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Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders views healthcare transformation through the lens of prominent leaders across the industry. Through intimate one-on-one discussions with executives, policy advisors, and other “insiders,” each episode dives deep into the pressing challenges that come with changing how we care for people. Hear the unique perspectives of these industry leaders to get a better understanding of what is happening today, the challenges across the healthcare ecosystem, and ...
 
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In the United States, 85% of the population resides within 10 miles of a CVS Pharmacy. Through continued growth and expansion since its founding as a health and beauty products retailer in the early 1960s, CVS Health has now become America’s largest health services company. That expansion accelerated over the last two decades through acquisitions o…
 
Since its first store opened in 1901, Walgreens has been embracing innovation in the retail pharmacy space, fueling its expansion to become a neighborhood health destination with more than 9,000 locations. As the healthcare industry navigates major structural changes – and a global pandemic – Walgreens is staying true to its roots of innovation and…
 
Investments in digital health hit an all-time high in 2020, only to surpass the new record within the first six month of 2021. Needless to say, there’s never been more attention placed on digital health innovation. But it makes for a crowded market, putting providers and health system CIOs in a challenging position where it’s impossible to vet the …
 
The accelerated pace of innovation in digital health, record-breaking investments in the sector and even some of the technology developed to navigate the pandemic wouldn’t have been possible without groundwork laid by The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). And there’s probably no one who understands ONC’s pa…
 
In the United States, more than 90% of the landmass is rural. And in rural communities from coast to coast, the challenges in delivering healthcare can be very different than the urban and suburban centers that get most of the attention. There’s untapped opportunity in reimagining healthcare business models and the technology that will enable them …
 
Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s extensive resume doesn’t fully convey the true value he brings to reimagining healthcare. He’s the former National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, served as assistant commissioner at the New York City Department of Health, was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the CDC, a fe…
 
Dr. Sachin Jain says he got a silent education about healthcare and medicine around the dinner table from his father, an anesthesiologist and pioneer in pain management. But he still wasn’t sold on a career in healthcare until the end of his junior year at Harvard when he took a course on the quality of healthcare in the U.S. taught by Dr. Howard H…
 
Improving patient experience has been a driving focus for Winjie Miao during her twenty year career at Texas Health Resources, where she’s now senior executive vice president and chief experience officer. Texas Health cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider through 350 access points including 27 hospital locations and a netwo…
 
Last year tested nearly every aspect of the healthcare system, making the 2021 J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference like none other in its 39-year history. But there’s at least one constant from the past few years – the insight Dan Michelson, CEO at Strata Decision Technology, offers in the recap he writes for Becker’s Hospital Review. With a custome…
 
Before the term Value Based Care existed, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) unveiled one of the nation’s first risk-based payment models – its Alternative Quality Contract (AQC). Patrick Gilligan joined BCBSMA in 2007 to oversee the AQC’s rollout after spending nearly 14 years negotiating contracts on the provider side at Partners He…
 
As someone who has been in the middle of healthcare policy and reform in the U.S. for decades, John McDonough has a unique perspective on how the rapidly changing political climate in Washington will impact the healthcare industry. John’s dedication to public health began in 1985 after he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives wh…
 
Robert Musslewhite has viewed healthcare innovation and the lifecycle of a healthcare services company from nearly every angle over the past two decades. He joined The Advisory Board Company because it was a small but fast-growing organization where he felt he could make an impact, and where he ultimately became chairman and CEO. Under his leadersh…
 
CommonSpirit Health created one of the largest health systems in the nation by merging Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in early 2019. It now operates 137 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites across 21 states, with revenues of nearly $29 billion. Extending its reach into more communities across the country has enabled CommonSpirit…
 
Tal Heppenstall has a dual role at UPMC. He’s been treasurer of the $21 billion dollar health care provider and insurer since 2003, where he’s responsible for the day-to-day cash needs of an organization that integrates 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.9 million-member Insurance Services Division. I…
 
Michael Allen has unique expertise in healthcare finance. He’s been chief financial officer at four different health systems and is national chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) where he regularly interacts and shares knowledge with peers in the 56,000-member organization. Michael calls HFMA his side hustle and is goin…
 
Cedars-Sinai is a nonprofit academic healthcare organization that serves the diverse Los Angeles community through more than 40 locations, 4,500 physicians and nurses, and 1,500 research projects in motion. Darren Dworkin has been Chief Information Officer at Cedars-Sinai since 2006, where he also founded the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator and serves as …
 
Over the course of nearly 20 years as Chief Research Officer at The Advisory Board Company, Chas Roades became a trusted advisor for CEOs, leadership teams and boards of directors at health systems across the country. When The Advisory Board was acquired by Optum in 2017, Chas left the company with Chief Medical Officer, Lisa Bielamowicz. Together …
 
As the healthcare industry’s largest group purchasing organization (GPO), Vizient manages more than $100 billion in spend for more than half of the nation’s acute care providers. Its members include a diverse group of large community health systems, safety net institutions, children’s hospitals, independent community hospitals and 95% of the countr…
 
This special episode of Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders puts listeners “in the room” for LRVHealth’s annual planning meeting where the firm and its partners from across the health system determine strategic directives for the upcoming year. But this year was much different than the past. Months of extensive planning for what is typically…
 
There’s one major difference between Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the other outstanding health systems in Boston. While being a major part of a city and region that’s renowned for world-class healthcare and innovation, BMC is the safety net institution. More than half of BMC’s patients live at or below the federal poverty level, defined as annua…
 
Dan Michelson’s recap of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in Becker’s Hospital Review has become a must-read over the past few years – whether you attend the conferences or not. Dan’s organization, Strata Decision Technology, works with more than 1,000 hospitals from hundreds of health systems on their financial planning, analytics and performan…
 
In 1856, the Sisters of Providence began establishing hospitals, schools and orphanages across the Northwest, and that humble beginning planted the seed of what is now one of the largest and most innovative health systems in the country. Providence brings together more than 119,000 caregivers across seven states, 51 hospitals, 829 physician clinics…
 
Dr. Kevin Tabb fell into medicine through his training as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces, and after medical school and a five year residency, he soon entered the world of healthcare IT. As president & CEO of the newly-formed Beth Israel Lahey Health system, this diverse background gives him a unique perspective to navigate the constantly-chan…
 
The Healthcare is Hard podcast exists for a single purpose – to help listeners get inside the minds of people who understand the complexities of the health system best, and are pushing it towards change and innovation. In the past year, guests have included 5 current or former CEOs of major health systems, 2 current or former CFOs and leaders of or…
 
Atrius Health is way ahead of the curve when it comes to risk-based reimbursement models. With 715 doctors providing care to approximately 745,000 patients, Atrius Health has quickly grown to become the largest independent physician group in the northeast. But what really makes Atrius Health unique is that nearly 80% of its revenue now derives from…
 
When Terry Shaw’s wife was the victim of a car accident in 2016, it completely changed his outlook on care delivery. Even as president and CEO of AdventHealth, one of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems with 50 hospitals across nine states, Terry had a difficult time navigating his wife’s recovery. He spent six months calling in favors …
 
In this episode, Keith Figlioli of LRV Health sits down with Joe Randolph, president and CEO of the Innovation Institute, a highly successful joint effort between several healthcare systems in Southern California. The Innovation Institute helps hospitals look within for new ideas while creating a sustainable model for innovation by delivering key s…
 
Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly storm that shut down communities along the Gulf Coast for months and even years. While the scope and scale of this catastrophe are undeniable, it also opened up doors to help move towards a system that unites social care and clinical care, allowing medical professionals to practice great med…
 
Twenty years ago, no one really understood how to run an integrated health system. That’s because no executives at the time grew up in, or were trained to lead a health system. They were all trained to run hospitals. In this episode of Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders, Keith Figlioli talks to Gary Bisbee, who cofounded the Health Manageme…
 
Prioritizing “Whole Person Care,” putting human relationships first and considering all dimensions of a person’s health is part of the fabric at Allina Health. As Penny Wheeler and Ric Magnuson explain on Healthcare is Hard: A Podcast for Insiders, remembering who you’re serving, why, and how you can make their lives better can produce better outco…
 
Mark Keroack, MD, MPH, has been in and around the healthcare industry for most of his life – long before he became President and CEO of Baystate Health, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system that serves over 800,000 people in western New England. Most people don’t know that medicine has always been a family business for Dr. Keroack – his m…
 
Don Berwick and Maureen Bisognano lived and breathed different sides of the healthcare industry before starting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) – a $60 million not-for-profit organization with 150 employees across more than 70 countries that drives results in health and healthcare improvement worldwide. What most people don’t know is…
 
Susan DeVore has been in and around the healthcare industry for most of her life – long before she became president and CEO of Premier Inc., a company that unites an alliance of more than 4,000 hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. It’s a little-known fact that Susan’s root…
 
Changing our complex healthcare system from within is a difficult proposition, but one that Glenn Steele, MD, has embraced in multiple capacities over a decades-long career. As a practicing clinician treating patients for 24 years, to leading one of the nation’s most innovative health systems as CEO for 14 years, he personifies what it means to be …
 
There’s only one health system in the country that has an “Aa1” rating from Moody’s Investors Service – it’s Intermountain Healthcare. Hear Intermountain’s CFO talk about how a focus on innovation and quality care contributes to outstanding financial health.By healthegy
 
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