MediMedia Managed Markets



June 2011

Health insurers can be doing more to come up with creative ways to pay providers and organize care
Frank Diamond
With access to large patient populations, health plans are in a position to mine a fresh set of data, but concerns about bias remain
John Carroll
Kaiser Permanente takes on patient safety initiatives in the outpatient setting
For health plans and employer groups, the economics of battling obesity are not always obvious
Richard M. Kirkner
The disease has risen quickly to become the third-leading cause of death in the world — getting there much faster than anyone expected
Bob Kirsch
A comparison of health care costs in patients with diabetes who do not initially respond to oral therapy suggests that it might be appropriate and clinically beneficial for providers to consider adding another oral agent, rather than up-titrating the current medication, particularly beyond intermediate dose levels
Girishanthy Krishnarajah, MPH, MBA/MS ; Monali Bhosle, PhD ; Richard Chapman, PhD

Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the Affordable Care Act, favors hospitals over health plans
John Carroll
Medication Management
Health plans play a key role in data quality and will benefit from improvements
Thomas Reinke
Plan Watch
Express Scripts’ program manages biologics dispensed under the pharmacy and the medical benefit
Frank Diamond
Tomorrow's Medicine
With Zytiga joining the ranks, managed care may have a way to develop an oncology strategy for a common type of cancer
Thomas Morrow, MD