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A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.
55 minutes | 6 days ago
98 - Dr. James Hildreth, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College on the continuing COVID-19 Crisis
Dr. James Hildreth is the 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the nation's largest private, historically black academic health sciences center. Dr. Hildreth is an accomplished scientist and researcher with extensive experience in virology, immunology, pharmacology, and internal medicine, and is an expert in health disparities. He was selected as the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from Arkansas in 1978, was the first African American in the 125-year history of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to earn full professorship with tenure in the basic sciences in 2002, and was the first African American dean at the University of California, Davis – where he led their College of Biological Sciences. In today’s interview, Dr. Hildreth reflects on his unique, amazing life experiences – including his many “firsts.” And as a physician on the tip of the spear of the Covid-19 response, he gives us the latest on the pandemic.
45 minutes | 13 days ago
97 - Radiology Partners CEO Rich Whitney on healthcare leadership and the rise of AI in imaging
Rich Whitney is Chairman and CEO of Radiology Partners, a nationwide company he co-founded in 2012 to transform the fragmented area of radiology. Today, RadPartners is the leading on-site radiology practice in the U.S., headquartered in Southern California partnering with approximately 1500 radiologists providing services to more than 1200 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers across 26 states. Rich has a long track record of leading, founding and investing in healthcare organizations that have led meaningful change in their sectors. In today’s episode, we cover the landscape of leadership principles, the future of artificial intelligence in imaging, and what a Biden presidency means for healthcare.
91 minutes | 16 days ago
96 - Princeton University’s Jessica Metcalf, Alan Blinder & Bill Dudley: “COVID-19, Fiscal, Monetary and Health Policy Responses” – Part 3
On November 13th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing for Part 3 in a series, on the fiscal, monetary and health policy response implications of Covid-19. You can hear Part 1 and Part 2 of this series in our podcast episodes numbers 48 and 69. For our discussion, I’m joined by Princeton’s leading economic and health policy experts: Jessica Metcalf, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Public Affairs, Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, and a former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, And Dr. Bill Dudley, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and now Senior Research Scholar at the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies. In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover the latest vaccine science, the implications of a Biden Presidency for fiscal and monetary policy, and Covid-19 relief, and the impact of the rapidly growing federal debt.
39 minutes | 20 days ago
95 - Pat Geraghty President and CEO of GuideWell on Crisis Leadership
Pat Geraghty is President and CEO of GuideWell, a $19 billion mutual insurance holding company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. GuideWell is the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care, including Florida Blue, the leading health insurance company in Florida. Geraghty was the architect of the restructuring that created GuideWell, considered a model of strategic reinvention that is featured as a capstone business case in the curriculum of Harvard Business School. GuideWell serves 27 million people across 35 states, including more than 5 million individuals in Florida. Our conversation today – which focuses on leadership in crisis and adapting a major organization to address a pandemic and issues of social justice -- originally aired at the 2020 Emids Healthcare Summit. Thank you to the team at Emids for their work in facilitating this insightful discussion.
58 minutes | a month ago
93 - Andy Slavitt, former CMS Acting Administrator Weighs in on Post-Election Healthcare
Andy Slavitt is founder and chairman of the United States of Care – a non-partisan non-profit focused on mobilizing a movement to achieve long-lasting healthcare solutions for everyone. Over his career, Andy has led many significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system. Most notably, he served as Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 – 2017, where he led a significant shift to pay-for-value payment models, the implementation of the bipartisan MACRA legislation, and the Affordable Care Act. Today, Andy is an outspoken voice on the pandemic response, and one of the most influential leaders in public health today.
40 minutes | a month ago
92 - Lisa Clarke, Leading a $5.6 billion, 20-year Transformation Plan for Mayo Clinic & Rochester, Minnesota
Lisa Clarke is the Executive Director of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency. It’s is a $5.6 billion, public-private partnership designed to leverage the growth of Mayo Clinic and create “America’s City for Health” in Rochester, Minnesota. Lisa previously spent 20 years with Mayo Clinic where she served as Division Chair in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Public Affairs. She has been routinely recognized as one of the most effective and successful women in business in Minnesota. Our conversation today will explore the importance of fostering a healthy community setting to spur health system innovation.
58 minutes | a month ago
91 - Senator Frist shares lessons learned from transplantation, politics, and the private sector
Today’s episode is a little different. Last week I virtually joined the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group to share experiences and lessons learned from my years in transplantation, politics, and now in the private sector. It’s a wide-ranging discussion that covers what drew me to pursue elected office, who my mentors were, and I give my take on Covid-19 and how the pandemic is transforming healthcare. Thanks to my former staffer and Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group President Ryan Campbell for a fantastic interview and for letting me share the discussion with our listeners.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
90 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams Talks Covid-19, Vaccines, Racial Health Disparities, and the Little Known Costs of the Flu
On September 30th, the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health Equity with United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams. We’re sharing this discussion with you today. As our “Nation’s Doctor,” Vice Admiral Adams works to advance the health of the American people. His motto is “better health through better partnerships.” He oversees the operations of more than 6,000 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world, promoting, protecting, and advancing the health and safety of our nation. He is also a member of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, and previously served as the Health Commissioner of Indiana, where he led the State’s responses to Ebola, Zika, and to the largest HIV outbreak in the United States related to injection drug use. Before we turn to the episode, I want to take a moment to thank my friend, Dr. Herman Williams, for personally sponsoring this event. Dr. Williams is a board member of NashvilleHealth and author of CLEAR! Living the Life You Didn’t Dream Of. You can find out more at hermanwilliamsmd.com.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
89 - Diane Seloff, MBA – Former Aspire Health COO on Building a Company from 6 Employees to 750
Diane Seloff is an expert business strategist and operations leader. We worked together in building Aspire Health, the nation’s leading non-hospice, community-based palliative care company that was acquired by Anthem in 2018. In our conversation today, we do a deep dive on how to build a multi-million dollar healthcare company from the ground up – the successes, the failures, and the lessons learned. Diane and I continue to work together today in our new company, CareBridge, where she serves as Chief Operating Officer.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
88 - Senator Frist joins Larry King on PoliticKING – Election 2020, White House Pandemic Response, and the President’s COVID diagnosis
Last week I joined my longtime friend, Emmy-award winning television host Larry King to talk Covid-19, the 2020 Presidential election, and the Administration’s successes and shortcomings in pandemic response. Our interview aired on his show, PoliticKING, which you can find on Hulu and Ora TV. New episodes air every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30pm ET. Thanks to Larry and his team for letting me share our interview with our listeners.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
87 - Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Prabhjot Singh is Associate Professor of Medicine, Health System Design and Global Health at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, as well as Special Advisor for Strategy and Design at the Peterson Center on Healthcare. Dr. Singh was the inaugural Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai and founding Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health. He also served as Vice-Chair of Medicine for Population Health. Before coming to Mount Sinai, he was a faculty member at Columbia University and co-chair of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, a partnership of organizations dedicated to increasing the number and quality of health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout his career, he has focused on how advances in community health systems globally can improve health in America, and is the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise. Show Notes: More info on Dr. Singh’s book, “Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise”: http://www.prabhjotsingh.org/dying-and-living Dr. Singh’s 2013 op-ed: “Harlem hate crime victim Prabhjot Singh: I’m feeling gratitude,” NY Daily News, 9/24/13, https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hate-victim-prabhjot-singh-feeling-gratitude-article-1.1466721
52 minutes | 2 months ago
86 - Avik Roy, National Policy Expert on What Healthcare Reform Should Look Like
Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity -- FREOPP.org a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it. Avik is one of our nation’s sharpest policy minds, and has advised three presidential candidates on policy, including Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. Avik and I have worked together for years at the Bipartisan Policy Center, engaging with colleagues across the aisle to formulate bipartisan health care reform solutions. On today’s episode, he shares how he’s working to make a bipartisan healthcare deal a reality, one Member at a time. Papers & websites mentioned in today’s episode: Bipartisan Policy Center, “Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care”: https://bipartisanpolicy.org/report/bipartisan-rx/ The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity: https://freopp.org/ Avik Roy, “A Pathway To Consumer-Driven Universal Coverage,” Health Affairs, March 2020: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.01435 Avik Roy, “Medicare Advantage for All: A patient-centered plan for universal coverage and permanent fiscal solvency”: https://freopp.org/medicare-advantage-for-all-ace74a1cb3bb Avik Roy, “Bruce Westerman’s Fair Care Act: Market-Based Universal Coverage”: https://freopp.org/bruce-westermans-fair-care-act-market-based-universal-coverage-74480ea70d1a We also wanted to share with our listeners FREOPP’s newly announced World Index of Healthcare Innovation, a first-of-its-kind ranking of 31 national health care systems on quality, choice, science & technology, and fiscal sustainability. Learn more here: https://freopp.org/wihi2020-505b1b60bce6
34 minutes | 2 months ago
85 - Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, Zipongo’s CMO on Healthy Eating, Made Simple
Dr. Dexter Shurney is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Zipongo, the San Francisco-based based digital health and wellness company that focuses on enabling healthy eating. Zipongo is “Healthy Eating, Made Simple”. Dr. Shurney also serves as the current president for the Academy of Lifestyle Medicine. I know Dexter from his time in Nashville, when he was Vanderbilt’s Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for the University and Medical Center. His personal wellness journey is one that has evolved hand in hand with his career path, and his own experience is a testament to food as medicine.
60 minutes | 3 months ago
84 - Cara James, PhD and Andrea Willis, MD, MPH: Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities
On August 18th, the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth co-hosted a virtual conversation on Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities, part 1 of a 3-part series. We’re sharing this discussion with you today, where I’m joined by leading experts in the field: Cara James, President and CEO of Grantmakers in Health. Dr. James is a nationally recognized thought leader in health equity and improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. She previously served as Director of the Office of Minority Health at CMS, where she developed the agency’s first Equity Plan to Improve Quality in Medicare and its first Rural Health Strategy, and I know her from her time at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she served as Director of the Disparities Policy Project and Director of the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. And Dr. Andrea Willis, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Willis previously served the State of Tennessee as the director of CoverKids, helped develop Tennessee’s federally approved State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and served as deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health. I have the privilege of regularly working with and learning from Dr. Willis on the NashvilleHealth Governing Board. In our discussion, we explore health inequity and its long-standing threat to business and community growth and vitality. And we outline actionable steps for individuals and organizations to take to reduce racial health disparities, and become part of the effort to turn this historic national moment into a movement.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
83 - Douglas Holtz-Eakin, PhD, President, American Action Forum on Turning Academic Research into Effective Public Policy
Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the President of the American Action Forum. An accomplished academic turned influential policymaker, he has served as Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush, and later as the 6th Director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which provides budgetary and policy analysis to the U.S. Congress. You may remember Doug from his time on the campaign trail, where he was Policy Director for Senator John McCain 2008 presidential campaign. Now, at the head of the American Action Forum, he and his team provide timely analysis and modern communications strategies to promote innovative, free-market solutions to build a stronger, more prosperous nation.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
82 - Dr. Jonathan Perlin, HCA’s President of Clinical Services on Creating a Learning Health System
Dr. Jonathan Perlin is the President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer at HCA Healthcare. As one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, HCA is comprised of more than 180 hospitals and over 2,000 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom. Before joining HCA in 2006, Dr. Perlin served as Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I vividly remember working with Jon when I was Senator Majority Leader and he served as chief executive officer of the Veterans Health Administration, leading the nation’s largest integrated health system. In today’s episode, you’ll hear how Dr. Perlin’s team at HCA has pioneered new approaches to care – reducing sepsis deaths and adverse health outcomes for newborns; his early efforts that shaped electronic health records today; and what thought provoking question from Bill Gates has stayed with Dr. Perlin and changed his approach to health system leadership.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
81 - Dr. Kavita Patel on How Healthcare Can Help Reopen Schools
This episode is brought to you by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Shield companies are supporting health care partners on the frontline of this unprecedented fight. Ensuring patients don’t have to worry about costs. Caring when it counts the most, for the Health of America. Dr. Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a practicing primary care physician in Washington, DC. She previously served in the Obama Administration as a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, where she played a critical role in health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery policies. Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s staff as deputy staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Kavita and I have worked together for years, including at the Bipartisan Policy Center and The Aspen Group, and she always has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest on healthcare policy. Today, we’re placing a timely focus on how healthcare can help schools reopen safely.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
80 - Dr. Deb German, Founding Dean of UCF College of Medicine on Building Her Vision
Dr. Deborah German is the Founding Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. Under her impressive leadership, the College of Medicine: Achieved full accreditation Raised funds to provide full four-year scholarships for the entire Charter class Built a team of over 500 faculty and staff, and Oversaw construction of 375,000 square feet of medical school space in the emerging Medical City at Lake Nona in Orlando. In our discussion today, Dr. German shares how she took on this seemingly impossible task, uniting a community around this exciting vision. Deb German is also a dear friend, someone I have known since our days together at Vanderbilt where she was Associate Dean for Students and later Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education. Her passion and inclusive leadership was clear then and is palpable in our interview today.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
79 - Dr. Tony Iton – Why Zip Code Says More About Your Health Than Genetic Code
Anthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, where he oversees the organization’s 10-Year, multimillion-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build a healthier California. Dr. Iton, who holds a medical degree from Johns Hopkins and a law degree and a Master’s of Public Health from UC Berkeley, previously led California’s Alameda County Public Health Department, worked as an HIV disability rights attorney, and as a physician and advocate for the homeless at the San Francisco Public Health Department. A Lecturer of Health Policy and Management at the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, Dr. Iton’s research focuses on disadvantaged populations and the contributions of race, class, wealth, education, geography and employment to health status. Stayed tuned to hear why zip code is a better predictor of your long term health than your genetic code.
59 minutes | 4 months ago
78 - Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald on Leading in Crisis
Robert McDonald served Procter & Gamble for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Following his career at P&G, Bob was named Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Obama in 2014, taking the helm of an organization in crisis. An Army veteran and graduate of West Point, Bob was able to apply his military training and years of private sector experience to help transform the agency into one that delivered better care for our Military veterans. Bob’s shares with us some powerful leadership lessons, including how you build trust and compassion in times of upheaval.
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