“INBW 14: What if Amazon Contracted Directly with Employers and Rebooted Healthcare Delivery?”
by Stacey Richter

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I had lunch with Richard Steinhart (episode 149) last week and he said something that sparked my cantankerous streak – we were taking about incrementalism, the idea that we should move forward in baby steps, little experiments, fail fast, adjust, proceed forward from there. And Richard said, incrementalism, pshaw. We should just start over again. […]

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“EP149: Overpaying for Healthcare vs Full-Day Kindergarten & Raises for Teachers, with Richard Steinhart, Former School Board Officer”
by Stacey Richter

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This is a great demonstration of a pretty key economic principle – if you have one dollar and you spend it on overly expensive healthcare, you do not have that dollar anymore to put toward more productive uses like paying teachers or funding education. Today I speak with Richard Steinhart, a former officer who endeavored […]

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“EP148: Does It Really Matter If The Pharma Industry Is Or Is Not Trustworthy, with Dr. Jennifer Miller, Founder of Bioethics International and Creator of Good Pharma Scorecard”
by Stacey Richter

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It seems that Pharma has a reputation for putting profits over patients. I know, you’re floored by this newsflash so let’s move on to the more interesting question – why does this matter? Why does it matter to the Pharma industry itself, which has been doing just fine thank you very much, and why does […]

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“EP147: What It Really Takes to Manage Diabetes with David Weingard, Founder & CEO of Fit4D”
by Stacey Richter

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An app can certainly help manage diabetes. But only in the exact circumstance that the patient already believes they need to use the app, and has the resources and wherewithal to do so. But for the multitude of other patients, an app by itself won’t work because patients who need it aren’t using it. And […]

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“EP146: Medication Adherence – What’s Happening Right Now, with Tom Kottler, CEO of HealthPrize”
by Stacey Richter

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It’s rare you meet someone in this business who doesn’t realize that adherence is a wildly costly problem. And it’s also rare you meet someone who hasn’t been involved in some more or less unsuccessful attempt to improve it. But now might be the time to transform pessimism into optimism. First, we’re starting to understand non-adherence […]

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“EP 145: Engaging the Empowered Patient Unit, with Andrew Schorr, Founder of Patient Power”
by Stacey Richter

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First of all, new lingo – patient unit. A patient unit consists of the patient and their family or otherwise who are actively engaged in a patient’s care. Some patient units are under-engaged. We talk a lot about these patients. Other patient units are motivated and empowered and could use our help to maximize the […]

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“EP144: Value-Based Agreements – The Future of Managing Our Healthcare Ecosystem with Julie Locklear, Vice President & Head of Health Economics & Outcomes Research at EMD Serono, Inc.”
by Stacey Richter

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It’s game-on relative to value-based contracts. We’re getting to the place where not just the bleeding edge of the market is contracting based on outcomes instead of volume. If you were waiting for a sign to start thinking about rolling out an innovative contract pilot, now is probably the end of the window to get […]

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“EP143: Getting Great One Step at a Time Through Incrementalism, with Dr. Nick van Terheyden”
by Stacey Richter

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We need to make incrementalism sexy. We need to make it sexy because healthcare will be transformed via evolution, not revolution. As Dr. Nick van Terheyden says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” which is as true in American healthcare today as it was whenever this was written eons ago […]

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“EP142: Finding the Healthcare Use Case with Brian Yarnell from Bluestream Health”
by Stacey Richter

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As Brian says, one of the biggest mistakes that healthcare executives make, regardless of whether you’re in the payer or provider or health tech business, is to go for a “Big Bang” strategy with a three year timeframe. Generally, you wind up with a lot of elaborate plans and not much to show for it. […]

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“INBW 13: Immediate Action Steps You Can Take Now to Make Healthcare More Affordable”
by Stacey Richter

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Everything I’m about to tell you is not a piece of cake. You’re up against the patriarchal medical system we enjoy in this country today, you’re fighting against paradigms, you’re fighting a system where no one except you, meaning consumers and patients and our employers, have any accountability, responsibility or ownership for the money we’re […]

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