Measuring the Effectiveness of Cost-of-Care Conversations
Discussion of a CoC with patient during a clinic visitConcept 2: Assignment of a case worker to address financial concernsConcept 3: Documentation of treatment plan modification based on a CoC conversationConcept 4: Patient-reported assessment of a CoC conversation during a clinic visitActivity 1: Use of a patient-facing tool to prepare patients for CoC conversationsActivity 2: Use of a discharge-planning tool to outline costs of prescriptions post-discharge Concepts identified through this work can move the needle toward normalizing these conversations. However, more research is needed to transform them into quality me...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Physicians Avalere cost of care Josh Seidman Morenike AyoVaughan Nelly Ganesan Rina Bardin RWJF Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 153 | GoodRx ’ s massive IPO, Olive, Bright Health & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess is in Jacksonville hanging out with Jackson the dog and trying to replace me with @barkyboy. On Episode 153, we cover the biggest IPO we’ve seen yet—GoodRx—with a valuation of $18 billion, which is more than Teladoc, Livongo, and even Cardinal Health. In other news, Olive gets $106 million bringing their total to $220 million; Olive is a back office automation system using AI for hospitals and this round is practically financed by royalty. Bright Health gets $500 million for their health plan; they’ve raised about $1.5 billion and are planning to expand into more ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Bright Health GoodRX Olive Osso VR Source Type: blogs

How Cutting the Social Media Cord Saved My Mental Health
There's never been a better time to consider taking a social media cleanse. In the midst of a pandemic, social unrest, political debates, protests and a failing economy, hopping on social media can be incredibly depressing. Instead of providing an escape, Facebok, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms draw you deeper into the mess and can even pit you against friends and family.  Obviously, scrolling through your socials can take a huge toll on your mental health, especially right now. If you want to break free and begin focusing on the positives — yes, there is still good out there — it's time to cut ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Landis Tags: featured internet culture productivity tips psychology self-improvement Uncategorized self improvement social media Source Type: blogs

It ’s complicated. A deep dive into the Viz/Medicare AI reimbursement model.
By LUKE OAKDEN-RAYNER In the last post I wrote about the recent decision by CMS to reimburse a Viz.AI stroke detection model through Medicare/Medicaid. I briefly explained how this funding model will work, but it is so darn complicated that it deserves a much deeper look. To get more info, I went to the primary source. Dr Chris Mansi, the co-founder and CEO of Viz.ai, was kind enough to talk to me about the CMS decision. He was also remarkably open and transparent about the process and the implications as they see them, which has helped me clear up a whole bunch of stuff in my mind. High fives all aroun...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech AI Luke Oakden-Rayner Medicare reimbursement Radiology Viz.ai Source Type: blogs

Lifestyle medicine for all: Healthy food comes first
“Lifestyle medicine is only for rich people, right?” a colleague asked me several years ago, questioning my involvement in this relatively new field of medicine that guides people toward healthy habits. This has been a common misperception, for sure. But across the US, a revitalized brand of health activism is intent on bringing lifestyle medicine to a broader range of people. This is backed by a new effort from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to engage communities most affected by chronic disease. The first pillar of healthy lifestyle: Food is medicine Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based practic...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Food as medicine Health Health care disparities Healthy Eating Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 26 LIVE 9/24 from 1PM PT/4PM ET!
Episode 26 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 24th! Tune in below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) are some of our regulars: health futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve), MD turned leadership coach Maggi Cary (@MargaretCaryMD), health care consultant Daniel O’Neill (@dp_oneill), and patient safety expert Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson). The conversation will focus on the ACA hanging by a thread as well as other policy changes surrounding health care. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes &a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang ACA daniel o neill Health policy Ian Morrison maggi cary Matthew Holt Michael Millenson zoya khan Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 26, 9/24
Episode 26 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, September 24th! Watch it below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) were some of our regulars: health futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve), patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), patient & entrepreneur Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3), health care consultant Daniel O’Neill (@dp_oneill), and patient safety expert Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson). The conversation revolved around the dismantling of the ACA, conservatives causing chaos in the government, the dismissal of pre-existing conditions, and the state of women’s health r...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang ACA daniel o neill Health policy Ian Morrison maggi cary Matthew Holt Michael Millenson zoya khan Source Type: blogs

More Games With U.S. Insulin Prices and Coupons
This week, I did something unplanned: I bought 2 vials of Lilly's " authorized generic " of its brand-name U-100 insulin analog branded as Humalog (insulin lispro rDNA origin) at my neighborhood Walgreens. The reason it was unplanned is because I already met the deductible for my insurance plan, so I hadn't expected to deal with this until it resets in January. But I had a script I last filled before I met the deductible, and the pharmacy sent a text telling me it was time to refill. In reality, I have insulin but its a different brand and a different pharmacy. But Walgreens wants a sale so it was telling me it i...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 23, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Admelog Drug Channels drug prices GoodRx Humalog insulin Lilly prescriptions rebates Sanofi Source Type: blogs

Minding the Competition: Ginger ’ s Karan Singh & Russell Glass on Digital Mental Health Investments
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital Mental Health startups continue to scale up — in customers, revenues, and investments — as the covid19 pandemic wears on. One of these companies, Ginger, has tripled its revenue this past year, expanded its client base to count more than 200 health plans and self-insured employers, and, for good measure, just added a fresh $50M Series D to their coffers. How much more money can investors put into digital mental health startups? Are things “frothy” in this space, or is investment just “catching up” to meet a latent demand that’s just really ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital mental health Ginger karan singh Russell Glass Source Type: blogs

Congress Is Getting the Transition to Alternative Payment Models Wrong
By TAYLOR CHRISTENSEN Alternative payment models (APMs) are a hot topic these days, and everyone seems to agree that we need to transition toward them and away from fee for service (FFS). But how should we do it? First, let’s think about this task as government policy makers would think about it. They would probably start by saying, “We need to find a way to give incentives to providers and payers to try out these different APMs.” This would be fairly easy to do through Medicare, so they would create some Medicare APM programs and structure them in a way that makes the benefits of joining lar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Alternative Payment Model TAYLOR CHRISTENSEN Source Type: blogs

CBD for chronic pain: The science doesn ’t match the marketing
If you ask health care providers about the most challenging condition to treat, chronic pain is mentioned frequently. By its nature, chronic pain is a complex and multidimensional experience. Pain perception is affected by our unique biology, our mood, our social environment, and past experiences. If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, you already know the heavy burden. People are looking for novel, nonaddictive ways to treat pain Given the ongoing challenges of chronic pain management coupled with the consequences of the opioid epidemic, pain management practitioners and their patients are searching for eff...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shafik Boyaji, MD Tags: Back Pain Marijuana Pain Management Source Type: blogs

Motivation is a Challenge for Remote Workers: Learn how to Fix That
Conclusion If you work remotely and are struggling to find the motivation to work, you are not alone. Keep in mind that motivation is not constant. It must be cultivated per time. So, don’t use these strategies as one-time fixes; consistency is key. You do your best work when you are most inspired. It is your utmost responsibility to keep your drive up in order to perform well.  Joseph Chukwube is an experienced content writer, link builder and SEO specialist. He is the Founder and CEO of Dream Chase Achieve, a rapidly growing lifestyle and self-improvement blog. The post Motivation is a Challenge f...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joseph Chukwube Tags: featured motivation success working from home covid pickthebrain wfh work from home Source Type: blogs

WeChat to Many, WeDoctor to Some
By KIM BELLARD You’ve probably heard about TikTok, especially lately.  President Trump wanted a ban on it, and seems to have endorsed a deal for a U.S.-based version of it.  The hundred million U.S. users, and probably their parents, are undoubtedly watching the sequence of events with mixed amusement and concern.  But you may have paid less attention to what’s been going on with WeChat, another China-based app.  WeChat was part of the original proposed ban, which a federal judge blocked this weekend, hours before it was due to go into effect (the Commerce Department plans to appea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard WeChat Source Type: blogs

Cough and cold season is arriving: Choose medicines safely
With the summer winding down and fall moving in, colder weather will arrive soon — along with cold and flu season. Millions of Americans get the common cold each year, often more than once. To counter coughs and runny noses, many will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medications available for relief without a prescription. Heading to the pharmacy for some relief? Read this first While OTC medicines do not cure or shorten the common cold or flu, they can ease some symptoms. Finding a product that fits your needs, however, may not be so straightforward. A recent study evaluated brand-name OTC medications marketed as cold...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katsiaryna Bykov, PharmD, ScD Tags: Cold and Flu Drugs and Supplements Health Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs

How To Create Calm During the Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the world to a screeching halt. Life, as we knew it, is now a thing of the past, something we can only yearn for.  The lockdown has affected all of us uniquely. Something that I have found myself struggling with in this pandemic is creating — whether it be words or a meal.  Getting creative blocks is real. Not just me, but most people out there suffer from them. Here are the things I do to get out of my creative slump and so can you:  1. Use ‘Stability Rocks’ To Anchor Your Day I know the dreamy and artsy type creators, like Einstein and Austen, w...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rochizalani Tags: depression featured happiness health and fitness meditation psychology self-improvement calm covid focus productivity tips self improvement Source Type: blogs

How To Create During the Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the world to a screeching halt. Life, as we knew it, is now a thing of the past, something we can only yearn for.  The lockdown has affected all of us uniquely. Something that I have found myself struggling with in this pandemic is creating — whether it be words or a meal.  Getting creative blocks is real. Not just me, but most people out there suffer from them. Here are the things I do to get out of my creative slump and so can you:  1. Use ‘Stability Rocks’ To Anchor Your Day I know the dreamy and artsy type creators, like Einstein and Austen, w...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rochizalani Tags: depression featured happiness health and fitness meditation psychology self-improvement calm covid focus productivity tips self improvement Source Type: blogs

Now Is Not the Time to Forget About the AIDS Epidemic
By SOMA SEN I keep hearing the voices of colleagues and friends that have been part of the AIDS epidemic compare it to the current COVID-19 pandemic. In fact Dr. Kathy Creticos, Director of Infectious Disease at Howard Brown Health spoke about the politicization of both the pandemics.  “Here we are in 2020 with this disease that kills people, that we don’t have any treatments for, that we really don’t understand the full manifestation and presentation biology of the virus,” Creticos said In the final segment of an interview with Contagion during International AIDS Society (IAS) A...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Public Health AIDS HIV Soma Sen Source Type: blogs

Discrimination, high blood pressure, and health disparities in African Americans
Over the past few months, we have all seen the results of significant disruption to daily life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high levels of unemployment, and civil unrest driven by chronic racial injustice. These overlapping waves of societal insult have begun to bring necessary attention to the importance of health care disparities in the United States. Direct links between stress, discrimination, racial injustice, and health outcomes occurring over one’s lifespan have not been well studied. But a recently published article in the journal Hypertension has looked at the connection between discrimination and increased...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chester Hedgepeth, III, MD, PhD Tags: Health care disparities Hypertension and Stroke Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 152 | 2 IPOs, At-Home Care, & Youtube for Employees?
With 2 IPOs this week, On Episode 152 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Amwell’s IPO with a market cap at $5B for its telehealth solutions, Outset Medical’s IPO with a market cap of $1.5B for its kidney dialysis technology, Ready raising $54M for its care at- home platform, Lifespeak getting $42M for its “YouTube” like platform for employee mental health and wellness training program. – Matthew Holt Subscribe to Health in 2 Point 00’s Channel Follow @boltyboy & @jessdamassa on Twitter Subscribe to our channel and tweet us your question...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech AmWell Jessica DaMassa lifespeak Matthew Holt Outset Medical Ready Source Type: blogs

If I Can Be Safe Working as An ER Doctor Caring for COVID Patients, We Can Make Schools Safe for Children, Teachers, and Families
By AMY CHO We need to stop arguing about whether schools should reopen and instead do the work to reopen schools safely. Community prevalence of COVID-19 infection helps to quantify risk, but reopening decisions should not be predicated on this alone. Instead of deciding reopening has failed when an infected student or teacher comes to school, we should judge efforts by our success in breaking transmission chains between those who come to school infected and those who don’t. We should judge our success by when we prevent another outbreak. We should pursue risk and harm reduction by layering interventions to m...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Amy Cho schools Source Type: blogs

Living an Adventurous Life
I read an article a while back about what makes a good life. It says that an important element of a good life is something called “psychological richness.” Here is an excerpt: According to this view, a good life is one that is interesting, varied and surprising—even if some of those surprises aren’t necessarily pleasant ones. In fact, the things that make a life psychologically rich may actually make it less happy in the ordinary sense. After all, to put it bluntly, a happy life can also be boring. Adventures, explorations and crises may be painful, but at least they’re interesting. I agree wi...
Source: Life Optimizer - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Purpose Source Type: blogs

Shorter dream-stage sleep may be related to earlier death
This study showed an association between reduced REM and increased mortality, but it did not demonstrate the cause of the association. REM deprivation could independently contribute to the development of numerous other diseases. The results apply more clearly to older adults, given that the age groups studied averaged in the 50s and 70s. Short REM may also be a marker of a sick or aging brain; less REM sleep has already been tied to a greater risk of dementia. Overall, ensuring adequate REM sleep is important to protecting your long-term health. Getting better sleep in middle age and beyond Maintaining good sleep should re...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lawrence Epstein, MD Tags: Brain and cognitive health Fatigue Memory Sleep Source Type: blogs

10 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong
If you find yourself wondering if everything will go wrong in 2020, you are far from alone. This year has seen more than its share of heartache, and it isn’t over yet. Help may never arrive — how can you keep going? It’s challenging to stay strong when everything seems to be going wrong. While the tips below are no substitute for professional care, financial and other circumstances don’t always make seeking treatment an option. These 10 self-care practices may keep you from capsizing when the seas grow rocky.  1. Take a Deep Breath Many times, you grow anxious from future fears, not fr...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mia Barnes Tags: featured motivation self-improvement covid_19 meditation positivity self improvement Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 25 9/17 LIVE from 1PM PT/4PM ET
Episode 25 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 17th from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Watch it below! Joining Me (@zoyak1594) are some of our regulars: radiologist Saurabh Jha (@RougeRad), patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and guest Rosemarie Day, Founder & CEO of Day Health Strategies (@Rosemarie_Day1). The conversation will revolve around the new policy regarding COVID19, the 2020 election, environmental factors & health...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard rosemarie day Saurabh Jha Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 25 9/17
Joining Zoya Khan (@zoyak1594) on Episode 25 of “The THCB Gang” were regulars patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and guest Rosemarie Day, Founder & CEO of Day Health Strategies (@Rosemarie_Day1). Rosemary’s book “Marching Towards Coverage” is out now. The conversation revolved around new health technology policies, Medicaid Expansion programs, the 2020 election, and the steps to get to universal health coverage. Oh, and you can tak...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard rosemarie day Saurabh Jha Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Doctors Urge Caution in Interpretation of Research in Times of COVID-19
September 9, 2020 To:       American College of Cardiology American College of Chest Physicians American College of Physicians American College of Radiology American Heart Association American Society of Echocardiography American Thoracic Society European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging European Society of Cardiology European Society of Radiology Heart Rhythm Society Infectious Disease Society of America North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging Radiologic Society of North America Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Soci...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians myocarditis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Time for flu shots — getting one is more important than ever!
Wondering when to get your flu shot? The best time is before influenza (flu) starts circulating widely. For most people, September or October is ideal for protection through the whole flu season, as the immune response from the vaccine wanes over time. And while changes and restrictions due to COVID-19 may make getting a flu vaccine less convenient for some this year, the pandemic makes it more important than ever. Why do I need to get a flu vaccine yearly? Influenza A and Influenza B cause most cases of flu in humans. Both have many strains that constantly change, accumulating genetic mutations that disguise them from the...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elise Merchant, MD Tags: Cold and Flu Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccines Source Type: blogs

Kids & Mental Health: Brightline Aims to “ Grow Up ” Pediatric Behavioral Health Care with Tech
By JESSICA DAMASSA Despite the fact that kids make up 20% of our national patient population and that their parents are likely just the tech-savvy market of health consumers that most digital health companies are targeting with their own virtual care solutions, very little has been done to use technology to ‘transform’ the way that they take care of their kids. One of the founders hoping to push this market into a growth spurt is Naomi Allen, co-founder & CEO of pediatric behavioral health company Brightline. From seed to Series A in just 8 months ($25M total funding), Brightline is already looking t...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health brightline kids Mental Health naomi allen pediatric behavioral health Source Type: blogs

THCB ’s Bookclub, September 2020 – NEO.LIFE
By JESSICA DAMASSA & MATTHEW HOLT The THCB Book Club is a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. This month we hosted Jane Metcalfe (Founder of NEO.LIFE) to talk about her 2020 book NEO.LIFE. You can get a copy of it here! NEO.LIFE is a very unusual book. It’s over 25 very short chapters (ranging from 1 page to 78) which include interviews, concepts, art, science, science fiction, and one short story. All from different authors or groups of authors that are all edited into place by Jane Metcalfe and Brian Bergstein. The to...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Book Club THCB Spotlights Biotech brian bergstein humans jen metcalfe Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt neo.life Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Must Give Up Power to Save Healthcare
By KEN TERRY (This is the sixth in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) As hospital systems become larger and employ more physicians, healthcare prices will continue to rise and independent doctors will find it harder to remain independent. Hospitals will never fully embrace value-based care as long as it threatens their primary business model, which is to fill beds and generate outpatient revenues. To create a viable, sustainable healthcare system, the market power of hos...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Costs healthcare reform Hospitals Ken Terry Source Type: blogs

Harvard Health Ad Watch: A feel-good message about a diabetes drug
This 60-second advertisement for Trulicity, a medication for diabetes, is one of the most feel-good medication commercials I’ve ever seen. The narrator never uses the scare tactic of so many other ads, listing the terrible things that could happen if you don’t take the treatment. Instead, from start to finish, music, images, and spoken words deliver empowering, encouraging messages focused on helping your body to do what it’s supposed to be doing despite having diabetes. There’s a lot of good information here, but as in most direct-to-consumer health marketing there’s also some that’s mi...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Diabetes Drugs and Supplements Health Source Type: blogs

Here ’s How Art Can Make You Happier And Healthier
Art can be a source of inspiration and comfort during challenging times, and this is why millions of people all over the world have started drawing, painting, or learning a musical instrument as a way to cope with the Covid-19 crisis. But even before the pandemic, people have been turning to artistic endeavors as a way to heal, and studies have shown that engaging in art activities can actually benefit your life in many ways. Creating and appreciating art can be good for the body, mind, and soul, and here are all the ways art can make you happier and healthier. It can relieve stress Everyone will experience...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katlyn Eriksen Tags: creativity depression featured happiness psychology self-improvement art art therapy Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 151 | MDLive (not?) IPOing, DTx Platform for Schizophrenia, & more
We are forgetting about health tech, and celebrating Chicago-oo! Just kidding, today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Truepill getting a 75M Series C after just closing their B, Sana Benefits getting $20.8M, and Decent getting $10M, both of which are in the space of health benefits & insurance for small business have raised funding, MDLive closing a $50M round for their Virtual Primary Care (but weren’t they going public?), Owl Insights getting $15M from Ascension and Blue Ventures, and Boehringer Ingelheim & Click Therapeutics working on a $500M deal together on a DTx platform for Schizophrenia pa...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt ascention blue ventures boehringer ingelheim Click Therapeutics decent md live owl insights sana benefits schizophrenia Truepill Source Type: blogs

REVIEW: Rypeapp Language Membership
The world has shifted virtual in 2020 and that includes educational services like language learning. While travel has taken a pause, many of us are still eager to connect with people from other cultures and resume our language learning progress. In this review, we’ll cover what Rype is about, how it works, prices, pros and cons, and more. What is Rype? Rype is an online language lessons membership that connects you with professional language tutors for one-on-one sessions. They currently offer ten languages: Spanish, French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic. With ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: book reviews Erin's Things featured self education self-improvement success learn a language pickthebrain product review Source Type: blogs

6 all-natural sex tips for men
If you believe those upbeat, seductive advertisements, men only need to pop a pill to awaken their dormant sex life. Whether the problem is erectile dysfunction (ED) — the inability to maintain an erection for sex — or low libido, ED medications appear to be the quickest and easiest solution. While these drugs work for most men, they are not right for everyone. ED drugs are relatively safe, but can cause possible side effects such as headaches, indigestion, and back pain. Plus, some men may not want their sex life dependent on regular medication, or simply can’t take them because of high or low blood pres...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Solan Tags: Dental Health Diet and Weight Loss Exercise and Fitness Men's Health Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Can Learn From Chess
By KIM BELLARD Oh, gosh, two of my favorite things are in the news together: Twitch and chess.  Just kidding.  I barely know what Twitch is, and the last time I played chess was, well, not in this century (and, even then, not well).  But I’m not kidding about their convergence.  Chess has become a big hit on Twitch, especially in these COVID times.  I figure, if two such seemingly divergent things are meshing, there must be some lessons there, even for healthcare.  For those of you over, say, fifty, Twitch is an online service that facilitates livestreaming, particularly ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech chess Kim Bellard Twitch Source Type: blogs

Benefits On How 24 Hour Fasts Will Improve Your
Conclusion I showed you the benefits of fasting as it can improve your heart, protect your brain health, and reduce your body fat composition. I showed you how to safely start and make 24-hour fasts part of your lifestyle, and I also showed you the safest way to break a 24 hour fast. Let me know in the comments below which tip you found most useful! Anthony Nebel is a freelance writer who is obsessed with self-development. Anthony loves trying out new things that may improve his life. Anthony enjoys writing about how to improve the quality of your life and your online presence on his blog. The post B...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anthony Nebel Tags: featured health and fitness motivation fasting Source Type: blogs

Will COVID-19 Force The South To Finally Confront Structural Racism Within Their Medicaid Programs?
By 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. This should come as no surprise to Medical Historians familiar with our Medicaid program. Prejudice and bias were baked in well before the signing of Medicaid and Medicare on July 30, 1965. President Kennedy’s efforting on behalf of health coverage expansion met stiff resistance from the American Medical Association and Southern states in 1960. Part of their strategic pushback was the endorseme...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Medicaid Mike Magee structural racism Source Type: blogs

Learning to live well with a persistent illness
When we get an acute illness like the flu or a cold, we feel sick for a week or two and then get back to our usual lives. This is how illness is “supposed” to go. But what happens when illness doesn’t fit this bill? What do patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, or with persistent symptoms of Lyme disease or long-haul COVID-19, do when they can’t go back to their normal lives? Having suffered from the latter two — tick-borne illnesses that have plagued me for two decades, and a case of COVID-19 that took four months to shake — I’ve learned a few lesso...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Crystal, MFA Tags: Fatigue Source Type: blogs

Dr. Fauci Warns Americans to Hunker Down for the Fall Covid-19 Surge
Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning American to hunker down for the Fall because we will probably face a surge in Covid-19 cases.Read more on sciencespacerobots.com (Source: HealthNewsBlog.com)
Source: HealthNewsBlog.com - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: covid-19 dr-fauci Source Type: blogs

Patient Identity and Patient Record Matching
By ADRIAN GROPPER and DEBORAH C. PEEL September 4, 2020 Thank you, ONC for the opportunity you gave me to speak in June. Also, thank you for the format of your August meeting where the Zoom chat feature offered a wonderful venue for an inclusive commentary and discussion as the talks were happening. Beats lining up at the microphone any day. Here is a brief recap of my suggestions, in no particular order: Patient identity is not different from human identity. Working on healthcare-specific solutions is not only expensive, but also ineffective. As some of your speakers made clear, the economic value of patie...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? Adrian Gropper data privacy Deborah Peel HIPAA ONC Patient privacy TEFCA Source Type: blogs

How Your Mindset Determines Your Focus
Most people consider the problem of focus to be a technical one. For them, it’s a matter of eliminating distractions, setting goals, following a schedule, or becoming more organized. There is a lot to be said for these practical solutions.  If they increase our productivity, doesn’t that mean they increase our focus? A DEAD END Many people, hoping to find focus, will implement these solutions only to realize that their focus remains weak. This is because the technical problems were never the source of the issue. The real solution requires us to acknowledge the connection between focus and de...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured motivation self-improvement success focus mindset pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

5 takeaways for returning to school
School districts in the United States are in a period of profound uncertainty, which will likely persist throughout the 2020–2021 school year. Many agree that remote teaching in spring 2020 was piecemeal and sub-optimal. Now, despite a stated universal commitment to full-time, in-person, high-caliber education, many states have rising rates of COVID-19, and teachers and parents share deep health concerns. Already we have witnessed a rapid and seismic transition from the beginning of this summer — in June, many schools planned to open full-time for in-person learning — to near-universal adoption of hybrid ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alan Geller, MPH, RN Tags: Adolescent health Children's Health Coronavirus and COVID-19 Parenting Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 150 | Sesquicentennial anniversary edition!
It’s Health in 2 Point 00’s 150th Episode or Sesquicentennial anniversary! On this episode, we have the return of Softbank money—$100M goes to Biofourmis platform for AI & Clinical Trials. Next, Amwell prices their IPO at $14-16 a share, and Grand Rounds raises $175 million led by the Carlyle Group. Finally, we have real foul play to report – former Zocdoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi filed a lawsuit accusing his fellow cofounders and CFO of foul play, so Jess asks me to dish the dirty details. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Biofourmis Grand Rounds IPO Zocdoc Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 24!
Episode 24 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, September 10th! Watch it below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) were some of our regulars: WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), patient & entrepreneur Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), and guest Mike Magee, a medical historian & health economist (@drmikemagee). The conversation was incredibly wide-ranging and one of the best we’ve had in a while–not the least because Mike Magee gave us a great base with how our non -health sy...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Policy Health Tech THCB Gang Jessica DaMassa Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Robin Farmanfarmaian Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Getting the best treatment for your fibromyalgia
Imagine being in pain and having your doctor tell you it’s all in your head. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon experience for many of the six million Americans living with fibromyalgia, a chronic, painful condition. People with fibromyalgia experience widespread pain, aches, and stiffness in muscles and joints throughout the body, as well as unusual tiredness. No one knows what causes this condition, and no apparent physical cause has been identified thus far. The most likely culprit is a brain malfunction that amplifies normal nerve responses, causing people with fibromyalgia to experience pain or other symptom...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kelly Bilodeau Tags: Bones and joints Fatigue Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs

The Medical AI Floodgates Open, at a Cost of $1000 per Patient
By LUKE OAKDEN-RAYNER In surprising news this week, CMS (the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in the USA approved the first reimbursement for AI augmented medical care. Viz.ai have a deep learning model which identifies signs of stroke on brain CT and automatically contacts the neurointerventionalist, bypassing the first read normally performed by a general radiologist. From their press material: Viz.ai demonstrated to CMS a significant reduction in time to treatment and improved clinical outcomes in patients suffering a stroke. Viz LVO has been granted a New Technology Add on Payment of up to&nb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech AI Luke Oakden-Rayner Reimbursement Source Type: blogs

Hormonal treatments for prostate cancer may prevent or limit COVID-19 symptoms
Men have roughly twice the risk of developing severe disease and dying from COVID-19 than women. Scientists say this is in part because women mount stronger immune reactions to the disease’s microbial cause: the infamous coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Now research with prostate cancer patients points to another possible explanation, which is that the male sex hormone testosterone helps SARS-Cov-2 get into and infect human cells. SARS-CoV-2 initiates infections by first latching onto its human cell receptor. But it can only pass into a cell with the aid of a second protein called TMPRSS2. Testosterone regulates TMPRSS...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: Living With Prostate Cancer Prostate Knowledge Treatments HPK Source Type: blogs

3 Unexpected Things You Can Do to Be Happier at Work
It’s probably not a surprise to you that happiness leads to success in nearly every domain of your life, including health, friendship, community involvement, creativity and, specifically, your job, career and business.[1]  Happy workers have higher levels of productivity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay. However, happiness probably feels like an ephemeral fairy tale. There’s a global pandemic. Kitchen tables and sofas are the new work cubicle. Interactions with co-workers, vendors and clients are completely virtual. Zoom...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carson Tate Tags: career featured happiness motivation productivity tips self-improvement success jobs pickthebrain work Source Type: blogs

#COVID19 Symptom Data Challenge
By FARZAD MOSTASHARI & INDU SUBAIYA Applications for the #COVID19 Symptom Data Challenge close in three weeks!  Amidst #COVID19, using analytic approaches to maximize available information and data is paramount. Hosted by Margolis Center, sponsored by Facebook Data for Good (@academics), and in partnership with the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University, and ResolveToSaveLives, the Challenge seeks to analytic approaches that utilize COVID-19 symptom data to develop insights into the trajectory of the novel coronavirus.  Have a solution? Finalists can win up to $50k and th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Facebook Farzad Mostashari Indu Subaiya Symptom Data Challenge Source Type: blogs