What is #TrumpCare

We all have concerns about what the new administration will do to our healthcare system which has been changing so rapidly for the last six years.  Will the train be derailed or is a switch coming?  Will Trump and the Republicans do as they have promised so many times and repeal and replace Obamacare, including its most popular aspects like coverage for adult children and an extra 20 million people who can get insurance, pre-existing conditions and the exchanges?  Let’s discuss in a tweetchat!

Moderated by Nicole Fisher, a leading healthcare policy thinker and attended by most of our MedMo16 Panel on the topic, this promises to be an interesting discussion.  Please join us!

Thanks to Jane Sarasohn-Khan  and Mandi Bishop, here is some excellent background reading:

Here are the topics we will be hitting:

T1 What IS #TRUMPCare? And do you think Trump, let alone voters, knew the plan before the election?

T2. Day 1 #TRUMPCare possibilities include repealing tax credits + Medicaid expansion + individual mandate. Who’s affected most, how?

T3. How will healthcare innovation and investment fare under #TrumpCare?

T4. How would Medicaid block-grant proposal work under #TRUMPCare – and what consequences will recipients face?

…and if we have time:

T5. How long do you think a Congressperson’s family would survive on 138% FPL + Medicaid? How can we make those types of families heard?

Follow the hashtag #TrumpCare or click here to join the conversation.

See you there!

Healthcare Innovation Rule # 9: Do One Thing Well


In preparation for our first full day event, Momentum 2015 we are writing out our ten secrets to Healthcare Innovation Success.

To Summarize where we are so far:

Rule # 10: “Be in the right Place

Rule #9:  “Do One Thing Well”

by Anthony Manson

After sitting in on 100’s of pitches in the past two years it constantly amazes me how much start-ups try to do. Like it is not hard enough to get one peice of digital health technology perfect. Everyone in healthcare whether a patient or provider or payor is beyond busy, if you try to make them take the time to figure it out or they aren’t sure in 10 seconds what they get out of it then, it won’t fly.

Google built the best search engine.
Facebook built the best social posting engine
Instagram built the best photo sharing app
Uber built the best car request app

As Steve Jobs said “it’s not deciding what to do, it is deciding what not to do” In our world more is not necessarily better. So make the hard decisions and don’t keep adding to your product wish list. Don’t be influenced by friends and colleagues who suggest additional things to do. Stay focused and prioritize.

The best example in our experience is Sonny Vu who we put on stage in 2012 at Ruby Skye at an event we called Healthcare Revolution.  He brought his Misfit Shine prototype and showed that healthcare wearables could be beautiful.  Three years later almost to the day he sold that company for 260M to Fossil.  So stay focused and make products people love and you will go far.

Show off your best at MedStartr Momentum 2015
Join us for MedStartr Momentum 2015 and show us what you have done so well.  The application to pitch deadline is Monday the 23rd, so don’t delay. Get your early bird discount tickets, learn more, or apply to get up front here.

Speakers include Regina Holliday (The Walking Gallery), Susannah Fox (CTO at HHS), Peter Frishauf (founded Medscape), Unity Stoakes (StartupHealth, Dawn Bell from Novartis, and over 15 more amazing partners, investors, stakeholders.

See you there!

Anthony and Alex

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