For health care startups looking to capture market attention, the climate has never been tougher.
According a recent article in the Independent and a report released last month by Seattle-based PitchBook, seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015. And the slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing.
With the growing uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid reform, and the ever-intensifying conversations around prescription drugs and pharmacy benefit managers we’re in an an extremely dynamic policy landscape that has the potential to transform the market opportunity. To stay ahead, health care startups have to have their fingers on the pulse of policy implications and how they impact the needs of their stakeholders and potential customers.
To ensure you are up to speed and speaking the same language as your would-be adopters, we’ve put together four top health policy resources that will keep you smart and informed.
Want to get your health wonk on? Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. Monthly issues are published in print, online and for tablets. Regular web-first articles are posted online before they appear in the monthly issue.
Widely read by health care executives, Modern Healthcare is the industry's leading source of business and policy news, research, and information. News and updates are offered in a weekly print magazine, website, e-newsletters, mobile products and events.
Kaiser Health News
Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN stories are published by news organizations throughout the country, and their site also features daily summaries of major health care news. They also produce the website and newsletters for California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.
The Healthcare Policy Podcast
Long commute or struggling to find time to read articles and newsletters? The Healthcare Policy Podcast website features audio interviews with health care policy experts on timely topics.
Among other topics, the podcast addresses:
- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
- Federal health care regulatory oversight, including the Centers For Medicare/Medicaid and the Food and Drug Administration.
- Health care research.
- Private-sector health care delivery reforms including access, reimbursement and quality issues.
- Public health issues, including the social determinants of health.
- Other federal Medicare and state Medicaid health care issues.
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