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This noted internist and lifelong Angeleno has nothing against the art of medicine. He just wants to complement it with the most rigorous science available.
Peter Wehrwein
Even with hospital money and PPO experience behind you, getting a new HMO started is a daunting proposition. Here's the step-by-step story of how one Louisiana health plan took the plunge.
Jeffrey J. Denning
In police lingo, 'SWAT' stands for Special Weapons And Tactics. It's an apt metaphor for the team of workers a physician's office can assign to Solve Worrisome Account Troubles.
If Congress tightens the belt on Medicare HMOs, it could slow the march of elderly Americans into managed care, creating complications for physicians. But that march won't be stopped.
Editor's Memo
Timothy Kelley
Washington Initiatives
Jean Lawrence