Managed Care


February 2007

While plans, hospitals, and physician groups talk the talk, the Veterans Health Administration is walking the walk
Maureen Glabman
Whether for drugs, imaging, surgery, or emergency services, direct-to-consumer advertising sparks lively debate
MargaretAnn Cross
Doctors have a saying: 'Half of what we know is wrong.' In which half is the conventional wisdom that competition is society's best hope for improving quality and controlling costs?
Maggie Mahar
Purchasers are hopeful that life after "average wholesale price" will be simpler, fairer, and, with luck, easier to grasp
Martin Sipkoff
Sticks, as well as carrots, are used in some commercial and government programs to encourage beneficiaries not to undermine their health
John Carroll

Legislation & Regulation
Nearly everybody's calling on the government to make health care coverage affordable and universal
John Carroll
Medication Management
Fundamental differences in program structure between Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration make drug pricing negotiations problematic
Martin Sipkoff
Employer Update
Businesses see care management, not cost shifting, as the most important trend in health coverage
Lola Butcher
Tomorrow's Medicine
Going from bench to bedside is not always easy, especially when it comes to halting the inflammatory process after an acute myocardial infarction
Thomas Morrow, MD