IN THIS ISSUE
Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Viewpoint
Jeff Margolis
Managed care's strong points, obscured in the backlash over choice and coverage decisions, will be critical to consumers in the years ahead.
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
Managed care organizations, concerned that the malpractice-insurance upheaval will thin provider panels and create access difficulties, are watching tort-reform efforts closely. Are we merely seeing the underwriting cycle at work?
Ethics
Michael S. Victoroff, MD
The American Academy of Family Physicians wants to provide members with some form of electronic medical records. This is downright visionary. Too bad it can't work. One reason: More information means more work for doctors, not less.
Legal Forum
Madeleine A. Estabrook
The government is closely watching drug companies' marketing practices where they intersect with federal health care programs. While the rules were drafted for drug manufacturers, health plans, too, should be vigilant.
Systems & Software
Joyce Ochs, MBA
Physician demand may finally be on the horizon. The only question is whether the personal digital assistant, smart phone, or another variety will dominate.
Managed Care Outlook
News and Commentary