IN THIS ISSUE

Martin Sipkoff
With UM played out and copayments for brand-name drugs nearing most members' pain thresholds, plans are exploring a new pharmacy frontier.
Peer-Reviewed
Thomas Kaye, RPh, MBA
Assuring the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals is important to any managed care organization. Compounding in the pharmacy needs scrutiny.
Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Viewpoint
R.J. Smith, MBA
Patients will obtain more buying power and use it wisely, with the help of dedicated professionals.
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
Association health plans provide a simple lesson on the wide political divide over the direction of health care reform.
Legal Forum
Kevin D. Lyles
New IT systems promise to reduce medical-loss ratios, improve the health status of populations, and transform relations with members. Outsourcing IT functions places the personnel burden and responsibility for regulatory compliance on the contractor.
News and Commentary