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HTN | Community Update | 4/14

May 14, 2023
Community Update

New HTN Content

Medicaid 101: Unpacking the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
In partnership with fellow HTNer Jonathon George, we took a deep dive into the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), exploring how it's structured, innovation opportunities, and more. In the first half, we unpack broader questions of CHIP: how it’s structured, financed, eligibility requirements, and more. In the second half, we dive into our takeaways, looking specifically at opportunities for innovation and investments. A special thank you to Dr. Sabrina Braham, Dr. Brad Richards, and Rebecka Rosenquist for offering their time, insights, and comments throughout this article, and for helping educate us on this topic!
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Health Tech Nerds + Boulder Health Tech Run @ HIMSS
We are teaming up with our friends at Boulder Health Tech to lead a 3-mile run or 2-mile walk on Chicago's beautiful Lakefront Trail on April 18! We'll meet at the entrance of The Blackstone Hotel for a quick stretch before we head out. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner or prefer to walk, everyone is welcome to join us for an active start to the day!
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Community Perspectives:

In case you missed them, here are highlights of a few interesting conversations from different channels:

  • An interesting discussion on Availity’s recent acquisition of Olive’s AI-based utilization management tool for revenue cycle management and what it means for the company moving forward.
  • The HTN crew reacts to the cascading developments on the news surrounding Cano Health, starting with the resignation of board member Barry Sternlicht due to his concerns regarding current CEO, Dr. Marlow Hernandez.
  • Folks unpacked a couple of interesting findings from Gist Healthcare group on how hospitals will need to adapt strategies in the ambulatory care space in order to stay viable in the future. HTNers discuss what they are seeing at various health systems in the thread below.
  • In the tech-enabled insurer space, Nerds discuss the consistent impressive outcomes of Devoted Health as compared to the other struggling insurtech companies, such as Bright Health and Oscar (which might be turning a corner itself now).  

Community Q&A:

A collection of some questions with thoughtful answers from the community:

  • Does anyone here have experience with SaaS sales within healthcare? Our VC investors say we have to make 100M per year 5-7 years after founding the company. Reading about realistic growth rates, I don't see ourselves making that much in 10-12 years. What's a good, realistic growth rate once you hit the 2-3M ARR?
  • Question for doctors in this community: what mobile apps do you usually use (for clinical decision support, information, research etc.)? UpToDate, Epocrates, GoodRx, and LactMed are mentioned here.
  • Which Content Mgmt System (CMS) are you all using? And why (the good, the bad and the ugly). Guru and Contentful are highlighted below.
  • Could a model like Concert Health's work for MSK? Integrating specialists with primary care practices and letting them bill for collaborative care?
  • What are founders of companies with 1-5 employees doing for health/dental/vision insurance benefits? We've received quotes from traditional brokers but the proposed plans are pretty unappealing and have high premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs. Are there options like PEOs or local startup consortia that provide better health plans?


Here we highlight any upcoming and recent events, both within the community and key events outside the community:

Upcoming Events:

  • Health Tech Nerds + Boulder Health Tech Fun Run @ HIMSS; Tues, April 18 at 8am CT. We’re co-hosting a fun run/walk with our friends at Boulder Health Tech at HIMSS. We will kick things off at the Blackstone Hotel and take the scenic route along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail! Sign up here.
  • HTN Happy Hour (45 min) - Speed Meets; Thurs, April 27 @ 12pm CT. As always, we'll "embrace the awkward" and do several ten-ish minute speed meets. Register here.

Upcoming Local HTN Meetups:

  • Atlanta is putting on its next HTN happy hour on May 11 at Westside Motor Lounge at 5:30pm. Sign up here.
  • Austin is planning another Health Tech ATX hangout on April 20 at 5pm. Sign up here.
  • Kansas City is hosting a kickoff event for the launch of KC Digital Health on May 11 starting at 4pm. Sign up here.
  • Milwaukee is brewing up its next health tech meetup on May 11. Join in on the convo here.
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul is getting the Nerds together on April 25 at 6:30pm CT at Utepils Brewing. Sign up here.
  • NYC is on a roll, hosting not one, but two upcoming health tech happy hours. The first is on April 19 at 6pm and the following is on May 4 at 5:30pm. Sign up in the respective links.
  • Philadelphia is planning a health tech happy hour on April 20 at 5:15pm. Learn more here.
  • Seattle has the next HTN Happy Hour on the books for April 19 at 4:30pm PT at Fremont Brewing. Sign up here.
  • San Francisco is getting the Nerd gang together for another coworking day on April 28, followed by a happy hour afterwards. Sign up here.
  • Toronto is in the process of planning its first HTN meetup the week of May 1. Join in on the conversation here.
  • Washington DC is organizing the next Health Tech Happy Hour on April 26 at 5:30pm. Sign up here.

Note: Make sure you search the Slack channels for the local/city specific channels to be aware of the meetups.