“Bundled Payments” are defined as a new payment model in healthcare which provide a single, comprehensive payment that covers all of the services involved in a patient’s episode of care. I compile a short email with an insight where I compose a short email with the best things I have watched, listened to, or read and send it to my subscribers. I try to provide a single email with a comprehensive look at a certain topic or person (with my podcast show notes), which I have named according to the concept that all payments come to you in the form of an email.
Here is an example, from April 19, 2021:
New Newsletter, Who Dis?
Bringing some life back to this newsletter. It’s been a while!
Welcome back! It’s been some time since I updated the newsletter and I figured I had some explaining to do. I was taking the USMLE STEP 1, which is a licensing exam for medical students, which is arguably the most important exam of my medical school career. I had my nose in a book (or computer) for the past 8 weeks. But, I’m glad to be done with that and now I am focusing on being on medical school rotations.
Today’s newsletter is about assessing the importance of your media diet. Increasing our awareness of how different sources of information are assessing our view of the world is so important. Like Batman putting together the Justice League, we need to make sure that the information that we are consuming is important to us. My rule for doing this is to make sure that I have five quick passes through the information to make sure that I should actually read it.
The biggest thing that you need to realize is that your time is finite and that you cannot bring it back. One of the mindset shifts that I have gone through to realize this is that I believe everything I read. You may be scoffing right now, and I wouldn’t blame you. In the wake of fake news, it’s hard to believe anything these days without trying to cross-check it. But, I think this frees you up from a lot of hassle with trying to read everything and assessing whether it’s true or not. I put everything through my five passes and if it emerges unscathed, I then decide to read it thoroughly.
The easiest first pass is to see whether the article is selling you anything. The lies which we tend to believe are the ones that we most want to be true, so make sure you are on the watch for things which seem too good to be true. This brings me to my next pass, which assesses credibility. This doesn’t have to come from institutions, but I want to make sure that the article has transparency. That’s why I have decided to learn in public and publish my income in my newsletter, hopefully to keep me accountable to my audience and to show my commitment to providing good information.
Third, I want to make sure that the content I’m reading is evergreen. This is a common term in marketing which means that the content will be useful to the person reading it in 2021 or 2028. It will stand the test of time, and won’t fade into the background.
The next pass, while important, is hard to assess until I have skimmed the piece—I need to make sure that it doesn’t play with my emotions. While this is a very woo-woo explanation, I think that there is a big impact in my emotions while reading certain pieces of content, and it can make my head hurt after a while. So, to limit that, I try and limit that as much as possible. And finally, I try and make sure that the article is significant. I try and answer the question, “Why is this Important to Me?” before I try and read the article or book, just to make sure that I have completed my final pass and am mindfully consuming content.
So that’s it! It may seem a bit long, but I usually do this in a minute or two and then add it to Pocket, which keeps all of my articles until I am ready to read all of them. I find that splitting this up really helps my concentration, and helps combat the rabbit hole of YouTube.