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May 1999

Cost is still the overriding concern, but some cutting-edge companies have been asking HMOs to meet specific administrative and clinical goals.
MargaretAnn Cross
It's an idea that just won't die: Having government pay the medical bills guarantees universal coverage. Is that laughter we hear?
Frank Diamond
A prominent medical-informatics consultant says that though medicine and computers have been slow to bond, technology needn't be mistrusted.
It's fast becoming the new yardstick for covering emergency care, but nobody yet has a handle on how much it adds to HMO costs.
Steve Heimoff
In primary care, a productive interview is extremely important but hard to achieve as visits become shorter. The Bayer Institute offers some advice.
John Butler, M.D. ; Vaughn Keller, Ed.D.