IN THIS ISSUE

Q&A
John Carroll
The former Vermont governor at first greeted managed care with good will. Now, however, he thinks it is shortsighted in its dealing with doctors. Unlike President Bush, he wouldn't call on it to rescue Medicare.
A think tank's plan for universal coverage is more in tune with Democrats than with the current Republican administration.
Maureen Glabman
True, there are other reasons the facilities have closed, but insurers' payment rates stand out. Is it better that some are history?
Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
Some in government question the propriety of physicians steering patients into facilities that the doctors partly own.
Tomorrow's Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD
New therapies that manipulate the immune system offer hope to patients and pose challenges to managed care.
Compensation Monitor
It ain't necessarily so...
Systems & Software
Joyce Ochs, MBA
Grocery stores and the nonpharmaceutical parts of drug stores have been using bar codes for years. Now retail and hospital pharmacies will use the technology to save lives.
News and Commentary