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THCB Reader: Is Covid over for the health care system? Plus Boulder Care, Avaneer interviews, and #HTD

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THCB Reader

June 20 · Issue #148 · View online

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


Boom! THCB Reader is back after just a week despite all Jess DaMassa’s jokes! We’ve got Kim Bellard writing about removing the distinction between M.D.s and D.O.s and Mike Magee discussing Global Warming and Disease .
On WTF Health, Jess DaMassa talks about Scaling Telehealth Addiction Treatment in Medicaid with Boulder Care Founder and CEO Stephanie Strong. She also talks to Avaneer Health CEO Stuart Hanson about the One Health Data Exchange to Rule Then All. Jess and I have two #HealthTechDeals episodes this week, where we cover funding for CapitalRX, EnsoData, CareAcademy, Inne, Boulder Care, Sana Health, Sesame, Bardavon, Peerwell, and Aidoc.
Be sure to check out Episode 96 of #THCBGang this week with Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); Michael Millenson (@mlmillenson); Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); and Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune). We got into mental health, patient safety, drug advertising and whether the Jan 6 committee will make a difference.
Health Tech Deals and also #THCBGang are also available as podcasts with an easy click on Apple or Spotify.

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In this edition’s tidbits, I am beginning to wonder, is COVID over? Of course no one has told the virus that it’s over. In fact infection rates are two to three times where they were in the post-omicron lull and new variants are churning themselves out faster and faster. We still have 300 people dying every day. But since we went past a million US deaths, no one seems to care any more.
For the health care system, COVID being over means a chance to get back to normal, and normal ain’t good. Normal means trying to get rid of that pesky telemedicine and anything else that came around since March 2020.
The incumbents want to remove the public health emergency that allowed telemedicine to be paid for by Medicare, re-enforce the Ryan Haight act which mandates in-person visits for prescribing controlled Rx like Adderall for ADHD, and make sure that tortuous state license requirements for online physicians are not going away. This also means restrictions on hospital at home, and basically delays any other innovative way to change care delivery. Well, it was all so perfect in February 2020!
But there is one COVID related problem that doesn’t seem to be going away. People. They’re just not going back to work and nurses in particular are resisting the pull of the big hospitals. I don’t know the end game here, but there is a clue in the “return to office” data. Basically every large city is below 50% of its office space being occupied and companies are having to figure out a hybrid model going forward, no matter how much Elon Musk objects.
Hospitals aren’t going willingly into the night. The big systems still control American health care, and are prepared to fight on all fronts to keep it that way. But like office workers, nurses and doctors want a different life. The concept of virtual-first, community-based, primary care-led health care has been around for a long while and been studiously ignored by the majority of the system. If hospitals can’t get the staff and keep losing money employing the ones they have, there will be new solutions being offered to clinicians wanting a different life-style. We just might see a different approach to health care delivery rising phoenix-like from the Covid ashes.
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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WTF Health Interviews
Inside Boulder Care’s $36 Million Series B & Scaling Telehealth Addiction Treatment in Medicaid
Forget Micro-Networks: How Avaneer Health is Building The One Health Data Exchange to Rule Them All
#HealthTechDeals
#HealthTechDeals Episode 35 | CapitalRX, EnsoData, CareAcademy, Inne, and Boulder Care
#HealthTechDeals Episode 36| Sana Health, Sesame, Bardavon, Peerwell, Aidoc
#HealthTechDeals Episode 36| Sana Health, Sesame, Bardavon, Peerwell, Aldoc
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Matthew Holt, Publisher THCB
Matthew Holt, Publisher THCB
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