Attorneys Brown and Hartung provide a comprehensive overview of the development and structural components of managed health care plans. The article discusses the state regulatory controls affecting managed care including Patient Protection Acts. Mandated benefit provisions, any willing provider laws, and consumer access provisions. The article considers liability problems facing managed care organizations, in particular liabilities which arise from utilization and medical review discussions as well as gag clauses and financial incentive arrangements. The authors also review relevant federal regulatory initiatives.

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