January 2011

The chief medical officer for the Blues says plans should act now and work to affect future trends
Data interchange systems will improve medical management at the provider and payer levels

Frank Diamond

In-person and Internet group programs such as the Stanford model are now available to millions, and research indicates that they work

Carol Milano

Ophthalmologists and optometrists are united in opposing participation by stand-alone benefit payers

Richard Mark Kirkner

Health plans can offer several kinds of assistance to physicians who are having trouble caring for these patients

Bob Kirsch

Departments

EDITOR’S MEMO
John Marcille
LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Patient-advocacy groups and some physicians are lobbying legislatures to hobble this common technique to control drug costs
John Carroll
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Medication safety can be seen as a global concern requiring close collaboration
Thomas Reinke
PLAN WATCH
The outcomes have been promising for some 20,000 elderly people and the insurer wants to replicate the effort in other lines of business
Frank Diamond
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
Increased understanding of the pathophysiology of lupus has resulted in a promising therapy for this complex disorder
Thomas Morrow, MD

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