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Tom Emerick

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Thomas G. Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC and Host of Cracking Health Costs. Tom´s years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Burger King Corporation, British Petroleum, and American Fidelity Assurance Company have provided an excellent blend of experience and contacts. His last position with Wal-Mart was Vice President, Global Benefit Design. Tom has served on a variety of employer coalitions and associations, including being on the board of the influential National Business Group on Health, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Benefit Committee, and many others. Frequently in demand as a speaker for benefits and health care conferences, such as the internationally known World Health Care Congress, Tom´s topics include strategic health plan design, global health care challenges, health care economics, and evidence-based medicine.
This Epidemic of Diagnostic Errors is Putting Lives at Risk in the U.S. (Shutterstock)

This Epidemic of Diagnostic Errors is Putting Lives at Risk in the U.S.

According to a new study, patients who get a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic get their diagnoses completely changed or redefined 88% of the time.

Walmart Expands Its Center of Excellence Program

Walmart's Centers of Excellence program for spine surgery has both incentives and disincentives to help get people to the right surgeon.
Fustrated worker by Peter Alfred

Why It’s High Time to Abandon Workplace Wellness Programs

Workplace Wellness Programs are costly and don't provide the benefits they are supposed to. It's time for employers to move on.
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You’ll Get Flawed Results When You Flog Your Data

When you are in the business of evaluating results using claims data, skepticism is a very good thing.
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Loneliness Can Lead to Increased Mortality

Research has shown that loneliness adversely affects health and can predict mortality.
Eternal Life Sign

Should We Abandon the Quest for Immortality?

Tom Emerick explores the downsides of extending life on individuals & society-perhaps seeking the elixir of life is not such a good idea after all.

Why Strategy Matters Now

Until recently, most healthcare organizations could get by without a real strategy….That era is ending.
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Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little

According to an article in the NY Times, a form of knee surgery, the most common form of orthopedic surgery in the US is ineffective for most people. This is not new news. This surgery should have been curtailed years ago.
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Spinal fusions serve as case study for debate over when certain surgeries are necessary

“By some measures, Federico C. Vinas was a star surgeon. He performed three or four surgeries on a typical weekday at the Daytona Beach, Fla., hospital that employed him, and a review showed him to be nearly five times as busy as other neurosurgeons.”