Vol. 7, No. 8
We'd hate to spoil anyone's fun but the good times won't roll on forever. You can, however, survive the next recession.
Managed care and physicians are learning to get along. Is it a match made of necessity, or are the seeds of trust in place?
Making Medicare+Choice work is the primary goal of this former preferred-provider organization executive now at HCFA.
An HMO medical director writes about how his company uses claims data to help improve physician performance.
Negotiating a DM contract starts before you and the vendor sit down. Find out all you can about your target population.
M.B.A. programs that are tailored specifically to busy physicians are becoming more common. We profile a few of them.
Medicine's Cease-fire: Is It the Real Deal?
News and Commentary
Where's the Beef? Despite Predictions, Premiums Advance Only 3.3 Percent
New Drugs, Greater Utilization Drive Rx Costs
Drug Makers Put Half of Ad Money Into Television
What's the risk in risk? [chart]
And now, a 'report card' from the doctors [chart]
Headlines on Deadline...
Despite Being Full of Popular Ideas, GOP Reform Plan Gets Poor Reviews
Thomas, Grassley Attack HCFA Boss For Slow Service
Some Troubled By Cutbacks in Retiree Benefits
Gordon Chairs Group That Will Examine Quality
Medicare+Choice Regulations Put PSOs on Par With HMOs
Teleconsultations: HCFA Issues New Payment Rules
Take as Needed...
Compensation Monitor [chart]
Executive salaries mostly below $200,000
States Defy Federal Directive Requiring Medicaid To Cover Viagra
In New York State, Employers Launch Quality Consortium
California Senate Kills Governor's Oversight Plan
Texas Appears To Widen Probe Of Pharmacy Fines
Kentucky OKs Health-Adjusted Individual Rates
Is Medical Ethics the Same As Corporate Compliance?
HCFA Implementation of Stark II Law Examines Motive in Payment Review
Managed Care Outlook [chart]
Physicians underestimate how well they're communicating with patients