Outpatient geriatric assessment in a Health Maintenance Organization. Its structure, practice, and clinical implications

Clin Geriatr Med. 1987 Feb;3(1):185-91.


The authors review their experience with the implementation of a geriatric assessment unit (GAU) within the Rhode Island Group Health Association, a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Included is a historical background of the involvement of HMOs with care of Medicare patients, a description of the structure of an outpatient GAU, and the authors' experience to date with this population of patients. This article concludes with a discussion of the future role of GAUs and HMOs in the care of older patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Health Maintenance Organizations*
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Rhode Island