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September 1998

NCQA hopes its revamped accreditation process and documents modeled on Consumer Reports will mean more use by employers and the public.
Michael D. Dalzell
Studies show that doctors often ignore the recognized expert-tested practices of our times. Why? And how can plans encourage adherence?
Frank Diamond
Though health plans preach it, the phrase doesn't resonate with many physicians. But practicing it is not as difficult as many fear.
Michael D. Dalzell
The president of the American Medical Association ponders her organization's influence on the evolving health care industry and such hot-button issues as doctors' unions and the Patient Bill of Rights.
Although there aren't any perfect solutions to creating a formulary free of drug-drug interactions, there are things you can do to limit problems.
MARTIN KOHL