Unhealthy price hikes. (Editors Prologue).Rising health-care costs are like a broken record for those in the health-care and health insurance industries--the message that is repeated year after year. Treatments, technology and drugs continue to improve, and the price tag for these improvements continues to escalate. And with the baby-boomer generation approaching retirement age, health-care utilization rates and costs are expected to increase at a faster pace in the coming years.
Jim Mead, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania's Capital Blue Cross, has been dealing with the problem throughout his 28-year tenure at the company "One of the issues that was very high on the agenda when I came here was rising health-care costs, and that's still the primary issue," he said in a recent interview.
Insurers today are taking actions they hope will contain costs. They are pursuing strategies such as disease management, cost shifting and prescription-drug initiatives to rein in to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; - to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.
See also: Rein Rein health-care costs. (See "Multiple-Choice Questions", page 20.)
Disease management considers the total health of a patient and offers a prescribed routine of wellness, prevention and treatment to avoid or delay acute episodes--and reduce costs. Also, insurers are doing more than just shifting the cost of health care to consumers--they're offering customizable benefits that allow consumers to select the kind of coverage they want. And generic drugs generic drug, a drug sold or prescribed under the nonproprietary name of its active ingredients or under a generally descriptive name rather than under a brand or trade name. are playing a large pan: in the effort by insurers to cut prescription drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, costs.
Best's Review received three national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors
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Best's Review also won three East Coast regional awards from ASBPE ASBPE American Society of Business Publication Editors (professional membership society established in 1964 for business press editors)
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* Silver, information graphics, production staff, December 2001
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