June 2007

Insurers fear rising costs and poorer outcomes if members are less able to get appointments with family physicians and general internists
MargaretAnn Cross
The United States' health care system needs consumer and market controls to succeed, but it can't rely on only those two factors
Too often, the patient doesn't learn — or doesn't remember — important things that can speed recovery
Lola Butcher
Knowledge that oral health may affect overall health is prompting some plans to act
Frank Diamond
Substance abuse is an underlying cause or exacerbation of many health problems, but physicians are reluctant to confront patients
Lisa A. Higgins

Legislation & Regulation
Critics say insurers fail to make a distinction between those who commit fraud and those who simply make mistakes
John Carroll
Medication Management
Overusing erythropoiesis-stimulating agents to collect rebates can be really bad for the patient. Ripping off taxpayers and private payers is another concern.
Martin Sipkoff
Tomorrow's Medicine
Questions about study design and analysis prompted the agency to postpone action on Provenge, a treatment for advanced prostate cancer
Thomas Morrow, MD
Employer Update
In board rooms across the country, decisions are being made to battle, rather than run from, rising costs of care
Lola Butcher