Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt Talks Graham-Cassidy And Need for Bipartisanship

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Sr. Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center on seeking sound health reform for all Americans. Mr. Slavitt analyzes the threats to health coverage under the Graham-Cassidy ACA replacement bill and the need to foster bipartisanship in health policy making.

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Trust for America’s Health CEO John Auerbach on Its Report Outlining America’s Obesity Epidemic

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with John Auerbach, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit dedicated to making sound health policy a national priority. He discusses their recent report on obesity in America, the dramatic cost to the health system caused by the prevalence of obesity, and the need to protect health coverage for millions of Americans in the ongoing health reform discussions.

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Is your State ready for the Hurricane? Dr Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Commissioner of Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Health Secretary on the state’s improved storm preparedness based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Gee talks about the newly created statewide data base of vulnerable patients, hospital evacuation plans and networked electronic health records as hedges against storm casualties, and how they are assisting Texas and Florida in the wake of two hurricanes. She also discusses the state’s improved primary care network after Governor Edwards expanded Medicaid.

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From Hurricane Harvey to Health Reform, Mike Consedine, CEO of National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Talks Challenges and Opportunities

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Mike Consedine, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners who regulate insurance matters in all fifty States. Mr. Consedine points to Hurricane Harvey as a solid reminder of the need for Congress to renew the National Flood Insurance Program, and talks about challenges Insurance Commissioners are facing in in light of uncertainty over health policy in Washington. He also addresses coming technology trends and cyber security threats to the industry.

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Medicaid Expert Matt Salo Discusses Looming Challenges for Nation’s Medicaid Directors

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Matt Salo, Executive Director of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors which represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial Medicaid Directors. Mr. Salo discusses Medicaid’s complex patient population of 76 million Americans, the impact of the ACA on the program, and how uncertainty over Washington health policy is cause for concern for those who administering the program.

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Health Tech Entrepreneur Dave Chase on Next Wave of Innovation to Disrupt Health Care

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dave Chase, CEO of the Health Rosetta institute and author of “The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream: How To Deliver World Class Health Care to Your Employees at Half the Cost”. Mr. Chase discusses the emerging high tech/high touch trend of Health 3.0, the need to pursue the ‘quadruple aim’ in health innovation and the growing influence of millennials in health care transformation.

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UCSF Computer Scientist Dr. Atul Butte, On Quest to Transform Health Care Through Big Data

This week, Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Atul Butte, the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor at the University of California, where he is Director of the Institute for Computational Sciences. Dr. Butte is spearheading new approaches to harnessing existing medical and research data to improve health care through more robust data analysis.

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Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Rucker discusses new pathways to achieving ONC’s goals of improved interoperability of health IT in health care.

 

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V-BID Health Co-Founder Dr. Mark Fendrik on Value Based Insurance Design

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak Dr. Mark Fendrick, co-creator of the concept of Value Based Insurance Design (V-BID) which seeks to re-structure health insurance design to pay more for high value health care that improves health and pay less for high cost, low yield health interventions. Dr. Fendrick discusses the launch of V-BID Health which is providing systems support for Tricare, Medicare Advantage and state employee insurance plans across the country and is gaining widespread bipartisan support in Congress.

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Dr. Anna Lembke author of “Drug Dealer MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard To Stop”

Anna LembkeThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anna Lembke, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and author of “Drug Dealer MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard To Stop.” She examines the dramatic rise in opioid prescriptions and overdoses and the role the health care industry is playing in this crisis.

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