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THCB Reader

January 23 · Issue #38 · 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 edition of the THCB Reader: Kim Bellard argues that instead of continually debating over Medicare For All, the focus should address wealth disparities as it may be a larger problem than universal coverage; Anish Koka critiques the problematic assumption that a recent publication makes on low-value testing, arguing that the research around this topic is more nuanced than the conclusions that are drawn in the paper; and Deven McGraw & Vince Kuraitis add another piece to their “Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma” series, this time challenging the notion of policymakers supporting to extend HIPAA to cover apps that patients engage with, arguing that extending it is not a viable solution and would potentially undermine the purpose of enhancing patients accessibility to their data. On Episode 105 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I discuss all the money flying around at JPM including: Virta raising $93M for its diabetes reversal treatment, Blue Mesa getting acquired by Virgin Pulse, Arcadia Health raising $29.5M, and Mona Siddiqui leaving the HHS! Jess, on the WTF Health Show, also speaks with Francesca Wuttke, Chief Digital Officer of Almirall, a dermatology-focused pharmaceutical company based in Spain. Enjoy! – Matthew Holt 

Jan 22, Kim Bellard
We’ve been spending a lot of time these past few years debating healthcare reform.  First the Affordable Care Act was debated, passed, implemented, and almost continuously litigated since. Lately, the concept of Medicare For All, or variations on it, has been the hot policy debate. As worthy as these all are, a new study suggests that focusing on them may be missing the point: if we’re not addressing wealth disparities, we’re unlikely to address health disparities. And the kicker is, these wealth disparities are more important than universal coverage. 

Jan 21, Anish Koka 
Identifying ‘Low Value Testing’ is the holy grail of the health policy community because a more perfect health economy awaits the surgical excision of these warts from medical practice. But research around the issue is more nuanced than many of the conclusions drawn—and the real questions to ask aren’t encompassed in the stories that social policy researchers, hopeful for influence over government bureaucrats, struggling to lower health care costs, will tell. Anish breaks down the research and critiques the problematic assumptions a recent paper makes on low-value testing.

Jan 20, Deven McGraw and Vince Kuraitis 
Many have called on policymakers to extend HIPAA to cover apps engaged by patients in an effort to put more data in patients’ hands. In the latest piece of the Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma series, Vince and Deven point out why extending HIPAA is not a viable solution and would potentially undermine the purpose of enhancing patients’ ability to access their data more seamlessly: to give them agency over health information, thereby empowering them to use it and share it to meet their needs. 
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 105 | JP Morgan 2020: Virta, Arcadia Health, Teladoc & more
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 105 | JP Morgan 2020: Virta, Arcadia Health, Teladoc & more
Leading Innovation in Dermatology | Francesca Wuttke, Chief Digital Officer, Almirall
Leading Innovation in Dermatology | Francesca Wuttke, Chief Digital Officer, Almirall
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The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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