March 2009

Why pay through the nose for tomorrow’s high-tech cures when you can buy an inexpensive ounce of prevention today?
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has striven methodically to become superior in cardiac care. Its numbers tell the story.

Lola Butcher

Some doctors say that far from cutting waste, online visits create it. Others are signing up and giving it a try.

John Carroll

Attempts to improve efficiency often involve controlling utilization, but Geisinger Health Plan thinks it has a better approach

Tom Reinke

Impressive savings and compliance rates seen for those enrolled in Choice Fund, the insurer’s consumer-directed plan

Frank Diamond

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Managed care companies may benefit from swelling enrollment, but some questions remain unanswered
John Carroll
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Medications that lower cholesterol and manage diabetes account for $38.1 billion — the single largest category
Martin Sipkoff
PLAN WATCH
Some health plans do a better job than others in bolstering physician satisfaction. Systems really matter.
Frank Diamond
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
With their high milk production and short generational time, these bovids are ideal bioreactors able to dramatically increase the protein yield
Thomas Morrow, MD

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