December 2001

Formulary committees once were stocked with academics and administrators. Today, primary care physicians, specialists, and retail pharmacists play a bigger role, and tomorrow's membership will be even more diverse.
MargaretAnn Cross
HIPAA's timetable has been known for years, but many organizations that the law covers are dawdling pitifully in preparing for compliance.
John Carroll
As DM shifts its focus to outcomes-based care, the EVP of American Healthways suggests that larger health plans consider outsourcing care of chronic patients.
The skills that had served Dr. Adler so well in his medical practice didn't help him much in the managed care business world.
Alan G. Adler, MD, MS

Washington Watch
Michael Levin-Epstein
Health plans need to take a closer look. HMOs and employers alike will feel increasing pressure to give in to the desires of consumers.
Steven S. Martin