Los Angeles Health Director Dr. Mitchell Katz Talks Lessons Learned in LA That Have Improved Population Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Mitchell Katz, Director of Health for the City of Los Angeles, who is taking over the New York City Health System in January. Dr. Katz helped transform the LA system to provide more robust support for primary care, housing the chronically homeless to improve health outcomes and costs, and embedding mental health services within the public health system.

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Americares CEO Michael Nyenhuis on the Relief Agency’s Recovery Efforts in Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Michael J. Nyenhuis, CEO of the international relief agency Americares, whose focus is to support the health care infrastructure in war-torn and storm-ravaged regions of the world. Mr. Nyenhuis speaks about their efforts underway in Peurto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and other areas hit by recent hurricanes, and their ongoing efforts to support primary care in underserved parts of the world.

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Dr. John Brownstein, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital on Disruptive Technologies in Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Brownstein, Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatric Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brownstein discusses big data driven epidemiology tools he has developed, such as the global open source disease tracker HealthMap, and Circulation which provides on-demand health services through ride sharing platforms like Uber.

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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Leverages Tech Career to Tackle Public Health and Opioid Crisis Issues

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter Speak with Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota, philanthropist and former technology entrepreneur who served as Sr. VP at Microsoft. He discusses his tech-enabled approach to tackling public health challenges, uncertainty from Washington regarding health policy, and his personal commitment to confront the addiction and opioid crises.

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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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