Managed Care

Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
Addressing the social determinants of health has become fashionable in American health care, which loves a hot trend almost as much as it does new technology or promises to rein in spending. The ambition makes sense: Move upstream (and out of the office and away from the hospital) to where the causes…
News & Commentary
Eighty-two percent of employees think that having a high-deductible health plan helps them make better decisions about health care, according to a survey by Clear Insights, a publication for investment and accounting professionals. In addition, three quarters of employees who purchased an HDHP were…
Managing Editor’s Memo
Frank Diamond
If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for it’s a good spit quote, so I perked up when reading this: “The marketplace has been happy to respond to this fascination with genetic navel gazing, offering consumers a growing number of genetic screening tests that allows them to spit into a tube and learn…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
By some accounts, Warren Buffett coined the phrase “skin in the game.” In business, it makes sense. Having your own money on the line might make investors more willing to trust you with some of theirs. Putting cutaneousness in the contest also has some appeal when it comes to health care coverage…
Managing Editor’s Memo
Frank Diamond
It’s not a boxing opponent. But the metaphor of “the fight” clings more closely to cancer than to other diseases. And while attitude does, indeed, count when it comes to handling any ailment, positive and optimistic people die from cancer every day. Meanwhile, some grumps go on. It’s a disease.…
Editor’s Memo
Peter Wehrwein
This issue of Managed Care was billed as being about Medicaid managed care and vulnerable populations. But as grumpy editors often say, that’s a topic not a story. And it didn’t take us very long to discover that the story was social determinants of health. Lola Butcher, a regular contributor to…
Managing Editor’s Memo
Frank Diamond
The sitcom created by Chris Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, which ran from 2005 until 2009, conjured laughs out of the everyday. One bit I particularly relish is when the narrator (the persona of Rock as a teenager) says that his father was like Rain Man when it came to knowing what everything costs. “That’s…
Howard Wolinsky
Venture philanthropy and the move toward investment of not-for-profit dollars in for-profit companies started about 10 years ago. One expert argues that it’s a little like calling someone an amateur-pro athlete. You can’t be both. Proponents, however, point to some initially impressive results especially for niche diseases.