The Academic Medicine and Managed Care Forum, founded by AetnaUSHealthcare in 1996, sponsors programs at 51 major academic medical centers including Harvard, Yale, Duke and Stanford. They encompass such topics as designing an ambulatory care curriculum, developing doctor performance measures and comparing the experience of heart attack patients under fee-for-service and managed care.
Eight pharmaceutical companies contribute to the forum. Typically, they fund research projects that serve their therapeutic interests. For instance, in 1998, SmithKline Beecham, manufacturer of Paxil, paid $595,900 for work examining the identification and treatment of depression by managed care and its management by primary caregivers.
Along with Aetna and Aetna Foundation, a not-for-profit entity run by the insurer, the participants are:
Merck & Co.
TAP Pharmaceutical Products