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A prescription for health-care anxiety: the costs of health care are closing in on most American businesses. The one bright spot in health benefits, however, has been prescription drug plans. But with the present success of PBMs come doubts and fears about their future. Oct 1, 2005 1745
A step in the right direction: a recent estimate indicates that the average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need more than $190,000 to cover medical expenses over the next 15 to 20 years. Employers want to offer their employees some solutions, but can't afford to pick up the tab. Health savings accounts are a good attempt to address the situation, but drawbacks remain. Sep 1, 2005 2075
Why hybrids are hot: the value of hybrid predictive models, which allow employers and health plans to analyze claims and health-risk assessment data, outweigh the benefits of using either model by itself, proponents of hybridized models argue. Jun 1, 2005 2048
A breakout year for consumer health plans? Providing consumers with good data remains a challenge for health insurers. Mar 1, 2005 826
Doctors on retainer catch on: a new model driven by doctors dissatisfied with traditional managed care catches on with the few who can afford it. Not surprisingly, the model has begun to attract closer regulatory scrutiny. Mar 1, 2005 1991
A test case is for 'go for launch': a critical issue in the changes to California's workers' compensation law is whether medical provider networks will provide better care at a lower price. Dec 1, 2004 1957
Gaping holes cited in medical care: to close the gaps, health care managers say it's time for doctors to rein in some procedures. Oct 1, 2004 334
Naked exposure: a new play has the medical community abuzz about what it means to face a world without medical malpractice coverage. Nationwide, very few doctors practice without it. But you can bet that "going naked" has crossed the minds of just about every doctor in the country. Sep 15, 2004 1893
Health summit: costs have nowhere to go but up: experts may--or may not--be able to agree on how to fix the nation's health care ills. Yet they all agree that providing health insurance will keep on getting more expensive. Sep 1, 2004 414
Braving bitter pills: the exposures are so great in every facet of the health care industry that it is considered by many to be an industry in crisis. That's all the more reason why both providers and payors have been forced to face their risks head-on in order to stay afloat. Jul 1, 2004 778
Getting carded: long before Bill Clinton held up a plastic card in a State of the Union address a decade ago to illustrate the idea of universal health coverage, these types of cards had become a growing emblem of health insurance. Now they are here. Jun 1, 2004 1973
A wallet's wallop: will consumers force the cost of health care down if they have to use more of their own cash to pay for it? That's one of the big questions behind the move toward consumer-directed health plans. But will this strategy prove any more effective than more traditional options? May 1, 2004 1911

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