October 2007

These niche operators might help to keep hospital costs down and prevent some hospital-acquired conditions
From dodgy data to uncooperative doctors, difficulties confront health plans that are trying to stratify providers by cost and quality
The former assistant secretary of defense for health affairs says that much that he learned might be applicable to the commercial sector
Premera Blue Cross and a large Spokane oncology practice agree on treatment protocols and on the importance of cost control

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Yes, commercial health insurers often take a cue from the government, but that doesn’t mean that they follow blindly
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
The diverse Latino population requires insurers to understand that there is no cookie-cutter answer for successful medication management
HEALTH PLAN DESIGN
HSAs offer an easy way to save money, have it grow, and not be taxed when it is withdrawn. Why don’t more people take advantage of this?
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
The Prestige Cervical Disc system can replace a single disc from C3 to C7 and gives people with cervical disc disease another viable treatment option

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