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May 14 · Issue #59 · View online
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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: I break-down the seven main components of what I am calling “smart care in quarantine” that brings together all the services and tech built for acute care systems outside of a hospital for COVID-19 & beyond; George Halvorson argues the need to buy care in a way that both requires the use of patient support tools and rewards care teams when they use them, as well as a need for dependable cash flow for hurt care sites to anchor the process. Ken Terry wonders if bankrupt primary care physicians, instead of seeking out large corporates, join large independent groups, they could shift the power dynamics of the establishment that dominates local markets. On Episode 123 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Atul Gawande leaving Haven Health, Wellth raising $10M, Vynca raising $10.3M, Carbon Health raising $26M, and much more. THCB Gang Episode 9 was live yesterday. Joining me were our regulars, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Jessica DaMassa, Rajesh Aggarwal, Ian Morrison, and Michael Millenson. The conversation looked at the likelihood of big picture change, Medicare Advantage expansion, whether the move to remote care is real and sustainable, and at one point got us to war with China! Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

May 11, Matthew Holt
There are many patients who may or do have COVID-19, but are not sick enough to need hospital care, or who have been discharged from hospitals. Whether they are at home or in temporary accommodation, these patients will need to be monitored closely. In this article, I break down the seven main components of what I’m calling “smart care in quarantine” in order to quickly and accurately manage these patients, ensure their best outcomes and spare scarce hospital resources. We need new organizations which bring together all the services and tech to build an acute care system outside of the hospital, for COVID-19 and beyond. 

May 9, George Halvorson
The COVID crisis has shown us all that our care sites do not have good patient data, do not have good patient linkages, usually do not have team care of any kind in place, and most are so dependent on current piecework fee volumes from patients that they quickly collapse financially when that volume is interrupted. We should be on the cusp of a golden age of care delivery that uses all of the best patient support tools to deliver continuously improved care. We need to buy care in a way that both requires the use of those tools and rewards caregivers and care teams when they use them, and we need a dependable cash flow for care to anchor that process.

May 13, Ken Terry
In the realm of health care, physician practices have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic. What if, instead of bankrupt primary care doctors begging hospitals to take them in, they joined larger independent groups that have the wherewithal to survive the pandemic? The establishment of bigger, stronger physician groups could collectively form a powerful counterweight to the health care systems that now dominate many local markets. Whereas the COVID-19 crisis is now viewed as an economic disaster that is likely to drive further consolidation of the industry, it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 123 | Haven Health, Wellth, Vynca, Nanit & many more
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