January 2011

Features

COVER STORY

UnitedHealthcare’s Bold Effort to Deal with Cancer Drug Costs
Oncologists may no longer mark up the cost of specialty drugs. If the plan works, you can bet that other insurers will adopt something similar.
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Q&A

A Conversation with Allan M. Korn, MD: It’s Time to Get Aggressive On Patient Safety
The chief medical officer for the Blues says plans should act now and work to affect future trends
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ACOs Will Depend on HIEs, With an Assist From Plans
Data interchange systems will improve medical management at the provider and payer levels
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Can Self-Management Programs Ease Chronic Conditions?
In-person and Internet group programs such as the Stanford model are now available to millions, and research indicates that they work
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Vision Plans Hope to Gain Access To State Insurance Exchanges
Ophthalmologists and optometrists are united in opposing participation by stand-alone benefit payers
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Managing Fibromyalgia: Supporting self-management brings many advantages
Health plans can offer several kinds of assistance to physicians who are having trouble caring for these patients
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Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO

More Attention Paid To Physicians, Patients
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MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

Europe, U.S. Cooperate on Drug Regulation
Medication safety can be seen as a global concern requiring close collaboration
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COMPENSATION MONITOR

California still golden for pharmacists
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THE FORMULARY FILES

Obesity blamed for kids’ rising Rx drug use
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PLAN WATCH

Aetna’s Unusual Medicare Plan Uses ACO-Style Approach
The outcomes have been promising for some 20,000 elderly people and the insurer wants to replicate the effort in other lines of business
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TOMORROW’S MEDICINE

FDA to Act on Benlysta, Rare New Drug for Lupus
Increased understanding of the pathophysiology of lupus has resulted in a promising therapy for this complex disorder
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MANAGED CARE OUTLOOK

Reform expected to add 1.1% to plan costs
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News

Headlines On Deadline    DIGITAL | HTML

Joint Registry Benefits Tracked    DIGITAL | HTML

McAllen Texas, Revisited: BCBS Saves More Than Medicare    DIGITAL | HTML

Ovarian Cancer Screening Stalls    DIGITAL | HTML

Stable enrollment over last 5 years, except for high-deductible plans    DIGITAL | HTML

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