October 2006

Health plans seek drug review summaries from other plans, vendors, and online sources

The Logjam Went Data Way

In Pittsburgh, new interconnectivity between hospitals and payers reduces expenses and fosters increased coordination of care
Health care rationing and end-of-life issues may not count in the 2008 election, says this bioethicist. But just you wait.
Doctors and pharmacists who take management positions can find satisfaction, but some return to practice, unhappy with compromises they must make or unable to fit into a corporate culture
Not-for-profit insurers contracting with physician groups provide better results, says one study. What can for-profit plans learn?


Patients refuse to take responsibility, and every other player in the health care system is reluctant to take charge
Executive order puts new urgency behind an old idea. The federal government is jumping in with both feet and everyone else is expected to follow.
The unlikely partnership between the two could portend the beginnings of an industry trend
Streamlining the American health care system frees up resources to extend coverage to more people
Back in the ’40s, patients recovering from cataract surgery were fitted with monofocal lens implants and forced to wear Coke-bottle glasses

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