August 2008

Right now large employers are obsessed with improving health and, not incidentally, productivity, says the chief analyst of a respected survey
The cost-effectiveness of prevention is undeniable, yet vaccination rates for everything but influenza decline
Insurers are being handed some treatment responsibility for this complex disorder, but some say that it is an educational, not medical, task

Bruce Bode, MD Michael Silver, MD Richard Weiss, MS Kathryn Martin

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION
With physicians balking at CMS’s strategy, some health care plans are taking a less controversial route
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
New technology is helping health plans address the problems of polypharmacy
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
As microprocessor-controlled devices are improved to help patients maintain freedom and function, insurers are divided on coverage
PLAN WATCH
A computer alert system and a process that steers patients toward high-performing doctors are part of Aetna’s program

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