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#150・

A THCB Sponsored Message from Wheel

Wheel is the health tech company powering the virtual care industry. Specializing in white-labeled care, Wheel’s platform and high-quality clinician network enable companies to deliver their brand of virtual care – without committing the capital and resources…

 
#149・

THCB Reader: Abortion in Texas; CareGiving Interview with Alex Drane; #HTD & more

In this edition's tidbits, I have to return to the stunning impact of the Dobbs ruling. We know will happen because it is already happening in Texas where the 6 week law was already being enforced in contravention of Roe v Wade. Taxpayer money is going to "pr…

 
#148・

THCB Reader: Is Covid over for the health care system? Plus Boulder Care, Avaneer interviews, and #HTD

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#147・

THCB Reader: Hospital shooting reveals so much. PLUS Interviews, much more

But now a little promo. THCB is a media partner for the AHIP conference in Vegas June 21-3. Come join us and click the link below to register for $100 off!

 
#146・

THCB Reader - Digital Health is Dead (well not quite...)

For today's health care tidbits, the elephant in the room has truely come home to roost, and now it's landed on the phone wire, it's close to breaking it. OK, I have stretched that metaphor to death but you'll get my point. Writing on THCB earlier this month …

 
#145・

THCB Reader - Hospital system concentration & a ton of articles & interviews

For today's health care tidbits, there's an old chestnut that I can't seem to stay away from. I was triggered by three articles this week. Merril Goozner on GoozNews looked at the hospital building boom. Meanwhile perennial favorite Sutter Health and its pric…

 
#144・

THCB Reader - Medicare Advantage tidbits & a ton of articles & interviews

For my health care tidbits this week, the controversy about Medicare Advantage is getting louder and louder. There's no question that it results in lower out of pocket payments for its members than traditional FFS Medicare. Medicare Advantage members use fewe…

 
#143・

THCB Reader -- Mindmaze, Seqster, Aledade, Medstar, Newt on VBC & much much more

For my health care tidbits this week, I think we need a new vaccine. We need one that prevents stupidity.Look I get that some people don't think the flu vaccine is effective and don't think the effects are too bad, so they don't get one every year. Many peopl…

 
#142・

THCB Reader - Jess joins Big Health Co-Founder & Oxford Prof to discuss DTx & Mental Health

As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is more complex than ever. In the Conversations with Colin series, the Professor will share his perspective on how the mental health crisis impacts us both individually and globally, and how …

 
#141・

THCB Reader -- Goldsmith on the Digital Health Crash; Bellard on Rogan, Interviews, News & More

For my health care tidbits this week, I think we need a new vaccine. We need one that prevents stupidity.Look I get that some people don't think the flu vaccine is effective and don't think the effects are too bad, so they don't get one every year. Many peopl…

 
#140・

THCB Reader -- Mental health, DOAs & tests. Interviews galore (Big Health, Wheel, Vida, Headspace, Summus, Infermedica & more). Matthew's tidbits on what insurance is

For my health care tidbits this week, I was reminded on Twitter that many Americans really don't understand health insurance. A spine surgeon no less in this thread (no jokes about arrogance please) was telling me that he was paying ~$8,000 a year ($4,000 in …

 
#139・

THCB Reader -- Jan 18, 2022

For my health care tidbits this week, I'm bringing up one point that was raised in #THCBGang. Jeff Goldsmith and Mike Magee collectively summed up that the main role of the health care system is to reduce fear and worry, and create trust. Our conversation app…

 
#138・

THCB Reader -- Dec 19, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, it's time to bring up the disconnect between the continual collapse of #DigitalHealth stock prices and the continued increase in private sector investment and valuation in the same sector. All of nine months ago, way way …

 
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THCB Reader -- Dec 5, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, it's time to delve into the private equity firms' buying and selling of Athenahealth. That's of course the practice management/EMR firm bought by private equity companies led by Elliot Capital Management--they of the Isra…

 
#136・

THCB Reader -- Nov 27, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, I am going to talk drug pricing. Anyone who gets basically any health policy newsletter has seen some of the cash PhRMA has splashed trying to make it seem as though the American public is terrified of drug price controls…

 
#135・

THCB Reader -- Nov 18, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, I know you think I spend my life beating up on allegedly non-profit hospital systems acting like hedge funds, but I've found someone who's seriously outdone me! I have often said that Ascension makes about 3 times on its …

 
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THCB Reader -- Oct 31, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, I've been thinking about patient navigation. The last 15 minutes of #THCBGang had--by coincidence--four cancer survivors & caregivers talking about their experiences. And they suck. By that I don't just mean the exper…

 
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THCB Reader -- Oct 24, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, I noticed cruising the huge exhibit floor at HLTH that we may be on our way to a tipping point in the "will Digital Health et al save us" discussion. Several very sharp investors (Hemant Taneja & Julie Yoo spring to m…

 
#132・

THCB Reader -- Oct 17, 2021

For my health care tidbits this week, it's time to talk about overpaid facility managers--or at least that's what Ian Morrison used to call hospital execs. Take this clown Clint Matthews for example. You've never heard of Reading, PA based hospital system Tow…

 
#131・

THCB Reader -- Aug 28, 2021

Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care? is the conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery, and all the permutations thereof. You can register here or learn how to sponsor.This is a big week…