August 1998

Health plans can position themselves even before talks begin by getting all the information they can on the population they wish to target.
Things are far from rosy, but there is a rise in cooperation between plans and physicians. Can peace be far behind — or is it a lull in the fighting?

Learning Together

A program pairing academic medical institutions with managed care companies teaches residents how health plans work and to work with them.

A Conversation with Robert A. Berenson, M.D.

The new director of HCFA’s Center for Health Plans and Providers wants to bring managed care options to Medicare recipients and overhaul guidelines governing payment rates for cognitive services.

Data Access Technology Puts Physicians Under Microscope

A medical director’s casual ruminations suggest that HMOs watch primary care doctors not out of malice, but with a true desire to help.

First Medical School, Then Managed Care School

Physicians of all ages and specialties are returning to universities across the country to learn how to maneuver in the world of managed care.

Departments

STATE INITIATIVES

Kentucky OKs Health-Adjusted Individual Rates

STATE INITIATIVES

Texas Appears To Widen Probe Of Pharmacy Fines

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Despite Being Full of Popular Ideas, GOP Reform Plan Gets Poor Reviews

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Gordon Chairs Group That Will Examine Quality

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Medicare+Choice Regulations Put PSOs on Par With HMOs

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Some Troubled By Cutbacks in Retiree Benefits

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Take as Needed…

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Teleconsultations: HCFA Issues New Payment Rules

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Thomas, Grassley Attack HCFA Boss For Slow Service

EDITOR’S MEMO

Medicine’s Cease-fire: Is It the Real Deal?

STATE INITIATIVES

California Senate Kills Governor’s Oversight Plan

STATE INITIATIVES

In New York State, Employers Launch Quality Consortium

ETHICS

Is Medical Ethics the Same as Corporate Compliance?

MANAGED CARE OUTLOOK

Physicians underestimate how well they’re communicating with patients

News & Commentary

Where’s the Beef? Despite Predictions, Premiums Advance Only 3.3 Percent

And now, a ‘report card’ from the doctors

Drug Makers Put Half of Ad Money Into Television

Headlines on Deadline…

What’s the risk in risk?


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