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Health Care Rounds Podcast

Jan 22, 2020

Health Care Rounds is a weekly podcast developed for health care leaders who are at the forefront of health care delivery and payment reform.

Join Darwin Research Group founder and CEO John Marchica as he discusses the latest advancements in health care business news and policy developments. John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and is leading ongoing research initiatives on health care delivery systems and value-based care.

Podcast 95: Recognizing True Value in Health Care with Gail Zahtz

This week, John speaks with Gail Zahtz about the intersection of system’s design and value in healthcare. They discuss what health systems can learn from Covid-19, the true meaning of value, and what it takes to achieve better patient outcomes. At Center’s Healthcare — one of the largest post-acute providers in New York — Zahtz leads their efforts to improve care by executing better designed solutions. Zahtz shares her positive outlook on how our health care professionals are responding to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and recognizes their dedicated, hard work during this time. Zahtz also talks about her personal experiences in health care, which has uncovered her true passion for the industry. 

Podcast 94: Using AI to Improve Clinical Outcomes with Stefan Behrens, PhD

This week, John sits down with Stefan Behrens, PhD, co-founder and CEO of GYANT, an artificial intelligence (AI) driven chat tool to help steer patients to the appropriate site of care. Stefan talks about how AI can improve clinical outcomes, and can help health systems and payers lower costs. Most recently, the GYANT architecture is helping triage patients suspected of contracting COVID-19 at some of the nation’s prominent health systems, including Intermountain.

Podcast 93: A True Outlook on American Health Insurance with Christopher Robertson

Today on Health Care Rounds, we welcome Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. With his diverse background in law and economics, Chris offers a unique and thoughtful perspective on the American health care system. In this episode, he offers unique insights about the unwarranted effects of co-pays and co-insurance on health care utilization and quality of care. John and Chris also discuss COVID-19 and the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic here and abroad. Chris is the author of Exposed: Why Our Health Insurance is Incomplete and What can be Done About It, recently published by Harvard University Press.

Podcast 92: A Reliable Home Health Care with Assaf Shalvi

This week, John speaks with Assaf Shalvi, CEO and co-founder of Swift Shift. In the creation of his business, Shalvi focuses on the demand for efficiency in home health care. He strives to improve the management and quality of the industry through partnerships of home care providers and health plans. This episode recognizes the common barriers of low caregiver presence in home health care while uncovering the arising opportunities in recreating a more reliable model. Shalvi talks about the efforts Swift Shift makes toward enhancing the employee experience and driving success with data and analytics.     

Podcast 91: What it’s Like to be an American Physician Practicing in Canada, with Dr. Peter Cram

In this week’s Health Care Rounds, John sits down with Dr. Peter Cram, Director of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Sinai Health System in Toronto. John and Peter discuss the similarities and differences between the U.S and Canada in health care delivery. Having trained and practiced in both the U.S. and Canada — and as a leading health care services researcher — Dr. Cram offers key insights and lessons about health care delivery and payment reform that health care leaders on both sides of the border will appreciate.

Podcast 90: Preventing Physician Burnout Through Improved EHRs with Dr. Scott Weingarten

Today on Health Care Rounds, John speaks with Dr. Scott Weingarten, CEO of Stanson Health and former Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He discusses the future of improving patient satisfaction and the prevention of physician burnout with new technology in electronic health records. Dr. Weingarten also touches on the development of next generation clinical decision support with an emphasis on creating valuable patient-provider relationships in order to improve overall patient quality. 

Podcast 89: Driving Success in Population Health with Dr. Arshad Rahim

Today, John speaks with Dr. Arshad Rahim, a practicing physician and expert in population health and quality improvement at Mount Sinai Health System. He shares with us critical success factors in population health and value based care, and demonstrates his passion for driving patient quality. Dr. Rahim also speaks on the topics of physician engagement and the relationship between centralizing costs and utilization.

Podcast 88: Solutions in Health Care Communication with Brian Peet & Dr. Christian Annese

We sat down with the CEO and Co-Founder of DocCom, a digital platform teaching online communication skills for health care providers, to discuss the barriers faced in health care communication. Brian Peet and Dr. Christian Annese explain the motivation behind DocCom and discuss the born inspiration behind StatChat, a new application which enables health care providers to instantly and securely communicate information through mobile and desktop devices. Peet and Annese both express their passions for the future of health care while bringing overall value into the field. To track the launch of StatChat, visit StatChat.com or any of their social media platforms.

Podcast 87: Issues in Health Care Affordability with Dr. Mark Briesacher

This week’s guest is Dr. Mark Briesacher, Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive for Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Briesacher touches on the values of Intermountain Healthcare and explains the secret behind becoming a leading integrated health system in the United States. Briesacher holds a heavy experience in the podcast community and explains his inspiration behind his creation of Intermountain’s podcast. He also discusses the estimated future affordability of healthcare and reveals Intermountain’s aspiration to become one of those providers

Podcast 86: Innovating in Healthcare Communication with Chris Cullmann

John hosts an intriguing discussion with special guest Chris Cullmann, an expert strategist in digital marketing for healthcare and pharmaceutical brands. Cullmann speaks on the unrecognized opportunities of EHR systems as well as the wide variety of value concepts in healthcare. His expression for innovation in healthcare communication is unmatched and he shares with us his advice for implementing a successful communication strategy from a pharma marketers’ perspective. 

Podcast 85: Discussing VA Health Care with Dr. David Shulkin

This week John speaks with Dr. David Shulkin, former US Secretary for Veterans Affairs and Chief Innovation Officer for Sanford Health. Dr. Shulkin shares with us his passion for the advocacy of veterans and the importance of public transparency. He speaks on the impact of behavioral health in veterans and shares what he worked on to address this problem. He also discusses his new book, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country; Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans.

Podcast 84: Driving Value Through Perioperative Medicine with Dr. Zeev Kain

If you're like most people, you probably don't know the first thing about perioperative medicine. We didn't either, until John sat down with Dr. Zeev Kain, the founder and president of the American College of Perioperative Medicine. We learned that this emerging field of medicine holds a lot of promise for improving surgical outcomes, lowering costs, and increasing patient satisfaction.

Podcast 83: The Future of Health Care with Dr. Robert Pearl

It’s the question on everyone’s mind — at least those in health care — what’s wrong with our health care system and how do we fix it? This week, John sits down with Dr. Robert Pearl, host of the popular health care podcast, Fixing Healthcare, for a fascinating discussion. Dr. Pearl was formerly CEO of Permanente Medical Group, one of the largest physician practices in the U.S. and which consistently ranks in the top 10 programs for clinical quality by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Podcast 82: Curing Medicare with the Running Doc Unhinged

This week, we close out Season 2 of Health Care Rounds with Dr. Andy Lazris. A board-certified internist, Dr. Lazris’ private practice, Columbia, Md.-based Personal Physician Care, is dedicated to providing individualized and comprehensive care for its patients. We found Dr. Lazris on YouTube where he’s better known as the Running Doc Unhinged. Listen today and learn about common sense medical practice reforms and why aging patients need to be cared for differently — and better — than they are today.

Episode 81: Our Take, November 11, 2019

Haven, the joint venture between Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway, is making its first move as a disrupter in the health care space by offering health plans to 30,000 JPMorgan employees in Ohio and Arizona. In this week’s Our Take read-in, John discusses the move, along with what’s happening with Google. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 80: Our Take, November 4, 2019

In this week’s Our Take read-in, we’re covering the latest changes happening at Walgreens, including reducing their footprint and reimagining how they engage with consumers. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Podcast 79: Strategies for Health Care Innovation with Naomi Fried, Ph.D.

This week on Health Care Rounds, Darwin Research Group CEO John Marchica sits down with Naomi Fried, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Health Innovation Strategies. Dr. Fried brings a wealth of experience in understanding how companies affect change, from her tenure as vice president of innovation and external partnerships at Biogen to heading up innovation and technology efforts at Kaiser Permanente.

Episode 78: Our Take, October 28, 2019

In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest events in Biogen, involving their second life for aducanumab. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 77: Our Take, October 21, 2019

In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest events in the Sutter Health antitrust trial. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Podcast 76: High-performing organizations with Brian Klepper, EVP, The Valuation Institute

Everyone says that they are a high-performing organization, but which ones really are? Which health care organizations have proven to deliver better outcomes at lower costs? This week, John sits down with the dynamic Brian Klepper, Ph.D., executive vice president of The Valuation Institute. Brian offers examples of unusually high-performing health care organizations and the secrets to their success.

Episode 75: Our Take, October 14, 2019

In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the proposed rules to ease restrictions imposed by Stark Law, anti-kickback statute. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 74: Our Take, October 7, 2019

In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest results from the Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO data, just released last week. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 73: Our Take, September 30, 2019

In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the antitrust trial for Sutter Health, and implications for future health system mergers. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 72: Reinventing the PBM Model with A.J. Loiacono

Several weeks ago we reported on Capital Rx, a new PBM with a “clearinghouse model” designed to eliminate spread pricing and price variability, and promote greater transparency. This week, John sits down with A.J. Loic0no, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of Capital Rx. Listen in and learn about what’s wrong with pharmaceutical pricing and how A.J. intends to fix it.

Episode 71: Our Take, September 23, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss hospital market concentrations and their association with DOJ investigations and inpatient prices. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 70: Our Take, September 16, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, we review value-based payment models in oncology. If this is your field, this episode is one you don’t want to miss.  To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 69: Our Take, September 9, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, here’s the lead: “A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to Oklahoma for creating a ‘public nuisance.’ The state had sought $17.5 billion in a lawsuit against J&J, contending that the company had engaged in misleading marketing and contributed to the opioid epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than 6,000 Oklahomans. J&J plans to appeal, and the company’s shares rose in after-hours trading on the day of the ruling, suggesting that investors believed the outcome could have been much worse.”  To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 68: Our Take, August 26, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, here’s our lead story: Good Neighbor Pharmacy tops the list of chain drugstores in customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by J.D. Power and Associates. The network of independent pharmacies received the highest overall score among brick-and-mortar chain store pharmacies, with a score of 914 out of 1,000 possible points, followed by Health Mart (893), Rite Aid Pharmacy (865), Walgreens (840), and CVS (834). To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 67: Our Aging Crisis with Bob Roth

This week, Bob Roth returns to Our Take to discuss America’s growing aging population and implications for ignoring what he calls the Aging Crisis. Bob’s passion for caring for the elderly stems from his personal experience with his own mother, which led to the creation of Cypress HomeCare Solutions, the Roth family business. Listen to the elder care issues Bob is calling out—and what we need to do about it.

Episode 66: Our Take, August 19, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss Commercial Accountable Care Organizations, including updates on programs from UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and Anthem. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 65: Our Take, August 12, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, “The FDA announced Tuesday that Novartis submitted the drug application for Zolgensma, the company’s novel gene therapy treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, with manipulated data. The FDA said it is assessing the matter and ‘remains confident’ that the gene therapy will continue to be available to patients.” To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Episode 64: Our Take, August 5, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss several CMS initiatives announced last Monday. The email version of Our Take includes several important links to other final and proposed rules from CMS.

Episode 63: Our Take, July 29, 2019

In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss a bipartisan bill to lower drug prices that cleared a Senate committee. On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee voted 19-9 to advance a bill proposed by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that includes numerous provisions to lower drug prices.
The bill, called the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) of 2019, is likely to undergo considerable changes before it reaches the Senate floor for a full vote — if it gets that far.

Episode 62: Behavioral Health & Mobile Apps with Dr. Julie Kinn

In this week’s episode, John sits with military psychologist Dr. Julie Kinn to talk about the latest behavioral health mobile apps and online resources developed by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Dr. Kinn discusses how DHA’s technology combats the stigma present around behavioral health issues so that both veterans and civilians are more inclined to seek care.

Episode 61: Our Take, July 22, 2019

In this week’s episode, we focus on Intermountain Healthcare’s announcement that it has formed a “comprehensive health platform company focused on elevating value-based care capabilities.” The new organization, named Castell, will be led by Rajesh Shrestha as president and CEO. Shrestha will continue to serve as vice president and chief operating officer of Community Based Care for Intermountain.

Episode 60: Our Take, July 15, 2019

Last Tuesday, three judges from the federal appeals court in New Orleans heard oral arguments regarding the ruling made last December in Texas v. United States. The district judge overseeing the case ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and, therefore, the entire ACA must be overturned. This week’s Our Take discusses what happened during oral arguments and what’s expected next.

Episode 59: Improving Healthcare Through Grassroots Initiatives with Craig Brammer

CMS’ Innovation Center has, through federal grants, helped states address specific population health needs. But what happens when entrepreneurs take healthcare improvement seriously, and are able to find innovative ways to align partnerships to effect change? This week, John sits down with Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative and President & CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. Craig is an inspirational leader—helping to create change at the national level driven by grassroots efforts of local healthcare leaders.

Episode 58: Our Take, July 1, 2019

In this week’s episode, we focus on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments from health insurers, who claim $12.3 billion in losses after the federal government reneged on payments owed to certain payers under provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Business leaders, including the Chamber of Commerce, had urged the court to review an appellate court ruling in June 2018 that Health and Human Services is not obligated to make risk corridor payments to insurers.

Episode 57: Frontiers in International Medicine with Dr. Heitham Hassoun

Why are integrated health systems and academic medical centers increasing their focus on international medicine? What lessons can we learn from our colleagues abroad? Find out this week as John sits down with Dr. Heitham Hassoun, vice president and medical director for Cedars-Sinai International Health and Telemedicine.

Episode 56: Our Take, June 24, 2019

In this week’s episode, John shares some of the results from our fifth annual ACO Executive Survey.

Episode 55: Our Take, June 17, 2019

In this week’s episode, John reviews some of the lessons learned from ExL’s 13th Partnering with ACOs & IDNs Summit, which took place in Boston, June 10-11.

Episode 54: Building an in-house specialty pharmacy within an IDN with Brett McClain

This week, John sits down with Brett McClain, chief operating officer for Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where he recently oversaw the launch of Dignity’s systemwide specialty pharmacy. Brett speaks to the development of the specialty pharmacy through a strategic partnership, how pharma engages with his health system, the Dignity-CHI merger, and more.

Episode 53: Our Take, June 10, 2019

In this week’s episode, John reviews CVS’ move to expand its HealthHub stores to 1,500 by the end of 2021. HealthHub stores have expanded space for health-related products and larger health clinics with a lab for blood testing and screening. They also have a general wellness room used for yoga classes and educational events.

Episode 52: Our Take, June 3, 2019

In this week’s episode, John reviews Novartis’ new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, priced at more than $2.1 million. ICER, a nonprofit research institute that evaluates the cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals, said Novartis’ price is within the upper bound of the organization’s value-based price benchmark range.

Episode 51: Three Dartmouth Guys Talk Health Care

This week, John sits down with Dr. David Radley, senior scientist for The Commonwealth Fund, and Dr. Trafford Crump, assistant professor at the University of Calgary.

Episode 50: Our Take May–Part 2

In this week’s episode, John talks about the latest bombshell lawsuit filed by 44 states accusing Teva and other generic drugmakers of price fixing.

Episode 49: Our Take May–Part 1

In this week’s episode, John talks EHRs and physician burnout, prescription drug prices in TV ads, and more.

Episode 48: John Takes the Mic

Analysts and consultants often make predictions about where markets are headed. In this week’s episode, John goes back five years and reviews what he first wrote about accountable care organizations and the value-based care movement.

Episode 47: Our Take April–Part 2

In this episode, John discusses Our Take on health care news in the first half of April 2019. He covers the Times/ProPublica report on Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the proposed merger between Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health, and other top stories through April 15.

Episode 46: Breakthroughs in Cancer Research with Dr. David Hong Part 2

In this week’s episode, John has a fascinating conversation with UT MD Anderson cancer researcher Dr. David Hong, discussing go/no-go decisions in clinical trials, interchangeability of oncology drugs and biosimilars, declining trust in pharmaceutical companies, and more.

Episode 45: Our Take April–Part 1

In this episode, John discusses Our Take on health care news in the first half of April 2019. He covers the Times/ProPublica report on Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the proposed merger between Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health, and other top stories through April 15.

Episode 44: Breakthroughs in Cancer Research with Dr. David Hong

In this week’s episode, John has a fascinating conversation with UT MD Anderson cancer researcher Dr. David Hong, discussing industry-researcher partnerships, personalized medicine, and the rising importance of immunotherapy in cancer care.

Episode 43: Our Take March–Part 2

In this week’s episode, John reviews some pharma breakthroughs—along with one major setback—and discusses the bold statement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Episode 42: JeffConnect, On-Demand Telehealth with Frank Sites

In today’s podcast, John Marchica sites down with the Director of Telehealth and of JeffConnect at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Mr. Frank Sites. Frank has decades of experience in this space and shares with us just what it took to get JeffConnect to become the robust telehealth program that it is today.

Episode 41: Our Take March–Part 1

In this episode, John reviews what happened in the world of health care this past week, specifically the results of a study published on March 11 in the JAMA Internal Medicine on Home Health and how it can provide a significant amount of savings when compared to other discharge locations.

Episode 40: Partnering with IDNs and ACOs, with Scott Hylla, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

In this episode, John Marchica speaks with Scott Hylla, Director of Health Systems and Managed Markets with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Scott and John discuss the state of pharma-IDN partnerships, pharma attitudes toward ACOs, and the future of industry-provider relations.

Episode 39: Our Take December–Part 3

In this episode, John takes a look back on the year of 2018 and gives you his top five health care stories of the year, as well as a few honorable mentions and a few of the worst health policy ideas.

Episode 38: Our Take December–Part 2

In this episode, John gives his insight on recent developments on one of this year’s trending healthcare topics, pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) and pharmaceutical rebates.

Episode 37: Our Take December–Part 1

In this episode, John walks us through the recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions that are coming to a close and only recently announced at the end of 2018.

Episode 36: Our Take November–Part 2

In this episode, John discusses our take specifically on the news of the results from the Johns Hopkins care management program, Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership. Coming up will be our season finale, so stay around this Holiday season for John's take on Health Care Rounds.

Episode 35: Happy Thanksgiving, 2018!

Have a festive Thanksgiving from all of us at Health Care Rounds Podcast!

Episode 34: Our Take November–Part 1

In this episode, John discusses our take on health care news surrounding the midterm elections and how this will affect health care going forward.

Episode 33: A Review on exl's 12th Partnering with ACOs and IDNs Summit

John is taking the helm this week to share his experience presenting at a conference last week, and the lessons he learned from two days of sessions. We will return to our regular format next week. The conference, exl’s 12th Partnering with ACOs and IDNs Summit, included about 100 people, mostly represented by pharma, ACOs and health systems.

Episode 32: Our Take October–Part 3

In this episode, John discusses our take on health care news in the last week of October. He covers President Trump’s proposed change on how Medicare pays for certain drugs, based on an international pricing index of drugs.

Episode 31: Our Take October–Part 2

John discusses our take on health care news in the second half of October. He covers how CVS and Aetna have made a big step towards completing their merger, as well as a new proposed rule by CMS regarding transparency of pricing in drug advertisements.

Episode 30: Northwell Health’s Successful Rebranding with Mr. Ramon Soto

In this episode, John Marchica sits down at the table with Mr. Ramon Soto, Northwell Health’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Mr. Soto came to what was formerly known as the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System after 7 years of unsuccessful deliberations on how to rebrand the system. In the interview, he touches upon how marketing is much more than “what looks good” and using market analytics as a driver to a more consumer-centric health system.

Episode 29: Our Take October–Part 1

John discusses our take on health care news in the first half of October, specifically commenting on the recent movements of multiple significant health systems.

Episode 28: LifeBridge Health’s Focus on Community with Neil Meltzer

What’s it like competing for business as an integrated delivery system—sandwiched eight miles between the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Health System—in a global budget environment within the state of Maryland? Find out this week in John’s conversation with LifeBridge Health CEO Neil Meltzer, a dynamic and inspirational leader serving his community and the stakeholders of LifeBridge with purpose.

Episode 27: Our Take September–Part 2

John discusses our take on the important health care news that occurred in the second half of September. Our main stories this episode include the creation of OneOncology, a merger of three oncology groups, and a suit on the alleged illegal kickbacks regarding the prescription of Humira.

Episode 26: Medumo, a Novel Patient Portal, with Dr. Adeel Yang

In this podcast, John Marchica has Dr. Adeel Yang at the table to discuss his newest venture, Medumo. Medumo’s CareTours™ are digital "instructional pathways" that healthcare providers can rapidly customize to guide patients throughout treatments and procedures in the most effective, scalable way possible. Medumo was highlighted at the Connected Health Conference in 2017, looking at “Digital Health Startups Working with Large Health Systems - Lessons Learned.”

Episode 25: Our Take September–Part 1

John shares a special our take on the trove of changes that occurred in the world of ACOs this past week.

Episode 24: Our Take August–Part 2

John shares our take on what happened in health care at the end of August including the NYU at the frontier of offering free tuition to medical students, as well as how a few Republican senators have introduced legislation to protect Affordable Care Act’s provisions for people with pre-existing conditions.

Episode 23: Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Health Care Rounds Podcast!

Episode 22: Insights into Canada’s Health Care with Trafford Crump, PhD and Dr. Paul Woods

In this podcast, John Marchica discusses the intricacies of Canadian health care with his old colleagues, Trafford Crump, PhD and Paul Woods, MD, MS. Canada’s health care system is about 70% federally funded and is experiencing the same health care trends of an aging population and attempts to move towards a value-based care model.

Episode 21: Our Take August–Part 1

John shares our take on what happened in health care at the beginning of August including extended coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as well as a new direct-to-employer contract between Henry Ford Health System and General Motors.

Episode 20: Our Take July–Part 3

John shares our take on what happened in health care at the end of July, including how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing both a rule for site-neutral payments, as well as potentially more 340B cuts.

Episode 19: Functional Wellbeing with Sean Sullivan

In this podcast, John Marchica has a conversation with Sean Sullivan, JD on the need to address not just physical wellness in the workforce, but also its wellbeing. Sean and John speak on the growing trend of value-based care, not just in the United States, but also internationally.

Episode 18: Our Take July–Part 2

John shares our take on the second half of July, including how the Trump administration continues to take aim at Obamacare, and that Stark and other anti-kickback laws may be obsolete in a value-based world.

Episode 17: Social Determinants of Health with Joshua Lenchus

Running a safety net hospital is challenging, especially when it comes to population health initiatives. In this episode, Dr. Lenchus and John Marchica discuss the resources needed to secure a healthy population due to social determinants of health.

Episode 16: Our Take July–Part 1

John shares our take on the first half of July, including CMS’s decision to green-light a Medicaid value-based drug plan, and how JJMDC added a collaboration with Mercy to its list of partnerships designed to improve patient care.

Episode 15: Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Health Care Rounds Podcast!

Episode 14: Our Take June–Part 2

John shares our take on the second half of June, including the decision of a federal appeals court regarding risk corridor payments, and the announcement of the new CEO for the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture.

Episode 13: Advantages of Telehealth with Dr. Suzanne Shugg

Dr. Suzanne Shugg, CEO and Co-Founder of Teleplus Healthcare, teaches us how telehealth is helping battle hurdles of compliance and education, especially in the rural and senior communities.

Episode 12: Our Take June–Part 1

John shares our take on the first half of June which includes how New Jersey recently mandated health insurance starting in 2019, and what the increase in payer-provider partnerships means.

Episode 11: The Aging Population with Bob Roth

Bob Roth, Managing Partner of Cypress HomeCare Solutions, discusses the importance of providing home care for our growing aging population, the home health and home care market as it is defined now, and what we can do looking forward.

Episode 10: A Discussion on Home Health Care

In this episode, John walks us through how home health care came to be, the differences between home health care, private duty, and hospice, and the impending importance it has for the future as we live longer lives.

Episode 9: Our Take May–Part 2

To all of our listeners, we hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! In this episode, John shares an abbreviated our take on the second part of May focused on FDA and CMS's take on lowering drug prices.

Episode 8: Our Take May–Part 1

John shares our take on the first half of May which includes the proposal by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to scale back its quality measures for fiscal year 2019 and the current administration’s “blueprint” to tackle soaring prescription drug prices.

Episode 7: Behavioral Economics with Dr. Allen Weiss–Part 2

Dr. Allen Weiss, President and CEO of NCH Healthcare System, talks about health care system trends and imparts his advice to new physician residents. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 6: Behavioral Economics with Dr. Allen Weiss–Part 1

Dr. Allen Weiss, President and CEO of NCH Healthcare System, shares the importance of behavioral economics at NCH Healthcare System and Naples’ Blue Zones Project. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 5: Our Take April–Part 2

John shares our take on the second half of April highlighting the health of Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the current administration and Humana’s statement to acquire and merge Curo Health with Kindred Healthcare.

Episode 4: Our Take April–Part 1

John shares our take on the first half of April highlighting Walmart’s talks to acquire Humana, and California suing Sutter Health.

Episode 3: Commonwealth Primary Care ACO with Dr. Curtis Page & Lance Donkerbrook–Part 3

Dr. Curtis Page and Lance Donkerbrook share insights on Commonwealth Primary Care ACO and more. This is Part 3 of 3.

Episode 2: Commonwealth Primary Care ACO with Dr. Curtis Page & Lance Donkerbrook–Part 2

Lance Donkerbrook, CIO of Commonwealth Primary Care ACO, shares insights on Commonwealth in relation to recent policy changes and HIMSS 2018. This is Part 2 of 3.

Episode 1: Commonwealth Primary Care ACO with Dr. Curtis Page & Lance Donkerbrook–Part 1

Dr. Curtis Page, President and CEO of Commonwealth Primary Care ACO, shares insights on what is an ACO and about Commonwealth. This is Part 1 of 3.

Episode 0: Health Care Rounds – Trailer

From Darwin Research Group HQ, we welcome you to our table to discuss health policy and business issues, and to hear the opinions of today’s leading health care experts.

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Produced and Edited by: Jazmyn Ledford and Erica DeStories
Theme Music by: John Marchica
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