MANAGED CARE October 1999. ©1999 MediMedia USA
The disease management industry worries about a bill sent to California's governor that would allow medical information to be shared only when a physician authorizes DM services.... The American Osteopathic Association won't follow the AMA's lead. It voted not to form a doctor union.... In Washington, where insurers have been dropping individual policies, only one carrier next year will sell the state's Basic Health Plan. Other insurers have frozen enrollment or quit the program, designed for people without employer benefits.... Delaware will use its share of the national tobacco settlement to fund $2,500 in annual prescription coverage for low-income elderly and the disabled without it.... The Society of Actuaries has made odds on Uncle Sam developing a government-payer system in the next 10 years: 1 in 3.