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THCB Reader

April 2 · Issue #50 · 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: Jeff Livingston provides actionable steps for independent physician practices to help keep their offices open; Chitra Chhabra Kohli, Ajay Kohli, and Vinay Kohli discuss convalescent plasma therapy, a promising therapy for COVID-19 treatment; and Saurabh Jha questions if the sensitivity of the COVID-19 testing kits are too low, arguing that false negatives could undo the hard work of containment. On Episode 115 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Olive raising $51M for its AI-enabled revenue cycle management solution, Bright.md raising $8M, and AristaMD raising $18M for its telemedicine service that PCPs use to consult with specialists. Jess, on the WTF Health Show, talks to Maeve O’Meara, Castlight Health’s CEO, about all-things health care: cost, coverage, and benefits administration. Also, remember to tune in LIVE today at 1PM PT/4PM ET for Episode 3 of THCB Gang! Joining me today are Deven McGraw, Kim Bellard, Grace Cordovano, Vince Kuraitis, Michael Millenson, Brian Klepper, & Daniel O’Neill Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

Mar 31, Jeff Livingston
Will doctors be able to keep their practices open during the worst pandemic in our lifetime?  The majority of US physicians are committed to serving and risking their lives. We are also asking them to lose their livelihoods. Doctors working in independent practices face an immediate cash flow crisis threatening their ability to continue services. The bottom line is, medical providers need coordinated action now. Here are 9 actionable steps that will help doctors stay in business and help the US health system navigate through the pandemic. 

Mar 30, Chitra Chhabra Kohli, Ajay Kohli and Vinay Kohli
With a doubling time of cases estimated between 3 days within the U.S. and about 6 days globally (at the time of this writing) COVID-19 is demonstrating its terrifying virulence as it spreads across the world. What’s perhaps equally terrifying, if not more, is the absence of a known cure or treatment plan for COVID-19. However, there is a promising therapy that may help us weather the COVID-19 storm: convalescent plasma therapy, aka using antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and then transfusing them into patients who are currently sick.

Mar 29, Saurabh Jha
It’s conventional wisdom that the secret sauce to fighting the pandemic is testing for the virus. To gauge the breadth of the response against the pandemic we must know who and how many are infected. But is our test good enough? False negatives could undo the hard work of containment; these folks may believe they’re not contagious because they got a clean chit, and could infect others. So how do we navigate this conundrum and frame results wisely to protect the public health?
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The THCB Gang Episode 3, (LIVE Today at 1PM PT/4PM ET) - The Health Care Blog
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 115 | Olive, Bright.md and AristaMD
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 115 | Olive, Bright.md and AristaMD
The Costs of Covid-19: What Health Plans & Employers Are Saying About Covering Care | WTF Health
The Costs of Covid-19: What Health Plans & Employers Are Saying About Covering Care | WTF Health
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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