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Alfred Lewis


Final front coverGoogle on “Invented disease management” and the entire first page of “hits” will be Al Lewis, the originator of risk-based population health contracting and outcomes measurement.

He is widely acclaimed for his expertise in benefits design strategy, and in 2013 was named one of the unsung heroes changing health care forever.

Al Lewis is founder and President of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, Inc. (DMPC–, which performs contracting and outcomes measurement consulting for health plans and self-insured employers seeking vendors and programs to enhance their benefits offering, distinguishing those from ones whose value is questionable at best.  Though he is independent, he has  served as a consultant to The Validation Institute.

He also confers the only recognized certifications in two areas. The Consortium website,, lists the 200 people who have earned Critical Outcomes Report Analysis (CORA) Certification. The CORA curriculum covers the development and interpretation of risk contracts and outcomes reports. Likewise, 25 employers, health plans and states have received Savings Measurement Validity certification. He also provides and guarantees Letters of Validation for programs that achieve savings when validly measured.

His Gold Standard designation has been sought by many population health organizations (covering wellness, monitoring, other devices and coordinated care) and is considered the highest measurement validity accolade that an organization can achieve.

His critically acclaimed category-bestselling book on outcomes measurement, Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, chronicling and exposing the innumeracy of the health management field, was named 2012 healthcare book of the year in Forbes. His co-authored book, Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, released in 2013, was also a trade bestseller.

His 2014 co-authored book Surviving Workplace Wellness has also received great accolades and excerpts are appearing in Harvard Business Review and elsewhere.

Al’s co-authored “Is It Time to Re-Examine Workplace Wellness ‘Get Well Quick’ Schemes?” became January 2013’s most tweeted Health Affairs article, a lay version of which was featured in the Harvard Business Review and an updated and expanded version in the Wall Street Journal. He has also published op-eds or essays in the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle and Newsweek. A full list of publications is at He is a sought-after speaker on disease management and wellness economics.

He is also the “whistleblower” whose forensic analysis has led to the proposed dismantling of North Carolina’s expensive and ineffective Medicaid patient-centered medical home program.

His radio program, The Big Fix, exploring novel economic policy ideas, was carried on the NPR-affiliate in Washington, DC and may be renewed for 2015.

Prior to DMPC, Al was CEO and Chairman of Peer Review Analysis, Inc., at one point the youngest person to hold those positions for a NASDAQ-listed company, and had previously been a partner at Bain & Co.

Al holds undergraduate (1978) and law (1982) degrees from Harvard University phi beta kappa and taught economics at Harvard, and is currently a Visiting Scholar in health policy at Brandeis University.

But he still can’t get his kids to clean up their rooms.


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  2. jackj59 says:

    In your latest COVID-19 quiz, you state that the Chloroquine dosage used in (a) prior study found toxicity at 1/14th the amount used by the recent French study. Looking at the linked article from WAPO, it was actually 1/7th the dosage. They cut it back to 1/14th (halved it) to make it tolerable.


  3. davebrown9 says:

    Conventional dietary advice + defective food supply = failure to achieve wellness

    I began trying to figure out how to make myself and my family “healthy” more than 44 years ago. It took almost that long to identify the problematic elements in the food supply that have caused so much of humanity to become metabolically unhealthy. In retrospect, if I had known to limit my linoleic acid and arachidonic acid intake much earlier in life, I could have saved myself considerable discomfort, inconvenience, and expense. Here’ the article that helped me understand what I was doing wrong. And here is edible oils industry response to that article. Note that the American Heart Association has a long-standing relationship with the edible oils industry. These two entities teach identical doctrines regarding omega-6 and saturated fat.

    So where dies the truth lie? Here are some articles:

    This is the basic problem: “We use a lot of our corn and soybean production to support animal agriculture – 36 million acres of corn and 22 million acres of beans. We also eat too much (omega-6 fat rich and omega-3 fat poor) corn- and soy-fed red meat. We have not only shifted our human eating habits to a seed-rich (omega-6) diet and away from leaf-rich (omega-3) diet, but we have done the same for our animals, compounding the problem. After a lot of scientific reading, when it comes to meats, this dietary fat imbalance may well be more important than saturated fats and cholesterol in driving diet-driven diseases. If we pastured cows again (or at least fed them omega-3 rich feeds like flax or hemp meal) we might dramatically improve the healthiness of animal protein.”

    To understand what caused the obesity epidemic, this video should be helpful:

    To understand why “science” has failed to figure out where the harm is coming from, this may be helpful.


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