Vol. 13, No. 11 November 2004

Cover Story

Toward the Electronic Medical Record

A well-funded federal effort may not be all that’s necessary to bring about this necessary development.

Shape Up, Consumer-Directed Plans!

CDHPs need to maintain standards the same way other insurers must, say the NCQA and URAC (who are on the case).

Uniform Formulary on the March

Making all branches of the military use one formulary is seen as a way toward greater efficiency. What can private plans learn?

Government Doubts DM’s Claims

A study by the Congressional Budget Office says there’s no evidence that disease management saves money.

Implications of OTC Low-Dose Statins

Advocates say wider access to statins will improve the health of the population at large. Others say “Yes, but ….”

Community Rating’s Game Not Up

Despite challenges, the idea that everyone in a given area should pay the same for health insurance is still generally accepted.

How To Manage Morning Sickness

Subcutaneous metoclopramide can be used to cut down on nausea and emesis during pregnancy.


Editor’s Memo

Great nations sometimes think alike.


Congress should encourage the EMR.

News and Commentary

Blues’ Weight-Loss Program May Be Blueprint for MC Industry
Headlines On Deadline

Legislation and Regulation

Medicare formulary stakes are high.

Compensation Monitor

How primary care docs are paid.

Formulary Files

Drawback with tiered formularies?

Tomorrow’s Medicine

A look at the new targeted tests.


NCQA finds gaps in quality.

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