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April 23 · Issue #56 · 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: Suzan Song calls for transparency & collaboration between health care leadership and care teams to ease the emotional burden on providers; Bob Hertz argues that only Washington can fix the problem on surprise medical billing & out-of-network care as patients seek services during this crisis; and Karen Johnson discusses a strategy to allow nursing students to step into public health surveillance efforts to meet a crucial public health need. On Episode 119 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I discuss RDMD, Dorsata Health, & XRHealth all raising rounds, One Drop acquiring Sano Intelligence’s assets & IP, and Akili Labs rolling out its ADHD game. Jess, on the WTF Health Show, speaks to Margaret Nekic, CEO of Inspirien, a hospital-and-physician-owned medical malpractice insurance company, about what is happening behind-the-scenes as professional liability carriers adapt to the changing tides of the system. Also, remember to tune in LIVE TODAY at 1PM PT/4PM ET for Episode 6 of THCB Gang! Joining me today are Saurabh Jha, Ian Morrison, Kim Bellard, Grace Cordovano, Vince Kuraitis, Brian Klepper, and a special guest – Alexandra Drane (founder of Eliza, Queen of the Unmentionables, CEO of ArchAngels, and sometimes Walmart cashier) Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

April 21, Suzan Song
The U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-related deaths in the world, and exhausted, frightened physicians are managing the front lines. In a survey of physicians across the U.S., the psychological burden on these American providers was similar to that of the front line health care workers in Wuhan. We need to build transparency, communication, and collaboration between physicians, administrators, and leadership. We should ease the emotional burden that physicians face, to equip them with the moral courage to save lives in this pandemic and to endure the inevitable losses to come.

April 20, Bob Hertz
In the coming months, thousands of COVID-19 patients will be routed through a convoluted web of providers. At various points in their treatment, they will be susceptible to receiving out-of-network care — and the staggering bills that will follow. Surprise bills are particularly reprehensible during this pandemic, when frightened consumers are forced to either seek health care services or risk transmitting a potentially deadly disease. This is an issue that only Washington can fix. And, if we can establish reforms now in a time of crisis, the new laws have a chance to be permanent when the crisis is over.

April 20, Karen Johnson
Public health experts agree we need a coordinated national public health surveillance strategy, but many local and state health departments simply don’t have the capacity to scale up these efforts on their own. Karen Johnson calls for a nationally coordinated effort among nursing programs, professional nursing organizations, and regulatory boards to prepare nursing students (alongside faculty) to step into these roles. Having nursing students participate in public health surveillance efforts is a win-win: it can help them safely acquire clinical hours while also meeting a crucial public health need.
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THCB Gang: Episode 6, LIVE 1PM PT/4PM ET, 4/23 - The Health Care Blog
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 119 | RDMD, Dorsata, XRHealth, OneDrop, and Akili
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 119 | RDMD, Dorsata, XRHealth, OneDrop, and Akili
How Will Covid-19 Impact Medical Malpractice, Healthcare Worker’s Comp Insurance? | WTF Health
How Will Covid-19 Impact Medical Malpractice, Healthcare Worker's Comp Insurance? | WTF Health
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? - The Health Care Blog
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