IN THIS ISSUE

Richard M. Kirkner
A recent report that 1 in 5 implanted defibrillators may not be needed raises questions about the medical evidence
Carol Milano
Group Health Cooperative and Geisinger Health Plan are two insurers that want members to weigh in on coverage issues
Editor's Memo
John Marcille
Legislation & Regulation
John Carroll
Beneficiaries must soon choose between competing managed care companies, pay a $100 monthly premium, and be careful about heading over to the ER
Plan Watch
Frank Diamond
With the purchase of Concentra, a company that operates 300 clinics, the health insurer once again provides care
Tomorrow's Medicine
Thomas Morrow, MD
This new class of antibiotic — the macrocycles — has a greater sustained response against re-infection than vancomycin
News and Commentary