Recommended Reading

Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America by Nortin M. Hadler, MD.   Hardcover: $18.29  Kindle Edition: $9.99.  (An excellent study on the “medicalization” of the US, and how that is failing to meet true patient needs—Tom.)

The Last Well Person: How to Stay Well Despite the Health-Care System by Nortin M. Hadler, MD.   Paperback: $16.87.  (An excellent, information-packed, book to read, and then read again.  Dr. Hadler is a true physician philosopher—Tom)

Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders by Nortin M. Hadler, MD.  Hardcover: $87.12  (Just brilliant.  Should be mandatory reading for every risk manager in America—Tom)

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely.  Paperback: $8.88   Kindle Edition: $10.99  (A fascinating book from every point of view, and contains excellent information on the power of placebos—Tom)

Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine by David H. Newman MDPaperback:  $10.40  Kindle Edition: $11.99  ( A fascinating examination of the limitations of modern medicine—Tom)

Well Being: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter.  Hardcover: $15.76   Kindle Edition: $12.97  (An excellent guide to population health and “wellbeing”.  Being healthy is truly much more than physical wellbeing—Tom)

Epidemic of Care: A Call for Safer, Better, More Accountable Health Care by George C. Halvorson and George J. Isham, MD.  Hardcover and Kindle Edition $36.62  (A huge void in American health care is provider “accountability”. Epidemic of Care is an examination of the positive difference  true accountability can make—Tom)

Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society by Nortin Hadler, MD.  Kindle price $15.40. (An enlightening and fascinating read on poor health choices offered to the elderly—Tom)

Health Affairs blogs:  http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2009/12/23/a-practical-solution-for-rewarding-efficient-providers/3/     (Interesting ideas by Charles Weller and Floyd Loop.)

The Treatment Trap, by Gibson and Singh. Kindle price $9.99. (Very readable case studies of people harmed and killed  by unnecessary surgeries and general overuse.)

Charting the Course: Launching Patient-Centric Healthcare, by John J. Nance,JD, and Kathleen M. Bartholomew, RN, MN. Paperback: $25.  Kindle price: $10.99. (A fascinating and  most readable book about how in health care the “illusion of knowledge” can lead to the “delusion of excellence.” I could not put it down.  Tom Emerick)

Who Nobody Believes the Numbers: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Population Health Management, by Al Lewis.  Hardcover $37.03. Kindle price $33. (Possibly the funniest serious healthcare industry book ever.  There are valuable lessons.  Why Nobody Believes the Numbers helps you interpret the numbers you get shown, and explains how to tell if they are real…and why they usually aren’t.)