Nonprofit HMOs Give Better Care

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Researchers have discovered not-for-profit HMOs have better quality-of-care rates than investor-owned HMOs.

According to the July 14 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers used 14 quality-of-care indicators specified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance to compare the performance of 248 investor-owned HMOs with 81 not-for-profit HMOs. The nonprofit HMOs had better rates in all 14 areas.

One of the biggest differences was the treatment of people with diabetes. According to the study, 47.9 percent of patients with diabetes who belonged to not-for-profit HMOs got annual eye exams, compared to 35.1 percent of similar patients in investor-owned HMOs.

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