First off, there’s a lengthy Health Affairs academic, contrasting policy and business-oriented roundabout on McAllen from the learned Elliott Fisher, Gail Wilensky, Robert Berenson and Robert Galvin. Don’t want to read all 16 pages? Neither did the Disease Management Care Blog, who was reminded of an exchange by its spawn years back. The daughter was talking about something extremely remarkable to the utter boredom of her brother. Seeing her enthusiasm wasn’t being shared by the lout, she stopped and asked him what was wrong. He laconically replied the topic was interesting enough, but she was ‘using too many words.’
So here’s the real lesson: Classic journals like Health Affairs and the New England Journal and their go-to authors still have a role to play in policy discussions but alternative media, like the blogs, are becoming remarkably nimble in ‘posting’ insights that seem to be out of reach of these traditional information venues. While policy giants went on and on and on in the staid Health Affairs, Mr. Gilden chose the non-traditional but widely read THCB to post an important and provocative analysis that will undoubtedly garner significant attention. It's deja vu all over again for the DMCB and its spawn.