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Are you wearing the wrong mask?

New research shows two popular masks are probably worse than none at all.

This research was conducted by a team of researchers at Duke University, including a professor of physics, chemistry, radiology and also biomedical engineering, the type of guy you would have wanted on your side last time you played Trivial Pursuit against a team of Nobel Prizewinners.

For a second opinion, join our webinar August 25th at 1 PM EDT, featuring COVID Uber-Expert Dr Ian Lipkin (yes, the same Dr. Ian Lipkin you’ve seen on every major network in th last few months), in a virtual open-mike Q&A session covering this and every other COVID-related topic.

First, the good news. The tried-and-true disposable surgical mask is indeed effective. Those little blue ones that you hook to your ears do the job. 100,000 surgeons can’t be wrong.

Not all the mask news is good, though. At least one popular design turns out to be worse than no mask at all.

To read more, visit the latest blog post on Quizzify.

Since you’ve probably already clicked through once, from Linkedin, I’m not gonna make you click through again to Quizzify. I’ll just give you the answer. It’s those “neck gaiters” favored by runners. The reason I’m not simply repeating the entire Quizzify blog post here is that you can’t just copy-and-paste a blog post. You have to re-upload all the images in a multistep process for each image. Life is too short.

Got more questions?  Join that webinar on August 25th!  Get your questions in early to Mark@quizzify.com to make sure they get answered.

 

8/25 Webinar featuring #1 COVID expert not named Fauci

You’ve maybe read about him, or seen him remotely, many times, on both Fox and MSNBC (yes, both), as well as CNN, CNBC, CBS, NBC, and even the BBC. Now is your chance to ask your questions live, directly to Dr. Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University.

The webinar will be held 8/25 (Tuesday) at 1 PM EDT.

Dr. Lipkin, who has warned about the pandemic hazard potential of “wet markets” for many years, has first-hand knowledge of the origin, development of vaccines, and, of course, all the information and misinformation surrounding COVID.

As reported in USA Today, he also got the virus himself in March. (“If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”) So in the immortal words of the great philosopher Judy Collins, he can look at COVID from both sides now.

This webinar will feature a few minutes of prepared remarks, along with 5 test-your-knowledge-of-COVID questions…and otherwise it’ll be the webinar equivalent of open-mike night. Dr. Lipkin will answer as many questions as we can squeeze in. So register early, and (while questions will be taken live too, time permitting) get your questions in early, to Mark@quizzify.com.

Register here.

PBMs: The “Tapeworm” Revealed

Warren Buffett famously said that medical spending was the “tapeworm” of the American economy. Many a tree has been killed demonstrating this point, but there has never been a single one-page image that would sear it into everyone’s mind, and rally the entire employer community behind the idea that there has to be a better way.

Until now. Here it is.

Source: Buried in something called Drug Channels.

There may be a few buyers who have generics on the formulary, but there are plenty that don’t:


 

There you have it: the shock-the-conscience unveiling of the Tapeworm (the pink), as far as drugs are concerned. This is just one drug, but this process likely repeats many many times for many generic drugs.  How is it that the process of distributing a drug and tracking who buys it sucks up much more of the value chain than actually making it?

How is it that the price paid of a container of generic Ambien can range from $3.25 (Drexi) to $136 (CVS)?


 

And don’t get us started on wellness. 

Balance (surprise) billing is a Quizzify favorite. It is a problem, period.

Even though, according to the New York Times and others, we actually solved the problem (for non-elective surprise bills), most employers — like with PBM markups — don’t realize they have a problem in the first place. They are simply picking up most of the tab without noticing something amiss. Sort of like ET hiding in the stuffed animals.

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And that, in a nutshell, is the problem. The problem is that, for all the complaints about spending, employers don’t realize they have a solvable problem in the first place. As Dave Chase of Health Rosetta says, healthcare is already fixed. The fixes just have to be replicated.

 

 

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