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September 26 · Issue #24 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

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On today’s THCB Reader: I parallel my experience of accessing BestBuy’s customer service hotline to my experience as a consumer of health care, long story short, “Amazon like shopping experiences” may not fix health care after all; Kip Sullivan comments on how after 12 years, there is little research showing that the Hospital Readmission Reductions Program (HRRP) has reduced hospital readmissions following its guidelines; and Hans Duvefelt explains the frustrations of dealing with an EMR when trying to find the appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes for a patient’s needs. On this week’s episode of Health in 2 Point 00, it’s the Health 2.0 Wrap-Up Edition! Jess & I talk about my favorite moments from Health 2.0 and some of the cool start-ups that demoed & launched at the conference. (I tried to get Johnathan Bush and Glen Tullman on the same stage but it didn’t work! Oh well, always next year!) On the WTF Health Show, Jess talks to Megan Coder, Executive Director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, about how to differentiate digital therapeutics from digital health applications & more. Also, be sure to give our HardCore Health Podcast episodes a listen below. Enjoy! -Matthew Holt

Sept 21, Matthew Holt
After 3 days at the Health 2.0 conference, everyone agreed with Jane Sarasohn-Kahn that more consumer choice, better transparency, and an “Amazon like shopping experience” would improve health care. But Matthew had a recent encounter with BestBuy that revealed what could go wrong. With customer service experiences like these, consumerism, might not actually fix all that in health care. 

Sept 24, Kip Sullivan
Today, twelve years after MedPAC recommended the Hospital Readmissions Reductions Program (HRRP) and seven years after CMS implemented it, it is still not clear how hospitals are supposed to reduce readmissions targeted by the HRRP. Is it even possible for hospitals to reduce readmissions? Unfortunately, there has been little research showing hospitals how to reduce HRRP-defined readmissions, and although it may be possible, the HRRP is ill-designed to achieve its goal. 

Sept 26, Hans Duvefelt
Dr. Hans Duvefelt takes us through the frustrating process of ordering a PET scan for one of his patients. There’s no “Google”-like function in his EMR, and codes are written in bureaucratic language rather than clinical; for instance what a doctor calls a laceration is “open wound” in insurance speak, but the computer doesn’t know they’re the same thing. Why is it so difficult to find the appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes when trying to care for a patient?
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 95 | Health 2.0 Wrap-Up Edition
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 95 | Health 2.0 Wrap-Up Edition
WTF are Digital Therapeutics? | Digital Therapeutics Alliance Executive Director, Megan Coder
WTF are Digital Therapeutics? | Digital Therapeutics Alliance Executive Director, Megan Coder
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