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Welcome to the Weekly Gist, where we distill the latest healthcare news, trends and our conversations with industry leaders into actionable guidance for CEOs and senior executives.

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The Weekly Gist: The Telling It Like It Is Edition

Troubling reports from the worlds of military and veterans’ health, shenanigans in rural healthcare, and a leading transplant program stumbles. We unpack the psychology of America’s doctors, the future of physician practice. Plus, we share gun violence data and provoke some readers to angrily unsubscribe.
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The Weekly Gist: The Murmurs and Reckonings Edition

We read the tea leaves from remarks made by Alex Azar and Seema Verma about the future direction of health reform efforts and provide our own list of levers to reduce the cost of care. Also: data on the unsustainable burden of high-deductible plans, and the unusual prospect of genomic sequencing for all.
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The Weekly Gist: The Star Wars Edition

Big deals afoot among health systems: one moves to acquire a leading health plan; another doubles in size by taking over a postacute chain. Meanwhile, we take stock of Medicare innovation pilots, and share our favorite healthcare blogs to follow. Plus: high art and civilization!
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The Weekly Gist: The Birth and Death Edition

We begin with a birth announcement and end with a look at the funeral industry and its many parallels to healthcare. Between the bookends, hints at a new direction for CMS, and a must-read report from the other side of the pond on the many attempts to transform Britain’s strained National Health System.
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The Weekly Gist: The Big Brother Edition

Doctors push back against Medicare quality reporting mandates, and we put numbers to the toll “information-driven” practice is taking on doctors. Plus, an unsettling profile of the 1984-esque firm Palantir Technologies—and a lighthearted return to post-Stalinist Russia.
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