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MCIC Press Release

January 6, 2005

Hot Off The Press

Executive Audio Conference To Forecast What's Ahead For The Managed Care Market In 2005

MANASQUAN, NJ, January 6, 2005 Over the next 12 months, the managed care market faces a series of challenges that may change the face of the industry and therefore impact health providers and payors. To address these issues, a special teleconference, "Forecast: What's Ahead For Managed Care In 2005," has been scheduled Thursday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

This senior-level program has been organized by the Executive Report on Managed Care and the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC) to help bring focus to the trends that will shape the health and managed care industry in the new year.

Pick your favorite issue and there are more questions than answers. MCIC surveys of health and managed care executives rank the health costs issue as the top problem. Everything else may be an attempt to calm the cost beast.

"Forecast: What's Ahead For Managed Care In 2005," a 90-minute live conference, will help bring focus and maybe some clarity to the multiple forces shaping the health and managed care industry as we enter the mid-point in this first decade of the century.

Expert speakers Jack Bruner, National Practice Leader, Hewitt-Associates and Michael Thompson, ESA, MAAA, Principal, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Center, will cover topics including:

  • The top managed care issues for the year ahead.
  • Purchaser reaction to escalating premium costs.
  • Implications for payors, providers and employers.
  • Managed care and changing employers strategies for health benefits.
  • Assessment of the market growth and popularity of consumer-driven healthcare plans.
  • Health plan adoption and market acceptance of HSAs.
  • The potential of the emerging provider pay for performance trend.
  • The savings, benefits and anticipated adoption of electronic payor-patient-provider electronic health applications.

A 30-minute question and answer session will follow panel presentations.

Health plans are bringing consumer-driven health plan products to the market; the federal government cleared the way for health savings accounts, and plans are 'partnering' with financial institutions to be able to market HSAs.

Physicians, fed-up, are suing the major payors for equitable reimbursement; meanwhile the MCOs are waving bonuses at providers to increase quality and patient satisfaction. Finally, all of these developments are unfolding as the move toward electronic health technology is shaping the provider-patient-payor dynamic.

How To Register

The registration fee covers one telephone hookup, but participants are encouraged to invite as many individuals as they wish to the site at no additional charge.

To register for "Forecast: What's Ahead For Managed Care In 2005," visit call (800) 516-4343, or e-mail

Cost of the audio conference is $199 per site for those who register on or before Jan. 21 and $249 after Jan. 21. A CD-ROM of the audio conference will also be available for those unable to attend the live session.

For other pricing options and further details, visit

Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F4, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100,

Sales, marketing or business development executives may also call for more information, 1-800-516-4343.

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