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Majority of Healthcare Executives Say Drug Companies Should Take on Financial Risk

Manasquan, N.J. Five out of every six healthcare executives agreed drug companies should be at-risk with HMOs and other risk-bearing healthcare providers, according to results from The Managed Care Information Center's (MCIC) first "Managed Care Question of the Month." The "Question of the Month" was created to enhance the content of MCIC's twice-monthly newsletter, The Executive Report on Managed Care.

Eighty-three percent of the healthcare executives who responded to February's question agreed pharmacy companies should take on risk. Of these respondents: 40 percent were from hospitals or health systems; 30 percent were from MCOs; 20 percent were consultants; and 10 percent were from physician groups.

Located at MCIC'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. In addition, visitors can propose and submit their ideas to be considered for future "Questions of the Month" and can access the general results from previous months' questions.

Subscribers to The Executive Report on Managed Care receive exclusive access to the most detailed results from each month's question, as well as comments from the question's respondents.

March's "Question of the Month" focuses on the ability of the managed care industry to reverse negative public opinions about managed care. In April, the question will address the implications of managed care legislation.

"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" are compiled and posted within three weeks after a new question is posted.

The Executive Report on Managed Care is MCIC's executive briefing service for managed care executives. Subscribers receive the latest news and insights on issues such as: member retention; provider contracting; disease management; quality assurance; legislative proposals; and the growing use of technology in managed care.

Also as part of a subscription, the newsletter includes special statistical reports and tabulations, including: health plans ranked by medical loss ratio; market share data and analysis; enrollment trends among major managed care plans; market share data and analysis; and comparative data on HMO/PPO volume, revenues and margins.

MCIC, a healthcare publishing company based in Manasquan, N.J., publishes several healthcare industry newsletters, directories and yearbooks. For more information about The Executive Report on Managed Care or any other products, contact: MCIC Customer Service, P.O. Box 559, Allenwood, NJ 08720; (888) THE-MCIC, fax (888) FAX-MCIC, e-mail, or place a secure online order at

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