Vik Khanna is an independent healthcare consultant and writer with extensive expertise in health policy, managed care and wellness. He is co-author with Al Lewis of Surviving Workplace Wellness With Your Dignity, Finances, and Major Organs Intact. He is also author of Your Personal Affordable Care Act: How to Avoid Obamacare. He is the editor-at-large on wellness for the Health Care Blog.
We hope at least a few of you have lamented –we’ll settle for noticed — our absence from ITL for the last six months. There are two reasons. First, in the immortal words of the great philosopher Gerald Ford, “When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to do […]
What if we told you that “pry, poke, prod and punish” wellness programs are bad for morale, damage corporate reputations and cost more money than they save? You’d say: “Al, you, Tom Emerick and more recently Vik Khanna have been telling us that for years.” You might add: “And while your opinions are usually well-reasoned […]
The wellness emphasis in the Affordable Care Act is built around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) call to action in 2009 about chronic disease: The Power to Prevent, the Call to Control. On the summary page, we learn some of what the CDC calls “arresting facts”: “Chronic diseases cause seven in 10 deaths […]
We thank Ron Goetzel, representing Truven Health and Johns Hopkins, for posting on Insurance Thought Leadership a rebuttal to our viral November posting, “Workplace Wellness Shows No Savings.” Paradoxically, while he conceived and produced the posting, we are happy to publicize it for him. If you’ve heard that song before, think Mike Dukakis’s tank ride […]
Just as the Bear Stearns implosion presaged the 2008 financial crisis, the events of the last few days, building on earlier events, are presaging the collapse of the “pry, poke, prod and punish” wellness industry. For those readers still living in Biosphere 2, here is a brief review of how we got here: First was […]
By now, readers of this and many other outlets know that conventional workplace wellness doesn’t work. Period. It’s not that there is no evidence for it. It’s that all the evidence is against it. The “evidence” in favor of conventional wellness is easily disproven as being the result of gross incompetence or dishonesty. Occasionally, as […]
During the last decade, workplace wellness programs have become commonplace in corporate America. The majority of US employers with 50 or more employees now offer the programs. A 2010 meta-analysis that was favorable to workplace wellness programs, published in Health Affairs, provided support for their uptake. This meta-analysis, plus a well-publicized “success” story from Safeway, coalesced into the so-called Safeway […]