For now, consumers are willing to pay extra for direct access. How long that continues is linked to whether old practice habits can be broken.
There's more than one way to skin a cat, but all are not equally good. Is it time for another look at managed competition?
Health plans are taking profitable cues from national retailers and providing members with coupons for newly available over-the-counter products.
Plagued by higher costs and the need to provide at least bare bones coverage, more companies, and smaller ones, are self-insuring.
"If I were queen of managed care...," muses the president of the New England Healthcare Institute, who wants to see how new technologies fit in with the entire system, not just pieces of it.
HMOs would be wise to use profits from the last six years of growth to position themselves to compete in an altered marketplace.
John A. Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
The government wants to build an electronic system through which insurers, physicians, and hospitals can communicate. Snomed CT may solve a lot of problems.
When we all show signs of the same syndrome, we may not easily admit that it is a problem. What about a prevalent practice that kills?
Michael S. Victoroff, MD
The Formulary Files
The evolving modality of PDT gives patients with premalignant lesions of the esophagus reason to hope. Managed care must update existing policies.
Thomas Morrow, MD
As health care grows as a share of business costs, enlightened execs are urging plans to work with them in keeping employees at their posts and performing at 100 percent.
Managed Care Outlook