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October 15 · Issue #81 · View online
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On today’s edition of the THCB Reader, Michael Millenson wonders if congressional infections of COVID-19 will actually change policy priorities; Kim Bellard argues that we should stop allowing candidates to downplay science and demand fact-based decisions; Mike Magee discusses new principles for health professionals in their new and expanded roles during the pandemic; and I investigate Humana’s claim that Medicare Advantage members who are covered by VBC do better and cost less because on further inspection of their data, there is no proof that it saves money and shows not much has changed since 1997. On Episode 159 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about TigerConnect raising $45M, Nunam closing a £10 million round, Nym getting $16.5M, and Press Ganey acquiring Doctor.com. Remember to join us for THCB Gang Episode 28 LIVE today from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Enjoy!–Matthew Holt

Oct 15, Michael Millenson
When powerful politicians confront a life-threatening diagnosis, it can change policy priorities. In addition to President Trump and a slew of top aides, five U.S. senators and 15 members of the House of Representatives have now tested positive or been presumed positive in tests for Covid-19 as of Oct. 5. In that light, the recent burst of coronavirus infections could accelerate three significant innovations affecting every Covid-19 survivor.

Oct 14, Kim Bellard
Politicians can get away with downplaying science because we let them; we let them because some of us don’t know enough, and others among us don’t care enough. We’ve failed the science test so far when it comes to COVID, and it has literally cost us hundreds of thousands of lives. We should stop allowing candidates to tell us there’s a metaphorical Santa Claus and start demanding fact-based decisions. We should stop thinking science is something only scientists care about and start accepting that our lives depend on science, so we better understand how. 

Oct 13, Mike Magee
The patient/health-professional relationship is fundamentally grounded in science and trust, and involves the exchange of compassion, understanding and partnership. The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged this relationship by acutely increasing the nation’s burden of disease, creating new barriers to face-to-face contact, and injecting high levels of fear and misinformation. Today’s modern health professionals are tomorrow’s health journalists. What principles should guide them in their new and expanded role?

Oct 12, Matthew Holt
Humana is out with a report saying that its Medicare Advantage members who are covered by value-based care (VBC) arrangements do better and cost less than either their Medicare Advantage members who aren’t or people in regular Medicare FFS. The report has lots of data about how Humana makes everything better for those Medicare Advantage members and how VBC shows slightly better outcomes at a lower cost. But that wasn’t really what caught my eye. What did was their chart about how they pay their physicians/medical group. Your tl;dr is that there’s no proof it saves money and not much has changed since 1997. 
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#Healthin2Point00, Episode 159 | A quiet period?
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