February 2006

With 9% of hospital charges attributable to pregnancy, delivery, and neonatal care, there is considerable opportunity for savings

MargaretAnn Cross

The whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, and that is proving to be the case with health plans. Will we end up with just 4 or 5 competitors?

John Carroll

As hospitals drive growth in programs and health plans take a back seat, this new subspecialty comes into its own

Sharon Baker

Two studies suggest that this design may not be a long-term method for controlling costs

Lola Butcher

Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO
John A. Marcille
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
As we enter a year with a congressional election, candidates are unlikely to stir things up with imaginative, comprehensive proposals
John Carroll
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Health plans, with their view of the complete spectrum of patient care, are in a unique position to identify problems with polypharmacy
Martin Sipkoff
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
B-cells and their markers, once overlooked in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis, may hold the key for a new treatment regimen
Thomas Morrow, MD
HEALTH PLAN DESIGN
Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and others are taking a variety of approaches in supplying information to members who are paying more out of pocket
Lola Butcher

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