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October 10, 2007
The New Models Are In
Brad Cain, Senior Editor-Managed Care

Harkening back to the days when Detroit's annual introduction of the new models would set the nation abuzz, the latest model to come out the Motor City is creating a stir of a different sort. This time, the focus is on a new streamlined model for healthcare benefits. Leaders from the United Auto Workers and management at General Motors agreed on a new system that will unburden the company from the weight of a $55 billion obligation for future retiree healthcare benefits. The deal is seen as a win-win for the company and the union. So what about the impact on the healthcare industry? [Read More]

Editor's Picks
Bush vetoes health measure
President Bush has vetoed a $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, but his advisers said they remain hopeful that they can secure an extension of the program with a lower price tag. The Bush administration wants to reopen negotiations soon, but House Democrats indicated they are not ready to bargain. [Read More]
Democrats build plan to override health bill veto
Democrats and their allies mapped out a strategy that they hope would enable them to override President Bush's veto of State Children's Health Insurance Program. The strategy includes highlighting the contrast between Bush's request for large sums of money for the Iraq war and his opposition to smaller sums for the SCHIP. [Read More]
Pennsylvania governor asks public support of insurance plan
Through efforts such as town meeting appearances across the state, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is gearing up for a renewed push to generate support for "Cover All Pennsylvanians." The initiative is his proposal for making affordable health insurance more available to individuals and small businesses. [Read More]
Minnesota health costs rising at fast clip
Minnesotans who have private health insurance saw their premiums rise 7.6 percent in 2006, while also facing a 15 percent jump in out-of-pocket expenses, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Health. [Read More]
Medicare drug-premium increases may force switches
Monthly premium increases by Medicare's top prescription-drug plans in 2008 will force as many as 1.6 million low-income beneficiaries to switch plans, according to an analysis of government data (subscription required to view full article). [Read More]
Managed Care Headlines
Healthcare reform is years away, insurers' lobbyists say
Dallas Morning News, October 10, 2007
Clinton airs healthcare ads
AP/Yahoo News, October 10, 2007
Hospital-insurer rift causes patients headaches in Illinois
Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2007
Study: Prevention and detection could reduce chronic disease
Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2007
CareFirst names new president, CEO
Baltimore Sun, October 10, 2007
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Developments in DM

Clinics can offer DM, wellness
Convenient-care clinics--located where people already shop and offering affordable rates--have an opportunity to evolve from a cold-and-flu-treatment-based model of care to a model that provides wellness programs and services that integrate with disease management, experts say. [Read More]
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Readers Strike Back
A recent article on the role of physician compensation in healthcare cost inflation by Senior Finance Editor Philip Betbeze is generating a flurry of feedback. See what others have to say about his take on this subject. [Read More]
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