March 2010

The most attractive element of the congressional reform plan — at least in the eyes of insurers — is drawing fire in at least 30 states

John Carroll

Many states, helped by a few health plans, are striving to develop health information exchanges, encouraged by federal stimulus funds

Martin Sipkoff

They’re endangered by a brutal combination of factors, a report last August declared, but things may not be so bad as they looked then

Timothy Kelley

Findings of this retrospective database study further emphasize the importance of effectively managing the side effects of opioid pain therapy and achieving optimum clinical and economic outcomes, thus improving the quality of care

Shrividya Iyer, PhD Keith L. Davis, MA Sean Candrilli, PhD

Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO
John Marcille
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Studies suggest that the benefits of the medications for mild-to-moderate patients are minimal or nonexistent
Martin Sipkoff
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
Will insurers provide coverage for a new device that takes much of the guesswork out of screening for this deadly skin cancer?
Thomas Morrow, MD
PLAN WATCH
Disease management should be a function of primary care, some industry proponents argue. Did someone say patient-centered medical home?
Frank Diamond

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