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September 17 · Issue #76 · View online
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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader: A group of international doctors write an open letter presenting their concerns about the presentation and media coverage of the role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the management of asymptomatic patients recovered from COVID-19; Kim Bellard argues that if the tradition-laden game of chess is now being facilitated over live-streaming platforms, health care, that loves its traditions, can definitely learn and take advantage from the new technology as well; and Mike Magee discusses structural racists policies in Medicaid eligibility status against Black Americans and believes we need to take action against them. On Episode 151 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Truepill getting $75M, Sana Benefits raising $20.8M, Decent raising $10M, MDLive closing a $50M round, & more! On the WTF Health Show, Jess speaks to Naomi Allen, co-founder & CEO of Brightline, about how they are scaling their clinical model to help tackle behavioral health issues in kids. Also, Jess & I also spoke with Jane Metcalfe about her book NEO.LIFE on THCB’s Book Club Episode 2, which you can also watch below!  Remember to join us for THCB Gang Episode 25 LIVE today from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Enjoy! – Matthew Holt

Sept 17
In this letter, a group of international doctors who work in different areas such as public health, internal medicine, cardiology, and radiology, across the globe, present their concerns about the presentation, interpretation and media coverage of the role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the management of asymptomatic patients recovered from COVID-19. Significant media coverage has generated substantial anxiety among the general public, causing some individuals to seek CMR testing despite the absence of symptoms. These doctors urge against this low-yield testing, requesting clear guidance from the relevant societies on this matter. 

Sept 15, Kim Bellard
Twitch is an online service that facilitates live streaming, particularly of gaming—and chess tournaments are getting a lot of attention. Kim argues that health care can learn from chess. Healthcare likes its traditions – white coats, anyone? – and claims to value our privacy so much that it often makes it hard for us or our caregivers to get access to our information.  “Games” or livestreaming to a participatory audience seems like the remotest thing for healthcare. But if the staid, tradition-laden game of chess can thrive in a Twitch environment, there have to be ways that healthcare can take advantage of it as well.  

Sept 14, Mike Magee
If you would like to visit the meeting place of America’s two great contemporary pandemics –COVID-19 and structural racism – you need only visit America’s Nursing Homes. The fact of the matter is, Black Americans are more likely to be financially eligible and more likely to spend their final years in Nursing Homes funded by Medicaid dollars. As for Medicaid, a half-century later, we’re still fighting the same discriminatory battle. Many of the same states fighting this in 1965 are resisting Medicaid expansion today, and are last in line for COVID-19 testing, PPE, and vaccines when they arrive. We need to wake up and address structural racism through policy; hopefully, the pandemic will catalyze this change.
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THCB Gang Episode 25 9/17 LIVE from 1PM PT/4PM ET – The Health Care Blog
THCB’s Bookclub, September 2020 – NEO.LIFE – The Health Care Blog
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One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 151| MDLive (not?) IPOing, DTx Platform for Schizophrenia, & more
Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 151| MDLive (not?) IPOing, DTx Platform for Schizophrenia, & more
Kids & Mental Health: Brightline Aims to “Grow Up” Pediatric Behavioral Health Care with Tech
Kids & Mental Health: Brightline Aims to "Grow Up" Pediatric Behavioral Health Care with Tech
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