Vol. 6, No. 4
Workers' compensation is attracting managed care companies because they can, more effectively than individual providers, concentrate on what's really important to employersgetting injured workers back on the job.
The idea of teamwork pervades health care these days, and it applies in a distinct way to workers' comp, where the physician may be expected to identify fraudulent claims. Fortunately, they're often easy to spot.
Many large institutionsHMOs for examplehave learned the advantages of resolving disputes outside the legal system, using processes that are fair to both sides. These approaches, such as mediation and arbitration, can benefit individuals, too.
For the newly appointed director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research at the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, putting in one night a week as a practicing internist is a helpful reality check.
A physician considers California voters' rejection of two managed care reform measures and what it means for the future. Change will continue, he predicts, as consumers "vote" with premium dollars rather than ballots.
Having transformed the market, pharmacy benefit management companies are now in for some shaking up themselves, experts agree. Among the possible results: widespread use of closed drug formularies.
It's one of the most thankless jobs in health care: denying a patient's request for medical treatment. Before making such a decision, follow these steps to avoid bad-faith denials, advises an experienced medical director.
When magazines like this one recommend some action as "worth the time it takes," do you wonder where the time is supposed to come from? This article may help.
As the health care market evolves, physicians will be wise to adopt new ways of dealing with managed care organizations, says this consultant, especially when it comes time to ink capitation contracts.
Managing Editor's Memo 9
News and Commentary 14
Washington Initiatives 17
Employer Update 24
Compensation Monitor 30
Legal Forum 103
Outcomes Management 105
Managed Care Outlook 106