IN THIS ISSUE

Ed Silverman
The entire managed care industry is desperate to cut costs and is beginning to turn toward a controversial method to do just that.
MargaretAnn Cross
Regional health plans and small HMOs coming late to the CDHP market haven't missed out — yet.
Peer-Reviewed
Janice Frates, PhD
Ellen Severoni, RN
As CDHPs increasingly penetrate the commercial market , their greatest contribution might lie in funding health services for retirees and in reducing the number of uninsured people by offering affordable insurance.
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
States are considering laws that require businesses to provide coverage for their employees. Wal-Mart is the biggest target.
Medication Management
Martin Sipkoff
Despite a mandate to adopt utilization management programs and make patients share costs, health plans are still lining up to participate in Medicare Part D.
Tomorrow's Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD
Vertebral fusion and disc replacement are comparable, but shorter recovery time for disc replacement makes it attractive.
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