Managed Care

 

Letters

MANAGED CARE June 2010. © MediMedia USA
Letters

Letters

MANAGED CARE June 2010. ©MediMedia USA

Hospitals lose

Opportunities Abound in Reform’s Wake” in the May 2010 edition fails to address that the reform is going to help insurance companies who never help hospitals. Hospitals will be closing.

David McCarthy, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Services
New England Sinai Hospital
Stoughton, Mass.

In patients’ hands

Thank you! “Put DM in Doctors’ Hands,” in the March 2010 issue, is what we family docs have been saying all along (reference my Viewpoint in the April edition).

Granted, some of us are better than others at working toward helping our patients, and we do know our patients better than a nurse at the end of the phone line.

We know when our patients are, shall I say, stretching the truth, and we know how we can best get them to change. The end result, however, is that the patients have to want to change. Nothing happens if they don’t want to change.

Gail Dudley, DO, MHA
Lake Primary Care Associates
Tavares, Fla.

Worthy program?

It will be interesting to see where the suggestions made in the January 2010 article “States Collect Valuable Data on Hospital Prices and Performance” will lead us.

With the economy the way it is and with health care reform on the horizon, programs like this might provide the way to real reductions in cost.

Evelyn Elliott, RPh, MHA
Director of Pharmacy Services
Kern Medical Center
Bakersfield, Calif.

Unconstitutional

I believe the mandates discussed in the March 2010 article “Many States Preparing Laws Rejecting Individual Mandate” to be unconstitutional at the federal level. States should reserve the right to regulate health care within their state.

It is noble of state governments to at least attempt to block federal mandates. Someone needs to stop the out-of-control federal government.

Todd White, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy Services
Clark Regional Medical Center
Winchester, Ky.

Clinical processes

We have to start learning to adapt to the many changing circumstances in health care as suggested in “DM Grows, Though Under Fire” in the March 2010 edition.

An important breakthrough with this would be to provide consistent clinical processes for patients across the board.

Carmichael Moultrie, RPh, MS
Manager of Pharmacy Services
Dekalb Medical Center Downtown
Decatur, Ga.

Nice job!

I found “Medicare Gets Serious About Payment Cuts” in the April 2010 issue to be very informative. The article brought to light many issues.

Joe Wohlwend
Clinical Pharmacist
Choate Mental Health Center Pharmacy
Anna, Ill.

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014