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December 2005

All the state-of-the-art health care literacy tools go for naught when faced with such ignorance
John Carroll
Advancing technologies and new coverage designs are creating opportunities — and obligations — for health plan medical directors
MargaretAnn Cross
If the next pandemic is anything like the 1918 outbreak, some small regional health plans might see their membership decimated, or worse
Jack McCain
Evidence-based medicine can help cut costs and raise the standard of care, but we'll need a common measure of quality
Ricardo Guggenheim, MD
As with other chronic diseases of aging, early diagnosis and pharmacologic therapy may reduce the costs for enrollees with Alzheimer's disease
David S. Geldmacher, MD



Departments
Editor's Memo
John A. Marcille
Medication Management
Tiered benefit design and mail order pharmacy are useful, but don't overlook this other significant vehicle for savings.
Martin Sipkoff
Legislation & Regulation
A proposal to levy a tax on health care insurance meets a chilly response from Capitol Hill, the Bush administration, AHIP, and pollsters. What a surprise.
John Carroll
Employer Update
Health plans, researchers, employers, and workers make common cause to identify and treat depression
Lola Butcher