Managed Care

Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
The first time I encountered cost-effectiveness research was during a stint at the Harvard School of Public Health in the early ’90s (the injection of T.H. Chan into the school’s name came much later). I was a journalism fellow there and then worked as a writer and editor. The details have slid…
Managing Editor’s Memo
Frank Diamond
We focus this month on health care’s hidden costs … and also on oncology. There’s a connection because there’s always something new, and usually costly, in oncology. On April 4, the FDA said that Pfizer’s Ibrance (palbociclib) can be used to treat breast cancer in men. Each year in the…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
It has been a long time since Doug Ross, Mark Greene, Carol Hathaway, and the demanding Peter Benton were saving lives every week on our television screens (Carter, too, although he was often fumbling at the beginning). For some of us, though, it’s difficult not to think about the images and associations…
News & Commentary
Cigna’s CEO David Cordani may be stepping in front of Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini as the most quotable and charismatic leader of a health insurance plan. He’s been Q&A’d a lot since Cigna’s purchase of Express Scripts late last year. Here is what he said to the Associated Press: “Figuring…
Managing Editor’s Memo
Frank Diamond
We take on direct contracting in its many manifestations and permutations. Employers, especially large employers, grow impatient with how the health care game’s been played­—that is, contracting with a health insurer or PBM to deliver coverage. Companies are not thrilled with quality or cost,…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
Almost everything under the sun is complicated once you start to really look into it. A closer examination and a critical mind will peel off the top layers to reveal—Oh my!—a daunting mess underneath. Perhaps this is self-justifying, but medical matters and health care—especially the unwieldy,…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
For most of its almost 27 years, Managed Care has published every month as a print publication. That’s not all we do. We have a newsy, award-winning website. We publish two e-newsletters a week. But print publication is where we’re rooted. We have no plans (and no plans to make plans) to abandon…
2019 Year in Preview
Richard Mark Kirkner
Because it enables both the security and sharing of data, blockchain seems ideally suited to health care. Next year, the pieces may come together for it to finally get some real traction in the sector.