October 2008

Insurer’s Obesity Program In N.C. Reduces Medical Cost

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina addresses social factor as way to managed population health
Case management, utilization management, and quality improvement staff members can play an important part in promoting improved care for patients

Help Members to Avoid A Part D Doughnut Hole Crisis

Educating members about Medicare Part D saves patients a lot of anguish and payers a lot of money

Loss of Confidence in Diabetes Management

Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO

Health Care Reform Means More Oversight

LEGISLATION & REGULATION

Doctors Say Getting Wired Too Costly, Time-Consuming

President Bush wanted widespread adoption of electronic health records by 2014, but that’s clearly not going to happen
COMPENSATION MONITOR

Hospitals driving the demand for PCPs

THE FORMULARY FILES

Web site provides pediatric vaccine pricing

TOMORROW’S MEDICINE

Platelet Production Bolstered With Romiplostim Approval

A peptide fusion protein can stem the tide of abnormal, excessive bleeding

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