Favorites From Celebrating the 20th Year of AJMC

Top leaders in healthcare contributed to the anniversary commentary and video series

Throughout 2015, The American Journal of Managed Care marked its 20th year of publication by inviting top healthcare leaders to offer special commentary pieces in the journal and perspectives in our video interviews. Favorites from the year are offered here, but you can find all our 20th anniversary coverage on www.ajmc.com

10. Clinical Efficacy: A Cost Containment Weapon for the 21st Century

Lonny Reisman, MD, chief executive officer of HealthReveal, presents the concept of “clinical efficacy,” which would bind parties together in agreements to intervene at the earliest signs of trouble—and be rewarded for doing so. August 2015 AJMC.

9. Dr Lonny Reisman Outlines His Expectations for the Future of Managed Care

In this video interview, we hear how the digitization of health will help to find the most vulnerable patients when it’s still possible to avoid consequences of chronic disease. October 8, 2015.

8. Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary

In the January 2015 issue of AJMC, co-editors in chief A. Mark Fendrick, MD, and Michael E. Chernew, PhD, review the key research that shaped the journal’s history and the newer tools that have cemented its place in the healthcare policy debate.

7. Moving From Healthcare to Health

Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discussed how focusing on quality and measurement can reduce costs and deliver more value to patients, consumers, and the purchasers of healthcare. Since Tyson’s commentary appeared, Kaiser Permanente has announced major steps, including plans to launch its own medical school. June 2015 AJMC.

6. Quality′s Quarter-Century

In the February 2015 issue of AJMC, Margaret O’Kane, MHA, president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, discussed the evolution of the movement to measure healthcare quality and where reform goes from here.

5. Making Measurement Meaningful

Christine K. Cassel, MD, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, discusses what can be done to scale back the number of measures providers use, what is being done to address socioeconomic differences, and other issues. May 2015 AJMC.

4. Innovation in Plain Sight

In March 2015, Karen Ignagni, MBA, then the longtime president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, offered her thoughts on how health plans are making healthcare reform happen through partnerships with employers and research. In May, Ignagni surprised the healthcare community by announcing plans to leave AHIP after 20 years. She is now the head of EmblemHealth, which covers 3.2 million members. AJMC.

3. The Path to Value Through the Use of Holistic Care

Humana’s Chief Medical Officer Roy A. Beveridge discussed how value-based care isn't just a buzzword—it’s the key to survival as healthcare takes on the features of a retail environment. October 2015 AJMC.

2. No Longer a Unicorn: Improving Health Through Accountable Care Organizations

This commentary from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO, of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes how the role of ACOs has finally moved from theory into practice. July 2015 AJMC.

1. Redefining and Reaffirming Managed Care for the 21st Century

The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, MD, MPP; and David Squires, MA, attempt to define what “managed care” means today, by reviewing what they call the “domains of service” that should be managed for the benefit of patients. April 2015 AJMC.