HMO REGULATION: Likely to Change
If there's one thins that "appears to be certain" in the ongoing managed care reform debate, the AP/Capitol Alert reports, it is that state oversight of HMOs "will be yanked from the state Department of Corporations." Sources say Gov. Gray Davis (D) will announce his new plan for HMO regulation "within three weeks." Davis press secretary Michael Bustamante said Davis "will be moving [HMOs] out from the Department of Corporations." The AP/Capitol Alert reports that Davis is "expected to propose shifting HMO regulation to a new entity with exclusive authority over managed care, and which would have an advisory panel composed of members representing doctors, insurers, patients and regulators." Davis aides have been taking comments from affected parties on the potential reforms (Howard, 4/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.