July 2005

Support Grows for Establishing National Clinical Trial Registry

Stakeholders are pushing for a national clinical trial registry, and efforts by UnitedHealth Group are in the forefront. Medical journals are setting hard and fast rules.
Looking at past enrollment shifts and at the evolution of managed care can shed light on how to compete in the new market for account-based consumer-directed care, now expected to become one of the predominant health plan models.

Change in Thinking For Pharmacy Benefits in CDHP

The plan du jour requires a different mindset and approach in order to succeed. Be sure to include incentives.

For More and More Workers, Small Pay Means Small Plans

Some large health insurers are starting to offer limited-benefit plans (often called mini-meds) for an unexpectedly vibrant niche — the working poor.

Is Pay for Performance Part of the Cure or the Problem?

Paying for performance promises improved quality, reduced cost, and higher income for doctors. So why are some of them worried?

Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO

Talk About Consumer Plans Rapidly Becoming Reality

VIEWPOINT

Insurers Can No Longer Afford Not To Share Some Data

Pay-for-performance programs imply improved patient care, but are frustrated by fragmented data collection and reporting systems. Think big.
COMPENSATION MONITOR

Economically, country mouse does better

THE FORMULARY FILES

Cost being equal, consumers prefer older drugs

TOMORROW’S MEDICINE

Can CDHPs Resolve Issues Raised by Age of Biologics?

While the potential of consumer-directed health plans is promising, this design still leaves many questions about coverage unanswered.
EMPLOYER UPDATE

Efforts To Cover the Uninsured An Opportunity for Health Plans

Employers and state governments are getting together to design imaginative programs to cover low-pay workers.
MANAGED CARE OUTLOOK

Premium hikes for 2006 could be lowest in 5 years

News & Commentary

Seeing is believing?

Fear Called Primary Factor In How Coverage Is Chosen

Headlines On Deadline …

Two Major Studies Focus On Mental Health


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