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A California Medical Association examination of HMOs' expenditure data found that Health Plan of the Redwoods and Kaiser Permanente Northern California spent 96.5 cents of each premium dollar on care in fiscal 1998 — highest in the state. Both lost money; HPR and Kaiser, respectively, spent 11.7 and 3.6 cents on administration.... HMO premiums in Illinois rose 5.4 percent, but HMOs lost an average of 1.6 percent of revenues in 1997, according to a report by consultant Allan Baumgarten.... Dental HMO enrollment rose 5 to 8 percent during 1998, while dental PPO enrollment shot up 30 to 35 percent, says the National Association of Dental Plans.... Medicare claims must now be Year-2000 compliant.... California officials and MedPartners reached an agreement where the latter will fund its physician practices until they are sold.... The AMA has chosen not to form a physician union, for now.... A Journal of Family Practice study demonstrates better outcomes for the poor when care is coordinated by a primary-care physician.

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