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February 2013

Joseph Burns

The fact that we waste hundreds of billions a year is all the more infuriating because we have the ability right now to stop the hemorrhaging

Thomas Reinke

As recommended treatment grows more aggressive, health plans should better manage both infusion and injectable medications

Mark Perman, MD

Health plans and providers can provisionally adopt promising therapies before all the evidence is in hand

David Bodycombe

Rich data streams from electronic health records, when used appropriately, can transform population-based care management

Frank Diamond

A patient-centered medical home pilot project yields results that lead the health plan to launch a major effort

Scott Guerin, PhD

Wrenching transformation in many forms is starting to be felt in many parts of the system. Here are ways to help resistant employees get on board.



Departments
Editor’s Memo
John Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll

Meaningful use or not, electronic medical records are not delivering on the promise of improving care management

Medication Management
Thomas Reinke

These programs tend to operate on the fringes of cancer care, but a movement to make them more central gains favor

Biologics in Development
Michael D. Dalzell
Book Review
Peter Boland, PhD

UCLA Health System went from bad to best, using a plan that emphasized increased respect for the patient

Evidence Review

A summary of ECRI Institute’s Emerging Technology Evidence Report

Tomorrow’s Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD

The recent approval of Aubagio (teriflunomide) provides an opportunity to conduct head-to-head trials in this expanding treatment category

Plan Watch
Frank Diamond

UnitedHealthcare study unveils some impressive numbers, and now the company sets its sights on prediabetes