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Economy and New President Shape This Year's Top Ten Issues Facing Managed Care Executives
Date:3/24/2009

CLEVELAND, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Dealing with a difficult economy and a new administration in the White House are the overall themes of the Managed Care Executive Group's (MCEG) annual meeting held in Chandler, AZ last week. The themes shape the definitive Top Ten issues list the group produces each year. Despite economic challenges, this year's Top Ten list is hopeful of strategic positives funded by the federal stimulus package that could accelerate advances, such as solving the affordability issue and improving electronic collaboration.

This year's MCEG Top 10:

  1. The Role of State and Federal Government in Health Care: Government support, intervention and regulation are having increasing impact on payer's operations, costs and even marketplace strategies. The importance of electronic health information technology in reforming the U.S. healthcare system is evident in the President's health care plan. Funding of HIT will accelerate adoption but with funding will come increased regulation, oversight and compliance audits. This will impact IT budgets, operations and project planning.
  2. Affordability: Looking for ways to contain costs, and given that most operations have been pretty well optimized, plans will tend to look for more creative plan designs and provider risk sharing. Cost pressures will facilitate the continued trend toward consolidations of payers.
  3. The Stimulus Package and HIT: $20 billion or more directed to healthcare IT will establish a revised set of priorities for health plans and their IT leadership.
  4. Collaboration with Providers as a Business Partnership: Recently, partnership has been based on access, quality, safety, effectiveness and patient centeredness. P4P is holding providers accountable, stressing bridges to excellence. Now, partnership in innovation is taki
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