Vol. 8, No. 2 February 1999

Legislative Onslaught May Force Conversion to Universal System

Every politician seems to have a plan to reform health care. One expert says that all the attention invites trouble.

COVER STORY

Health Care Report Cards: Who’s Paying Attention?

Health care report cards seem to be everywhere — except in the hands of smaller employers when they buy health care. Why?

The Short, Unhappy Lives of Too Many DM Programs

Some programs are launched but quickly die. Some can’t even get off the ground. Experts talk about how to avoid pitfalls.

HMOs, employers happier with their PBMs

Two pages of charts show increases in HMO and employer satisfaction with pharmacy benefit managers.

Q&A: Recovering From The PPM Debacle

Noted health care lawyer Jeffery M. Alexander looks at why physician practice management companies fail — and what may replace them.

It’s Time To End The Productivity Bonus!

Why put impediments in the way of a physician you’re offering to take into the practice? The productivity bonus can work against you both.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Memo
We’re All on Best Behavior When Others Are Watching

News and Commentary
Reform Drumbeat Picks Up; Speaker Hastert Says He Hears It
AHCPR’s Online Guidelines Tool Open for Business
In Separate Cases, Aetna, HIP Partner Face Tough Battles
NYLCare Settles Rx Beef
KP/Calif. Must Cover Viagra
As of Jan. 1, 1998, Fewer Than One Third of HMOs’ Operating Margins Were In The Black [chart]
Pharmacy Carries Health Care Stocks To 1.9% Gain in ’98
New Texas AG Weighs Next Move In HMO Lawsuits
Docs Say Targets No Way To Lower C-Section Rates
New Trade Group For DM Industry Has Bold Goals
Doctors Bypassed As More Medicine Purchased Online
Headlines On Deadline…

Washington Watch
Consensus Eludes Medicare Commission As Deadline for Recommendations Nears

State Initiatives
Managed Care Reform: How Texas Pulled Off What Washington Can’t

Compensation Monitor
Medical directors paid too little?

Legal Forum
It’s OK To Ignore Referral Bans In Certain Cases, HCFA Indicates

Ethics
Selling Supplements in the Office Means Grappling With Tough Issues

Managed Care Outlook
HMO penetration tops 70% in largest HMO markets


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