‘Choosing Wisely’ Lists Don’t List Big Moneymakers

Dartmouth analysis slams Choosing Wisely campaign, showing how many of the recommendations are “pathetic” and do not affect the major money makers for many healthcare providers.

‘Choosing Wisely’ Lists Don’t List Big Moneymakers.

Here is the link to the NEJM article which, as of today at least, is not behind a pay wall: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp1314965. I am among those who’ve duped by the Choosing Wisely campaign. I’m not the kind of person who gets fooled twice.

 

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Amazon shows the way on wellness — treat people like adults | The Health Care Blog

Al and I bring the heat again at The Health Care Blog. Read, learn, enjoy.

Amazon shows the way on wellness — treat people like adults | The Health Care Blog.

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AMA: Docs Add $1.6 Trillion to Economy

What self-serving bullshit from the AMA. Said another way, physicians account for amount of economic activity that is equal to about 57% of total healthcare spending in the US ($2.8 trillion).

Now, where’s the data about how much of all this wonderful, salubrious physician activity was: unnecessary testing, unnecessary procedures, ordering of expensive therapies when cheaper ones would have sufficed, injuries and deaths from unnecessary or negligent care, self-referrals, etc.

AMA: Docs Add $1.6 Trillion to Economy.

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What did Towers Watson Do, and When Did They Do It?

Vik Khanna:

My and Al Lewis’s post about Towers Watson is now live. This post was initially password protected because, after drafting, it was sent to Peter Bresler (with the password), so that he could read it before it went live and comment as necessary. He did not respond to the message with the post link and password, just as he ignored my other two messages, as detailed in the post.

Originally posted on Khanna On Health Blog:

On April 1, my colleague, Al Lewis, wrote a brilliant retraction of all his criticism of the modern wellness industry, joining Harvard Professor Kate Baicker in the recantation Hall of Fame. You can read the post here . And it is, truly, a terrific mea culpa. Except for the fact that it was a joke. April 1, April Fool’s Day. Get it? Well, apparently, not everyone got the memo.

Al and I have heard that multiple wellness industry supporters and advocates believed the post to be true, and they circulated it internally and beyond. The most prominent of these may have been Towers Watson (TW). TW professionals have been looking at both my and Al’s profiles on LinkedIn, where Al originally posted his essay.

In addition, I have sent two messages to Peter Bresler, head of TW’s healthcare analytics division and asked him to tell us what happened, when…

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If You’re Fat You’ve Only Got Yourself to Blame – The Daily Beast

This isn’t going to a popular perspective, but it’s one worth trying to understand.

If You’re Fat You’ve Only Got Yourself to Blame – The Daily Beast.

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Health Care Renewal: Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs

This is a long read, but a great essay on how our healthcare system is a rigged, crony capitalist cesspool. We don’t have a free healthcare market and have never had one. Most people who say we do literally have no idea what they are talking about.

Health Care Renewal: Planned Obsolescence Disguised as Innovation, Oligopoly Disguised as a Free Market, and the Enrichment of Oligarchs.

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Food Politics » Evaporated cane juice: Sugar by any other name…

Sugar is sugar is sugar. Don’t be a crazy person about avoiding it, but try to eat as little added sugar as you can each day. It’s not as hard to do as you think it is, once you commit to eating real food and not just packaged/processed junk.

Food Politics » Evaporated cane juice: Sugar by any other name….

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If a 10 cent coupon incentive works, is anyone surprised that $120 does? | The Incidental Economist

Excellent example of the adverse, even lunatic, incentives in our healthcare system that accelerate spending for all the wrong reasons.

If a 10 cent coupon incentive works, is anyone surprised that $120 does? | The Incidental Economist.

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Some things about vaccines aren’t gray | The Incidental Economist

Good, straightforward thinking and writing on a subject that just should not be as controversial as it is…vaccines.

Some things about vaccines aren’t gray | The Incidental Economist.

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Thoughtful essay. Made me think about my own traits, as well as those of both good and terrible bosses I’ve worked for. Many more of the latter out there than the former.

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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