Why Are Al Lewis and Vik Khanna Such Jerks? | The Health Care Blog

Why are we such jerks? Well, we’re not jerks in real life, at least not often. But, in healthcare, we consider it a value add in a system where value is often completely ignored.

Why Are Al Lewis and Vik Khanna Such Jerks? | The Health Care Blog.

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‘Usual’ Sodium Intake Seems to Hit Right Balance

The American Heart Association’s leadership is starting to look strangely disconnected from reality.

‘Usual’ Sodium Intake Seems to Hit Right Balance.

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Let me know when to start panicking about health care spending again | The Incidental Economist

Healthcare inflation is back, fueled primarily by the same Affordable Care Act that was supposed to, you know, keep healthcare affordable. Whoops.

Let me know when to start panicking about health care spending again | The Incidental Economist.

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Why Nike Is (Probably) Killing Off The FuelBand | Co.Design | business + design

I’ve been saying for more than a year that the wearable fitness device and app mania was total nonsense. Wearables and apps don’t make you fit. Desire and determination make you fit. Apps are noise, toys, trinkets for one of two kinds of people: those with a strategy (completely sustainable without the app) for whom measurement adds value or those who need to feel like they’re doing something oh so cool. Only one of those two types of people is actually getting something done.

On social media, the fitness app craze is enough make anyone nuts. Here are the two devices/apps you need: get a pair of good sneakers and a kettlebell and then get to work and stop worrying about whether you have this app or that app. Get real.

Why Nike Is (Probably) Killing Off The FuelBand | Co.Design | business + design.

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Become More Productive Without Actually Doing More Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

I could not agree more. Rest (and recreation) is not a waste of time. Exercise theory applies here. Rest empowers you to maintain a high level of intensity (and, thus, results) when you return to whatever exercise you enjoy. Even within the context of a single workout, this applies: rest lets you get more out of each set of work. If you insist upon grinding yourself to failure on every set you do, you are increasing your risks of short-term injury and long-term burnout. The same general principles apply to your thoughts and emotions. Taking a break, which will mean different things to different people, empowers and energizes, and it also keeps you positive.

The only thing that I would add to what’s in this article is “manage expectations,” both yours and those of your colleagues. Tell people when you are taking down time and sort your work and commitments accordingly. You might not be able to step away from everything, but for many people, taking any step away is a positive one.

Become More Productive Without Actually Doing More Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

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‘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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