Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health

Healthcare Navigator

February 01, 2006

If you're going to choose a consultant to help you navigate today's ever-changing healthcare waters, you'd probably look for three key qualifications: experience, insight and diversity. While those characteristics might seem obvious, finding someone with those traits isn't always so apparent.

Comprehensive infertility coverage can add value to benefit design

January 01, 2006

Most cost estimates for infertility treatment, including IVF, range from $4 to $6 per member per year.

Next-generation episode grouping could drive care quality

October 01, 2005

In the september issue, Part I of this two-part series on episode grouping focused on how this method of statistical tracking enables healthcare organizations to more effectively deliver the most appropriate treatments in order to manage the associated costs.

More on osteoporosis from Pharmacy Best Practices

September 01, 2005

The 2006 introduction of Part D under the Medicare Modernization Act will definitely affect medications targeting osteoporosis, the majority of which are prescribed to those 65 or older.

A maturing population makes osteoporosis management a must

September 01, 2005

The biggest bang for the buck is treating the older population for which fractures are more prevalent.

Regional differences might exist in the cost of injectables

June 01, 2005

While the overall cost of injectables is relatively consistent from health plan to health plan, regional differences exist in the total cost of individual therapy classes as a result of PMPM utilization, necessitating payers to develop injectable management programs that are customized for their geographical service area. Examples of these regional differences include the higher incidence of multiple sclerosis in northern states, higher prevalence of older Americans in states such as Florida and Arizona (and the associated higher oncology costs), and infertility costs in states where coverage is state-mandated.

April FDA Pipeline

April 01, 2005

April FDA Pipeline

Levodopa remains principal treatment for Parkinson's disease

April 01, 2005

Parkinson's Disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that occurs when neurons in the part of the brain that controls movement start to degenerate. This leads to a shortage of the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing characteristic movement problems.

Surgery, radiation, chemo, recombinant antibody combat breast cancer

March 01, 2005

BREAST CANCER is the most common cancer found in women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. More than 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year, approximately 77% of them in women over 50 years of age.

Patient Pact

March 01, 2005

DEAN F. NELSON, MD, was the first board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in the state of Utah. Not only was he the first, he also was one of the best when it came to connecting with patients and really understanding them, recalls his son, American Medical Assn. (AMA) President John C. Nelson, MD, MPH.