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Healthcare Intelligence Network
Healthcare Buyer's Connection
Volume V, No. 31
July 7, 2006
Table of Contents

1.) Company Profiles

  • Metsch & Metsch
  • Expedite
  • Healthcare Employment Screening
  • Medical Imaging Solutions
2.) Predictive Modeling and Finding and Intervening with the High-Cost Healthcare Consumer
3.) Prescription Drug Prices Hit Record First Quarter 2006 Increase
4.) Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits
5.) Recommended Reading: Status of 104 Drugs on 30 HMO Formularies

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1.) Metsch & Metsch, PA, Miami FL

I'm a transactional attorney specializing in representing HHA's, DME's, pharmacies, ALFs, CORFs and Nursing Homes. I also specialize in regulatory matters on the state and federal levels.

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Expedite, Manasquan, NJ

Target your sales, marketing and research efforts with Expedite, the Information Toolkit for Sellers of Technology to Healthcare -- the most useful, comprehensive, national service that exclusively covers the rapidly expanding integrated healthcare delivery system and managed care organization universe.

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Healthcare Employment Screening, Tulsa OK

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Medical Imaging Solutions

Medical Imaging Solutions, Offers a integrated PACS solution ASIM. It is a comprehensive PACS Solution With 3D Visualization and Diagnostic Capability carefully crafted with combined inputs from professionals, from related disciplines, like doctors, software-consultants, IT managers, to give the healthcare-professionals & service providers the much needed flexibility in handling medical images for a better patient care.

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2.) Predictive Modeling and Finding and Intervening with the High-Cost Healthcare Consumer

By using a combination of science and technology, health plans and employers can now find specific people that most need and want intervention. Since a fraction of consumers account for 60 percent to 80 percent of healthcare costs, predictive modeling is key in finding that costly percent.

Learn more in this white paper, available for download at:
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3.) Prescription Drug Prices Hit Record First Quarter 2006 Increase

Prescription drug prices increased at record levels during first quarter 2006, outstripping the rate of inflation, according to two separate reports released this month by AARP and Families USA.

To read this story in its entirety click here:
http://www.hin.com/bcstory.html



4.) Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits

As outpatient prescription drug spending continues its upward spiral, controversy over Medicare and Medicaid prescription drug proposals persists, and the specialty pharmacy industry evolves, payers and PBMs are feeling more pressure than ever to control drug costs.

Payers and PBMs are responding with creative new strategies including some simple ideas that can have immediate impact. Health Plan Strategies for Pharmacy Benefits brings you clear explanations and examples of these strategies.

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5.) Recommended Reading: Status of 104 Drugs on 30 HMO Formularies

Formularies are the basis of many key strategies for controlling the cost and utilization of drugs, both in the private sector and under the new Medicare Part D drug benefit. Status of 104 Drugs on 30 HMO Formularies provides information on some of the most popular pharmaceutical products on 30 different HMO formularies as of February/March 2005, giving you valuable insights you can put to use in establishing or modifying your own formulary.

A convenient, easy-to-read format makes this an essential reference for P&T committees and others involved in designing formularies, negotiating pricing and rebates, and design benefits. It includes some of the most popular injectable drugs that are beginning to be covered under the pharmacy benefit and managed via formulary restrictions.

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