The Case for Better Benchmarking

The Firestick has 11 buttons, with one huge on/off button. It’s a joy to use. If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, unnecessary complexity is crude and confusing, lazy or purposeful, part of the conspiracy against the outsiders. The age of the metaphorical 3 remotes with 150 buttons of equal sizes still exists. Benchmarking healthcare benefits […]

September’s Index

As a nod to the clever and entertaining Harper’s index, here is September’s healthcare and finance index.   The decline in 2nd quarter hospital admissions for HCA Healthcare: 20% The decline in emergency room visits in the same quarter: 33% The number of times Covid-19 was mentioned in HCA’s second-quarter earnings report: 70 The 2nd […]

GoodRx’s IPO and the $450 Story

Many great founders have started companies after an annoying experience. Netflix’s lightbulb moment began with founder Reed Hastings waiting in line at Blockbuster to pay $40 after losing Apollo 13. For Doug Hirsch, co-founder of GoodRx, it was a $450 prescription back in 2010–years earlier he followed his parents’ advice on getting a job with […]

An Interview with Dr. Eric Bricker

Dr. Eric Bricker, MD is a physician, a co-founder of Compass Professional Health Services, now part of Alight, and the founder of both AHealthcareZ and Texas Family Insurance. His content is rich and deep and he’s a must-follow for those in healthcare. Q: Tell me about AHealthcareZ and what you’re working on this month.  AHealthcareZ […]

Financial Broccoli

Kellogg tells you their cereal is natural and has whole grains. There are no broccoli lobbyists or marketers (other than moms). Some good things do need reminders. One trigger for some of my favorite healthcare and financial housekeeping tips starts with a fresh door: a new job. Switching Jobs Over a 10 year period, an […]