These top health care tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on healthcare in Q3 2020
1. Bob Herman’s tweet on UnitedHealth’s most profitable quarter
Bob Herman, health care reporter at Axios, an online news media company, shared an article on UnitedHealth Group, a health insurance company, recording $6.6bn in profit in the second quarter, which is the highest quarterly profit registered by the company in its history.
Health insurers such as UnitedHealth and Optum were unaffected by the pandemic and registered profits as people postponed medical check-ups, which led to fewer medical claims.
UnitedHealth Group posted $6.6 billion of profit in its "COVID quarter." That obliterated Wall Street's projections and was by far the health care giant's most profitable quarter ever. https://t.co/KKoYpg24OD
— Bob Herman (@bobjherman) July 15, 2020
Username: Bob Herman
Twitter handle: @bobjherman
2. Charles Ornstein’s tweet on increased pressure on Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge
Charles Ornstein, managing editor at ProPublica, a non-profit organisation, shared an article on hospitals in Houston being overwhelmed due to surge in coronavirus cases by four times after Memorial Day.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, for example, ran out of medical staff and remdesivir drug used to treat Covid-19 positive cases. As the number of cases increased, dozens of patients were waiting to be transferred from the emergency room to intensive care.
Several hospital executives warned that the number of Covid-19 hospitalisations were growing at an alarming rate and placed huge strain on healthcare services, article added.
At Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, the medical staff ran out of both space for new coronavirus patients and remdesivir to treat them. A dozen COVID-19 patients who were in need of intensive care were stuck in the emergency room. Our story: https://t.co/enIgtHuz95
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) July 1, 2020
Username: Charles Ornstein
Twitter handle: @charlesornstein
3. Scott Gottlieb’s tweet on rise in hospitalisation rates
Scott Gottlieb, partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a venture capital firm, tweeted on surge in hospitalisation rates in the southern region of the US particularly among the vulnerable elderly population.
The influencer noted the coronavirus infection, which started among younger adults, has now reached older American people. Approximately, 40% of fatalities reported in Texas, for example, are associated with long-term facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Hospitalization rates are rising across the South; with higher positivity among older Americans as an epidemic that started in younger people expands into more vulnerable cohorts. Nearly 40% of Texas’ fatalities are residents of long-term care facilities. https://t.co/6q8skUPl8X pic.twitter.com/ORWvSWXFjl
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) July 12, 2020
Username: Scott Gottlieb
Twitter handle: @ScottGottliebMD
4. Andy Slavitt’s tweet on misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes
Andy Slavitt, chairman of the board at United States of Care, a non-profit health care organisation, shared an article on antipsychotic drugs being administered to nursing home residents despite the absence of psychosis, according a report by health researchers.
The report noted that citations for misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities rose by 200% under Barrack Obama’s administration, while those citations declined by 22% under Donald Trump’s administration.
According to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programme, misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes declined from 24% in 2021 to 14.3% in 2019 although this decline is not necessarily a positive sign. Nursing facilities may be reporting incorrect data and falsifying diagnosis, the article highlighted.
BREAKING: New study shows widespread ignored nursing home abuse. 295,000/week (20% of all residents) improperly received antipsychotic drugs.
Trump rolled back Obama era protections & reduced fines by 22%. 10% of the worst abuses received no fine. https://t.co/vuJ9oVKeA1
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡 (@ASlavitt) July 29, 2020
Username: Andy Slavitt
Twitter handle: @ASlavitt
5. Larry Levitt’s tweet on Joe Biden’s expanded Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Larry Levitt, an executive vice president at Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organisation, shared an article on Joe Biden’s health plan proposal. The influencer noted that Biden’s public option proposal has gained attention due to the extension of subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to people receiving employer coverage.
Biden’s ACA proposal helps middle income, older and rural people. It also enables more than 12 million people receiving employer insurance to save money by paying lower premiums.
Biden's public option proposal has gotten more attention, but his expansion of ACA premium subsidies could be an even bigger deal.
More than 12 million people with employer health insurance could save money. That's a group the ACA largely left out.https://t.co/sdQOhCLcmX
— Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) September 28, 2020
Username: Larry Levitt
Twitter handle: @larry_levitt
6. Dena Grayson’s tweet on pandemic leading to loss in healthcare insurance
Dena Grayson, founder of MedExpert Consulting, a biotechnology consulting firm, tweeted on how the Trump administration and the government of the US ensured the removal of individual mandate from Obamacare or ACA. The move led five million people to lose their healthcare coverage before the pandemic.
The pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs causing them to lose employer-based health insurance, he added.
Since then, MILLIONS lost their job and employer-based healthcare coverage.
VOTE THEM OUT. https://t.co/rxt8Go9ExI
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) September 9, 2020
Username: Dr. Dena Grayson
Twitter handle: @DrDenaGrayson
7. Luke Oakden-Rayner’s tweet on approval of reimbursement for AI-based stroke detection software
Luke Oakden-Rayner, medical imaging research director at Royal Adelaide Hospital, shared an article on the first reimbursement to be approved for using an artificial intelligence (AI) based software called contaCT to detect stroke. The CMS approved to reimburse health care providers with up to $1,000 per use of contaCT in patients.
Developed by Viz.ai, the software can detect blockages on brain CT and automatically sends the report to a neuro interventionalist avoiding the need for a radiologist.
"The medical #AI floodgates open, at a cost of $1000 per patient."
My new blog post on the unexpected, important, and controversial decision for Medicare in the US to pay up to $1000 per case for a #machinelearning model to detect stroke on CT scans.https://t.co/SWvwYuySDv pic.twitter.com/byxRVZzXLD
— Luke Oakden-Rayner (@DrLukeOR) September 6, 2020
Username: Luke Oakden-Rayner
Twitter handle: @DrLukeOR
8. Alex Azar’s tweet on Covid-19 testing system
Alex Azar, deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, tweeted on commercial labs delivering Covid-19 test results on time. He noted that the Trump administration has improved Covid-19 testing system since the pandemic first began.
The test results from commercial labs were returned within three days to patients or healthcare providers in 97% of the cases, he added.
UPDATE: Over the past 7 days, 97% of commercial lab test results were returned to patients or healthcare providers within 3 days of the test being ordered. The Trump Administration continues to work to build and improve our world-leading COVID-19 testing system.
— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) September 9, 2020
Username: Secretary Alex Azar
Twitter handle: @SecAzar
9. Dan Diamond’s tweet on US President Donald Trump’s healthcare policies
Dan Diamond, health policy reporter at Politico, an online news media, shared an article on US President Donald Trump singing an executive order to help healthcare providers in rural areas.
The new health policies are aimed at boosting rural healthcare and telehealth including reduction in drug prices, financial incentives for rural healthcare providers, and permanent telehealth payment policies.
The “full and complete” health plan that Trump has been teasing is likely the rural health plan he’s set to announce at 5 pm today – which is not his promised Obamacare replacement.
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) August 3, 2020
Username: Dan Diamond
Twitter handle: @ddiamond
10. André Picard’s tweet on investigation into Covid-19 cases in long-term care homes
André Picard, health columnist at The Globe and Mail, an online news portal, shared an article on the CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Doris Grinspun, dropping her support to the Ford government’s investigation into the rising number of Covid-19 cases in long-term care homes.
Grinspun suggested that the government should focus on increasing staffing and supply of personal protective equipment to care homes. She also noted that each home should be staffed with one nurse practitioner per 120 residents apart from a nurse specialising in infection control.
CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario @DorisGrinspun no longer supports the Ford government’s independent commission into long-term care, by @l_stone https://t.co/nATJYLjspy via @globeandmail @RNAO #Covid19 #onpoli #cdnhealth #LTC
— André Picard (@picardonhealth) July 20, 2020
Username: André Picard
Twitter handle: @picardonhealth