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MCIC Targets Hot Topics in Managed Care With Ongoing Online Survey -- "The Managed Care Question of the Month"

Manasquan, N.J. The Managed Care Information Center (MCIC) is proud to announce the start of the "Managed Care Question of the Month." Located at the company's Web site,, the "Managed Care Question of the Month" is an online survey that lets healthcare professionals voice their concerns and opinions about hot issues affecting today's healthcare system and provides free access to the survey's results.

Online users of the newest addition to can submit a simple "Yes" or "No" response and give reasons to justify their response. In addition, users can propose and submit their ideas to be considered for future "Questions of the Month."

The first "Managed Care Question of the Month," released Feb. 1, will remain on the Web site until the last day of the month. New questions will be posted on the first of each month at In addition, visitors will be able to access to the results from previous questions.

February's question "As the cost of pharmacy benefits continues to increase do you think drug companies should be at-risk with HMOs and other risk groups?" was submitted by an editorial advisory board member from The Executive Report on Managed Care, an MCIC newsletter serving as a twice-monthly professional advisory service to managed care executives.

MCIC selected the question based on the fact that pharmacy costs are so high and are expected to significantly increase as a percentage of overall costs for managed care providers.

"This interactive, ongoing and dynamic survey is designed to target a specific issue affecting the managed care industry, give healthcare executives a chance to express their opinions and compare their viewpoints to other professionals in their industry," said Joseph Schmidt, editor of The Executive Report on Managed Care and coordinator for the "Question of the Month."

Unlike many other industry surveys, which sometimes don't report results for as long as six months to a year later, the results of the "Managed Care Question of the Month" will be compiled and posted within two to three weeks after the question changes.

"Healthcare executives don't have to wait several months to find out the results of the survey," Schmidt continued. "MCIC's goal is to report results quickly and accurately and provide them in a no-cost environment that's easy to find," Schmidt concluded.

MCIC is a healthcare publishing company based in Manasquan, N.J. In addition to "The Executive Report on Managed Care," MCIC also publishes: "The Executive Report on Integrated Care and Capitation;" "The Executive Report on Physician Organizations;" "Competitive Healthcare Market Reporter;" and "Healthcare IS/IT Market Reporter."

MCIC also publishes directories such as: The National Directory of Managed Care Organizations, The National Directory of Physician Organizations and The National Directory of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems.

For additional information on any of MCIC's publications, services or custom research services, contact: The Managed Care Information Center, P.O. Box 559, Allenwood, NJ 08720; call toll-free (888) THE-MCIC, fax toll-free (888) FAX-MCIC, e-mail,

For more information contact The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Avenue, Suite F4, Manasquan, NJ, 08736, toll-free telephone 1-888-THE-MCIC (1-888-843-6242), fax 1-888-FAX-MCIC (1-888-329-6242), e-mail or online at

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