A newly formed research consortium will spend $2.1 million over the next three years to assess the impact of Medicaid managed care on healthcare institutions, consumers and managed-care plans in New York City.
The study by the New York Consortium for Health Services Research comes at a time of upheaval for New York's Medicaid program. Last summer, a number of managed-care plans were barred from marketing directly to Medicaid recipients because of abuses uncovered by the state. Then New York Health Commissioner Barbara A. Debuono tightened standards for health plan participation.
Nearly 415,000 people, a quarter of the city's Medicaid recipients, are now enrolled in managed-care plans.
"This is exactly the time when you want the best information on what's happening," said James R. Tallon Jr., president of the United Hospital Fund, a participant in the consortium. "I think good researchers have their eyes open about the potential disruptions that will occur in people's traditional patterns of care."
The research consortium includes Columbia University and New York University. The group will examine the plans' financial arrangements and staffing patterns.