• I (partially) quit

    I’ve been going pretty hard at this blogging thing for almost four years (3.75 to be more precise). It’s been fun, as well as personally and professionally rewarding, but it has come time for me to cut back so I can maintain balance and mental health. I won’t cut back to zero. I don’t want to. I will (because I want to) keep my commitments to the JAMA Forum and the AcademyHealth blog, where you’ll see my posts several times a month.

    That leaves, as the only option, pulling back at TIE. Fortunately, there are some things I do here that take a fair amount of work but are, in my view, expendable. Here’s my plan: I’m ceasing the Reading List, though perhaps I’ll toss one last one up this Friday. I’m also going to make my last TIE-U post at the end of the month. Apart from that, I’ll blog as the mood strikes, which isn’t much different than I’ve been doing all along.

    I recognize that the Reading List and TIE-U posts are valuable to some readers. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to provide them. Maybe someday something like one or the other will return. It would help if either were a revenue rather than cost center. So, you know, alert your big money donors and get back to me.

    @afrakt

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    • Thanks for all your informative blogging over the years. You have carved an important niche. Your frequent contributions will be missed and I hope your new schedule allows you to better balance your other responsibilities.

      There are more than enough bloggers and pundits out there who can pontificate about how “we need to pay for quality, not volume!” or “we need to have health IT!” or “we need to have transparent prices!” or “we need primary care!” or “ACOs!” or any number of other policy prescriptions. Even when big-name speakers with well-deserved reputations make these simple speeches, they add little to the dialogue.

      You and TIE have made a unique contribution in actually exploring these and other policy claims in the context of empirical and theoretical research. As an economist, you have also introduced readers to proposed health policy reforms that won’t make it into the discussion if docs or lawyers dominate the policy blogosphere (i.e. what about competitive bidding?). I think TIE-U and the reading list have been great ways of accomplishing these goal.

      I’m sorry to hear you will be cutting back. I don’t say this to try to change your mind, but to let you know that your work had been valued tremendously by readers. You have created a wonderful public good. Thank you!

    • Well thank you for all the hard work you have done. I am glad that you are only partly quitting.

    • Austin: mental health is over-rated.

    • The reading list will be sorely missed, as will any let up in your blogging cadence. Thanks for all the work you do.

    • I’m glad you are taking care of yourself . You still have much to offer the fields of health Econ, health pol, and health services research. Use your time wisely and to maximum effect.

      I’ve learned a lot from your writing and feel lucky to have found you a couple years ago. Thank you.

    • You deserve the time off/winding down. We have all benefitted from the time you have put in, but I don’t see how you could keep it up for much longer. Family, life and a career are important.

      Steve

    • My fear for any successful blogger (defined as someone whose opinions I respect!) is that the burden becomes too much to bear and leads to poor health, exit from blogging, or both. Although we followers here may be short-term losers, I’m glad to see you’ve taken a look at the big picture – what’s best for you! Best wishes for your continuing success.

    • If less time blogging equals more time to devote to reading, this paper may be worth heaping on the pile:

      Poverty, Wealth, and Health Care Utilization: A Geographic Assessment

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3462827/