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tier

(tēr) [Fr. tire, rank, sequence]
In a health care insurance plan, one of several layers or types of care. Each level provides a different quality and quantity of service. Typically those tiers that provide the greatest number of services are the most expensive.
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To our knowledge, this is the first study of the impact of tiered networks on consumer choice of physician or of health plan.
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Although we fully support the principle of EDSTAC's tiered screening and testing program, we suggest that this can be enhanced, as shown in Figure 3, to provide more ecologically relevant and responsible use of limited animals for testing.
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* Enables a tiered storage approach rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, mapping application needs to the most cost-effective storage
Classifying different storage resources corresponding to particular tiers is only a first step to driving value from an effective tiered storage strategy.
Increasing pressure to improve IT cost structure, coupled with the emergence of process automation tools that simplify operations and enforce policy compliance for service delivery, now presents a more practical risk-reward equation for tiered storage.
One reason businesses need a tiered approach to storage is the sheer volume of information they must store.
Existing tools do help to manage the cycle, including tiered storage.
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Such policies ensure that tiered storage operations can be executed in a reliable and repeatable manner aligned with business expectations.