Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)     [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links  

Citizens for the Right to Know     http://www.rtk.org/
The site explains different types of health plans, offers tips on how to choose a plan, and covers how to file a complaint.  It provides information on California legislation related to health care.  Also, it links to California Internet Formulary Reference where you can check if your plan covers a currently prescribed medicine.  The Formulary is searchable by health condition, drug name, and drug category.

Consumer@ction - Health Care/HMO Publications     http://www.consumer-action.org/english/library/C24       
Text of booklets which advise on HMOs, and Medicare and HMOs.  Advice on how to handle an HMO plan, and links for other sources on HMOs.

Fairness.com -- Health Insurance/HMO's    
http://www.consumer-action.org/archives/English/library/health/index.php?English/library/health/index.php

This website serves as an "information clearinghouse to help you research any topic related to fairness."  The sire features recently published articles for which links are provided.  The site is weighed toward political and legal issues of topics featured.

HMO Help Center     http://www.hmohelp.ca.gov/
The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) oversees all HMOs in California, as well as other health plans.  Links are provided to various health plans, as well as topics concerning questions and issues about HMOs.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

CQ Researcher     http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
The report "Covering the Uninsured" examines and details various topics within the larger issue of health coverage in the United States.  The report contains links to Web sites, as well as a bibliography on the topics of health care and health insurance.

Books    
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books
Non-circulating:

Health care : opposing viewpoints
Call number: Ref RA395.A3H4123 2003

Health, United States
Call number: Ref RA407.3.U57A 1995

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Health care rationing -- United States

Health services accessibility -- United States

Managed care plans (Medical care) -- United States

Medical care -- United States -- Cost control

Articles
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.


The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type in each term in a separate box:

    1.  SU(health care expenditures) and GEO(California) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    2.  (SUB(health maintenance organizations) and SUB(quality of service) )
    3.  (SUB(health maintenance organizations) and SUB(ratings & rankings) )
    4.  (SUB(health maintenance organizations) and "Patient's Bill of Rights" )
    5.  (SUB(health care policy) and SUB(managed care) )
    6.  (SUB(health care expenditures) and GEO(California))

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 4/2000
last update: D. Banton, Librarian 10/2007

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