December 2006

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
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
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

Departments

Viewpoint
A new survey sheds light on how health plan officials can best present their companies to concerned stakeholders
Legislation & Regulation
Some regional health information organizations are in limbo until the taxman signs off
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)
Employer Update
The National Business Coalition on Health has a head start on Uncle Sam’s new insistence on transparency and accountability
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

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