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MedPartners Inc., which made a fast fortune as the world's biggest physician practice management company, then lost it almost as quickly, changed its name to reflect the shift of its business to pharmacy benefit management. The company already owned Caremark, the PBM, so renaming itself Caremark Rx Inc. was a natural.... Tufts Health Plan will boost premiums 10 to 15 percent next year and leave Maine, thanks to a $30 million loss.... Aetna U.S. Healthcare, which has taken a PR beating from physicians, has created a unit dedicated to shoring up relations with its 250,000 contracted doctors.... The Pacific Business Group on Health chose open-enrollment season to name Blue Cross of California its 2000 Blue Ribbon health plan. PBGH's selection is based on outcomes, customer satisfaction, use of electronic health information, and willingness to collaborate with other stakeholders in health care.

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