Federation of American Hospitals CEO Chip Kahn Speculates On Health Industry Changes Under GOP Health Reform

Chip KahnThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals which represents over a thousand of the nation’s owner-operated hospitals. The long time health industry strategist speculates on changes to health coverage for millions of Americans under the GOP health reform bill, and what it might mean for the hospital industry and health care in this country.

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Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America

Paul GionfriddoThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to advancing access to mental services for all Americans. He discusses the need to change the nation’s response to mental illness from a public safety to a public health approach.

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Dental Assistant Recognition Week

This week is Dental Assistant Recognition Week, and I welcome it as an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by each and every dental assistant at Community Health Center, Inc.

Dental assistants perform a variety of basic patient care duties and assist dentists during many clinical procedures. In fact, they are the member of the dental team with the most diverse set of duties. They work hard to make sure patients feel comfortable and at ease throughout their experience.

It’s important to recognize and appreciate their hard work and attention to detail because they are often the team members who spend the most time with our patients. With so many people apprehensive about a visit to the dentist, we are fortunate that our dental assistants at Community Health Center, Inc. are sensitive and understanding to the patient needs.

All of us at Community Health Center, Inc. would like to extend a warm thank you and recognize each of the hardworking and dedicated dental assistants across our agency for an excellent patient care.

We are so proud of you and the commitment you exhibit every day and thank you all.

Sheela Tummala, Chief Dental Officer

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Bipartisan Policy Center Health Policy Director Katherine Hayes Discusses GOP Health Reform Implications

Katherine HayesThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Katherine Hayes, Director of Health Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which has issued a report to Congress urging them to move slowly on repeal of safety net programs supported by the ACA. She warns that states and vulnerable populations will suffer consequences under repeal of support for CHIP as well as federal matching grants for the Medicaid expansion.

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E Healthcare’s ‘Interoperability Guru’ Keith Boone Talks Health IT and Coming Advances

Keith BooneThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Keith Boone, “Interoperability Guru” at GE Health Care. Mr. Boone discusses his work developing standards for health information technology as a board member at HL7 International, and how HL7’s new FHIR standards, as well as growth of Accountable Care Organizations, will accelerate the pace of interoperability in health care.

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Indiana Secretary of Social Services Dr. Jennifer Walthall Discusses Health Care Transformation Thought Medicaid Expansion and Waivers

Jennifer WalthallThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Jennifer Walthall, Indiana’s Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program. She discusses their unique approach to expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of residents, as well as the state’s comprehensive response to the spike in opioid and HIV cases.

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Sr. Director at Pew Charitable Trusts, Allan Coukell, Discusses Opportunities for FDA Reform

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Allan Coukell, Sr. Director for Health Programs at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he oversees the FDA, drug and medical device safety and the opioid crisis.  He discusses suggested changes to the FDA made by the Trump Administration, and how best to promote reforms at the US Food and Drug Administration to better respond to 21st century advances in research and discovery.

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GOP Health Economist Dr. Gail Wilensky Explores the Future of Health Reform under the Trump Administration

Gail WilenskyThis week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Affairs at Project Hope, GOP health economist and former Administrator for the Health Care Financing Administration under President George H. W. Bush. Dr. Wilensky examines the likely changes coming to the Affordable Care Act under the Trump Administration and GOP-controlled Congress.

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt-An art show to benefit New Horizons

There is an unfortunate atmosphere of hatred in our country today.  It is invading our cities, towns, homes and social media outlets.   The hatred is easy to get caught up in, almost impossible to ignore.  Regardless of political affiliation or belief system, the environment of toxicity is wearing thin on most.  I encounter people all day long, every day, who are feeling angry, overwhelmed, in fear and traumatized.  We must be reminded to take a break, take a step back from the hate, and to take a step toward love.

In that regard, I invite you to take a step toward love, friendship, and  peace. I invite you to join us for a night of live music, great food, fun, friends, beautiful art, and LOVE.  We will be hosting a silent auction Art Show, Love Shouldn’t Hurt, at MAC650 Gallery in Middletown, CT on February 10th from 5 – 7 p.m…  This event is being held to support New Horizons domestic violence services, and to raise funds and awareness about intimate partner violence.

Now, more than ever, we very much need the support from our community to continue to offer services to residents of Middlesex County.  Given the current climate of negative emotions that have the capacity to impact our physical and emotional well-being, I invite all who wish to come together in an act of love, peace and friendship to join us. Whether you are in the market for purchasing art or simply in need of an enriched, wholesome environment in which you can find a moment of warmth and good-will, please, join us, in LOVE.


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Health Care Transformation Task Force Chair Dr. Richard Gilfillan on Value-Based Care Policies Trump and Congress Must Consider

Richard Gilfillan This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Richard Gilfillan, CEO of Trinity Health and Chair of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of health industry leaders committed to improving health care in the US. Dr. Gilfillan discusses the need for continued support for value-based health care delivery improvements from Congress and the Trump Administration.

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