Vol. 9, No. 2 February 2000

United Kingdom’s Reforms Look Familiar

Can managed care function in a politically driven system?

When Cooperation Makes Sense

Working together on noncompetitive things can benefit HMOs.


Mobilization on the Hospital-HMO Front

The Balanced Budget Act and market pressures have hospitals crying “uncle.” Still, HMOs have to look somewhere for savings.

Poor IT Systems Sank Harvard Pilgrim

As the health plan grew by merger, its computer systems remained separate. A lesson for the age of consolidation.

Bradley, Bush, Gore, McCain on Health Care

Perhaps the biggest news is a reluctance to bash HMOs.

Q&A: Putting a Word in for Group Practice

This model is cost-effective, says Thomas Bodenheimer, M.D.

A Pharmacist-Run Anticoagulation Clinic

Doctors and patients like it, this study reports.



Editor’s Memo

HMOs fight with hospital partners, cooperate with HMO competitors.

News and Commentary

Warning to Hospitals: Baby Boomers Are Coming!
Is the Comeback Real — or Is It All Just an Illusion?
On Heels of Report Of Medical Errors, Biz Cooperates
Plans’ pharmacy costs to rise as much this year as in 1999 [chart]
First Major Ruling About Financial Incentives Upheld
TennCare Brass Says There’s Life After the Blues
Would IRP Make Plans Chirp Over Savings?
Premium increases hitting double digits  [chart]
Some PCPs Are Worried Sick About Patients
Headlines on Deadline…

Washington Watch

Regulators, Congress seek to cast tighter net over online pharmacies.

Compensation Monitor

Capitation is the most prevalent form of payment from Medicare HMOs. [charts]

Legal Forum

Another state court expands HMO liability for providers’ actions.

Managed Care Outlook

Despite increase in costs, PPOs continue to make enrollment gains. [charts]

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