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Key Managed Care Trends in 2003 Identified In New Program Now on CD-ROM

MANASQUAN, NJ -- A CD-ROM of the audio conference of "Forecast: What's Ahead for Managed Care In 2003" is now available from the Managed Care Information Center.

The senior-level management discussion is ideal for a meeting of your top management, or for a part of a planning committee meeting, said Robert K. Jenkins, MCIC CEO. The program also could be used by company CEO's as part of an ongoing board educational program.

With a 2003 backdrop of the meteoric rise in healthcare costs over the last several years showing no signs of abating this year, and, with all the major consulting firms predicting double-digit increases in healthcare premiums, this audio conference on CD-ROM could not be more timely, Jenkins said.

The quest by managed care plans and employers to pare costs of doing business is a major focus in 2003. Managed care companies will look for any possible ways to tweak more savings out of the healthcare equation.

The audio conference, which was held March 6, provided participants with a look at the state of managed care today and what to expect the rest of the year.

The program featured Dr. Peter Kongstvedt, Health/Managed Care Consulting Services of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young; Michael Taylor, healthcare principal with Towers Perrin; and Scott Jacobson, vice president of managed care for MedicalEdge Healthcare Group.

    The audio conference focused on the following topics:
  • The top managed care issues for 2003.
  • What the rapidly increasing costs of healthcare portend for MCOs and providers.
  • Increased cost-shifting: the implications for payors, providers and employers.
  • Trends shaping changes in consumer behavior.
  • Managed care and changing employer health benefit strategies.
  • The growing popularity of consumer-driven healthcare.
  • Analyzing purchaser reaction to escalating premium costs.
For more information, contact: The Managed Care Information Center, P.O. Box 559, Allenwood, NJ 08720; (888) 843-6242, e-mail, fax (888) 329-6242, An online description of the program is available at:

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