Enrollment in HMOs continued to increase in 1996, although at a slightly slower pace than it did in 1995, according to newly released data. In addition to increases in commercial HMO enrollment, enrollment of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries also rose significantly. The numbers are part of a new report on the HMO industry from Minneapolis-based InterStudy.
As of Jan. 1, 1997, 651 plans enrolled nearly 67 million people. Forty-five new HMOs were licensed to operate in the second half of 1996, while 27 HMOs merged or were consolidated. The strongest growth occurred in mixed-model HMOs, which tend to split enrollment between groups and IPA networks.
The charts (clockwise from top left) show growth in Medicare and Medicaid HMOs, the fastest-growing HMOs, the largest HMOs, the states with the largest percentage of HMO enrollees and HMO enrollment growth.
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