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HTN | Community Update | 4/27

April 27, 2023
Community Update

New HTN Content

HTN’s New Website
A big shout out and thank you to our friends at Lightmatter! As you may have noticed, our website recently got a much needed refresh. The Lightmatter team helped build the new version and we can't thank them enough for the new look and feel. If you haven't seen it yet, the new site is here and you can check out Lightmatter's site here.

A Guide to Health System Pilots with Bethany Vick (Providence Digital Innovation Group)
A few weeks ago, we sat down with Bethany Vick (Senior Strategy Manager, Providence Digital Innovation Group) to discuss best practices & how-tos related to setting up health system pilots. We covered a range of topics, from identifying the right stakeholder to pitching your solution to understanding pricing models for pilots. Check out the full recording and written summary below.
Article Link

HTN CareOps Mastermind: Engaging Medicaid Beneficiaries
Last week, Sina Haeri of Ouma Health took the hot seat in an HTN CareOps Mastermind session on the topic of strategies to engage Medicaid beneficiaries. Alongside a group of fellow HTNers, we unpacked the hot seater’s problem statement and company, then helped to brainstorm/solution ideas. We would love to do more of these sessions - to do so, we need folks willing to take the hot seat. If you would like to volunteer for the hot seat and brainstorm/solution with other HTNers, fill out the form below.
Session Notes | Mastermind Participation Form

Community Perspectives:

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

  • The collective jaw of HTN is on the floor following the recent news that Kaiser Permanente is set to acquire Geisinger. HTNers discuss the implications of the deal in the thread below.
  • HTNers unpack how Cigna’s new coverage policy on remote patient monitoring and remote therapeutic monitoring stacks up against Medicare and Commercial policies. The coverage update moves in the direction of only covering RPM/RTM for COPD, diabetes, and heart failure.
  • Folks try to make sense of the rather surprising news that ADHD telehealth startup Done is pivoting to in-person care following the recent DEA prescribing rule changes. It appears the company has opened 45 in-person clinics with another 40 slated for the future.  
  • Following the recent news that Epic is partnering with Microsoft to integrate generative AI solutions (like GPT-4), the Nerds discuss the potential, as well as limitations of the partnership.

Community Q&A:

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

  • We are a pre-seed stage virtual care delivery startup and our lead investor is a generalist (read: not a ton of HC experience). I want to bring him along on the prioritization of establishing partnerships vs. recognizing early revenue. Has anyone read anything / know of any resources I could share with him?
  • A friend is looking for a solution for their providers to handle prior-auth. What’s the best option here? CoverMyMeds, Cohere, Myndshift, Voluware and more are mentioned here.
  • What is the simplest and cheapest option if a clinician wanted to start a telehealth practice from scratch? If someone wanted it all in one - Telehealth, EHR, scheduling, portal etc. Assume minimal tech understanding. Healthie, Medplum, and Beluga Health, and Smartdoctors are suggested.
  • For tech-enabled service businesses, what seem to be the optimal roles for a founding team? Is a CMO needed? Chief Product Officer? HTNers weigh in below.
  • Who do you use for professional malpractice insurance and liability insurance for telemedicine? And what, roughly, should our expectations be for the cost of each? MedPro Group, Liberty Mutual, ProAssurance and plenty more are mentioned.
  • Does anybody know common quality measures for VBC in BH? I assume screening X% of the population and improvement in GAD-7/PHQ-9 scores. What else?


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

Upcoming Events:

  • HTN Happy Hour (45 min) - Speed Meets; Fri, May 19 @ 9:30am CT. As always, we'll "embrace the awkward" and do several ten-ish minute speed meets. Register here.

Upcoming Local HTN Meetups:

  • Atlanta has its next health tech happy hour on the books for May 11 at 5:30pm at Westside Motor Lounge. Sign up here.
  • Boston is having a healthcare happy hour co-hosted by HTD Health, Zus, and Healthie on May 10 at 5pm. Sign up here.
  • Chicago is organizing a Women in Digital Health meetup on May 2 at 8:30am. Sign up here.
  • Paris is getting a crew together for drinks on April 28. Learn more here.
  • Kansas City is hosting a kickoff event for the launch of KC Digital Health on May 11 starting at 4pm. Sign up here.
  • London is working on getting a crew together for a meetup in early May. Chime in here.
  • Milwaukee is brewing up its next health tech meetup on May 11. Join in on the convo here.
  • NYC is hosting a health tech happy hour on May 4 at 5:30pm. Sign up here.
  • Phoenix is working on getting a group together for a health tech meet up. Chime in 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.
  • Socal - LA is hosting its next LA health tech hangout on May 4 at 7pm. 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.

Past Meetups:

  • Chicago was buzzing last week, with Nerds traveling from near and far to attend HIMSS. It was great to catch up with folks at happy hours, runs, and more! Thank you to our friends at Redox for co-hosting our HIMSS happy hour and the squad from Boulder Health Tech for braving a chilly Chi-town morning on a 3 mile run!
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul got what might be the biggest MSP turnout together for a happy hour. In very mid-west fashion, the crew jumped in on the meat and cheese raffle!

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