“Episode 137: Rethinking Hospital Discharge Planning in a Value-Based Model with Josh Luke, FACHE- The Voice of American Healthcare, Healthcare Futurist”
by Stacey Richter

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Under FFS, discharging from the hospital into various SNFs and LTC assisted living, sub-acute or long-term acute facilities became increasingly commonplace. Under FFS, it is financially advantageous for various healthcare stakeholders to shuttle patients between facilities. But Value-based payments puts the Kibosh on revenue coming from this post-discharge care. Dr. Josh Luke provides some keen insight here on why this post discharge paradigm snapped into place and gives advice to hospital executives on how to discharge with dignity.

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“Episode 136: Innovating to Reduce Costs with David Westfall Bates, MD from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)”
by Stacey Richter

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Today I speak with David Westfall Bates, MD from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston). He’s working on a cluster of initiatives he categorizes as “Innovating to reduce cost.”




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“Episode 135: Get Future-Proof, What You Need to be Doing Now with David Smith, Chief Development Officer of Leavitt Partners”
by Stacey Richter

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First we discuss inexorable trends – transformations where the train has left the station and it’s not turning back. Then David offers up three strategic considerations to take action on right now.




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“Episode 134: Stepwise Behavior Change with Melissa McCool, Co-founder and CEO of StelliCare”
by Stacey Richter

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Every care setting wrestles with their ~20% of patients who will do what they do, or not do what they are not doing, for reasons beyond a need for some educational resources. And that 20% who are not adherent could be the difference between achieving value-based goals and not achieving value-based goals. The reasons behind why someone does or doesn’t do something are tough to figure out and tougher to address. Today I speak with Melissa McCool from StelliCare about an in-clinic stepwise approach to move patients closer to treatment adherence.




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“Episode 133: A Primer in Taking on Risk with Michael Hunt, DO, CEO & President of St. Vincent Health Partners, Inc, Chief Information Officer for St. Vincent Medical Center”
by Stacey Richter

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It’s harder than it looks and it doesn’t exactly look easy – how’s that as a statement to sum up a foray into risk sharing reimbursement models. Today I get a window into the experience of Dr. Michael Hunt, who has been instrumental in guiding his organization through the risk-share minefields.




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“Episode 132: How A Hospital Can Succeed in Rural America with Darren Pearce, MBA, BSN, Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Navicent Health”
by Stacey Richter

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As I was preparing for this interview, here’s a comment I heard: “If you told me 3 years ago that Peach would be one of the most successful hospitals in the system, I would have asked you what you’re drinking.” – Bottoms up, I guess, because the hospital this comment refers to actually has become one of the most successful in the Navicent network. Today I speak with Darren Pearce MBA, BSN, Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Navicent Health about how he helped make that happen.




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“Episode 131: The Challenge of Reaching Patients with Zach Silverzweig from CipherHealth”
by Stacey Richter

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My first podcast conversation with Zach Silverzweig, co-founder over at CipherHealth, aired two years ago, episode 41. At that time, CipherHealth aimed with steely-eyed focus to reduce readmissions. CipherHealth still aims to reduce readmissions, but have broadened their footprint to include a wider array of patient engagement opportunities… and challenges. It’s harder to reach patients than you might think.




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“Episode 130: A How-to Guide to Precision Medicine with Jonathan Hirsch of Syapse”
by Stacey Richter

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Provider Organizations use the Syapse Precision Medicine Platform to implement precision medicine in oncology. Today I speak with Jonathan Hirsch, founder and president over at Syapse. After debating the population health management vs precision medicine semantic brouhaha, Jonathan offers up sage advice to anyone contemplating a move toward scalable precision medicine.




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“Episode 129: Integrating Pharmacists into Patient-Centered Medical Homes with Troy Trygstad of Community Care of North Carolina, CCNC”
by Stacey Richter

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Troy and his team over at CCNC framed out the first pharmacy network integrating community pharmacists into medical homes. Currently, Troy’s CCNC team is piloting what looks like it’s going to be a very successful effort to electronically deliver care plans from providers to pharmacists. Just for context, there’s energy and power behind this movement to empower and enable pharmacists to support patient care. Thirty-four pharmacy networks have sprung up across the country since North Carolina’s foray.




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“Episode 128: Enabling Pharmaceutical Innovation with Mike Rea from IDEA Pharma”
by Stacey Richter

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Innovation is more than just an epiphany. And it’s more than the shiny new invention. It’s not really innovation unless you manage to get your newly created phenomenon to return value to your organization. An understood way to deliver value is the minimum requirement for innovation. Today I speak with Mike Rea from IDEA Pharma about enabling pharmaceutical innovation.




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