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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

Meetings

Pharmaceutical Pricing and Contracting Conference Philadelphia, PA September 22–23, 2014
Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014