January 2010

Ten percent of newborns are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit. NICU costs are high but controllable.

Michael Kornhauser, MD Roy Schneiderman, MD

Just because a benefit package costs a lot doesn’t mean it pays for everything or improves outcomes. Many variables come into play.

Frank Diamond

Pennsylvania’s mining of infection info, and the use of insurers’ own statistics in Maine are seen as great examples of measuring quality

John Carroll

Rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility lacks the intensity that most patients need, studies suggest

Richard L. Harvey, MD

It is customary to think of this payment method as a cost-control mechanism, and it is, but it can raise quality of care too

Douglas J. Moeller, MD James Evans

CDHPs and catastrophic insurance plans can save consumers money, but do high deductibles add to overall costs down the line?

Martin Sipkoff

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Charges by lawmakers that insurers don’t spend enough on medical services lead to provisions in health reform bills in the Senate and House
John Carroll
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Although effective treatments are available, helping patients cope is a minefield of administrative and legal barriers
Martin Sipkoff
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
If the Food and Drug Administration approves the bronchial thermoplasty system, it will be the first device specifically approved to treat the condition
Thomas Morrow, MD
PLAN WATCH
A unique health plan-provider partnership focuses on giving practical knowledge to those to whom the CEOs report
Frank Diamond

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