There he goes again.
By way of background, Wellsteps was caught harming Boise’s employees and lying about outcomes. His Boise School District friends no longer talk to the media now that they realize they got snookered — and after he blamed them for the failure of the program. Wellsteps got some major unfavorable press in STATNews, in which Steve Aldana admitted that his program wasn’t responsible for seeming improvements in the “worst health behaviors.” Rather it was the regression to the mean.
For a full write-up, see “Protecting Employees from Harmful Vendored Wellness Programs,” American Journal of Managed Care, October 10, 2016.
Yes, Wellsteps’ Steve Aldana is acting out. He is frustrated because we find such a ridiculous number of “mistakes” (actually lies, since mistakes get corrected when they are pointed out) in his work. Since all our findings are correct, there’s nothing he can do except whine.
He is even attacking us — WELCOA, Salveo Partners, myself and hundreds of others — for supporting the Employee Health Program Code of Conduct. (For the uninitiated, the Code is designed to prevent wellness vendors like Wellsteps from harming employees, which I guess is why they are attacking it.)
I’m not going to go line by line through his posting (which I can’t see anyway, because he knows better than to get into a public debate, so he blocks me from seeing it — I am finding out second-hand), except to ask a couple of questions. If I am a bully:
- How come I offer $1000 to people who point out mistakes in my write-ups about them?
- Why doesn’t he claim my $2-million reward for showing that he didn’t harm the Boise School District employees and he saved them money? It also included a $1-million donation to the School District.
He could get rich off my bullying, and make a sizable charitable donation. If what I do fits his definition of bullying, then, Mr. Aldana, please bully me. Offer to send me money and give me rewards for finding mistakes in your work. Don’t make me beg!