IN THIS ISSUE

Richard M. Kirkner
For health plans and employer groups, the economics of battling obesity are not always obvious
Bob Kirsch
The disease has risen quickly to become the third-leading cause of death in the world — getting there much faster than anyone expected
Peer-Reviewed
Girishanthy Krishnarajah, MPH, MBA/MS
Monali Bhosle, PhD
Richard Chapman, PhD
A comparison of health care costs in patients with diabetes who do not initially respond to oral therapy suggests that it might be appropriate and clinically beneficial for providers to consider adding another oral agent, rather than up-titrating the current medication, particularly beyond intermediate dose levels
Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the Affordable Care Act, favors hospitals over health plans
Medication Management
Thomas Reinke
Health plans play a key role in data quality and will benefit from improvements
Plan Watch
Frank Diamond
Express Scripts’ program manages biologics dispensed under the pharmacy and the medical benefit
Tomorrow's Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD
With Zytiga joining the ranks, managed care may have a way to develop an oncology strategy for a common type of cancer
News and Commentary