Episode 110

Four-Day Workweek, Hospice Care, Practical K-12

Ravi and Rikki lead things off by discussing an emerging trend in white-collar work: the four-day week. Then we turn to hospice care and the little-known cottage industry beneath it, plagued with rampant fraud and abuse. Finally, we wrap things up with a big question facing K-12 education: are kids learning the practical skills they need to succeed?


Four-Day Workweek

It’s Time for Everyone to Take Fridays Off (Business Insider, 1/17/23)
Marylanders could get a shorter workweek under new bill (WTOP, 1/24/23)
Why 2023 Could Finally Be the Year of the 4-Day Workweek (TIME, 1/19/23)
How The Four-Day Workweek Could Change The Future Of Work (CNBC, 12/9/22)
Worklife with Adam Grant: 4 Day Work-Week
Luxury or Necessity?
 (ReThinking with Adam Grant, 11/22)
How Bolt Embraced a 4 Day Work Week (Business Insider, 4/6/22)
Assessing global trials of reduced work time with no reduction in pay (4 Day Week Global Study)
Stolen Focus by Johann Hari (2022)

Hospice Reform

Endgame: How the Visionary Hospice Movement Became a For-Profit Hustle (ProPublica, 11/28/22)
Pressure Mounts for Hospice Reform (ProPublica, 1/20/23)
End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans (Los Angeles Times, 12/9/20)
‘Large-scale fraud’ and lax oversight plague California’s hospice industry, audit finds (Los Angeles Times, 3/29/22)
Doctors, nurses and others charged with taking kickbacks in end-of-life fraud case (Los Angeles Times, 2/24/22)
Hospice Program Integrity Ideas (LeadingAge, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, 1/13/23)
HHS Inspector General Finds Serious Flaws In 20% Of U.S. Hospice Programs (NPR, 7/9/19)
Hospice Deficiencies Pose Risks to Medicare Beneficiaries (Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 7/19)
Safeguards Must Be Strengthened To Protect Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries From Harm (Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 7/19)
How to Research Your Hospice (And Avoid Hospice Fraud) (ProPublica, 12/6/22)

K-12 Practical Learning

College Readiness Shouldn’t Be a Top Priority for K-12 Anymore, Survey Shows (Education Week, 1/20/23)
Survey: Americans Want K-12 Schools To Prioritize Practical Skills, Not College Prep (Reason, 1/20/23)
“Exhausted majority” wants to rethink K-12 education (Axios, 1/17/23)
Purpose of Education Index (Populace, 9/22)
Question the Quo (ECMC Group, 5/22)
Social and emotional learning is the latest flashpoint in the education wars (The Hechinger Report, 2/21/22)
Nearly 1 in 4 students in the U.S. has access to personal finance education this year (CNBC, 4/22/22)
In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs (The Hechinger Report, 8/6/17)
2022 State of Financial Education Report (Next Gen Personal Finance)

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