Vol. 9, No. 8 Contents

Translation: What Does It Mean?

Often the health care translators find the right word, but miss the meaning. Cultural ignorance can lead to grievous errors. Here are credentials to look for when contracting.

Cover Story

Nurse Practitioners Cost You Less

If you’re concerned that the group practices you contract with might not stay afloat, here’s a relatively inexpensive and competent pool of labor. Not all physicians approve.

Medicaid on a Budget

Though trends are difficult to track, it appears that the number of Medicaid recipients is starting to increase again, at least in some states. Treating them through HMOs could reduce costly ER care, but this is a population with special needs.

Q&A: Putting Patient Safety First

Meet the versatile David Classen, M.D., whose unconventional mind-set is being applied to one of medicine’s greatest problems.

Placing a Value on New Technology

Two actuaries propose analyzing the cost and benefits of new procedures and products from the point of view of all stakeholders.


Editor’s Memo

“Invisible providers” step up.

News and Commentary

Nation’s Only Medicare PSO Under Rubble of M+C Pullout
Competing Bills Put Drug Benefit In Medicare
With Cost Study, Group Argues For OTC Benefit
Any International Health Plan Has To Be Cheap
Medicare+Choice pullouts’ deep, deep sting
Headlines on Deadline

Washington Watch

Patient-rights action unlikely.

State Initiatives

“All products” clauses fade away.

Legal Forum

Court encourages patient awareness.

Managed Care Outlook [charts]

Despite hoopla about Internet-based applications, physicians avoid them.

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