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?
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.
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.