Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
In Toward a 21st Century Health System, Enthoven
and Tollen have assembled a collection of well-written essays that describe
the evolution of prepaid group practice (PGP) as a framework for organization
and delivery that meets the needs of a contemporary health care system. Some
of the 12 chapters and epilogue explain why PGPs were initially developed,
describe their growth and popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, and distinguish
between PGPs and their late 20th-century look-alikes, health maintenance organizations
and preferred provider organizations, which were not built on a foundation
of large multi-specialty medical groups.
Mueller KJ. Health System. JAMA. 2004;292(20):2523-2524. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2523