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The general principles by which a government is guided in its management of public affairs, or the legislature in its measures. A general term used to describe all contracts of insurance.

As applied to a law, ordinance, or Rule of Law, the general purpose or tendency considered as directed to the welfare or prosperity of the state or community.


(Contract), noun agreement, arrangement, contractual obligation, contractual statement, insurance contract, legal document, mutual agreement, mutual underraking, obligation, pact, schedule, understanding
Associated concepts: insurance policy


(Plan of action), noun approach, consilium, course, course of action, course of conduct, doctrine, essablished order, fundamental principles, general guidelines, general principles, governing course of action, governing plan, governing principle, line, line of action, line of connuct, management, manner of proceeding, method, mode of management, party line, plan, plan of campaign, polity, prescribed form, principles, procedure, proposal, proposed action, proposition, rule of accion, scheme, stratagem, ways
Associated concepts: public policy
See also: course, direction, guide, platform, polity, practice, principle, procedure, process, program, rule, scheme, strategy, system

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

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This combined team of 12 outstanding health care policy professionals, working in concert with the firm s established top-tier public law and policy and health regulatory groups, will be able to provide comprehensive counsel and representation for every aspect of the health care industry.
This, however, can be resolved by following the book with additional research and updates on health care policy, which is necessary, regardless, in a fast moving and ever changing policy area.
Department of Health & Human Services and considered a leader in the field of health care policy for older Americans.
Egan, formerly executive vice president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Group, will have overall corporate responsibility for developing and recommending initiatives to address key governmental health care policy issues.
Colorado Health Networks (CHN) announced today that through a competitive re-bid process, it has been awarded the Colorado Medicaid Community Mental Health Services Program contract for Southern/Western Colorado from the State of Colorado's Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
has launched a comprehensive weekly publication, BNA's Health Care Policy Report, covering health care policy and reform.
Sheila Leatherman, President of the Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, said: "We are especially pleased to have the opportunity to work with CIGNA HealthCare because the result will be one of the largest standardized, comparative data bases of quality of care indicators in the United States.
Through the BlueWorks program, BCBSA and the Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy work together to evaluate Blue Cross and Blue Shield company initiatives that address healthcare affordability and quality.
Steinberg's ongoing leadership role as a member of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association's National Medical Advisory Panel, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the Advisory Council of Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy.
6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) today announced that it has established centers in upstate New York, North Carolina, Colorado and two other areas to conduct short-term studies aimed at improving the quality, effectiveness, appropriateness and outcomes of health services for rural Americans.
The Health Care Financing Administration has established the effectiveness initiative, designed to measure the outcomes of health care services provided to Medicare recipients,(12) and the newly formed Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has initiated funding for programs for outcomes assessment, and for using these findings of outcome research to develop practice guidelines.
RMHP's ACL continues to be augmented by declining HMO membership and the effects of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Medicaid contract converting to Administrative Service Only (ASO), an event that took place in the second half of 2003.

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