December 2006

Plans are increasingly concerned about the degree to which providers overcharge them to make up for losses from government programs
MargaretAnn Cross
This nationally recognized expert who has long been frustrated by the pace of change says that — ready or not — health care reform is finally on the way
Now that the value of hospitalists is well established, attention turns to those whose only duties are in intensive care
Lola Butcher
A court case shows what can happen when health plans and provider groups fail to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth
Michael Levinson, MD, JD
If patient involvement is to be a driver of cost containment and improved outcomes, we'll need to think more about just what that really means
Lucy Johns

A new survey sheds light on how health plan officials can best present their companies to concerned stakeholders
Alan Hilburg
Legislation & Regulation
Some regional health information organizations are in limbo until the taxman signs off
John Carroll
Medication Management
Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services don't like the idea, but Congress makes the rules (unless the president vetoes them)
Martin Sipkoff
Employer Update
The National Business Coalition on Health has a head start on Uncle Sam's new insistence on transparency and accountability
Lola Butcher
Tomorrow's Medicine
Vaccines for chickenpox and herpes, the two variations of the varicella-zoster virus, are now available for children and the elderly, respectively
Thomas Morrow, MD