From the answer choices below. Varga is participating in the type of disease management program known as a coordinated outreach model program case management model program hub-and-spoke model program group clinic model program 5. and stores it in the separate database 6. Ms. This information indicates that Fairview uses an information management system that combines all existing information from all data sources into a single comprehensive system connects multiple databases with a central interface engine that acts as an information clearinghouse provides an outside vendor with pertinent data that the vendor compiles into an integrated database creates a separate database that pulls pertinent information from the health plan’s claims database. Back to Top . Go to question 7. Varga’s health status is regularly monitored and managed by a licensed nurse who visits Ms. True False Go to question 5.Measure 2Measure 1-true outcome measure Measure 2-true outcome measure Measure 1-true outcome measure Measure 2-intermediate outcome measure Measure 1-intermediate outcome measure Measure 2-true outcome measure Measure 1-intermediate outcome measure Measure 2-intermediate outcome measure 7. Go to question 6.

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Go to question 4. In order to serve as a hospitalist. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about the hospitalist approach to inpatient care management: 1. Management of inpatient care by hospitalists may significantly reduce the length of stay and the total costs of care for a hospital admission 2. pediatric. Complete the Test Go to question 2. Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. 3. 2. Hospitalists are used primarily to manage care for obstetric. intensive treatment by healthcare providers require low utilization of resources 2. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 10 questions. Hospitalists typically spend at least one-quarter of their time in a hospital setting. A hospitalist’s familiarity with utilization management (UM) and quality management (QM) standards for inpatient care may reduce Go to question 3. and oncology patients.Assignment 8: Medical Management Considerations for Different Levels of Care Reading 8A: Medical Management Strategies for Acute Care • • Describe the potential benefits and drawbacks of using hospitalists for the management of inpatient acute care Explain why the utilization of emergency services is an ongoing concern for health plans and describe some approaches that health plans may use to improve utilization management for emergency care • Explain how clinical pathways are useful medical management tools and how health plans facilitate development of them • Define the term center of excellence and describe how its use may benefit health plan medical management programs Instructions: 1. The following statements are about the use of hospitalists to manage inpatient care. . 1. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Answer all the questions. Remember to scroll down if necessary. 3. Most health plans that use hospitalists do so through a voluntary hospitalist program 3. Acute care refers to healthcare services for medical problems that are expected to continue for a minimum of 30 days are typically treated in a provider’s office or outpatient facility require prompt. A patient who has been transferred to a hospitalist for management of inpatient care usually continues to receive care from the hospitalist after discharge. a physician must have a background in critical care medicine.

utilization management standards the prudent layperson standard preauthorization diagnosis-based retrospective review 6. the correct order would be 1—2—3 2—3—1 3—1—2 3—2—1 5.unnecessary variations in care and improve clinical outcomes All of the above 1 and 2 only 1 and 3 only 2 only 4. Emergency care 2. Sharma’s condition and directed him to an outpatient unit in the hospital where a physician assistant examined. Go to question 6. Urgent care 3. and sutured the wound. including 1. cleaned. The paragraph below contains an incomplete statement. Select the answer choice containing the term that correctly completes the paragraph. A triage nurse at the hospital evaluated Mr. Mr. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 established the use of ___________ to determine coverage of emergency services for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees in health plans. Nilay Sharma suffered a small wound while working in his yard and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Sharma returned home following treatment. . The care Mr. Sharma received at the hospital is an example of the type of care known as specialty referral primary prevention urgent care Go to question 5. Health plans arrange for the delivery of various levels of healthcare. Go to question 7. beginning with the least expensive level of care and ending with the most expensive level of care. Primary care delivered in a provider’s office In a ranking of these levels of care according to cost.

One true statement about clinical pathways is that they determine which healthcare services are medically necessary and appropriate for a particular patient in a particular situation outline the services that will be delivered. Transferring Ms. a clinical pathway must improve quality and decrease costs. the timing of delivery. Newman access to more effective and efficient treatment than she could have obtained from other providers in the same region allowed clinical staff an opportunity to determine whether Ms.emergency care 7. the providers responsible for delivering the services. In order to be effective. Newman from receiving immediate attention for her condition gave Ms. Go to question 8. Because Ms. Newman to the observation care unit most likely resulted in unnecessarily expensive charges for treatment prevented Ms. and the expected outcomes of the interventions cover only services delivered in an acute inpatient setting address medical conditions that affect a small segment of a given population and with which the majority of providers are unfamiliar 9. In order to reduce the risk of financial liability associated with the use of clinical pathways. Strathmore and its network hospitals should base pathways on relevant evidence reported in medical literature restrict each pathway to a single medical condition use pathways to establish a new standard of care allow providers to use only those interventions listed in the pathways >---------. Newman required hospitalization without actually admitting her 8. Back to Top 1 2 C D . True False 10. The Strathmore Health Plan uses clinical pathways to manage its acute care services. she was transferred to an observation care unit. Elaine Newman suffered an acute asthma attack and was taken to a hospital emergency department for treatment. Newman’s condition had not improved enough following treatment to warrant immediate release. Many health plans use clinical pathways to help manage the delivery of acute care services to plan members. the setting in which services are delivered. Go to question 9.End of the Test ----------< Go to question 10.

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Theresa Finley is recovering from a total hip replacement and is in need of short-term physical therapy and twice-weekly visits from a licensed nurse to check her blood pressure and the healing of her incision. Morton and Ms. Finley.Reading 8B: Medical Management Strategies for Post-Acute Care • • • • Identify and describe the purposes of four types of post-acute care Explain how subacute care differs from skilled care Explain two types of advance directives Describe the role of a health plan in end-of-life care Instructions: 1. Go to question 3. Then Go to question 4. Morton-acute care Ms. 2. select the response that correctly identifies the level of care that would be most appropriate for Mr. Finley-subacute care Mr. Go to question 2. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms enclosed in parentheses. Finley-palliative care 2. Complete the Test 1. Health plans often use accreditation as a means of evaluating the quality of care delivered to plan members. 3. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 7 questions. Finley-acute care Mr. the stroke left him partially paralyzed and he will require extensive rehabilitation and 24-hour medical care. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. The case management team at the Hightower Health Plan reviewed the medical records of the following two plan members to determine the type of care each one needs and the most appropriate setting for that care: • • Ira Morton was hospitalized for a severe stroke. Morton-palliative care Ms. Accreditation of subacute care providers is available from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) American Accreditation HealthCare Commission/URAC (URAC) Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) 3. Although his medical condition is stable. From the answer choices below. Select the term in each pair that correctly completes the paragraph. Morton-subacute care Ms. Morton-skilled care Ms. Finley-skilled care Mr. Answer all the questions. . Mr.

Home healthcare encompasses a wide variety of medical. or terminally ill. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are required by law to have formal programs for quality improvement and to monitor these programs using established standards. social. His family is to use this document as a guide should Mr. more / more more / less fewer / more fewer / less 4. Farrell signed an advance directive that indicates the types of end-of-life medical treatment he wants to receive. Generally. In order to avoid unwanted. is suffering from a terminal illness and has consulted his health plan about the care options available to him. The document that Mr. Mr. and support services delivered at the homes of patients who are disabled. age 82. The period following discharge from a hospital Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 6. The period prior to a hospital admission 2. Farrell is using to communicate his end-of-life Go to question 7. Farrell become incapacitated. chronically ill. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1986 2. The time period(s) when health plans typically use home healthcare include 1. . Go to question 5. These requirements are described in 1. subacute care patients require (more / fewer) services from physicians and nurses and (more / less) extensive rehabilitation services than do skilled care patients. The Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 or 2 5. A primary distinction between skilled care and subacute care relates to the extent and medical complexity of the patient’s needs.select the answer choice containing the two terms you have chosen. futile interventions. Demetrius Farrell. Go to question 6.

is suffering from a terminal illness and has consulted his health plan about the care options available to him. Farrell’s physician Mr. Demetrius Farrell. futile interventions. Farrell become incapacitated. Farrell signed an advance directive that indicates the types of end-of-life medical treatment he wants to receive. Farrell’s health plan all of the above >---------. Otherwise. age 82. In order to avoid unwanted. Farrell’s end-of-life care are legally the right and responsibility of Mr. His family is to use this document as a guide should Mr.healthcare wishes to his family is known as a medical power of attorney patient assessment and care plan living will healthcare proxy 7. if answer choices (A) through (C) are all correct. Farrell and his family Mr. For this question. Decisions regarding Mr. select the one correct answer choice.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 C B A B A C A Back to Top . Mr. select answer choice (D).

Functions that a PBM typically performs for a health plan include 1. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 9 questions. Economically. Promoting efficient and safe drug use 3. Complete the Test 1. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms or phrases enclosed in parentheses. 3. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. As a result. Health plans that choose to contract with external organizations for pharmacy services typically contract with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Go to question 3. These provisions are referred to as limitations exceptions exclusions drug edits 3.Assignment 9: Medical Management Considerations for Pharmacy and Specialty Services Reading 9A: Medical Management for Pharmacy Services-Part I • Describe some of the advantages and disadvantages of using pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to develop and manage pharmacy benefit programs • Identify strategies that health plans can use to manage the way medications are priced and prescribed • Describe three factors that impact prescription drug utilization • Explain the difference between a two-tier and a three-tier copayment structure • Describe five different types of analyses that are conducted in pharmoeconomic research Instructions: 1. health plans cannot provide coverage for every drug available from every manufacturer. Then select the answer choice containing the terms or phrases that you have chosen. Determining the health plan’s internal management responsibilities for pharmacy services All of the above 1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only 1 only 2. Go to question 4. Answer all the questions. Remember to scroll down if necessary. . 2. Managing the costs of prescription drugs 2. Determine which term or phrase in each pair correctly completes the paragraph. Go to question 2. purchaser contracts often include provisions specifying that certain drugs or drug types will not be covered.

Mr. the amount that Mr. and $25. rebate / is rebate / is not price discount / is price discount / is not 4. . The Hall Health Plan gathered objective clinical information about the recommended uses and dosages of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and presented the information to network providers to illustrate the appropriate use of these frequently prescribed and expensive drugs. Maxwell Midler’s health plan operates a drug formulary that includes a typical three-tier copayment structure with required copayments of $5. but they have little effect on group prescribing patterns. According to the plan’s formulary copayment structure. This information indicates that Hall most likely educated its network providers through the use of detailing cognitive services counterdetailing drug efficacy study implementation (DESI) 6. Go to question 7. 5. Three of the statements are true and one is false. Provider profiles identify prescribing patterns that fall outside normal ranges.The Millway Health Plan received a 15% reduction in the price of a particular pharmaceutical based on the volume of the drug Millway purchased from the manufacturer. Health plans can motivate providers to change their prescribing patterns by sharing profile information with plan members and the general public. Go to question 6. Midler recently filled a prescription for a $75 drug that was not included in the formulary. $10. Health plans typically use provider profiles to improve the quality of care associated with the use of prescription drugs. Provider profiles are effective in modifying individual prescribing patterns. Midler was required to pay for his prescription was $5 $10 $25 $75 Go to question 5. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. The following statements are about the use of provider profiling for pharmacy benefits. This reduction in price is an example of a (rebate / price discount) and (is / is not) dependent on actual provider prescribing patterns.

the drug that represents the most efficient use of resources is Drug A Drug B Drug C Drug D >---------.End of the Test ----------< Go to question 8. The type of pharmacoeconomic research that Glenway conducted in this situation was most likely cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) cost-minimization analysis (CMA) cost-utility analysis (CUA) cost of illness analysis (COI) 9.7. Go to question 9. The Glenway Health Plan’s pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committee conducted pharmacoeconomic research to measure both the clinical outcomes and costs of two new cholesterol-reducing drugs. In recent years. Factors that have contributed to this increase include increased education regarding the purpose and benefits of drug formularies reductions in the cost of prescription drugs increased use of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising all of the above 8. Back to Top 1 2 3 4 5 B C D D C . the demand for prescription drugs has increased dramatically. The Noble Health Plan conducted a cost/benefit analysis of the following four prescription drugs: Benefit Cost Drug A $525 $350 Drug B $450 $250 Drug C $400 $200 Drug D $350 $100 According to this analysis. Results were presented as a ratio showing the cost required to produce a 1 mcg/l decrease in cholesterol levels.

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open / mandatory open / voluntary closed / mandatory closed / voluntary 3. The pharmacist informed Ms. Remember to scroll down if necessary. Stanley that the prescribed drug was not in the plan formulary and that Go to question 3. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Answer all the questions. Greenhouse’s prescription drug reimbursement policy indicates that the plan formulary is classified as (open / closed). recently went to a network pharmacy to have a prescription filled. 2.Reading 9B: Medical Management for Pharmacy Services-Part II • • • • List several functions that a health plan's pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committee performs List the five steps in performing DUR Describe the three types of DUR Explain the state laws related to mail-order pharmacies and generic substitution Instructions: 1. a member of the Greenhouse Health Plan. Then select the answer choice containing the two terms that you have chosen. Stanley if she would accept a generic substitute. Adele Stanley. and marketing of prescription drugs certifying the medical necessity of expensive. In most health plans. The pharmacist informed Ms. a member of the Greenhouse Health Plan. the formulary system is developed and managed by a P&T committee. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 11 questions. The pharmacist asked Ms. Stanley that the prescribed drug was not in the plan formulary and that reimbursement for the drug was not available except in extraordinary circumstances. potentially toxic. Adele Stanley. Go to question 4. . 1. distribution. or nonformulary drugs all of the above 2. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms enclosed in parentheses. The P&T committee is responsible for evaluating and selecting drugs for inclusion in the formulary overseeing the manufacture. and that compliance by patients and providers is (mandatory / voluntary). Complete the Test Go to question 2. recently went to a network pharmacy to have a prescription filled. 3. Determine which term in each pair correctly completes the paragraph.

Stanley agrees to the generic substitution. Stanley if she would accept a generic substitute. By definition. The pharmacist asked Ms. and prescriber approval is always required 6. and prescriber approval is not required therapeutic substitution. she will receive a drug that has not been tested for safety and efficacy in large clinical trials is available without a prescription at a reasonable cost has been classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe.reimbursement for the drug was not available except in extraordinary circumstances. Go to question 7. . Drugs included in a health plan’s formulary can be classified according to how freely they can be prescribed. Go to question 6. and prescriber approval is always required therapeutic substitution. Step-therapy is appropriate for situations in which 1. The delay created when a patient moves from one therapy to the next therapy will not cause serious or permanent effects Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Go to question 5. a drug that requires some sort of review or approval by a plan physician or group of physicians before the prescription can be filled is an unrestricted drug a monitored drug a restricted drug a conditional drug 5. If Ms. brand-name drug to dispense a different chemical entity within the same drug class in order to reduce costs. This type of drug substitution is referred to as generic substitution. A significant percentage of those treated with the initial therapy will require the second therapy 2. The Harbor Health Plan’s formulary policy encourages network pharmacists who are asked to fill a prescription for a costly. but that has not been proven fully effective contains active ingredients that are identical to those of the prescribed brand-name drug 4. Step-therapy is a form of prior authorization that reserves the use of more expensive medications for cases in which the use of less expensive medications has been unsuccessful. and prescriber approval is not required generic substitution.

End of the Test ----------< 1 A Go to question 11. DUR can be conducted prospectively. or retrospectively. conditions. One method that health plans use to address provider compliance with formularies is academic detailing. Go to question 8. without input from pharmacists 10. which can be accomplished by applying diagnosis criteria and drugspecific criteria. and other elements related to the use of a particular drug actual prescribing and dispensing patterns for a particular drug types of diseases. Go to question 9. or patients for which a drug should be used cost-effectiveness of all possible drug treatments for a particular condition 9. Back to Top . duration of treatment. concurrently. PBMs are accredited by the same organizations that accredit health plans. Drug-specific criteria are standards that identify the appropriate dosages.Neither 1 nor 2 7. With respect to these laws. Go to question 10. it is correct to say that in every state. One true statement about prospective DUR is that it involves periodic audits of the medical records of a certain group of patients is based on historical data focuses on the drug therapy for a single patient rather than overall usage patterns is conducted by physicians. True False 8. One of the steps in drug utilization review (DUR) is defining optimal drug use. All states have laws describing the conditions under which pharmacists can substitute a generic drug for a brand-name drug. pharmacists must obtain physician approval before substituting generics for brand-name drugs pharmacists must obtain authorization from the health plan before substituting generics for brand-name drugs prescribers must obtain authorization from the health plan before prescribing a brand-name drug prescribers have some mechanism that allows them to prevent pharmacists from substituting generics for brand-name drugs 11. True False >---------.

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 C D B D C A A C D B .

One method health plans have used to support the delivery of appropriate services in a cost-effective manner is to remove behavioral healthcare services from the primary care setting shift behavioral healthcare from acute inpatient settings to alternative settings when feasible reserve the use of psychotherapy for treatment of those conditions that persist over long periods of time or for the life of the patient offer the same level of compensation to all of the professional disciplines that provide behavioral healthcare services to plan members 3. It is correct to say that specialty services typically involve the same types of providers and delivery systems as do standard medical services are a subset of a health plan’s standard medical-surgical services are not monitored by health plans for quality or utilization require specialized knowledge for service delivery and management 2. Answer all the questions. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. The nature of behavioral healthcare creates unique medical management challenges for health plans. and complimentary and alternative medicine Instructions: 1. 1. Accreditation specifically designed for behavioral healthcare programs is available through 1. Shoreside plans to seek accreditation for its behavioral healthcare program. 3. .Reading 9C: Medical Management for Specialty Services • • • Explain why a health plan might choose to use a carve-out arrangement to deliver a specialty service Describe several medical management challenges for behavioral healthcare Explain the strategies that health plans and managed behavioral healthcare organizations use to manage quality and costs for behavioral healthcare • Understand quality and utilization management strategies for dental care. Complete the Test Go to question 2. vision care. The Shoreside Health Plan recently added coverage for behavioral healthcare services to its benefit package. Go to question 4. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Go to question 3. 2. In order to support the quality of its behavioral healthcare services. One way that health plans can make their benefits more appealing to employers and employees is to offer coverage for specialty services. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 10 questions. Remember to scroll down if necessary.

6. Vision care is typically separated into two categories: routine eye care and clinical eye care. Michelle Durden. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 3. . then Ms. Go to question 6.2. who is enrolled in a dental health maintenance organizations (DHMO) offered by her employer. The following statements are about medical management considerations for dental care. The American Accreditation HealthCare Commission/URAC (URAC) All of the above 1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only 1 only 4. Go to question 7. is due for a routine dental examination. Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. Managed dental plans are accredited by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). Dental preferred provider organizations (Dental PPOs) are subject to more regulation than are dental health maintenance organizations (DHMOs). Durden must pay the entire cost of the examination must obtain a referral to a dentist from her primary care provider (PCP) can schedule the examination without preauthorization of payment by the DHMO can schedule an unlimited number of examinations and cleanings per year 7. The Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) of 1996 is a federal law that establishes requirements for behavioral healthcare coverage for group plan members. The MHPA requires health plans to offer mental health benefits to all eligible members prohibits health plans that offer mental health benefits from imposing lower annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental illnesses than they do on physical illnesses provides an exemption for health plans that can demonstrate cost savings of more than 1 percent prohibits health plans from limiting the number of outpatient visits or inpatient days covered under the plan 5. If the plan is typical of most DHMOs. Managed dental care organizations are regulated at the state rather than the federal level. Dental care differs from medical care in that most dental care is provided by specialists. Go to question 5. The standard benefit plans offered by most health plans include coverage for Go to question 8.

The only well-established credentialing standards for alternative healthcare practitioners are those available from NCQA. Go to question 9. naturopaths. Clinical eye care Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 8. These NCQA credentialing standards apply to chiropractors naturopaths acupuncturists all of the above 10. Examples of alternative healthcare practitioners are chiropractors. Routine eye care 2. injury. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 D B B B A C C . True False >---------. Most health plans require a PCP referral or precertification for CAM benefits. or symptom rather than on the whole body 9.1. and acupuncturists.End of the Test ----------< Back to Top Go to question 10. Health plans that offer complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services face potential liability because many types of CAM services must be offered as separate supplemental benefits or separate products lack clinical trials to evaluate their safety and effectiveness are not covered by state or federal consumer protection statutes focus on a specific illness.

8 9 10 B A B .

Select or enter the best answer for each of the 8 questions. Answer all the questions. 2. Medicare beneficiaries can obtain healthcare benefits through fee-forservice (FFS) Medicare programs. QAPI quality assessment standards apply to standard medical-surgical services mental health and substance abuse services services offered to Medicare enrollees as optional supplementary benefits Go to question 3. The QAPI (Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program) is a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) initiative designed to strengthen health plans’ efforts to protect and improve the health and satisfaction of Medicare beneficiaries. Unlike other coverage options. Medigap insurance. One result of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 has been to expand Medicare benefits by mandating coverage for certain preventive services reduce the number of organizations that can deliver covered services encourage growth of managed Medicare programs in all markets increase the number of “zero premium” plans available to Medicare beneficiaries 3. Complete the Test Go to question 2. For this question. . Medicare has undergone a number of changes because of legal and regulatory action. Otherwise. Since its inception. if answer choices (A) through (C) are all correct. CCPs provide only those benefits covered by Medicare Part A and Part B are not subject to federal or state regulation place primary care at the center of the delivery system are structured as indemnity plans 2. Go to question 4. or coordinated care plans (CCPs). 3. 1.Assignment 10: Medical Management for Government-Sponsored Programs Reading 10A: Medicare • • • • Identify the major benefits of managed Medicare Understand the legal and regulatory requirements that affect medical management for Medicare Recognize the special health risk factors and needs of the Medicare population Describe the important components of a comprehensive program of geriatric care Instructions: 1. select the one correct answer choice. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Medicare medical savings account (MSA) plans. Remember to scroll down if necessary. select answer choice (D).

Designing effective medical management programs for Medicare beneficiaries requires an understanding of the unique health needs of the Medicare population. has difficulty performing basic self-care activities. One characteristic of Medicare beneficiaries is that they typically do not experience mental health problems consume more than half of all prescription drugs are likely to equate quality with the technical aspects of clinical procedures require longer and more costly recovery periods following acute illnesses or injuries than does the general population 6. and eating. managed Medicare programs can measure and report quality only at the provider level use a single system to deliver services to all plan members provide an organizational focus for accountability can use the same performance measures for all products and plans 5.all of the above 4. Select the phrase in each pair that correctly completes the paragraph. Go to question 8. age 75. Go to question 7. The identification of high-risk seniors is typically accomplished through the use of case management geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) intervention identification Go to question 5. such as bathing. Comparing the quality of managed Medicare programs with the quality of FFS Medicare programs is often difficult. The paragraph below contains two pairs of phrases enclosed in parentheses. Calvin Montrose. without assistance. activities of daily living / functional status activities of daily living / health status instrumental activities of daily living / functional status instrumental activities of daily living / health status 7. dressing. The select the answer choice containing the two phrases you have selected. Unlike FFS Medicare. . This information indicates that Mr. Health plans that offer healthcare programs for Medicare beneficiaries have a strong financial incentive for identifying high-risk seniors as early as possible. Go to question 6. Montrose needs assistance with (activities of daily living / instrumental activities of daily living) that are used to measure his (functional status / health status).

CMS has developed two prototype programs—Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the Social Health Maintenance Organization (SHMO) demonstration project—to deliver healthcare services to Medicare beneficiaries.interdisciplinary home care (IHC) 8. PACE-annual limits on benefits for nursing home and community-based care SHMO-no limits on long-term care benefits PACE-provide long-term care only SHMO-provide acute and long-term care PACE-enrollees must be age 65 or older SHMO-enrollees must be age 55 or older PACE-enrollment open to nursing home certifiable Medicare beneficiaries only SHMO-enrollment open to all Medicare beneficiaries >---------.End of the Test ----------< Back to Top 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 C A D C D A C D . From the answer choices below. select the response that correctly identifies the features of these programs.

Select the answer choice containing the correct statement. Under the terms of the BBA. The following statements are about QAPI as it applies to Medicare+Choice plans and Medicaid health plan entities. Go to question 3. Separate commercial insurance programs Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 3. 3. . 1. QISMC standards for quality measurement and improvement apply only to clinical services delivered to Medicare and Medicaid enrollees. QAPI provides separate sets of standards for Medicaid MCEs and Medicare+Choice plans. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 7 questions.Reading 10B: Medicaid • • • • Describe the impact of recent laws and regulations on the management of medical care for Medicaid recipients Describe the health risk factors and healthcare needs of Medicaid recipients Identify the essential components of an effective Medicaid health plan plan Describe the challenges health plans face in designing programs to meet the needs of Medicaid recipients Instructions: 1. 2. states can implement SCHIP as 1. Complete the Test Go to question 2. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. Remember to scroll down if necessary. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 affected Medicaid eligibility by severing the link between Medicaid and public assistance eliminating the need for applications for Medicaid and public assistance allowing states to provide healthcare benefits to groups outside the traditional Medicaid population providing supplemental funding for dual eligibles in the form of five-year block grants 2. Part of their existing Medicaid programs 2. Go to question 4. The BBA of 1997 allows states to provide Medicaid benefits to children through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Medicaid primary care case management (PCCM) programs are required to comply with all QAPI standards. Recent laws and regulations have established new requirements for Medicaid eligibility. Answer all the questions.

Go to question 5. Children with chronic conditions use more physician and nonphysician professional services than do children in the general population. True False 7. The Medicaid population can be divided into subgroups based on their relative size and the costs of providing benefits. Access to services is an important issue for both fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid and managed Medicaid programs.Largest % of Medicaid ExpendituresLargest % of Medicaid Population-dual eligibles Largest % of Medicaid Expenditures-children and low-income adults Largest % of Medicaid Population-chronically ill or disabled individuals not eligible for MedicareLargest % of Medicaid Expenditures-dual eligibles Largest % of Medicaid Population-children and low-income adults Largest % of Medicaid Expenditures-chronically ill or disabled individuals not eligible for Medicare Largest % of Medicaid Population-chronically ill or disabled individuals not eligible for Medicare Largest % of Medicaid Expenditures-children and low-income adults 5. From the answer choices below. Go to question 6. The following statements are about chronic and disabling conditions among children eligible for Medicaid. Access to services under managed Medicaid is affected by the lack of qualified providers in provider networks lack of resources necessary to establish case management programs for patients with complex conditions Go to question 7. 6. Medicaid-eligible children are at risk for serious mental and physical conditions. Select the answer choice containing the FALSE statement. Largest % of Medicaid Population. Three of the statements are true and one is false. Children in Medicaid programs have a higher incidence of chronic disabling conditions than do children in the general population. select the response that correctly identifies the subgroups that represent the largest percentages of the total Medicaid population and of total Medicaid expenditures.States that require Medicaid MCEs to comply with QAPI standards are considered to be in compliance with CMS quality assessment and improvement regulations. Back to Top . Determine whether the following statement is true or false: The key to successfully managing the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services for Medicaid enrollees is to merge Medicaid recipients into existing plans. 4. The majority of chronic conditions affecting children in Medicaid programs are the same as those affecting children in the general population.

unstable eligibility status of Medicaid recipients inability of Medicaid recipients to change health plans or PCPs >---------.End of the Test ----------< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A A D C B B C .

Answer all the questions. Serena Wilson. Ms. eligibility. Then select the answer choice containing the two terms or Go to question 4. All health plans that cover federal employees are required to develop and implement patient safety initiatives Both 1 and 2 1 only 2 only Neither 1 nor 2 2. Instructions: 1. This information indicates that Ms. a registered nurse. . 3. Go to question 2. Select or enter the best answer for each of the 6 questions. provider selection. Remember to scroll down if necessary. The paragraph below contains two pairs of terms or phrases enclosed in parentheses. and claims. Wilson serves as a lead agent beneficiary services representative health plan support contractor primary care manager (PCM) 3. Select the term or phrase in each pair that correctly completes the paragraph. Go to question 3. Wilson serves as a primary point of contact between enrollees and the TRICARE system and answers enrollees’ questions about plan options. Complete the Test 1. is employed at a TRICARE Service Center (TSC) located at a military installation. FEHBP plan members who have exhausted the health plan’s usual appeals process for a disputed decision can request an independent review by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 2. The following statement(s) can correctly be made about medical management considerations for the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP): 1.Reading 10C: Other Government-Sponsored Healthcare Programs • • Identify several FEHBP requirements that impact a health plan's medical management activities Describe how the Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration influence healthcare quality and cost in the private sector. and vice versa • Discuss key differences between workers' compensation programs and group healthcare programs in terms of quality management and cost management. Click Complete the Test to score your answers and view a report. 2.

group healthcare. Back to Top . appeals / TRICARE contractor appeals / Area Field Office grievances / TRICARE contractor grievances / Area Field Office 4. employers combine workers’ compensation. select the one correct answer choice. One difference between group healthcare and workers’ compensation is that workers’ compensation provides health and disability benefits to employees injured on the job only if the employer is at fault for the injury provides coverage for a variety of direct and indirect healthcare. and workplace costs manages costs by including employee cost-sharing features in its benefit design places limits on benefits by restricting the amount of benefit payments or the number of covered hospital days or provider office visits 5. cost-effective healthcare is a primary goal of both group healthcare and workers’ compensation programs. Ways that workers’ compensation health plans can help control the costs of job-related injuries and illnesses include applying strict definitions of medical necessity developing prevention and recovery programs applying out-of-network benefit reductions all of the above 6. For this question. disability. The delivery of quality. Occasionally. Such challenges are referred to as (appeals / grievances) and are typically handled by the (TRICARE contractor / Area Field Office). TRICARE enrollees have the right to challenge authorization and coverage decisions. select answer choice (D).phrases you have chosen. Otherwise. Go to question 6. One true statement about 24-hour coverage is that it typically increases administrative costs requires plans to maintain separate databases of patient care information exempts plans from complying with state workers’ compensation regulations allows plans to apply disability management and return-to-work techniques to nonoccupational conditions >---------.End of the Test ----------< Go to question 5. if answer choices (A) through (C) are all correct. and disability programs into an integrated product known as 24hour coverage.

1 2 3 4 5 6 A B A B B D .

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