Effects of cost control mechanisms on pharmaceutical use and costs

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the relative impacts of patient co-payments, physician financial incentives, and other HMO administrative controls--methods for controlling pharmaceutical use--on drug utilization and costs. The evaluation study will analyze data for HMOs in which these mechanisms are employed to different degrees. The findings of this project will be useful to administrators of individual managed care plans as they strive to develop effective methods for controlling drug utilization and costs. In addition, since national plans for a reformed health care system include an increase in managed care, these findings should help inform national policy regarding pharmaceutical use.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $368,381.00

Awarded on: 1/21/1994

Time frame: 2/1/1994 - 7/31/1996

Grant Number: 23654


University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

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