June 2008

A physician-turned-academic-researcher builds a framework for challenging the health system’s focus on specialists
John Marcille
Employers want cessation efforts, and not-for-profit plans, as well as a few for-profits, have come through
Lola Butcher
These systems can improve quality, but in their present state of development, they can annoy physicians and are underutilized
Tom Reinke
Capital Health Plan achieved a 79% improvement in pain scores and a 54% improvement in function scores for its members
Charles M. Tomlinson, MD
Chad Gray, PT
Tom Kane, PT


New private reinsurance companies would finance and manage the risks associated with producers, payers, and patients
Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA
Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill promises to provide universal coverage without draining the federal treasury. Too good to be true?
John Carroll
Medication Management
Recent reports question whether statins are being overprescribed
Martin Sipkoff
Plan Watch
It has not been easy to launch the massive HealthConnect system, but officials at the health plan say it has been rewarding
Frank Diamond