The Heat is On
BY KIM BELLARD Attention must be paid: the world is now hotter than it has been in 125,000 years. A week ago, we broke the record for average global temperature. That record was broken the next day.  Later in the week it was broken yet again.  Yeah, I know; weather records are broken all the time, so what’s the big deal?   Well, it is a big deal, and we should all be worried. “It’s not a record to celebrate and it won’t be a record for long,” Friederike Otto, senior lecturer in climate science at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, told CNN.   Bill Maguire, a professor a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 11, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Data Democracy! ‘Dr. Google’ (2023) Vs. ‘Every Man His Own Physician’ (1767)
BY MICHAEL MILLENSON In the 18th-century, a pre-Google guide offered democratization of medical information In 1767, as American colonists’ protestations against “taxation without representation” intensified, a Boston publisher reprinted a book by a British doctor seemingly tailor-made for the growing spirit of independence. Talk about “democratization of health care information,” “participatory medicine” and “health citizens”! Every Man His Own Physician, by Dr. John Theobald, bore an impressive subtitle: Being a complete collection of efficacious and approved remedies for every disease...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 7, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Democritization of Care Healthcare Michael Millenson Participatory medicine Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 129, Thursday July 6
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday July 6 at 1pm PST 4pm EST were futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve); writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker); & patient advocate Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3); Two special guests joined us today, Bob Rebitzer, these days at Manatt Health & brother Jim Rebitzer Professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. We discussed their new book “Why Not Better & Cheaper“ The video is below. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved from Friday as a weekly podc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang #Why Not Better & Cheaper Ian Morrison Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Jim Rebitzer Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Robert Rebitzer Robin Farmanfarmaian Source Type: blogs

Medicare Advantage Plans Can Leverage Virtual Cardiometabolic Care
BY RICHARD FRANK By relying on virtual cardiometabolic solutions for continuous care, Medicare Advantage can produce better outcomes, curb costs, enhance member satisfaction — and improve Star ratings in the process. By Richard Frank, MD, Chief Medical Officer Vida Health Medicare Advantage is a hot market. Enrollment is steadily climbing and Medicare Advantage (MA) members now make up half the Medicare population. Though members keep rolling in, competition among MA plans is tight and turnover remains high. Nearly 16% of MA members switch plans at least once during their first year, while over a third end up sw...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 5, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Cariometabolic conditions Medicare Advantage Richard Frank Source Type: blogs

The Business Reality of Healthcare AI
BY KIM BELLARD I was at the barbershop the other day and overheard one barber talking with his senior citizen customer about when – not if – robot AIs would become barbers. I kid you not. Now, I don’t usually expect to heard conversations about technology at the barber, but it illustrates that I think we are at the point with AI that we were with the Internet in the late ‘90’s/early ‘00s: people’s lives were just starting to change because of it, new companies were jumping in with ideas about how to use it, and existing companies knew they were going to have to figure out ways to incorporate it if they ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 4, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Healthcare AI healthcare delivery Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

“Sons of Liberty” Flea Into King George’s (or Donald’s) Open Arms.
BY MIKE MAGEE If there is a silver lining to the Trump assault on decency and civility, it is our majority response to this “stress test” of our Democracy, and the sturdiness (thus far) of our Founders’ vision.  It was, after all, a long shot when Alexander Hamilton, under the pen name Publius, published Federalist No. 1 on October 27, 1787, writing: “It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Donald Trump Mike Magee Roe v. Wade Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 128, Thursday June 29
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday June 29 at 1PM PT 4PM ET are futurist Jeff Goldsmith: medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@mlmillenson) and Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune). You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jean-Luc Neptune Jeff Goldsmith Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 128, Thursday June 22
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday June 29 at 1PM PT 4PM ET are futurist Jeff Goldsmith: medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@mlmillenson) and Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune). You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jean-Luc Neptune Jeff Goldsmith Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Moral Injury: A Physician ’s Premature Retirement
Calder Wedding BY HAYWARD ZWERLING Synopsis: After a 3 decade career in a solo private practice the healthcare environment shifted As an employed physician, my institution’s policies hindered my ability to care for my patients The consequent moral injury left me unwilling to re-engage with the healthcare industry I retired early from the profession that I loved because the devolution of the healthcare system had made it impossible for me to provide care to my patients in a manner which met my own standards. The resultant “moral injury” left me leary of again becoming involved with our healthcar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 28, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Hayward Zwerling moral injury Premature Retirement Source Type: blogs

Not the Last of Them
BY KIM BELLARD I’m seeing two conflicting yet connected visions about the future. One is when journalist David Wallace-Wells says we might be in for “golden age for medicine,” with CRISPR and mRNA revolutionizing drug development. The second is the dystopian HBO hit “The Last of Us,” in which a fungal infection has turned much of the world’s population into zombie-like creatures.  The conflict is clear but the connection not so much. Mr. Wallace-Wells never mentions fungi in his article, but if we’re going to have a golden age of medicine, or if we want to avoid a global fungal outbreak, we better be p...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Fungal Infections Kim Bellard Medical School Source Type: blogs

Not The Last of Them
By KIM BELLARD I’m seeing two conflicting yet connected visions about the future. One is when journalist David Wallace-Wells says we might be in for “golden age for medicine,” with CRISPR and mRNA revolutionizing drug development. The second is the dystopian HBO hit “The Last of Us,” in which a fungal infection has turned much of the world’s population into zombie-like creatures. The conflict is clear but the connection not so much. Mr. Wallace-Wells never mentions fungi in his article, but if we’re going to have a golden age of medicine, or if we want to avoid a global fungal outbreak, we better be pay...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Fungi Golden Age of Medicine Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits: Time to get Cynical
Each time I send out the THCB Reader, our newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB (Sign up here!) I include a brief tidbits section. Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt Plenty of reason to worry about the future of American health care this week. The biggest for-profit hospital chain–HCA–was accused of aggressively pushing patients into hospice care, sometimes in the same room, in order to make their hospitality mortality numbers look better. Most of the leading benefits consulting companies were exposed as taking payments from PB...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Matthew Holt Babylon Health HCA Medicaid Medicaid Work Requirements PBMs UnitedHealth Group VBC Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 127, Thursday June 22
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday June 22 at 1PM PT 4PM ET are delivery & platform expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis); privacy expert and entrepreneur Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); and back after way too long of an absence, health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker). The video is below. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved from Friday as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 22, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Deven McGraw Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Matthew Holt Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

The Truth About Medicare Advantage Saving Medicare
BY GEORGE HALVORSON We know from the current annual report from the Medicare trustees that Medicare Advantage is saving Medicare, and that Medicare will be a much stronger program as Medicare Advantage continues to grow. When we look at actual numbers from that report, we see that Medicare Advantage cost Medicare $403.3bn last year. The report shows that Medicare is growing 6.7% each year in total revenue. We see that Medicare Parts A and B have expense growth that slightly exceeds 8%, and that Medicare Advantage is projected to have expense growth of 4.2% for the year. That means we’re losing money from the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 21, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy George Halvorson Medicare Medicare Advantage Source Type: blogs

Revisualizing and Recoding Healthcare
BY KIM BELLARD Two new books have me thinking about healthcare, although neither is about healthcare and, I must admit, neither of which I’ve yet read. But both appear to be full of ideas that strike me as directly relevant to the mess we call our healthcare system.   The books are Atlas of the Senseable City, by Antoine Picon and Carlo Ratti, and Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better, by Jennifer Pahlka.   Dr. Picon is a professor at The Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Professor Ratti is head of MIT’s Senseable Lab. Drawing on the Lab’s work, th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Healthcare Kim Bellard Maps Seseable Lab Space Source Type: blogs