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THCB Reader -- Aug 23, 2021


THCB Reader

August 23 · Issue #130 · View online

Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

It’s the dog days of summer & I missed last week (I blame HIMSS!), so I am going to summarize a couple of weeks on the THCB Reader very quickly. I am also trying something new here, by just linking to the pieces in this paragraph, not posting a summary below. Tell me if you like it or even notice!
Kim Bellard both wonders how we can build health care into our daily lives and talked about shit as a vital sign. Hans Duvefelt complains about EMRs working around medicine. Mike Magee talks about a kid and soccer star with missing fins! Martin Samuels discusses how the morning report has shifted away from its original goals, and George Halvorson talks about his career at Kaiser & Sophie Park is interviewed about Bayer’s G4A day. Finally Emily Evans is all over mental health parity.
Interviews stay further down in the email–just scroll and click! Jess DaMassa on WTF Health speaks with Marc Hodosh about the new upcoming conference LIFE ITSELF, to Optum’s Vice President for Direct-to-Consumer Dr. Kate Wolin and to Cityblock’s Dr. Toyin Ajayi.
No #THCBGang this past 2 weeks as I was off to HIMSS but we got #HealthinTwoPoint00 going again with 2 episodes. Don’t forget to listen any time you can subscribe to #THCBGang and #Healthin2Point00 podcasts with an easy click on Apple or Spotify.

Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care? is the conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery, and all the permutations thereof. You can register here or learn how to sponsor.
This is a big week. We are just under 3 weeks out and have a ballin’ agenda with over 100 speakers! The keynotes include government officials from the 3 most important agencies for digital health –Pauline Lapin (CMS), Micky Tripathi (ONC) & Bakul Patel (FDA). But wait there’s more! Keynotes from techies Glen Tullman (Transcarent), Sean Lane (Olive), Jonathan Bush (Zus Health), Jeff Dachis (One Drop) & Andrew Dudum (Hims & Hers). And we’re not forgetting the VCs sprinkled through the program, with a keynote from Andreesen Horowitz’s Julie Yoo. Please look at the agenda for 20 power-packed panels and then sign up!
Shout out to our sponsors – Avaneer Health (our diamond sponsor) &exclusive agency sponsor 120/80. Sliver sponsors are Transcarent & Lark . More sponsors are Aetion. Merck GHIF, Crossover Health, Zus Health, Newtopia, Aetion & Big Health! Many of them will have sessions we’ll announce this week.
It’s going to be a great conference–no need to leave your seat as it’s happening virtually September 7-10. Register here!!
For my health care tidbits this week, I am featuring the the Urban Institute report on the uninsured that’s released today. “Between March 2019 and April 2021 the percentage of U.S. adults reporting they had employer-sponsored coverage declined from 65% to 62.3%, a decrease of approximately 5.5 million adults. The share of adults reporting public coverage increased from 13.6% to 17.5% percent, an increase of approximately 7.9 million adults”. So like it or not we are slowly becoming a public health plan nation–of course the public health plan picking up the slack is Medicaid. And that in practice means we are 2 nations. “In April 2021, the uninsurance rate in non-expansion states was more than double that of expansion states (18.2% versus 7.7%)”
Which means that Texas & Florida (the two big non-expansion states) really don’t care about their people’s health. And taking a look at their governors’ current attitudes towards COVID, you would not be surprised.
Follow me on Twitter @boltyboy and THCB at @thcbstaff for more similar insights/nonsense (and even the occasional sensible idea)! Enjoy! – Matthew Holt
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Trendspotting with Optum’s Direct-to-Consumer VP: Behavior Change Science in Healthcare
Cityblock Health & The ‘At-Risk’ Disruption of Medicaid Care
#Healthin2Point00, Episode 227 | Maven, Carrot Fertility, Cricket Health & Sharecare
#Healthin2Point00, Episode 228 | Mahana, Vera, Cadence, Commure & Ovia
Hope you enjoyed the newsletter. As ever let me know if you have any comments or want to sponsor/advertise–this newsletter doesn’t write itself but about 17,000 people get it and 80-100K visit the blog every month!
Matthew Holt
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