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Unable to Work
This on-line forum was created especially for the nation's jobless and underemployed workers. This resource is available to help the unemployed learn more about the unemployment system, to share their experiences and concerns, and to participate in the national debate over aid to the jobless.
Unemployed Not currently employed. This could include people looking for work, or people engaged in other activities such as homemakers, students or volunteers.
Unmet Needs Identified treatment needs of the people that are not being met as well as those receiving treatment that is inappropriate or not optimal.
Utilization The level of use of a particular service over time.
Utilization Management (UM) A system of procedures designed to ensure that the services provided to a specific client at a given time are cost-effective, appropriate, and least restrictive.
Utilization Review (UR) Retrospective analysis of the patterns of service usage in order to determine means for optimizing the value of services provided (minimizes cost and maximizes effectiveness/appropriateness).
Utilization Risk The risk that actual service utilization might differ from utilization projections.

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