February 2008

Employers want to do everything within the law to make workers change their lifestyles, and they expect health plans to help
A few major corporations, sometimes with the assistance of a traditional health plan, have made significant efforts to improve employee lifestyles
Legislators are being urged to reward companies that provide programs for their workers, but success has been mixed
The push to mandate this electronic tool is increasing in intensity, but dealing with costs and coming up with standards remain obstacles
A widespread approach that incorporates various stakeholders may be necessary to change adherence behavior

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Compared to the existing state of affairs, there’s a lot to like in mandatory coverage, but the Massachusetts experiment is a lesson to not expect miracles
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
A recently announced initiative is supposed to speed approval of generic drugs, but does it address some fundamental flaws in the approval process?
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
As the use of biomarkers grows, managed care companies will face tough decisions about setting limits
PLAN WATCH
Regence’s effort gets nod of approval from physician organization because it allows providers to respond


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