On Tuesday, October 6, Axios' Erica Pandey hosted a conversation on how business dynamics have shifted and how companies are building capacity for ongoing change, featuring MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall, Clorox Senior Vice President Troy Datcher and Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson.

Roger Crandall discussed MassMutual’s transition to remote work and its capacity for change and innovation during the pandemic.

  • On innovating during the pandemic: “We are absolutely moving forward right now…We pivoted [the LifeBridge program] to a program we call HealthBridge, giving free life insurance to frontline health care workers.”
  • On MassMutual’s larger purpose and his Business Roundtable membership: “We see the racial injustice going on in the country...We think business has to do something about it. So I’m really proud that MassMutual is very actively involved in that effort.”
  • Read more: MassMutual CEO shares concerns on remote work for younger employees

Troy Datcher unpacked Clorox’s growth and the unprecedented demand for its disinfecting products throughout the pandemic.

  • "We manufactured over 450 cleaning items before the pandemic, and today we produce 45...We first and foremost looked at those items that provided disinfecting properties."
  • On continuing to grow: Partnerships with folks like United Airlines, Uber and AMC theaters give confidence to people as they leave their home to go out into their communities. Clorox is growing and helping to provide a safer environment for them.

Doctor on Demand CEO Hill Ferguson discussed the effect of the pandemic on telemedicine and the realization that held beliefs about patient care aren’t always true.

  • "It's pulled our industry forward by a number of years...What's happened has been far more than just the coronavirus. The whole industry has changed."
  • On health care that could move permanently online: “We were seeing strong growth coming into the pandemic with our mental health practice. It’s only going to continue...Most people feel more comfortable talking to a therapist from their home.
  • Read more: Doctor on Demand CEO: COVID has changed the telehealth industry

Axios Chief People Officer Dominique Taylor hosted a View from the Top segment with Boston Consulting Group Managing Director and Senior Partner Luke Pototschnik who discussed the acceleration of trends, like online penetration, and strategic moments for change brought on by the pandemic.

  • On taking back control of this moment: “I think leveraging funding from inside the organization to fund top line growth is where companies are getting back on the offense.”
  • On how larger organizations can move quickly in this moment: “Appoint chief transformation officers, oftentimes reporting to the CEO, that have the ability to look across the organization and help make decisions quickly.”
  • “Transformation is no longer an event. Really, it needs to be an ongoing capability.”

Thank you Boston Consulting Group for sponsoring this event.

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Watch: Solving for health equities

On Wednesday, October 7, Axios' Caitlin Owens hosted a conversation on how the pandemic has worsened social and racial inequities in the American health care system, featuring Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.).

Rep. Markwayne Mullin discussed disparities in healthcare for Native Americans, who largely rely on Indian Health Service hospitals for care. Mullin, who is Cherokee, noted that Native Americans have been disproportionately hit with COVID-19.

  • On the need for health data sharing between the federal government and the Indian Health Service: The IHS should have the same access to data as states. Without it, we’re essentially running blind and not able to learn and improve how we treat COVID-19.
  • On steps Congress can take to fix these health disparities:
    • Data sharing
    • Expand telemedicine care, especially for rural communities
    • Expand education
    • Get IHS fully funded
  • Read more: Indian Health Service fights coronavirus with fewer services

Rep. Raul Ruiz unpacked the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on essential workers, like Latino farm workers, who have high occupational risk hazards and few workplace protections.

Axios Co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei hosted a View from the Top segment with Humana Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer Dr. William H. Shrank who discussed Humana’s approach to health care, most notably their value-based care outcomes.

  • On the importance of social context when understanding health care outcomes: “We have a long history of partnering deeply in communities and trying to address social context needs, whether it’s social isolation, housing problems, food insecurity...we are focusing on reducing those disparities and promoting equity.”
  • On value-based care outcomes: The approach is to realign the way in which we pay our providers so that we reward them for delivering the outcomes that patients want...for taking care of people upfront and keeping them as healthy as possible.

Thank you Humana for sponsoring this event.

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Biden has huge cash advantage over Trump as Election Day nears

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month, as campaigning enters the final stretch ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.