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The Health Maintenance Organization as an Emotional System
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Michael H. Quinn, PhD

This paper will apply a systems framework to evaluate ideas and assumptions managed care organizations typically use in today’s cost conscious mental health delivery system. These ideas and assumptions will be described as they are often put into practice in health maintenance organizations. The validity and potential usefulness of these concepts will be evaluated in the context of Bowen family systems theory. The paper will include a focus on the findings of one large scale study of mental health service delivery to families (Bickman et al. 1995) that has generated considerable discussion and debate because of its relevance to managed care. Questions, problems, and implications from a systems perspective will be addressed.

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