July 2011

Health care reform sets the stage for employers to bow out of health care, creating an insurance market driven by individual choice, according to Harvard’s Professor Herzlinger
CMS’s vision of a new kind of managed care organization fails to demand anything of patients while placing added pressures on providers
A recent report that 1 in 5 implanted defibrillators may not be needed raises questions about the medical evidence
Group Health Cooperative and Geisinger Health Plan are two insurers that want members to weigh in on coverage issues



Beneficiaries must soon choose between competing managed care companies, pay a $100 monthly premium, and be careful about heading over to the ER
With the purchase of Concentra, a company that operates 300 clinics, the health insurer once again provides care
This new class of antibiotic — the macrocycles — has a greater sustained response against re-infection than vancomycin

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