System change: quality assessment and improvement for Medicaid managed care

Health Care Financ Rev. Summer 1996;17(4):97-115.


Rising Medicaid health expenditures have hastened the development of State managed care programs. Methods to monitor and improve health care under Medicaid are changing. Under fee-for-service (FFS), the primary concern was to avoid overutilization. Under managed care, it is to avoid underutilization. Quality enhancement thus moves from addressing inefficiency to addressing insufficiency of care. This article presents a case study of Virginia's redesign of Quality Assessment and Improvement (QA/I) for Medicaid, adapting the guidelines of the Quality Assurance Reform Initiative (QARI) of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). The article concludes that redesigns should emphasize Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) by all providers and of multi-faceted, population-based data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Managed Care Programs / organization & administration
  • Managed Care Programs / standards*
  • Managed Care Programs / statistics & numerical data
  • Medicaid / organization & administration
  • Medicaid / standards*
  • Medicaid / statistics & numerical data
  • Medical Audit
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • State Health Plans / organization & administration
  • State Health Plans / standards*
  • State Health Plans / statistics & numerical data
  • United States
  • Virginia