This Week in the News…

Posted: January 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Jan. 7, Best’s Insurance News

Beleaguered HMOs Should Fight Back, Experts Say

“The managed-care industry, besieged with lawsuits challenging the very way they do business, needs to start returning fire, said William H. Lash III, professor of law at George Mason University. ‘HMOs need to come out and challenge the trial lawyers head-to-head. They need to take the offensive, both legally and in the media,’ Lash said. ‘They need to tell people that the lawyers don’t care about you.’…. Lash said as many as 40 unresolved individual cases have been brought against HMOs. ‘It’s the same people bringing them in teams,’ Lash said. ‘They’re throwing allegations against the wall to see what sticks.’ So many cases are hurting the public’s opinions of managed-care companies, he said. ‘There’s a general sense of a conflict taking place, and people are generally confused by it.'”

Tuesday, Jan. 11, Washington Post

Deal Greeted Optimistically in D.C. Area

“‘People who made money with AOL stock–a lot of them are very entrepreneurial. They’ve got the bug, and they’re going to be resources in building new companies here,’ said Roger Stough, director of the Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University.”

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