Saying Goodbye

Rick Carlson, a health consultant and one of the people behind the Health Maintenance Organization program, died of a heart attack February 13th, according to the Aspen Daily News. Carlson drafted the legislation sparking the HMO movement while at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (now InterStudy) in Minneapolis and more recently would say that he was still trying to live that down.

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