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August 13 · Issue #71 · 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: Saurabh Jha writes a compelling piece on an American garment distributor that used his intuition in February to buy & distribute masks, when public health guidelines were saying masks weren’t necessary; Morenike Ayovaughan, Nelly Ganesan, Emmy Ganos, and Josh Seidman argue patients should be able to rely on their clinicians to help them understand the costs of their care; and Aisha Pittman & Seth Edwards discuss how to “pandemic-proof” our health care system by introducing alternative payment models. On Episode 142 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about all the deals that were overshadowed by the news of Teladoc & Livongo’s merger, including Ginger raising $50M, Infermedica raising $10.25M, and LRVHealth partnering with Cerner. On the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to Hill Ferguson, CEO of Doctor on Demand, about how they stood out in the virtual primary care arena and their partnerships with Humana & Walmart. Be sure to join us for THCB Gang Episode 21 LIVE today from 1PM PT/4PM ET. Joining me are some of our regulars: Vince Kuraitis, Margaret Cary, Grace Cordovano, & Lygeia Ricciardi. THCB is also launching “The THCB Book Club” which will be a discussion with leading health care authors and will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. Enjoy!– Matthew Holt

August 13, Saurabh Jha
Seven weeks before President Trump declared COVID-19 a federal emergency heralding the economic lockdown, Jesse Singh’s customers began cutting their orders. An experienced cotton and garment distributor in New York, Jesse pivoted to masks in early February, not because the scientific evidence and public health guidance suggested it, but using his intuition. When mighty American institutions failed one by one in this pandemic, the Americans failed to turn to their mightiest institution—the markets.

August 11, Morenike Ayovaughan, Nelly Ganesan, Emmy Ganos and Josh Seidman
An estimated 42 million people have lost their job since March 2020, which has increased the number of uninsured. The loss of coverage has the potential to yield catastrophic health care costs for those seeking care during the period. Patients should be able to rely on their clinicians to help them understand the costs of their care, including losses associated with the time away from work and transportation expenses for visits. 

August 10, Aisha Pittman and Seth Edwards
The pandemic has focused many policymakers’ attention on strategies to make the health care system better. The obvious answer is one that we know is efficacious, if perhaps not the sexiest: value-based care. A recent survey conducted by Premier Inc. found that health care providers in alternative payment models (APMs) were better positioned to respond to COVID-19 and support reopening plans through the rapid deployment of telehealth, care management and data analytics.
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 21 LIVE 8/13 From 1PM PT/4PM ET – The Health Care Blog
The THCB Book Club! – The Health Care Blog
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 142 | Ginger, Infermedica, Xealth & SOC Telemed
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 142 | Ginger, Infermedica, Xealth & SOC Telemed
Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand - CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare
Don't Underestimate Doctor On Demand - CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of 'Tele-Everything' Healthcare
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Matthew Holt

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