Managed Care


March 1998

HIP of New York is the first HMO to provide spiritual assistance to its members. Can this approach help plans lower costs and improve outcomes?
Michael D. Dalzell
Many physicians think narrowing the universe of available drugs from an estimated 8,000 to around 1,200 is a pretty serious change in health care. Yet the formulary system persists and is spreading widely.
Jean Lawrence
There are many reasons to develop health plan report cards. Just don't expect most beneficiaries to make use of them.
Mark Hochhauser, Ph.D.
The volatile consumer protection issue moved beyond a piecemeal approach when a coalition of HMOs and consumer groups put forth a plan last year. Families USA's executive director looks toward the debate.
Many doctors think the only thing more difficult than dealing with patients is supervising employees. They didn't offer Management 101 in medical school. Here are some simple approaches that may make life easier.
Sharon Carter
Managed care means many things including, in our capitalist society, managing to outperform your competitors. How? Information that can give you an edge is easier to obtain than you think.
Michael J. Folio

Editor's Memo
John A. Marcille
Washington Initiatives