Munich Health Newsletter

Our newsletter offers readers a variety of views and opinions about issues related to health care risk management. The newsletter covers significant industry issues and trends and features articles and commentary by leading industry experts.

Index of Past Newsletter Topics

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Volume 13, Number 1 (Summer 2014)
Current Issue

  • The Affordable Care Act: Flawed but Fixable
  • Suggestions for Improving Health Reform
  • The Post-ACA Landscape - What’s Next?
  • Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Leaders

Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall 2013)

  • Providers and Risk - Changes on the Way
  • Health Reform Sparks New Interest in Captives
  • Excess Loss Risk Issues in the Post ACA Individual Market
  • Is Medicare Plus Pricing Worth A Look?

Volume 12, Number 1 (Summer 2013)

  • Patient Power – How Health Care Will Change in the 21st Century
  • Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine
  • Managed Care: A View From Wall Street
  • Countdown to Meltdown? What’s Next for the U.S. Health Care System?

Volume 11, Number 3 (Fall 2012)

  • Increased Insurance Costs and the Affordable Care Act
  • New Carrier Risk in a World of Unlimited Maximums
  • Can You Afford to Ignore the Self-Insured Segment?
  • Large Claims Increasing Despite Low Cost Trends

Volume 11, Number 2 (Summer 2012)
Symposium 2012-Special Edition

  • The Affordable Care Act Is The Wrong Way To Go by Karl Rove
  • Who Will Lead The Healthcare Transformation by Michael O. Leavitt
  • The Healthcare Battleship: Too Big To Turn by Bob Laszewski
  • What Is Your Company's Return On Innovation? by Robert Tucker

Volume 11, Number 1 (Winter 2012)

  • Outlook For State Health Exchanges Remains Uncertain
  • Will Supremes Kick The Can Down The Road?
  • Self Funding: Growth Opportunity For Small Group Market
  • Are Prescription Drug Shortages In Your Future?

Volume 10, Number 3 (Fall 2011)

  • What Should Health Industry CEOs Be Focused On for 2012 & Beyond?
  • Medical Cost Trend Review
  • Is There Life Outside The Exchanges?
  • Understanding The Cancer Cost Conundrum

Volume 10, Number 2 (Summer 2011)

  • Monumental Changes Mean New Opportunities in the Healthcare Market
  • MRL & Agent Fees: NAIC Study Group Supports Change
  • Cost Containment Challenges Presented by Premature infants
  • Three Crucial Conversations for Leaders

Volume 10, Number 1 (Winter 2011)

  • 10 Questions About the Future of Health Reform
  • Pharmacy Benefit Management:
    Are You Getting the Best Rx Discounts Available?
  • Star Ratings for MA Plans: Pay Increases Linked to Quality Improvements
  • Accountable Care Organizations: The Case for Flexible Partnerships Between Health Plans and Providers
    (Contributed by Health Affairs)

Volume 9, Number 2 (Fall 2010)

  • Health Reform Means Opportunity: Managing Capital & Risk Will Be Key to Success
  • Limited Medical Plans - Reform Means Some Winners and Some Losers
  • Medicare Advantage - Flourishing In a Dynamic New Marketplace
  • Medical Management - Now More Than Ever a Key to Bending the Cost Curve
  • Fighting Antibiotic Resistance: Marrying New Financial Incentives to Meeting Public Health Goals

Volume 9, Number 1 (Spring 2010)

  • Health Reform Remains Vital: A Few Good Ideas
  • Supplemental Insurance Opportunities: Can US Health Plans Learn From What Works in Europe?
  • Medical Cost Trend 2010: Moving in the Right Direction
  • Copay Coupons: Defeat the Purpose of Rx Formularies
  • COBRA Premium Subsidy Extensions: What to Expect in 2010

Volume 8, Number 2 (Fall 2009)

  • Cost vs. Care: How Other Countries Balance Public and Private Health Insurance
  • Claim Trend: Large Claims Aren’t the Only Problem
  • Legislative and Regulatory Trends
  • Late Preterm Deliveries: A Cause for Concern
  • Controlling and Reducing the Cost of Specialty Drugs

Volume 8, Number 1 (Summer 2009)

  • Large Claims Spiral Upward
  • What Healthcare Reform Could Mean for Medical Underwriting
  • Medicare Advantage: Challenges & Opportunities in '09
  • Legislative and Regulatory Trends
  • Who Pays When a Student Athlete Suffers a Life-Altering Injury?

Volume 7, Number 2 (October 2008)

  • Healthcare Policy Reform
  • Retiree Medical Solutions
  • New Trend: Outsourcing Medical Underwriting
  • Emerging Market for Individual Health Insurance
  • Rx Pipeline

Volume 7, Number 1 (June 2008)

  • Employer Stop Loss Survey
  • Large Claim Trends and Management
  • Staying Afloat in a Sea of Claim Costs
  • Rx Pipeline

Volume 6, Number 3 (November 2007)

  • Regression Toward the Mean and Impact on Stop Loss Pricing
  • Medicare Outlook: Keys to Success in the New Senior Market
  • Pandemic Index Solution for Bird Flu Concern
  • New Modeling Tool Helps Predict Stop Loss Estimates
  • Understanding Weight Loss Surgery
  • Reserving for Accident Catastrophic Claims
  • Technology Pipeline

Volume 6, Number 1 (March 2007)

  • Medicare Part D-2007 Update
  • The Impact of Lasers on Specific Stop Loss Trends
  • Risk Factors Impacting Neonatal Costs
  • Technology Pipeline

Volume 5, Number 3 (December 2006)

  • Hidden Danger for MGUs and Insurers:
    Aggregating Specific Deductibles
  • RSV Treatment May Widen Payer’s Approach
  • Stop loss: Navigating through a soft market
  • Technology Pipeline

Volume 5, Number 2 (August 2006)

  • Neonatal Respiratory Failure
  • Predictive Modeling: Moving to Mainstream
  • What's a “Floor” For? Transplant Contract Considerations
  • Coming Down the Pipeline: New Medical Technologies

Volume 5, Number 1 (April 2006)

  • Medicare Part D: An Update
  • First Inhaled Insulin Treatment: FDA Approved
  • Treating Chronic Illness:
    Challenging and Costly in Patients with Depression
  • Coming Down the Pipeline: New Medical Technologies

Volume 4, Number 4 (December 2005)

  • Personal Accident Reinsurance: Increasing Importance As Catastrophic Events Grow
  • Disease Management: 3 Issues Key to Realizing Potential Savings
  • Hemodialysis: Planning,Type Selection, Early Placement, Can Significantly Reduce Complications

Volume 4, Number 3 (September 2005)

  • A New Era of Emerging Cancer Therapies
  • Recent Advances in Perinatal and Neonatal Care
  • Comparison of PPO Discounts Among Rating Manuals

Volume 4, Number 2 (June 2005)

  • Coverage Decisions: Experimental vs Standard of Care
  • Care Management Success: Vendors Report Dramatic Savings Increase
  • Network Discounts May Be Misleading

Volume 4, Number 1 (February 2005)

  • Did the Institute of Medicine Report on Medical Errors Build a Safer Health System?
  • Pricing for Network Discounts:Outlier Provisions
  • Rising Healthcare Costs Start Early in Life


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