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In today's edition of the THCB Reader, Dr. Leila Ali Akbarian argues that financial distress for the
 

THCB Reader

April 18 · Issue #5 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

In today’s edition of the THCB Reader, Dr. Leila Ali Akbarian argues that financial distress for the cost of cancer care is quite literally more toxic than cancer itself; Etienne Deffarges comments on the US being #35 on the list of the world’s healthiest countries (behind every developed economy) and shows that other economies of the world adopt critical economic and societal traits that are absent in the US; and Dave Levin releases the final part of his ONC & CMS Proposed Rules, this time focusing on how these rules address the root causes of information blocking. Watch as the ATA’s exhibit hall comes apart around us on this week’s episode of Health in 2 Point 00 and listen to Jess DaMassa’s interview with Teladoc’s CEO Jason Gorevic on how he thinks Apple and CVS will change the game. Enjoy! —Matthew Holt

April 12, Leila Ali-Akbarian
An astounding 30 percent of advanced cancer patients report financial distress higher than physical or emotional distress. In these cases, the cost of care is literally more toxic than the effects of cancer or cancer treatment. Yet, quality cancer care can be delivered for far less money. It’s time to put politics aside and move forward with a single payer system, with the goal of improving the health of Americans without the toxic burden of medical debt.

April 15, Etienne Deffarges
According to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, the U.S. ranks 35th out of 169 countries—behind pretty much all developed economies. So, what are the top-ranked countries doing right that the U.S. isn’t? In a nutshell, they embrace half a dozen critical economic and societal traits that are absent in the U.S., including universal health care, better diets, lower levels of economic inequality, and effective gun control.

April 16, Dave Levin
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have proposed final rules on interoperability, data blocking, and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. Part 4 of this series focuses on how these rules address the root causes of information blocking. The expectation is that information will flow in ways that enhance patient care and promote competition and innovation.
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 77 | ATA19, Cityblock, & Microsoft HealthVault
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 77 | ATA19, Cityblock, & Microsoft HealthVault
Teladoc, CVS, Utilization Rates, & Apple in ‘THE YEAR of Telehealth’ | Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic
Teladoc, CVS, Utilization Rates, & Apple in 'THE YEAR of Telehealth' | Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic
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