IN THIS ISSUE

Jean Lawrence
Americans are hungry for medical information, and they're getting more of it than ever. Some are even retaining consultants who specialize in helping them get the most from doctors and health plans.
Q&A
News that his HMO is being sold to Malik Hasan, M.D.'s fast-growing Foundation Health Systems Inc. doesn't change Mickey Herbert's role as an industry advocate and chairman of the American Association of Health Plans.
Linda Wolfe Keister
Managed care-induced hassles are not universal — nor are they constant. Some have receded over the years. Location, type of plan and physician specialty explain much of why some doctors suffer and others don't.
Mary C. Gurnee, Pharm.D.
Robert V. Da Silva, M.S., R.Ph.
Formal disease management is one of the more vibrant areas of health care, with drug manufacturers, health plans and independent companies all greatly interested. Here's a plan for putting such a program together.
Washington Initiatives
Jean Lawrence