March 1998

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Pastoral Service Renews Meaning of Faith in Medicine

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

Getting Serious About Formularies

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

Why Patients Have Little Patience for Report Cards

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.

A Conversation with Ron Pollack: Consumer Protection in Managed Care — Which Way?

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

Competitive Intelligence: Make Public Documents Work For You

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.

Departments

STATE INITIATIVES

Missouri Clarifies Provisions of New HMO Choice Rules

STATE INITIATIVES

New York State Sets Up Hot Line For Late Payment

STATE INITIATIVES

Virginia Governor Backs Oversight Rules for Plans

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Family Physicians Give Administration Mixed Reviews on Budget, Reform Plan

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

AHCPR: Employers Should Use Power To Boost Quality

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

CBO Predicts Dramatic Rise In Medicaid Costs

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Expect Changes In Medicare HMO Inpatient Rates

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Family Physicians Give Administration Mixed Reviews on Budget, Reform Plan

EDITOR’S MEMO

In Managed Care as in Life, Small Advances Add Up

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

PSO Rules Panel Struggles With Solvency Equity

WASHINGTON INITIATIVES

Take as Needed …

STATE INITIATIVES

Arizona’s High Court Says UR Denials Are Medical, Not Insurance, Decisions

STATE INITIATIVES

Florida Court Rejects Provider Ballot Measure

STATE INITIATIVES

HMO Liability Hot New Debate In New Jersey

STATE INITIATIVES

Indiana Senate Passes Physician Choice Legislation

COMPENSATION MONITOR

For physician executives, that M.B.A. really pays off

COMPENSATION MONITOR

Demand for primary care physicians slackens while outlook for specialists seems to brighten

ETHICS

Respect for the Patient Has a Future In the Harried World of Managed Care

LEGAL FORUM

Determine a Comfortable Capitation To Effectively Negotiate Contracts

MANAGED CARE OUTLOOK

See it now: The tube attracts members

News & Commentary

AHCPR, Kaiser Studying Help For Depressed

Give them what they want

Headlines On Deadline …

Medica Splits With Physicians; Aetna Drops ‘Em

Is Oxford for Sale? Wall Street Mulls It Over While the HMO Tries To Shape Up Internally

Poll: Consumers Are No Longer Sleeping Giants

Finding managed care’s new fertile ground

Doctors with a plan’s success at stake

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