View profile

THCB Reader - Issue #60: Universal Health Care, the Post-COVID World, and Worthless Testing

Revue
 
Think a friend or colleague should be getting this newsletter? Share this link with them to sign up.
 

THCB Reader

May 21 · Issue #60 · View online
Everything you always wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask.

Think a friend or colleague should be getting this newsletter? Share this link with them to sign up.
On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Rosemarie Day argues that the largely criticized public option plan can actually reshape the US’s health care system and ultimately get the nation to universal health care; Ian Morrison questions if “the game” between insurers and providers, where insurers pay a significant amount to make the math work for providers, will become more extreme or will restart as we enter a post-COVID world; and Anish Koka challenges the notion that more testing is needed to safely reopen the economy, stating that inherent limitations to tests need to be understood before getting on the testing bandwagon. On Episode 124 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Omada raising $57M and then acquiring Physera for $30M, Holmusk raising $21.5M, Meru raising $8.1M, and more! Also, remember to tune in LIVE today for THCB Gang Episode 10 at 1PM/4PM ET! Joining me today are our regulars: Kim Bellard, Vince Kuraitis, Grace Cordovano, Saurabh Jha, Brian Klepper, Deven McGraw, and a new guest, Lygeia Riccardi, CTO of Carium Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

May 21, Rosemarie Day
As the coronavirus pandemic overtook the tail end of the Democratic primary season, attention rapidly shifted from examining the nuances of the differences between the candidates’ health care platforms to simply demanding a response to the pandemic. Importantly, virtually all of the Democratic candidates called for making health care a right in the U.S. Joe Biden, along with others called for a public option program, which has been largely criticized. However, a large-scale public option program could actually help reshape the US’s health care system and result in improvements in access to care in this country, ultimately getting us to universal healthcare.

May 19, Ian Morrison
The “game” between commercial insurers and providers has worked such that the insurers pay a significant multiple of cost, paying much higher prices, to make the math work for the providers. But as we enter a post-COVID world, a key question is: Will healthcare simply restart this game? Or make it even more extreme, now that providers’ finances are struggling with the drastic drop in elective procedures? Don’t assume that the game will continue, and don’t be surprised to see employers step up to this moment and finally do what they have not done to date—namely massify their economic firepower and act in a concerted way to change the game. 

May 19, Anish Koka
The great pandemic is wreaking havoc, we are told, because the nation is not testing enough. The consensus from a diverse group that includes public health experts, economists, and Silicon Valley investors is that more testing will allow the country to restart the economy and do it safely. However, while it would be tempting to blame administrative incompetence for the difficulties in the most important household in the land, the real difficulties lie with inherent limitations to tests that need to be understood before getting on the testing bandwagon.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
THCB Gang, Episode 10 LIVE 1PM PT/4 PM ET 5/21 – The Health Care Blog
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 124 | Omada Health, Meru, Noom, and Alike
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 124 | Omada Health, Meru, Noom, and Alike
The G4A Growth and Advance Tracks offer a gateway to partner with Bayer through integrated healthcare solutions in the digital health space. Apply here: https://www.g4a.health/partnerships
The G4A Growth and Advance Tracks offer a gateway to partner with Bayer through integrated healthcare solutions in the digital health space. Apply here: https://www.g4a.health/partnerships
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? – The Health Care Blog
We hope you enjoyed the pieces and videos we had for you today. As always, if you have a piece you would like us to consider, please email zoya@thehealthcareblog.com and if you are looking to reach 20K of the smartest people in health care on this newsletter, or 80-100K each month on the site, please think of sending some of your marketing $$$ our way! Here’s our prospectus.

Best Wishes,
Did you enjoy this issue?
If you don't want these updates anymore, please unsubscribe here.
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue
The Health Care Blog: 120 Humboldt Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960