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Hospitals In Focus
25 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Ron Pollack Discusses Survival of the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has just survived its most recent challenge at the Supreme Court. We wanted to hear both its incredible history of survival in the courts and the basic tenets of the ACA. Chip is joined by the founder of Families, USA, Ron Pollack. The two discuss their personal stories of working to help support the ACA and how the ACA should be expanded under the Biden Administration to help end coverage gaps. Interested in learning more about the ACA and its expansion? Check out What the Nation Could Learn from ACA Health Coverage Expansion in CA with Peter Lee
22 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
The Policy Implications of Medicare at 60
Medicare at 60 sounds simple enough – but is it? Chip asked expert, Dr. Lanhee Chen, on this episode to explain his latest research exploring the potential policy and its complications. Chip and Lanhee explore the many questions his report exposes that policymakers must consider to make this potential policy an actual possibility - from how to pay for the $400 billion price tag to the impacts on health coverage and access to care. Read the report entitled “The Fiscal Costs of Medicare at 60”.
17 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
The Impact of COVID-19 on Value-Based Reporting with Dr. Ken Sands
In this episode Chip is joined by Dr. Ken Sands – the Chief Epidemiologist at HCA Healthcare, whose system has treated tens of thousands of COVID patients. Together they look at a current Health Affairs blog co-authored by Chip on how COVID is impacting Medicare hospital quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. These programs are critical for patient decisions and the evaluation of care provided at every hospital in the nation. Learn more about hospital reporting by listening to Chip’s conversation on HCAHPS with Dr. Claudia Salzberg.
7 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Making the Rounds: Nursing on the Front Lines with Roxy Hinojosa
Inaugural episode of Making the Rounds begins with Roxy Hinojosa. She is a nurse at Mission Regional Medical Center in Texas. Roxy shares with Chip how she began her nursing career, what the profession means to her and how the last year has changed nursing on the front lines. Join Chip as he hears from the health care heroes on the front lines in the new Hospitals In Focus short series: Making the Rounds.
16 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Better Data, Better Outcomes: New Data is Changing Care at Inpatient Rehab Facilities
COVID has drastically changed the health care delivery system, perhaps even permanently. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), like those operated by Encompass Health, stepped up during the pandemic by partnering with acute care hospitals to help patients recover from the virus. It once again showed how critical IRFs are to the care continuum by making sure patients received the right care in the right setting. Encompass Health President and CEO Mark Tarr discusses the impact of COVID-19 on IRFs, as well as the innovative ways his company is using new sources of data to inform clinical decisions and improve patient outcomes. Additionally, Chip and Mark touch on the importance of relevant, up to date data on implementation of the IMPACT Act and the Review Choice Demonstration. Learn more about post-acute care providers in the time of COVID by listening to The Role of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals During COVID-19 with Ben Breier.
16 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Surviving COVID: How Physicians are Providing Vital Care and Keeping Practices Open
Patients often form strong and long-lasting bonds with their care providers and COVID-19 has drastically altered that ever-important doctor-patient relationship. Visits have moved online and fear of the virus has some patients skipping care altogether. This raises three concerning questions for physicians: how are patients with chronic diseases managing their treatment without regular in-person care; are patients putting their lives at risk unnecessarily by delaying care and screenings; and how will their practices survive through the pandemic so they can continue caring for their communities? Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, and a practicing allergist/immunologist, joined Chip to discuss how private physician practices have been handling COVID while caring for their patients and how Congress is helping.
22 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
How Ingenuity & Innovation Helped a Hotspot Hospital Save Lives During COVID Surge
Just a few weeks ago, COVID was ravaging hospitals across the country as cases were surging following the December holidays. St. Francis Medical Center is already one of Los Angeles County’s busiest trauma centers. During the surge, St. Francis was up to 120% capacity – and still caring for every patient that came through its doors. With the ER turned into a COVID unit, some emergency services were moved to tents in the parking lot. Chip spoke with St. Francis’ CEO Dan Jones who explained how the hospital was able to meet the challenge with their extraordinary staff, how they are working with staff to mitigate burnout, and how Prime Healthcare is investing in the hospital and the community it serves.
26 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
The Role of Long-term Acute Care Hospitals During COVID-19 and Beyond with Ben Breier
Long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals are caring for the some of the most medically complex patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a post-acute care provider, Kindred Healthcare has been right in the middle of the battle to defeat COVID-19 by partnering with short-term acute care hospitals to help treat patients and ease overcrowding in hot spots across the country. Kindred CEO Ben Breier spoke to Chip about how the company relied on its network of hospitals to ensure its staff were always prepared to provide patients with the highest quality of care. Breier also discusses a recent report from the consulting firm ATI Advisory that highlights how LTAC providers have been able to bridge gaps and extend care within the care continuum during the pandemic. Based on the COVID experience, the report also recommends key considerations for LTAC hospitals as part of future health policy development. See the full report here. Hear more about post-acute care from Chip’s conversation with Al Dobson, Getting back to Life: The Growing Demand for Post-Acute Care with Al Dobson.
25 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
COVID-19: A Year Later with Dr. Jonathan Perlin
It has been over a year since COVID-19 has disrupted life for Americans and everyone around the globe. We checked in with regular guest of the pod, Dr. Jonathan Perlin, to find out how HCA Healthcare has weathered the last year. The CMO and President of Clinical Services shared how HCA Healthcare is sharing the learnings from their millions of annual clinical interactions with others in a new consortium of private and public institutions to improve treatments, outcomes and patient care. Check out Dr. Perlin’s previous appearances on Hospitals In Focus. Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses the Impact of Coronavirus on Hospitals and Dr. Jonathan Perlin Discusses How Patients Benefit from the Use of Big Data.
31 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
What the Nation Could Learn from ACA Health Coverage Expansion in California with Peter Lee
The ACA is starting a new era with President Biden at the helm of a new administration. We wanted to hear about what happens when a state not only fully embraces the ACA but keeps harmful regulations at bay that hurt marketplaces and patients. Chip is joined by the Executive Director of Covered California Peter Lee on the newest episode of Hospitals In Focus. The two discuss the basic tenets of the legislation, how and why California has been such a success at lowering its uninsured patient rate and what steps President Biden may take to encourage the hold out states to expand Medicaid. Interested in learning more about Biden’s health agenda? Check out Building Biden’s Health Agenda with Chris Jennings and Doug Badger.
36 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Building Biden’s Health Agenda with Chris Jennings and Doug Badger
Two health policy experts joined Chip to discuss the new Biden administration’s approach to developing and implementing health policy. With COVID-19 raging across the country, Chris Jennings and Doug Badger touch on Biden’s first 100 days in office and how they expect Biden’s health teams to tackle the health and economic fallout from COVID in contrast to the Trump administration. Importantly, they touch on how the ACA can shore up health care coverage for uninsured Americans. Then they each provide an analysis on how the White House staff, regulatory agencies and Congress work together to achieve their goals. Chris provides the Democratic perspective while Doug responds with the Republican. Chris Jennings has spent decades working in the White House, Congress and private sector. He spent time in both the Clinton and Obama White Houses as Senior Advisor to the President for Health Policy and helped pass, enact and implement the ACA, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and numerous other health reforms. Most recently, President-elect Biden appointed Mr. Jennings to him on the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force. Doug Badger has been in public policy for many decades and has been a policy advisor to the White House, U.S. Senate, Department of HHS and the SSA. Doug worked in the Bush (43) administration and developed the administration’s proposal for adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare. Badger represented the White House in negotiations with Congress that resulted in the enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act. Interested in learning more about how health care coverage can affect a population’s access to care? Listen to Chip’s conversation Advancing Health Equity: Bridging Social Gaps in Health Care with Dr. Chidinma A. Ibe.
22 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
The ACA, Your Hospital, and the Supreme Court with Larry Levitt
The ACA is once again in front of the Supreme Court and a decision on its future will be likely handed down in June 2021. In the meantime, Larry Levitt joined Chip to discuss the ACA’s impact on hospitals and providers over the past decade. The EVP of Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation shared his views on what we could expect from the Supreme Court and if the ACA is settled law once and for all.
22 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Dispelling Health Care Myths with Dr. Thomas LaVeist
How are America’s health care providers building trust with Black patients after years of historic racism? With time, says Dr. Thomas LaVeist. The Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine joined Chip to discuss dispelling health care myths around Covid-19, how we can ensure vaccines are fairly allocated, and what we can learn for the next health emergency. These things are all a part of Dr. LaVeist’s program The Skin You’re In. To learn more about The Skin You’re In, visit www.tsyi.org
30 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Bridging Social Gaps in Health Care with Dr. Chidinma A. Ibe
Community health workers play a vital role in helping end racial disparities in our health care system. They break down barriers by fostering better relationships between the community and their health care providers. Dr. Chidinma A. Ibe is the Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined Chip to discuss the growing importance of these workers and how we can better support them.
28 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Michael Crawford is Battling Chronic Disease with Data
In our online world having access to the internet is crucial for a healthy life. Michael Crawford is Howard University’s Associate Dean for Strategy, Outreach and Innovation and Founder of 1867 Health Innovations Project. He joined Chip to discuss how the Project is battling chronic diseases - like diabetes - with technology and data from sources such as remote monitoring. The two also examined how we can bridge the digital divide that keeps so many vulnerable populations from the care they need.
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Covering Health Care News in 2020 with Modern Healthcare Editor Aurora Aguilar
Reporters are more important than ever. The 24/7 news cycle around the Coronavirus pandemic, economic recession and racial inequality can be overwhelming for the public, but the same can be said for those covering the news. Editor of Modern Healthcare Aurora Aguilar joins Chip to discuss the challenges of reporting in the era of “fake news” and how journalism is changing to keep up with unprecedented times.
19 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Saving the Lives of Women and Mothers with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood
Women in the United States suffer the worst maternal mortality rates in the developed world. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is trying to change that with her package of legislation appropriately titled the Momnibus. In this episode she discusses with Chip the social determinants of health that are leading to poor health outcomes for Black and minority mothers, how COVID-19 has advanced patient care approaches like telemedicine to benefit new mothers’ mental health, and how she collaborated with her colleagues across the aisle to find solutions.
26 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Understanding Social Determinants of Health with Dr. Georges Benjamin
America is reckoning with its public health on two fronts: COVID-19 and social determinants of health. Dr. Georges Benjamin is the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association and has spent his career working to achieve health equity for Americans. He joined Chip on our inaugural episode of our series Hospitals In Focus: Achieving Health Equity to discuss how COVID-19 has exposed and amplified issues in our health care system. Dr. Benjamin discusses the obstacles that many in communities of color and other vulnerable populations face when it comes to getting treatment - and what health care providers can do to mitigate some of their challenges.
20 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Past is Prologue - Author John M. Barry on How Crises of the Past Lead to Reform in the Future
The Great Influenza and Rising Tide author and historian John M. Barry knows a thing or two about disasters and society. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine professor joined Chip to discuss not just the ramifications of great crises on society and politics, but also how we get there. What are the policy decisions that make or in some cases break the public response? And what can we learn for future policy making by looking at decisions from the past? All is discussed on this episode of Hospitals In Focus.
22 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Lessons from Israel’s Reopening with Dr. Eyal Zimlichman
Initially, Israel had one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infection in the world, but after the nation’s lockdown was lifted things changed drastically. Chip talks to Dr. Eyal Zimlichman of the Sheba Medical Center about how Israel contained the virus in the beginning and how it is coping with an increased outbreak now. From protecting the elderly to re-opening schools – Chip and Dr. Zimlichman talk about lessons learned and how they translate to the US.
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