IN THIS ISSUE

Linda Cahn
Transparency in contracting is a great thing, but it takes vigilance to keep it from clouding over
Lola Butcher
An aggressive approach produces much better outcomes and savings, to the tune of $15 million per year
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
Lobbying state legislatures pays off for physician groups, and now health plans must provide more detail on who leases their networks
Medication Management
Martin Sipkoff
Steep discount programs encourage health plans to reduce, or even eliminate, copayments
Plan Watch
Frank Diamond
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield finds that technology can enhance doctor buy-in with dramatic results
Tomorrow's Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD
Advances in biologic and small molecule medicine result in two different types of treatments that target the same cell receptor
News and Commentary