Most HMOs now have programs to manage and track their asthmatic patients. But are patients really getting better? Look around: Some programs are reporting measurable progress.
Lose data stored on a hard drive and your practice will suffer for months. It's a real threat, so head off catastrophe with backup disks, tapes and systems — before it's too late!
At first glance, the '98 HEDIS looks a lot like the '97 model. But lift the hood and you'll find that NCQA re-engineered HEDIS to give better performance, thanks to improved data-collection techniques.
Broadcast and printed stories are still mostly neutral, but those with a spin are now more negative than positive.
By March 2, hospitals and long-term care organizations must inform the Joint Commission which clinical outcomes they will measure. The plan telegraphs a change in accreditation standards that few care to predict.
As pharmacists expand their patient care roles, health plans and physicians differ in their responses. Both have sound arguments.
A doctor trained in informatics argues that managed care must borrow the principles of accounting to appraise more realistically the costs of medical interventions.
Reinsurance, once a sleepy part of managed care, is changing. Provider stop-loss is where much of the actions is, but health plans are also affected.