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June 25 · Issue #65 · View online
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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: Adrian Gropper discusses how health records propagate systemic racism; Ken Terry argues telehealth should be expanded properly so all beneficial changes are taking place; and Pranav Puri, Puneet Kaur, and Marcus Wiggins calls on the AAMC, NBME & FSMB to implement more equitable methods of evaluating medical students during the pandemic. On the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to Leslie Krigstein, Livongo Health’s VP of Government Affairs, on what’s happening at Capitol Hill in regards to reimbursements for telehealth, RPM, and other virtual care services. On Episode 130 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I talk about DispatchHealth raising $136M, BrightInsight raising $40M, Redox laying off a quarter of their staff, & more. Remember to join us today LIVE TODAY for #THCBGang Episode 15 from 1PM PT/4PM ET, with our guests: futurist Ian Morrison, writer Kim Bellard, policy expert Vince Kuraitis, WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa, radiologist Saurabh Jha, and THCB’s EIC Zoya Khan. Enjoy!– Matthew Holt

June 24, Adrian Gropper
Today’s institutional health records obscure systemic racism because they are not trusted to include social determinants of health and they are not transparent or consistent in how they are analyzed. Transferring power and control into the hands of patients and patient groups would enable outside auditing of health practices—a necessary step to uncover whether these databases are fostering structural racism and other kinds of harm. This is the only way to enable transparency, audits, accountability, and ultimately justice.

June 22, Ken Terry
Telehealth has been a lifeline for many doctors and patients during the pandemic, and the decisions of CMS and many private payers to cover telehealth visits—in some cases, at full parity with in-person visits–has helped physician practices stave off bankruptcy. However, while the role of telehealth has expanded and will likely continue to expand, we must plan intelligently to take full advantage of beneficial changes. What lessons have we learned from using telehealth in the face of COVID?

June 19, Pranav Puri, Puneet Kaur, and Marcus Wiggins
Now more than ever, the country is in need of a motivated and inspired cohort of medical graduates. However, from both a statistical and practical perspective, the uncertainty surrounding the residency match process and USMLE Step 1 score reporting is weighing heavily upon our next generation of physicians. Therefore, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), NBME, and FSMB should harness the disruptions caused by the pandemic as an opportunity to implement more robust and equitable methods of evaluating medical students.
THCB Gang Episode 15, LIVE 1PM PT/4PM ET – The Health Care Blog
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo is working to #SilenceNoisyHealthcare. Visit livongo.com for more details.
Will the Public Health Emergency Policy Changes for Telehealth & Remote Monitoring Stick?
Will the Public Health Emergency Policy Changes for Telehealth & Remote Monitoring Stick?
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 130 | DispatchHealth, BrightInsight, Cedar, Big Health, Redox & Plume
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 130 | DispatchHealth, BrightInsight, Cedar, Big Health, Redox & Plume
The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? – The Health Care Blog
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