January 2016

Technical, financial, existential—health information exchanges (HIEs) have been plagued by all sorts of problems. But payers want in because of value-based payment.
Jan Greene
This new assault by CMS on fee for service comes loaded with dynamic tools and more inviting benefits for patients and providers. Will that be enough?
Robert Calandra
State and federal regulators want to make sure that access to providers isn’t impinged, but maintenance of the lists is too often shoddy.
Richard Mark Kirkner



Departments
Legislation & Regulation
The public wants it. Presidential candidates are talking about it. Will Congress make it happen?
Richard Mark Kirkner
Medication Management
Two companies, two drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the expedited approval process. The stakes are high, especially for patients and their families.
Thomas Reinke
Tomorrow’s Medicine
This newest asthma medication—two decades in development—offers millions new hope. Good stuff, say many, but costly.
Thomas Morrow, MD
Viewpoint
As costs for treating back pain skyrocket, some stakeholders turn to a team approach featuring this little-used specialist.
Andrew J. Haig, MD