Managed health care emerged in the early 19th century in response to the growing cost of medical services in the United States. It is an ever-evolving approach to combining the financing and delivery of health care that seeks to manage costs, increase access, and ensure or improve quality of care through a variety of methods, including provider network management, utilization management, and quality assurance.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
- Describe the evolution of managed care and the forces that have driven its evolution.
- Explain how managed care influences access to and utilization of healthcare services within the current healthcare system.
- Evaluate the efficacy of managed care plans in containing healthcare costs.
- Differentiate and compare at least three (3) models of managed care organizations.
- Summarize at least one (1) managed care trend (i.e., evolving mixed models, managed Medicaid, managed Medicare) and appraise how this trend will affect managed careâ€™s overall goal of managing costs, increasing access, and ensuring quality in the delivery of healthcare.
- Use at least three (3) recent (i.e., last five  years), quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Use at least three (3) recent (i.e., last five  years), quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
- Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the studentâ€™s name, the professorâ€™s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
- Evaluate the shifts in multi-provider healthcare systems and its impact on market segments.
- Assess how changes in the economic and commercial environments have affected the health sector.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in Health Care Operations Management.
- Write clearly and concisely about Health Care Operations Management using proper writing mechanics.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: