December 2004

It can be a tough sell when a health care company has a promising but untested new plan design. Here’s a way around that problem.
The cover story in our July issue was titled “The Weight Debate.” This article continues the debate in terms that might not have occurred to you before. Think heresy.
Pay tied to performance has become the norm outside of managed care. Now, the industry wants the same for its captains.
While there has been much discussion about the need to reduce medical errors, little attention has been given to how health insurers can help.

Departments

ETHICS
You can buy just about anything on the Internet these days — including lifesaving body parts. Where do we draw the line?
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
The pharmaceutical giant says that its disease management program saved Florida $42 million, but a state watchdog group remains unconvinced.
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
COMPENSATION MONITOR
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
The recently approved artificial heart marks a technological advance, but the reality of cost is a matter that needs addressing by managed care.
EMPLOYER UPDATE
HSAs, FSAs, HRAs — it’s all alphabet soup to many employers. HMOs need to be able to accommodate all sorts of new payment schemes.

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