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September 10 · Issue #75 · 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: Luke Oakden-Rayner discusses CMS’s approval for the first reimbursement of AI augmented medical care; Ken Terry argues to achieve real health care reform an effective plan to reduce cost growth is necessary; and Kim Bellard comments on the strangest Labor Day in decades, with tens of millions still unemployed and flu season looming right around the corner. On Episode 150 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Biofourmis raising $100M, Amwell pricing their stock at $14-16, Grand Rounds raising $175M, and the dirty details behind the report where former Zocdoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi filed a lawsuit against his co-founders and CFO for foul play! On the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to Peter Hames, co-founder & CEO of Big Health, about their new deal with CVS Health, the ‘state-of-play’ for digital mental health companies, and a bit about digital therapeutics. Remember to join us for THCB Gang Episode 24 LIVE today from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Enjoy!– Matthew Holt

Sept 10, Luke Oakden-Rayner
In surprising news this week, CMS (the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in the USA approved the first reimbursement for AI augmented medical care of up to $1,040. Viz.ai have a deep learning model which identifies signs of stroke on brain CT and automatically contacts the neurointerventionalist, bypassing the first read normally performed by a general radiologist. Luke breaks down the research backing the decision and its implications.

Sept 9, Ken Terry
Real health care reform depends on an effective plan to reduce cost growth. To achieve this goal, it makes a whole lot more sense to cut waste than to limit access to necessary services or slash provider payments to the bone. A significant reduction in waste would allow us to bend the cost curve without hurting health care quality or access. How can we achieve this? And where do hospitals stand? 

Sept 8, Kim Bellard 
This is probably the strangest Labor Day in decades, perhaps ever. Tens of millions of workers remain unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those who are still working are adapting to working from home. Those who are back at their workplace, or never left, are coping with an array of new safety protocols. We’ve learned a lot, at a terrible cost, but it’s anyone’s guess about what the next six months will bring (especially as flu season is about to start).
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