Vol. 8, No. 5 May 1999


Should Uncle Sam Insure Us All?

Don’t let silence on Capitol Hill fool you: Thanks to the ever-growing number of uninsured Americans, even during a boom, single payer is not a dead issue. Even physicians are curious.

Why Physicians Will Embrace Technology

Informaticist Ross D. Martin, M.D., says HMOs can improve outcomes and relationships with physicians by sharing data that will encourage investment in information technology.

Employers Starting To Hold HMOs Accountable for Quality

Some employers are looking at quality measures and asking for performance guarantees. How HMOs respond can mean the difference between getting or losing contracts with big companies.

‘Will Prudent Layperson Please Report to the ER’

There’s someone looking over your shoulder as you decide whether to cover a member’s visit to the emergency room.

A Better Office Visit For Doctor and Patient

The benefits of improved physician-patient communication include better member satisfaction and lower costs of care.


Editor’s Memo
Flat Tax? Single Payer? Find Those Easy Answers

News and Commentary
HMOs’ Protection From Liability Chipped Away, Ruling by Ruling
Publicly-Held HMOs’ Earnings Up in 4th Quarter
Physicians, hospitals would like HMOs to be more forthcoming when sharing data [chart]
Blues To Pick Up Harris Methodist For $100 Million
Utah Health Plan Settles on AMAP For Accreditation
6 HMOs make 1999 Sachs Honor Roll [table]
More Time To Plan Medicare+Choice Benefits Allotted
HCFA: Medicaid Must Now Cover Growth Hormone
Does Charity Care Suffer When Docs Earn Less Money?
Headlines On Deadline…

Washington Watch
As Medicare Overhaul Stalls, Reformers Eye Managed Care

State Initiatives
Officials Search for Way To End Individual Market’s Death Spiral

Compensation Monitor
Health care executives most highly compensated

Legal Forum
Know What To Do When Agents Search Your Office for Evidence

How Much Should Patients Know About What It Costs To Treat Them?

Managed Care Outlook
PBM industry stabilizing amid mergers and spinoffs

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