View profile

THCB Reader - Issue #79: Biden, The ACA, and UnitedHealth Group

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

THCB Reader

October 1 · Issue #79 · 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: Assuming Biden wins and the Democrats take back the Senate, I write a speech for Biden that he should give on November 9th dealing with the ACA; Hayward Zwerling questions if physicians have an obligation to discuss political ramifications with their patients; and Kim Bellard argues in order to make AI really succeed in health care, a lot of radical changes, like understanding its data and mistakes, will have to be accepted. On Episode 155 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about UnitedHealth Group acquiring DivvyDose for $300M, Noyo raising $12M in a Series A, Medigate raising $30M for their cybersecurity platform, & more! Jess, on the WTF Health Show, speaks to Omkar Kulkarni, Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, about KidsX, an accelerator program for health-tech startups innovating pediatric care. Startups are being recruited until October 7th, so send in your application. Be sure to join us next week for #THCBGang Episode 27! Enjoy!–Matthew Holt

Sept 27, Matthew Holt
The new Supreme Court, in all likelihood including just nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett, will be hearing the California v Texas suit against the ACA on November 10th, seven days after the election. There is nothing the Democrats can realistically do to prevent Barrett filling RBG’s seat on the court, but assuming Biden wins and the Democrats take back the Senate, the incoming Administration can give the Supremes something to think about regarding the ACA. I would not suggest this level of confrontation before the election but, if Biden wins, the gloves must come off. Assuming he wins and that the Dems win the Senate, this is the speech Biden should give on November 9th. (The TL:DR spoiler is, “Keep the ACA or I’ll extend Medicare to all ages”)

Sept 28, Hayward Zwerling
Do physicians have an obligation to discuss the political ramifications of science with their patients? While politics has become hyperpolarized, most patients still believe their physicians tell the truth about science and medicine; thus physicians are in a unique position to educate their patients about the ramifications of science. Every day physicians teach their patients the scientific truths they must understand to enable them to make informed healthcare decisions. Is it not also a physician’s responsibility to teach their patients the science underlying relevant public health policy and explain that there is a linear connection between political choices, public health policies, and their health and longevity? 

Sept 29, Kim Bellard
You may have missed it, but the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) just announced its first annual Squirrel AI award winner: Regina Barzilay, a professor at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The difficulty with AI, though, is that we may not always understand why the AI mde the decisions it did. Barzilay firmly believes, though, that we can’t wait for “the perfect AI,” one we fully understand and that will always be right; we just have to figure out “how to use its strengths and avoid its weaknesses. To really make AI succeed in healthcare, we’re going to have to make radical changes in how we view data, and in how we approach mistakes.
Livongo: guided by humanity, powered by technology . Visit livongo.com for more details.
Livongo: guided by humanity, powered by technology . Visit livongo.com for more details.
#Healthin2Point00, Episode 155 | Is UnitedHealth Group taking over the world?
#Healthin2Point00, Episode 155 | Is UnitedHealth Group taking over the world?
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
One Drop is reimagining chronic condition care. Learn more at getonedrop.com
KidsX to Unite Children’s Hospitals & Boost Innovation Investment in Pediatric Digital Health
KidsX to Unite Children's Hospitals & Boost Innovation Investment in Pediatric Digital Health
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