5 Reasons You Should Start Meditating Today
Meditation isn’t as complex as it sounds. Whether you’re hesitant to try it or have been practicing mindfulness for years, the health benefits are the same. If you’re not sure whether meditation is right for you, you should try it out and see how you feel afterward. You might find yourself wanting to learn more about the practice. What Is Meditation? Meditation has been practiced and studied for years. At its core, meditation allows you to reconnect with your mind, body and soul by slowing down and focusing on yourself, your breathing and your surroundings. Around 33% of people want to learn...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: featured happiness health and fitness meditation psychology self-improvement focus Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 231 | Pager, Ovivia, Meru Health, and NOCD
It’s Telehealth Awareness Week! Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we cover Pager raising $70 million, bringing their total to $132.6 million. German-based company Ovivia gets $80 million, bringing their total to $127 million. Meru Health raises $38 million, and NOCD raises $33 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Ovivia Pager Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 230 | Commure, Spring Health, UniteUs, Nomad & Xealth
It’s been quite a while since Jess & I did a Health in 2 Point 00 and that one was buried in our Policies|Techies|VCs conference in the first week of September. But, as John Malkovich says, We’re back… Commure gets $500m and maybe one day we’ll know what it does, Spring Health adds to the mental health funding party, UniteUs buys competitor NowPow; Nomad banks $63m for its nurse hiring service, and Xealth adds $24m, even though I’m not sure it’s more than a feature! – Matthew Holt Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Commure M&A Nomad Health Spring Health uniteus xealth Source Type: blogs

Nomad Health ’ s Next Move: $63M Raise Takes On-Demand Healthcare Staffing into Workforce Management
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Not all who wander are lost: Nomad Health lands a $63M Series D round after a year of 5X revenue growth for their tech-driven healthcare staffing marketplace that helps hospitals hire nurses on-demand. This round, led by Adams Street Partners with participation from all existing investors, brings the company’s total fundraising up to $113M. Co-founder & CEO Alexi Nazem stops by to tell us how the startup is not only planning to expand its focus from nurses to other types of healthcare providers but how the process of doing so will transform Nomad from an on-demand staffing agency...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health healthcare staffing Nomad Health Source Type: blogs

How to Find Your True Professional Path
Figure this out; an average career person spends most of his or her waking time at work. Even when relaxing away from work, the thoughts keep wandering back to work matters. If it happens that the work feels boring or unsatisfying, it can easily take a toll on that person’s physical and mental health. Just thinking of tolerating long hours of mundane tasks, or thinking of waking up the next day to a dreadful job can lead to frustration, stress, or even depression. In addition, it can be very difficult to advance in such a career. That is why leading a meaningful, fulfilling and lifelong career path is very importa...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elisa Tags: career featured motivation philosophy success career tips professional path Source Type: blogs

Not Your Father ’ s Job Market
By KIM BELLARD If you, like me, continue to think that TikTok is mostly about dumb stunts (case in point: vandalizing school property in the devious licks challenge; case in point: risking lives and limbs in the milk crate challenge), or, more charitably, as an unexpected platform for social activism (case in point: spamming the Texas abortion reporting site), you probably also missed that TikTok thinks it could take on LinkedIn.   Welcome to #TikTokresumes.  Welcome to the Gen Z workplace.  If healthcare is having a hard time adapting to Gen Z patients – and it is — then dealing with Gen Z...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Economics The Business of Health Care Baby Boomers Diversity Gen Z generation z job market Kim Bellard Millenials tiktok video resume Videos Source Type: blogs

I Am a Decision Maker, Not a Bookkeeper
By HANS DUVEFELT Perhaps it is because I love doctoring so much that I find some of the tools and tasks of my trade so tediously frustrating. I keep wishing the technology I work with wasn’t so painfully inept. On my 2016 iPhone SE I can authorize a purchase, a download or a money transfer by placing my thumb on the home button. In my EMR, when I get a message (also called “TASK” – ugh) from the surgical department that reads “patient is due for 5-year repeat colonoscopy and needs [insurance] referral”, things are a lot more complicated, WHICH THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE! Fo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care EMR Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

7 Thoughtful Ways to Unite Your Community
Having a sense of community and belonging wherever you are can be an extremely important part of life. Whether you’re moving to a new place, want to get involved in your hometown or you simply want to find a sense of belonging wherever you are, there are so many ways that you can unite your community and participate in the growth of your home. Whether you live in an urban metropolis or a small suburban town, uniting your community is a worthwhile effort, both for you and your family, as well as the community at large. Here are a few thoughtful ways that you can get involved. 1.   Participate In Scho...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: Community Posts featured philosophy psychology self-improvement connection Source Type: blogs

Recommendations From the Coalition for Physician Accountability ’s UME-to-GME Review Committee: Winners & Losers Edition
This article originally appeared on The Sheriff of Sodium here. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Bryan Carmody coalition for physician accountability Residency Source Type: blogs

The Power of Imagination: A Lesson From David Yonggi Cho
I have been writing about personal effectiveness since 2006. Over time, I have learned more and more about the factors that can help you live a fulfilling life. Recently, one thing that has caught my attention is the power of imagination. You see, the more I study those who have gone far in their lives, the more I see how imagination plays a role. It’s not the only factor, of course, but it’s often a starting point. When you imagine a future you believe in, that belief will get stronger and will drive actions in that direction. Not only that but also the belief can help you get through a lot of obstacles. Yo...
Source: Life Optimizer - September 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Purpose Thinking Source Type: blogs

A Man With Sudden Onset of Gastroparesis
By HANS DUVEFELT Leo Dufour is not a diabetic. He is in his mid 50s, a light smoker with hypertension and a known hiatal hernia. He has had occasional heartburn and has taken famotidine for a few years along with his blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Over the past few months, he started to experience a lot more heartburn, belching and bloating. Adding pantoprazole did nothing for him. I referred him to a local surgeon who did an upper endoscopy. This did not reveal much, except some retained food in his stomach. A gastric emptying study showed severe gastroparesis. The surgeon offered him a trial of metoclopra...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

More Laughing, More Thinking
By KIM BELLARD There was a lot going on this week, as there always is, including the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the beginning of the NFL season, so you may have missed a big event: the announcement of the 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Awards (no, those are not typos).   What’s that you say — you don’t know the Ig Nobel Awards?  These annual awards, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, seek to: …honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people&rsq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Research health research Ignobel Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

5 Tips to Deal with Negativity When Starting a Business
Starting a business feels good and comes with lots of excitement. But the challenging part is running it efficiently and being successful. You’ll have to cope with different struggles to ensure you achieve what you wanted with your business. Among the obstacles you’ll encounter is negativity. It comes to a point where you question whether starting a business was the right choice. Would it have been better if you had chosen a different path? Once you stop believing in yourself, it becomes hard to make progress in your new business. The good thing is that it’s possible to overcome a negative attitude ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mike Stuzzi Tags: career confidence creativity featured productivity tips self-improvement success haters negativity new business Source Type: blogs

Policies, Techies, VCS: Musings From a Futurist
By IAN MORRISON I should’ve been in Paris last week on vacation with my wife, instead I listened in to the Policies Techies VCS:  What’s Next For Healthcare conference (I’ll explain why later).  Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa did a magnificent job of assembling the Who’s Who of digital health tech to wax lyrical about what the new kids on the block were up to, where it is all headed, and what it will mean for the system. (Full disclosure Matthew and Jess are friends of mine, I hired Matthew from Stanford almost 30 years ago to join the Institute For The Future (IFTF) and have watched ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Health Tech Futurists Ian Morrison Policies Techies VCs Source Type: blogs

Metaverse and Health Care – A View From 50,000 Feet
by MIKE MAGEE dystopian[disˈtōpēən]ADJECTIVE1. relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.NOUN1. a person who imagines or foresees a state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. There are certain words that keep popping up in 2021 whose meanings are uncertain and which deserve both recognition and definition. And so, the offering above – the word “dystopian.” Dystopian as in the sentence “The term was coined by writer Neal Stephenson in the 1992 dystopian novel Snow Crash.” One word leads to anot...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology dystopian entrepreneurship health innovation metaverse Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

As Doctor Burnout Climbs, Can We Save Primary Care?
By RONALD DIXON Week after week, I hear from colleagues in diverse specialties about how exhausted they are from practicing medicine. It’s no surprise that they are looking for careers outside of medicine. The demands and strain are unsustainable. So it’s also no surprise that a recent survey showed 40% of primary care clinicians are worried that their field won’t exist in five years and that 21% expect to leave primary care in three years as a result of COVID-19-related burnout.  While COVID-19 is the tipping point, this burnout is the result of the&nbs...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Burnout physician burnout Ronald Dixon Source Type: blogs

Anxiety, Worry or Fear? Disappointment, Grief or Depression?
By HANS DUVEFELT Especially in these strange and uncertain times, many people feel uneasy. Some of them come to us with concerns over their state of mind. In primary care, our job is in large part to perform triage. We strive to identify patients who need referral, medication or further evaluation. We also strive, or at last should strive, to reassure those patients whose reactions are normal, considering their circumstances. A set of emotions we consider normal during the first weeks of the loss of a loved one may constitute pathology of protracted or if there is no apparent trigger. But what is normal in toda...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care anxiety depression Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

You Contain Multitudes
There is an art to feeling your emotions. It’s important to separate your emotions from your identity—who you are—by saying, “A part of me feels sad” vs. “I’m sad.” “A part of me feels angry” vs. “I am angry.”            We usually hold multiple parts of ourselves at the same time.    For instance, “A part of me feels scared and a part of me feels excited. A part of me feels brave and a part of me feels alive!” This is personally one of my favorite combinations of emotions. I...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: confidence creativity featured happiness philosophy psychology success inspiration multitudes Source Type: blogs

Today Is Life Optimizer ’s 15th Anniversary
I published Life Optimizer’s first post on September 7, 2006. That’s 15 years ago! Wow, time flies. Back then, I was a graduate student, and I decided to start a blog on personal effectiveness. I was inspired by the race to optimize performance in computer science, and I thought that something similar could be done to optimize our lives. I was also inspired by the possibility of reaching a worldwide audience after reading Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat. From these inspirations, Life Optimizer was born. It was a humble beginning. For months, there was no reader. I felt like speaking to an emp...
Source: Life Optimizer - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Miscellaneous Source Type: blogs

Selfish Much?
By KIM BELLARD In a week where we’ve seen the bungled Afghan withdrawal, had Texas show us its contempt for all sorts of rights, watched wildfires ravage the west and Ida wreak havoc on a third of the country, and, of course, witnessed COVID-19 continue its resurgence, I managed to find an article that depressed me further.  Thank you, Aaron Carroll. Dr. Carroll – pediatrician, long-time contributor to The New York Times, and now Chief Health Officer of I.U. Health — wrote a startling piece in The Atlantic: We’ve Never Protected the Vulnerable.  He looks at the resistance to public h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy health equity Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Is There A Place For Facebook In Healthcare?
Data privacy scandals, help in rigging elections, spreading fake news on COVID and vaccines: Facebook has been through a lot and users are not happy with the social media giant’s performance. However, Mark Zuckerberg’s company does not only have a political and social impact, but it’s also getting quite relevant in healthcare. We looked around what Facebook currently does in healthcare and evaluated whether those are viable ways to follow in the future. Facebook: from trust issues to healthcare The social media machine built on “sophisticated, computer-driven engines for extracting use...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Bioethics Security & Privacy AI facebook future Health Healthcare Innovation social media technology VR fake news smart healthcare Mark Zuckerberg Source Type: blogs

Does Our Healthcare System Work for the Most Vulnerable Americans?
By DEBORAH AFEZOLLI, CARL-PHILIPPE ROUSSEAU, HELEN FERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH LINDENBERGER “Why did you choose this field?” Most physicians are asked this question at some point in their early careers. We are geriatrics and palliative medicine physicians, so when that question is posed to us, it is invariably followed by another: “Isn’t your job depressing?” No, our job is not depressing. We are trained in the care of older adults and those with serious illness, and we find this work very rewarding.  What truly depresses us is how many vulnerable patients died during the pandemic, and how...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians Carl-Philippe Rousseau Deborah Afezolli Elizabeth Lindenberger Geriatrics Health policy Helen Fernandez Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

Freedom: The True Objective of Productivity
What is the goal of productivity? In Free to Focus, author Michael Hyatt gave this answer (emphasis mine): Productivity should free you to pursue what’s most important to you. The goal, the true objective of productivity, should be freedom. He went on to define freedom in four ways: Freedom to Focus: the ability to do your task with absolute attention and no distractions.Freedom to Be Present: the ability to be fully present wherever you are (e.g. with your family) without being interrupted.Freedom to Be Spontaneous: the ability to drop whatever you are doing and respond to a new situation spontaneously.Free...
Source: Life Optimizer - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Productivity Source Type: blogs

4 Reasons to Support Sustainability
When President Biden entered office, he enhanced the national sustainability standards. As we develop an eco-friendly infrastructure, we adopt new technologies and systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Society may accept the alterations without understanding the expansive benefits. By exploring sustainability’s advantages, individuals are more likely to support the transition away from fossil fuels. Utilizing electric appliances, adopting an eco-friendly diet, eliminating fast fashion purchases and more can shrink one’s carbon footprint while enhancing savings. Over time, sustainable commercial and i...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: featured money and finance self-improvement success sustainability the environment Source Type: blogs

Burnout? Not Even Close!
By HANS DUVEFELT I am a 68 year old family physician in rural Maine. This morning I read yet another article about physician burnout, this time in The New York Times. (I’m not linking to it, because they have a “paywall”.) I did not end up exactly where and how I expected to be at the end of my career, or life in general to be brutally honest. But I am the happiest I have been since the beginning of my journey in medicine. I have a balance in my life I didn’t have, or even seek, for many years as I juggled patient care, administration, raising a family and pursuing interests that often brou...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Primary Care Burnout Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Healing at Home: Answering the $30,000 Question
By DAWN CARTER If you’ve been working remotely for the past year, would a $30,000 raise entice you back into the office? In a recent survey of 3,000 workers at dozens of large US companies, the vast majority of respondents said they would forego the hefty raise if they could keep working in their pajamas. I’ve spent more than 25 years in healthcare strategy and planning, and that was one of the most remarkable surveys I’ve ever seen – though not in terms of HR, because healthcare is one of the few industries where remote work never took hold during the pandemic. Instead, I think the urgent ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Uncategorized Ascendient Healthcare Advisors Dawn Carter Hospital at Home Source Type: blogs

Coupons, PBM's ... oh my!
Over the past few years, my coverage of coupon-generating websites/apps has increased by a lot in this blog because those have emerged as a critical way for patients to get prescriptions at lower, PBM-negotiated prices even if they have yet to satisfy an annual insurance deductible or they have no insurance at all. In general, coupon-generating websites/apps offer consumers access to the deeper pharmacy benefits manager ( " PBM " )-negotiated prices on prescription drugs, at prices which are often substantially less than the prices you could otherwise attain as a consumer without the benefit of a commercial ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 1, 2021 Category: Endocrinology Tags: CGM CGMS coupon-generating websites apps Dexcom insulin Libre PBM test strips Source Type: blogs

Coupons, PBM's ... oh my!
Over the past few years, my coverage of coupon-generating websites/apps has increased by a lot in this blog because those have emerged as a critical way for patients to get prescriptions at lower, PBM-negotiated prices even if they have yet to satisfy an annual insurance deductible or they have no insurance at all. In general, coupon-generating websites/apps offer consumers access to the deeper pharmacy benefits manager ( " PBM " )-negotiated prices on prescription drugs, at prices which are often substantially less than the prices you could otherwise attain as a consumer without the benefit of a commercial ...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 1, 2021 Category: Endocrinology Tags: CGM CGMS coupon-generating websites apps Dexcom insulin Libre PBM test strips Source Type: blogs

How To Go Fully Organic + Why Consider Doing So In All Aspects Of Your Lifestyle
When you walk through your local grocery store, maybe you have noticed more spaces and shelves dedicated to organic foods. Organic foods are grown and produced without most pesticides and are free of hormones and antibiotics. The idea of natural resources and healthier options is in high demand - not surprising, with this growth of organic food. An organic lifestyle means much more than just food, however. For example, you can purchase things for your household that help reduce the amount of waste produced, and you can look for alternate ways of travel that do not leave a carbon footprint.  If you are looking to...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicole McCray Tags: featured health and fitness philosophy productivity tips self-improvement better heath organic sustainabl Source Type: blogs

DayTwo Scores $37M to Expand Microbiome-Based Personalized Nutrition Treatment for Diabetes
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH People with Diabetes can get ready to celebrate: “The ‘Era of Lancets’ is over.” Precision nutrition startup, DayTwo, is scaling up its microbiome-based program, which takes the guesswork (and finger pricks) out of Diabetes management by offering its members food predictions that identify how their bodies will respond to any food BEFORE they eat it. The startup just closed a fresh $37M in Series B funding (led by aMoon and Cathay Ventures) and is expanding the rollout of their fee-for-outcomes Diabetes program to health plans and large self-insured employers. Th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health DayTwo Josh Stevens Microbiome Source Type: blogs

Health Care, Meet Gall ’ s Law
By KIM BELLARD I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without knowing about Gall’s Law (thanks to @niquola for tweeting it!).  For those of you similarly unaware, John Gall was a pediatrician who, seemingly in his spare time, wrote Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail in 1975.  His “law,” contained therein, is: Have you ever heard of anything that applied so perfectly to our healthcare system?  As anyone who has been reading my prior articles may know, I’m a big believer in simple.  I’ve advocated that healthcare’s billing ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Gall's Law Health Care Reform Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Policies | Techies | VCs: What ’ s Next For Health Care – Virtual Conference is Sept 7-10
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. We are one week out and we’ve started pre-recording a few sessions and they’ve been fascinating. Keynotes include government officials from the 3 most important agencies for digital health –Pauline Lapin (CMS), Micky Tripathi (ONC) & Bakul Patel (FDA). But wait there’s more! Keynotes f...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Policy Technology venture capital Source Type: blogs

Sleepless Nights For Evolutionary Biologists: A Greek Tragedy in The Making
By MIKE MAGEE In my Jesuit high school, we were offered only one science course – chemistry. I took it in my Senior year and did pretty well. In contrast, I took four years of Latin, and three years of Greek, as part of the school’s Greek Honors tract. Little did I know that Covid would create a pathologic convergence of sorts six decades later. Let’s review the Covid mutants: Alpha – A variant first detected in Kent, UK with 50% more transmissibility than the original and has spread widely. Beta – Originating in South Africa and the first to show a mutation that par...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy evolutionary biology Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt For my health care tidbits this week, I am getting very close to home. I live in Marin County, California which is an incredibly wealthy, well-educated, liberal place. My little town voted 90% for Biden and, as you’d expect, county-wide 87% of those eligible (over 12) are fully immunized with most of the rest on the way. But Marin al...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Matthew Holt Mandates Marin County Source Type: blogs

Health Insurance is a Stumbling Block in Many Patients ’ Thinking
By HANS DUVEFELT I have a patient with no health insurance but a brand new Mercedes. He says he can’t afford health insurance. He cringes at the cost of his medications and our office visit charges. His car cost a lot of money and I know that authorized Mercedes dealers charge around $140/hour for their technicians’ (not mere mechanics) time. A routine service costs several hundred dollars, which he seems more okay with than the cost of his own healthcare visits. His new Mercedes is under warranty, but his body is not. He is risking financial disaster if he gets seriously ill with no insurance coverage. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 64 – Thurs August 26, 1pm PT- 4pm ET
THCB Gang is back from its summer break. Joining me Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) for an hour of topical and sometime combative conversation on what’s happening in health care and beyond will be patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa); and making a rare but welcome appearance cardiologist & provocateur Anish Koka (@anish_koka). Watch it live below. If you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Anish Koka Casey Quinlan Jessica DaMassa Michael Millenson Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Inside 1-Year-Old Calibrate ’ s $100M Raise for ‘ Rx + Behavior Change ’ Weight Loss
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Just ONE-year in market, and Calibrate has already closed a $100M Series B co-led by Founders Fund and Tiger Global, with participation from Optum Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Threshold Ventures, and Redesign Health. Why is this virtual care startup getting so much attention (and funding) from so many notable health tech investors? Founder & CEO Isabelle Kenyon is here to introduce us to the telehealth-plus-prescription-drugs business she’s building to help people lose weight. This is NOT a Noom. Calibrate’s business model is built around a class of $700-$1,300-per mon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health behavior change Calibrate Isabelle Kenyon weight loss Source Type: blogs

The FDA ’s Culture: Should Safety Dominate All Practices?
By STEVEN ZECOLA An organization’s culture is an internal set of shared values, attitudes and practices. The cohesiveness of the organizational culture will affect whether the entity will meet its vision, purpose, and goals. One type of organizational culture is hierarchical in nature.   Unlike a risk-taking culture, this structure features policy, process and precision. It is best suited for mature and stable organizations. The disadvantage of a hierarchal culture is that its stability and control can turn into rigidity. In many cases, the organization develops a negative attitude towards ide...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy FDA Parkinson's Disease Steven Zecola Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 229 | Headspace & Ginger merge, Connect America buys 100Plus
It’s M&A day here on Health in 2 Point 00! On Episode 229, Jess and I chat about the big news that Headspace and Ginger are merging to create Headspace Health (for more deets tune into Jess’s interview on WTF Health here). Next up, Connect America buys remote patient monitoring platform 100Plus. Finally, AllStripes raises $50 million in a Series B, bringing their total up to $67 million – this is a rare disease play for clinical trial recruiting. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt 100plus AllStripes Connect America Headspace M&A Source Type: blogs

Ginger and Headspace Merge: CEOs Let Us In On What ’ s Next for Digital Mental Health Super Company
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The thinking behind the merger-of-equals between on-demand mental health company, Ginger, and mindfulness and meditation company, Headspace, is revealed in this in-depth chat with Headspace CEO CeCe Morken and Ginger CEO Russell Glass. The combined entity will be known as Headspace Health, with CeCe as its President and Russell as its CEO, and we’re chatting with both of them about go-to-market, strategic direction, and whether or not the next stop is an IPO. “Low-cost, quality mental healthcare” is where these two minds seem to meet – playing on both Ginger&rsqu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health CeCe Morken digital mental health Ginger Headspace Headspace Health Russell Glass Source Type: blogs

Delta Double-Down: A Universal Health Plan Is Long Overdue.
By MIKE MAGEE On March 25, 1966, during the Poor People’s March that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” This week, my niece in Orlando, Florida, sent her 8-year old son, masked, back to public school. He has a history of severe allergies, including several anaphylactic episodes requiring emergency respiratory intervention. His class included a voluntary mix of masked and unmasked children. He now has a 105 degree fever and has tested positive for the Delta variant of Covid. His crisis, and those of co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Federal government Mike Magee States Source Type: blogs

I am Dr. Groot
By KIM BELLARD The healthcare world is abuzz with Dr. David Feinberg’s departure from Google Health – another tech giant is shocked to find healthcare was so complicated! – while one of those tech giants (Amazon) not only just surpassed Walmart in consumer spending but also is now planning to build its own department stores.  Both very interesting, but all I can think about is robots.  Most of the recent publicity about robots has come from Elon Musk’s announcement of the Tesla Bot, or the new video of Boston Dynamic’s Atlas doing more amazing acrobatics, but I was more intrigu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Disney Kim Bellard robots Source Type: blogs

Mindfulness Can Help Us Overcome Our Deepest Fears
Mindfulness is all the rage for multiple reasons. This practice helps you halt future fears and ruminations about an immutable past and live in the present moment. That isn’t the only benefit you can reap, however. Mindfulness allows you to capture what neurologist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl describes as freedom — the pause between an external stimulus and your reaction to it. Here’s how you can use this practice to help you overcome your deepest fears. 1. It Helps With Health Procedures Do you feel nervous before you go to the dentist? If so, you aren’t alone. Approximately a thi...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kara Reynolds Tags: confidence depression featured happiness meditation psychology self-improvement fear mindfulness self improvement success Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt For my health care tidbits this week, I am featuring the the Urban Institute report on the uninsured that’s released today. “Between March 2019 and April 2021 the percentage of U.S. adults reporting they had employer-sponsored coverage declined from 65% to 62.3%, a decrease of approximately 5.5 million adults. The share of adul...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Matthew Holt Medicaid the uninsured Source Type: blogs

George Halvorson HIMSS Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech, Part 2
Former Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson has written on THCB on and off over the years, most notably last year with his proposal for Medicare Advantage for All post-COVID. This month he was given a lifetime achievement award by HIMSS and we are running his acceptance speech in two parts. We ran part one last week, and here’s part two– Matthew Holt We also initially have an important and continuously improving sense of the epigenetic processes that exist in all of us to develop our own responses to the world we are in at a biological level, and we should be able to use that infor...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Early Childhood Education George Halvorson HIMSS Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award payment models Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 228 | Mahana, Vera, Cadence, Commure & Ovia
#HealthIn2Point00 is still catching up on back deals from my HIMSS “vacation” when Jess lost track of me. Mahana Therapeutics gets $61m for its IBS related CBT DTx. Not everyone is happy! Vera Whole Health Clinic gets $50mm even if they don’t love Jess! Cadence gets $41m for RPM. Commure buys PatientKeeper from HCA, and LabCorp buys femtech co Ovia Health–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Commure Jess DaMassa LabCorp Mahana Therapeutics Matthew Holt Ovia Health PatientKeeper Vera Whole Health Source Type: blogs

It takes a pandemic: Mental Health parity may finally have its day!
By EMILY EVANS Emily Evans is the health policy guru at equity research company HedgeEye. She sends out these reports in emails to her clients regularly but (since I asked nicely) she allowed me to publish this one from late last week on THCB. You can catch Emily in person on the “How Much Are These Companies Really Worth? The IPO & SPAC Panel” at Policies|Techies|VCs–What’s Next for Health Care, the conference Jess Damassa & I are chairing on September 7-8-9-10 — Matthew Holt Politics. President Biden is going to have more important things to do this week than worry ab...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy COVID-19 Emily Evans Hedgeye masks Mental Health Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 227 | Maven, Carrot Fertility, Cricket Health & Sharecare
It’s the return of #HealthIn2Point00 after an overly long summer break (well, I went to HIMSS and Jess didn’t last week!). We have deals with Maven raising a big round, Cricket Health (from a few weeks back) filling its coffers and another fertility play, Carrot Fertility, getting $75m. Finally Sharecare gets its checkbook out — again–and buys a home care company. We have more to catch up on tomorrow–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 #Healthin2pt00 Carrot Fertility cricket health Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt mavenclinic ShareCare Source Type: blogs

Cityblock Health & The ‘At-Risk’ Disruption of Medicaid Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Innovation in Medicaid is HAPPENING – and not only is it capable of creating better, less expensive healthcare for Medicaid members, but Cityblock Health is proving that it can also be the underpinning of a business worth over $1B dollars. Dr. Toyin Ajayi, Cityblock’s co-founder & President, walks through the company’s novel business model, which goes AT-RISK to take care of some of the highest risk patients in all of healthcare. Here’s how it works: the startup contracts with health plans that provide Managed Medicaid services, helps them identify groups of ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Cityblock Health Medicaid Toyin Ajayi Source Type: blogs

Having a Bad Day? Here Are 21 Things You Can Do to Turn It Around
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Henry David Thoreau “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson Some days are great, better than you would have expected when you rolled out of the bed in the morning. Quite a few days are just good and OK days. And then we have the other ones. The days that just wind up being bad. What do you do then? I used to let them drag me down and I often wound up having not just one but a couple of bad days because of whatever happened. Nowadays I do things a bit differently. And thi...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - August 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs