May 2008

Moving to a payment system tied to the severity of illness and refusing to pay for hospital-acquired conditions may encourage private payers to do the same

Martin Sipkoff

The UnitedHealth executive brings experience in public health and physician leadership to bear on issues facing health plans
There is no one-size-fits-all contract, says a senior executive at Prescription Solutions. A PBM can perform many functions.

John D. Jones, RPh, JD

Many are calling this attempt at universal coverage a failure, but health plans, physicians, and policymakers in Massachusetts say “Not so fast!”

Frank Diamond


We Yanks might learn a thing or two about making decisive, countrywide health care decisions from our Canadian neighbors
Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA, RHIT
A proposed research institute would pit medications against each other instead of against placebos, and that might save $368 billion over 10 years
John Carroll
Other countries do it, and the FDA is thinking about creating a class of drugs that would not require a doctor’s prescription but would require a pharmacist’s approval
Martin Sipkoff
Aetna releases a five-year study showing that companies that do this correctly can enjoy impressive savings
Frank Diamond
Artiss, a fibrin product, is a breakthrough, allowing burn patients to avoid anesthesia, staples, and a subsequent operation to remove the staples
Thomas Morrow, MD

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