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November 2008

Health plans are evaluating whether to stop carving out drug benefits, disease management, and even behavioral health management
Martin Sipkoff
Expanded blood testing can reveal much about individuals’ health risks, but how should health plans decide on coverage?
Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA
Once accused of milking the system, oncologists are now complaining that they are losing money on some drugs that they administer
John Carroll
Because readings in the clinic are unreliable and are a questionable guide to diagnosing and treating high blood pressure, self-monitoring deserves a look
Lola Butcher
The man credited with health care innovation at IBM warns against any overhaul that would make companies disinclined to participate



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Legislation & Regulation
Though the legislation isn’t comprehensive and won’t be a burden, some health plans will need to scramble to build specialist provider networks
John Carroll
Medication Management
The increasing use of electronic records may lead the way toward access to diagnostic rationales and long-range patient treatment histories
Martin Sipkoff
Plan Watch
Molina Healthcare of Michigan leans on education in effort to improve care for black men
Frank Diamond
Tomorrow's Medicine
Tetrabenazine inhibits the transport of a molecule called vesicular monoamine transporter type 2 or VMAT2
Thomas Morrow, MD