This week we had Judson “Jud” Brewer, MD, PhD from Claritas Mind join us on PopHealth Week. I have recently gotten into Mindfulness and have used HeadSpace (which has been very good) daily for over a month. I’ll discuss Headspace in another post. More recently I started Eat Right Now developed by Claritas Mind and have used it daily as well. Eat Right Now states it’s “a program that utilizes a proven scientific approach to help you control your food cravings.”
It has surprised me how much of an impact mindfulness can have on my thinking and behavior. Continue reading
I recently interviewed Dan Munro on PopHealth Week and we discussed his book Casino Healthcare. We all know about the high costs and poorer outcomes associated with American Healthcare. In Casino Healthcare Dan explains his view of how our system, one built with Selective Health Coverage is like a casino; or really three casino’s, the insurer casino, provider casino and pharmaceutical casino.
Dan explores each of these areas and explains how they work to maximize revenue through a system of complex transactions and systems.
As an example, on the Provider side Dan explains a little known group called the AMA/Relative Value Scale Update Committee or “RUC” as its more affectionately known. Continue reading
Recently I took part in the Florida Trail Association (FTA) Annual Conference. The FTA develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). This event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the FTA’s founding.
A Brief History
The National Scenic Trails were authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 that began with the naming of the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as the first National Scenic Trails. The AT was originally founded by Benton MacKaye and completed in 1937. It’s over 2,000 miles long. Earl Shaffer was the first person to do a complete single thru-hike of the AT in 1948. Earl was a soldier returning from World War II who said he was going to “walk off the war”. More on this and its relevance to current day later.
Jim and Fred at the unveiling of the sign.
The Florida National Scenic Trail another of the eleven National Scenic Trails is about 1,300 miles long and has its own originator, Jim Kern. The weekend was a well-earned celebration of Jim’s vision to establish the Florida Trail 50 years ago. Jim is also a co-founder of the American Hiking Society, and founder of Big City Mountaineers which takes under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions.
October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.
Please join me as I moderate a panel on “Why Health Literacy Matters to Your Business“ during a free webinar from EdLogics featuring top experts from across the country.
The panel includes:
- Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Wisconsin
Join us as we explore the strong connection between health literacy, health outcomes, and healthcare costs – and learn what you can do to make a difference.
Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2:30-3:45 pm EDT