Conversations on Health Care® WNPR Episodes
Every Sunday at 4:00pm we broadcast a new episode on WNPR. If you missed our latest airing or want to hear past shows please scroll through the list below to hear audio, read the show summary or get links to outside information referenced in each program.


SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, Founder and CEO of Iora Health

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, Founder and CEO of Iora Health, a Cambridge-based startup that is seeking to transform primary care delivery. Dr. Fernandopulle speaks about his quest to reinvent all aspects of care delivery by adressing many of the ailments in the current health care system, including payment models, staffing, IT systems and culture.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, Health and Human Services

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Bryan Sivak
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Sivak talks about programs underway at HHS to harness the power of data, technology and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. He discusses numerous programs that have been launched to improve access to health data for researchers, governments and individuals.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013

Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Sen. Ben Nelson
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with former Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, now Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Senator Nelson discusses the challenges being experienced by the nation's Insurance Commissioners, who are adapting their state programs to incorporate measures in the Affordable Care Act such as the insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013

Dr. Kavita Patel, Brookings Institution and Bipartisan Policy Center

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Kavita Patel
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Kavita Patel, Managing Director of Delivery System Reform and Clinical Transformation at the Brookings Institution, and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Professional Workforce Initiative. Dr. Patel discusses their recently released reports which examine the need for better national planning strategies for projecting health care work force needs in the future.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, Professor of Health Policy & Management, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr Jonathan Oberlander, Professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill about his recently released report highlighting some of the Affordable Care Act's political vulnerabilities.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013

Dr. Jeffery Levi, Trust for America's Health

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Jeff Levi
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Jeffery Levi, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, a non profit organization seeking to make disease prevention a national priority. Dr. Levi discusses his recent report: A Healthier America 2013, in which he outlines prevention strategies focusing on obesity, public health, flu pandemics and bioterrorism readiness.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2013

Dr. John Bartlett, The Carter Center Mental Health Project

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. John Bartlett
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. John Bartlett, Senior Project Advisor for the Primary Care Initiative at the Carter Center. Dr. Bartlett discusses the Carter Center's efforts to better facilitate behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in the primary care setting.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013

Dr. Daniel Kraft, Executive Director of FutureMed

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Daniel Kraft
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Daniel Kraft, Executive Director of FutureMed and the Medicine Track Chair at Singularity University. Dr. Kraft discusses FutureMed 2013, which hosts a gathering of the world's thought leaders and innovators in technologies that are poised to dramatically change health care delivery of the future.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013

Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder of Give an Hour

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, clinical psychologist and founder of Give an Hour, an organization dedicated to matching returning veterans and their families with behavioral practitioners who volunteer their time. Dr. Van Dahlen talks about the psychological impact of war and mobilizing civilians to support active duty service members, veterans, and their families.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013

Dr. John McDonough, Harvard School of Public Health

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. John McDonough
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. John McDonough, Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. McDonough was instrumental in crafting both the Massachusetts Health Care Law as well as the Affordable Care Act and discusses the strengths and vulnerabilities of health reform in America.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013

Lygiea Ricciardi, Acting Director, Office of Consumer e-Health, ONC

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Lygiea Ricciardi
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Lygiea Ricciardi, Acting Director of Consumer e-Health at the Office of the National Coordinator at the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Ricciardi discusses plans at ONC to accelerate the e-health movement which seeks to make electronic health records available to all patients so they can be better informed stewards and consumers of their own medical care.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013

Dr. Drew Altman, President and CEO of Kaiser Family Foundation

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Drew Altman
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on major health care issues facing the nation as well as global health. Kaiser is dedicated to providing non-partisan health information and analysis for policy makers, the media and general public.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012

Susannah Fox, Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet and American Life Project

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Susannah Fox
This week Mark and Margaret speak with Susannah Fox, Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Ms. Fox has been analyzing the intersection of technology and health care for over a decade, focusing on the cultural shifts taking place in health care, specifically in the areas of mobile technology and chronic disease.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012

David Gergen, Sr. Political Analyst for CNN

   
FEATURED GUEST:
David Gergen
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with David Gergen, Sr. Political Analyst for CNN, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School, and former advisor to four presidents. Mr. Gergen addresses the potential outcomes in the ongoing defecit discussion, as well as his views on the strengths and weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012

Patricia Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Patricia Mechael
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Patricia Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, the mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health around the world. Dr. Mechael discusses recent mHealth Summit 2012, and the myriad global health initiatives benefitting from the proliferation of mobile phones throughout the developing world.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Francis Collins
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, about the broad scope of research underway at NIH, as well as his previous work leading the team that mapped the human genome, for which he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

Dan Hawkins, Vice President for Federal, State and Public Affairs, National Association of Community Health Centers

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dan Hawkins
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dan Hawkins, Senior Vice President for Federal, State and Public Affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers. Mr. Hawkins discusses how community health centers are poised to take on a majority of the newly-insured once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012

Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Joe Selby
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, created by the Affordable Care Act. PCORI has been authorized by Congress to conduct research that will provide patients and their care providers with information about the best available evidence regarding patient outcomes to make informed health decisions.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012

David Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York e-Health Collaborative

   
FEATURED GUEST:
David Whitlinger
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with David Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York e-Health Collaborative, a consortium of policy makers, providers and health industry leaders working to improve health care for all New Yorkers through integrated health information technology. Mr. Whitlinger talks about innovative policies that are helping to facilitate interoperability of the state’s many electronic health systems and mobile health platforms.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012

Dr. Basit Chaudry, Lead Research Clinician for Watson, IBM

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Basit Chaudry
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Basit Chaudry, Lead Research Clinician for Watson, IBM’s natural language computing system made famous by victories on the quiz show Jeopardy! Dr. Chaudry is a national leader in the effort to modernize health care through information technology and talks about IBM’s program to adapt Watson’s super-computing capabilities and language recognition programming to facilitate diagnostics and treatment decisions in health care.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012

Marjorie Godfrey, MS, RN, Co-Director of the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Marjorie Godfrey
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Marjorie Godfrey, MS, RN, Co-Director of the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy and the Director of the Microsystem Resource Group. Marjorie is a national and international leader in designing and implementing improvement strategies in the place where patients, families and care teams meet - in the clinical microsystem. She discusses her strategies for improving the work flow in the clinical care environment by empowering nurse leaders and coaches within the health care system.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012

Dr. Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Molly Coye
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System. Dr. Coye discusses broad reaching transformations underway at UCLA Health that are utilizing innovative technology and team-based medicine to yield better health outcomes for their patient population, while reducing costs within the system.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012

Robert E. Mechanic, Senior Fellow at Heller School, Brandeis University

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Robert E. Mechanic
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Robert E. Mechanic, Senior Fellow at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Mr. Mechanic is the lead author on a report in this month’s Health Affairs that offers the first in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of cost containment measures in the State of Massachusetts since near-universal health coverage was achieved in that state. The report looks at the rise of Accountable Care Organizations and the creation of an independent commission to oversee health care system performance as having a positive impact on cost controls.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012

Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, Health and Human Services

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Bryan Sivak
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Sivak talks about programs underway at HHS to harness the power of data, technology and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. He discusses numerous programs that have been launched to improve access to health data for researchers, governments and individuals.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012

Dr. Joseph Smith Chief Medical Officer of West Health Institute

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Joseph Smith
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Joseph Smith, Chief Science and Medical Officer of the West Health Institute who discusses the Institute's work to accelerate the development of wireless health technologies to better target solutions to unmet medical needs. Dr. Smith also discusses the Institute's efforts in driving national policies that will spur reform and innovation in health care.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Susannah Fox, Pew Internet & American Life Project

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Susannah Fox
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Susannah Fox, Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Ms. Fox has been analyzing the intersection of technology and health care for over a decade, focusing on the cultural shifts taking place in health care, specifically in the areas of mobile technology and chronic disease.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Dr. Jeffery Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Jeffery Brenner
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Jeffery Brenner, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Dr. Brenner speaks about the data-driven, "hotspotter" approach he developed to reduce health care costs by indentifying high-use patients and more effectively and efficiently addressing their multiple needs.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

Sarah Kliff, Senior Health Correspondent at the Washington Post/WonkBlog

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Sarah Kliff
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Sarah Kliff, Senior Health Correspondent for the Washington Post and Wonkblog, the daily blog at the Washington Post. Ms. Kliff analyzes the health plans and policies of President Obama as well as his Republican Challenger, Mitt Romney, and examines the potential for changes to the Affordable Care Act should there be a change in administrations.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

Lynn Quincy, Senior Health Policy Analyst for Consumers Union

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Lynn Quincy
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Lynn Quincy, Senior Health Policy Analyst for Consumers Union, the policy branch of Consumer's Report. Ms. Quincy discsusses her report on recommendations for design architecture of the on-line health insurance exchanges being created in states around the country, so that they are easy to navigate and consumer-friendly.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

Darrell West, Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Darrell West
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Darrell West, Founder and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution and author of Digital Medicine: Health Care In the Internet Era. Mr. West explores the mobile economy project at Brookings, which is examining the myriad ways mobile technology is being deployed to improve health care delivery and outcomes.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012

Topher Spiro, Managing Director, Health Policy, Center for American Progress

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Topher Spiro
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Topher Spiro, Managing Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress. Mr. Spiro speaks about his work as a member of the US Senate team that drafted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and he talks about the various aspects of the health care law that are improving access to care for more Americans, while serving to contain costs.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012

Governor Howard Dean

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gov. Howard Dean
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Dr. Howard Dean. Governor Dean talks about decades-old efforts in Vermont to reform health care, making it accessible and affordable for all citizens, and he shares his views on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the future of health reform.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012

Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of the AIDS Institute

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Carl Schmid
This week, Mark and Margaret speak Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of the AIDS Institute, and an AIDS policy analyst and activist. Mr. Schmid speaks with us from the recent AIDS 2012 Convention, talks about strides in containing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and the hope for further progress towards ending the epidemic and improving the lives of those living with HIV in the U.S. and around the world.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012

Dr. Elliot Fisher, Director of Population Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Elliot Fisher
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Elliot Fisher, Director of Population Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dr. Fisher talks about his research initiative to study the effectiveness of Accountable Care Organizations, and their ability to improve access to health care, contain costs and yield better outcomes.

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

Dr. Gerard Anderson, Director of the Center for Hospital Finance and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Gerard Anderson
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Gerard Anderson, Director of the Center for Hospital Finance and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson shares his expertise on health care payment reform and living well with chronic disease.

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012

Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. BJ Fogg
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, and author of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do. Dr. Fogg discusses how computers can change and motivate people and the potential for mobile health technologies to greatly impact health outcomes.

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

Dr. Clement Bezold, Chairman of The Institute for Alternative Futures

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Clement Bezold
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with futurist Dr. Clement Bezold, co-founder and Chairman of the Institute for Alternative Futures. Dr. Bezold outlines his report on the future of health care in America, based on long term analysis of the impact of technology, genomics and health care reform.

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gov. John Kitzhaber
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with physician and Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber who discusses the state's recent two billion dollar federal grant to deploy a program to reduce Medicaid costs using patient centered homes, community health workers, telemedicine and electronic health records.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012

Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Carolyn Miles
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. Miles discusses the organization's three year study on global child mortality, focusing on newborns, and the strategies being employed to reduce mortality rates. Miles also discusses technological innovations that are allowing Save the Children to serve over 80 million children living in more than 120 countries, including the US.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Otis Brawley
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley speaks about his new book, “How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks and Talks About Being Sick in America”. Dr Brawley explores racial and ethnic disparities in cancer survival and looks at the costs incurred from overuse of certain cancer screenings that are not leading to better health outcomes.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012

Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of One Mind for Research

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Congressman Patrick Kennedy
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of One Mind for Research. The Congressman discusses One Mind’s goal to cure all diseases of the brain within 10 years by creating a broad-based, global coalition of partners engaged in research, funding and advocacy.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, President of the National Physicians Alliance

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, President of the National Physicians Alliance, an organization founded to restore trust in the medical profession by eliminating conflicts of interest. Dr. Arkoosh discusses their “Un-Branded Doctor” initiative which urges physicians to refuse payments of any kind from the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and talks about the organization’s “Good Stewardship” program which calls for doctors and patients to reduce costly and unnecessary tests.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012

Dr. Joel Kupersmith, Chief Research and Development Officer, Veterans Health Administration

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Joel Kupersmith
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Joel Kupersmith, Chief Research and Development Officer of the Veterans Health Administration who heads numerous research initiatives at the VA. Dr. Kupersmith discusses the creation of The Million Veterans Program, which is seeking to compile the largest data bank of genetic information in the nation for ongoing research. He outlines the benefits of the VA's long-standing use of electronic health records to better track patients' health as well as yielding meaningful data for research.

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

Dr. Amelia Haviland, Senior Statistician on Health Insurance for the RAND Corporation

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Amelia Haviland
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Amelia Haviland, Senior Statistician on Health Insurance for the RAND Corporation, a non-profit organization committed to improving public policy through non-partisan research and analysis. Dr. Haviland discusses RAND's in-depth study of the rapid growth of consumer-directed, high-deductible insurance policies in the private insurance market. She also explores their potential to save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs annually, while cautioning that such plans could lead to diminished health outcomes for consumers of these plans.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012

Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Cecile Richards
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America who discusses the millions of Americans receiving basic health care through the organization and the expansion of health information outreach to tens of millions via the internet and social media. Ms. Richards also discusses the numerous legal challenges to Planned Parenthood on the state and national levels.

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012

Dr. Eric Topol, Cardiologist, Geneticist and Director of the Scripps Translational Institute.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Eric Topol
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care. Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Topol about the pivotal role genomics and telemedicine are having on health care, and the potential for a health care revolution with these emerging technologies.

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012

Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Director of Health, Millennium Villages Project

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Sonia Sachs
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Director of Health, Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Sachs discusses the Millennium Project Goals to eliminate extreme global poverty by 2015. This model has greatly improved maternal and infant health outcomes in targeted regions of Africa through the use of community health workers, improved agriculture and nutrition, and development of local health systems.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

John Hoffman, Vice President of HBO Documentary Films, Executive Producer of "Weight of the Nation"

   
FEATURED GUEST:
John Hoffman
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John Hoffman, Vice President of HBO Documentary Films and Executive Producer of the "Weight of the Nation", a four-part documentary series produced in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, that explores the growing epidemic of obesity in this country. Mr. Hoffman speaks about HBO's commitment to using the documentary platform to publicize the causes of obesity, and engage communities in a dialogue about actions and solutions.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012

Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and COO of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Daniel Wolfson
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and COO of the ABIM Foundation, which recently launched the “Choosing Wisely” campaign in conjunction with Consumer Reports and nine medical societies. The campaign seeks to reduce the overuse of unnecessary medical tests which waste limited healthcare resources, pose additional risks to patients and drive up healthcare costs in this country.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

Brian Dolan, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of MobiHealthNews

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Brian Dolan
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Brian Dolan, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of MobiHealthNews – the online publication monitoring new developments in mobile health technology. Dolan discusses the myriad health and medical applications for mobile phones and tablets that have the power to revolutionize how healthcare is delivered moving forward and how consumers participate in their health care.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012

Dr. David Cutler, Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. David Cutler
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with noted Harvard Health Economist David Cutler, who has been studying the economics of health care reform for over 20 years. Professor Cutler was instrumental in crafting the health care reform legislation during the Clinton Administration and was Senior Health Advisor to President Obama’s campaign. He analyzes the recent Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act and explores the economic foundation for the health care reform legislation. Dr. Cutler offers a long view of the direction health care reform is headed in light of the current political and legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012

Dr. Frederick Southwick, Harvard Fellow and Author of “Critically Ill: A 5-Point Plan to Cure Healthcare Delivery”

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Frederick Southwick
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Frederick Southwick, Manager of New Quality and Safety Projects for the University of Florida and Shands Health Systems, Harvard Fellow, and author of “Critically Ill: A 5-Point Plan to Cure Healthcare Delivery”. Dr. Southwick outlines his program for increasing efficiency and improving safety in health care. His program is based on improved protocols and teamwork adopted from successful principles used in manufacturing and team sports.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

Professor Timothy Jost, Washington and Lee University School of Law

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Prof. Timothy Jost
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Professor Timothy Jost, Law Professor and Legal Scholar on Public Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act. Professor Jost, a frequent legal contributor to Health Affairs and NPR, discusses the Supreme Court Hearing on the Affordable Care Act; the constitutional implications and the potential outcomes of the Court's decision on the legality of the individual mandate.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gov. Deval Patrick
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who took office just as his state was implementing the most far-reaching health reform to date in this country. Governor Patrick discusses the impact of these reforms on health, healthcare, costs, and the economy in his state and his views about the national impact of the Affordable Care Act.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012

Larry Levitt, Co-Executive Director of the Kaiser Initiative on Health Care Reform and Private Insurance

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Larry Levitt
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Larry Levitt, Co-Executive Director of the Kaiser Initiative on Health Care Reform and Private Insurance. Mr. Levitt outlines a series of innovative tools his team has produced that give consumers and policy makers alike immediate information on the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act on individuals, groups and communities.

For more on Larry Levitt:
http://healthreform.kff.org/coverage-expansion-map.aspx
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012

Dr. Robert Wallace, Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Living Well With Chronic Illness

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Robert Wallace
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Robert Wallace, Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that recently released its report and recommendations "Living Well With Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Action". The report addresses the burden of chronic illness and suggests changes in public health policy and practice and how the country addresses chronic illness.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012

Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder of PatientsLikeMe

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Jamie Heywood
This week on Conversations on Health Care, Mark and Margaret speak with Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder of PatientsLikeMe, an online medical data-sharing portal for patients experiencing a variety of diseases. He is also founder of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit biotech research organization seeking a cure for Lou Gherig’s Disease. He talks about his goal of transforming medical care through patients sharing in-depth data with the public and the medical community to facilitate better treatments and disease outcomes.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2012

Former Senator Tom Daschle, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Sen. Tom Daschle
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, now co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Senator Daschle discusses the Center's recent report, "Transforming Healthcare: The Role of Health IT". He outlines the steps that need to be taken to speed up the transition to universal use of electronic health records and digitized health information as a fundamental preface to real health care reform.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012

Dr. John Moore, Director, MIT Media Lab Health and Wellness Innovation 2012

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. John Moore
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Moore, innovator of health care technology at the MIT Media Lab. Dr. Moore discusses his award-winning patient/care provider interface known as “CollaboRythm” as well as his “Health and Wellness Innovation 2012” competition in which teams of researchers, physicians and designers gathered at MIT for two weeks to invent new tech solutions to common health care problems.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2012

Jonathan Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Jonathan Linkous
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. They discuss the rapid growth of tech applications in health care and the "gold rush" of opportunities being generated in telemedicine for both caregivers and patient engagement.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2012

Dr. Jonathan Gruber, MIT Economist and Health Reform Architect

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Jonathan Gruber
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter discuss health care reform with MIT Health Economist Dr. Jonathan Gruber, one of the chief architects of health care reform in Massachusetts, and a significant contributor to the development of the Affordable Care Act health reform legislation. Dr. Gruber discusses the economics underlying health reform, and his recent “graphic novel,” Health Care Reform: What it is, Why it’s Necessary, How it Works, which translates complex legislation into simple terms for consumers.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012

Dr. Bill Crounse, Sr. Director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Bill Crounse
On this week’s Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Bill Crounse, Sr. Director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft. Dr. Crounse is an expert on the intersection of health and information technology. He discusses ways new technological developments are helping to revolutionize the delivery of health care, both here at home and globally.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012

Dr. Eric Topol, Cardiologist, Geneticist and Director of the Scripps Translational Institute.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Eric Topol
Conversations speaks this week with Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Institute and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care. Mark and Margaret speak with Dr. Topol about the pivotal role genomics and telemedicine is having on health care, and the potential for a health care revolution with these emerging technologies.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 08, 2012

Dr. Don Berwick, Recent Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Don Berwick
Conversations speaks with Dr. Don Berwick, recent head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a longtime advocate of patient safety and overhaul of the health care industry. Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Berwick about transforming health care for all Americans and his focus on the triple aim of better quality, better health, and lower costs in health care.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011

Gail Wilensky, economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gail Wilensky
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health economist Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow at Project HOPE and former Administrator of Medicare and Medicaid. Gail discusses the future of Medicare and Medicaid in the wake of the Affordable Care Act and how to make those services less costly and more patient-centered.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011

Dave deBronkart, Founding Member of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
David deBronkart
This week, Conversations on Health Care focuses on patient participation in their health care. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dave deBronkart, better known as "e-Patient Dave" about how opening health care information directly to patients and encouraging their participation can lead to better health outcomes.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011

Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Aneesh Chopra
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Aneesh Chopra, the first United States Chief Technology Officer. Aneesh discusses growing the economy through innovations in healthcare technology, new federal initiatives to improve the healthcare system, and what "unleashing" data means for patients, innovators and the healthcare system as a whole.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011

Linda Juszczak, president of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Linda Juszczak
This week, Conversations on Health Care focuses on school-based health centers. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Linda Juszczak, president of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, about how SBHCs reduce barriers to healthcare for children, teens and families. Ms. Juszczak comments on the key principles of school-based health centers, and the support for their expansion under federal healthcare reform.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder of the Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (Project ECHO).

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Sanjeev Arora
Conversations focuses this week on an innovative model of care that’s linking primary care providers with specialists in rural and underserved areas of the country. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder of Project ECHO, about how the ECHO model has the potential to increase access, improve health outcomes, and support primary care providers in caring for complex conditions.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011

Jeff Margolis, founder of the Trizetto Group.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Mr. Jeff Margolis
Conversations focuses this week on using system science to create a healthcare system that is coordinated, consistent, efficient and based on best practices. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jeff Margolis, founder of the Trizetto Group, about his vision for health care - Integrated Healthcare Management - and why this is the right time for a solution based on information technology.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2011

Dr. Michelle Gourdine, physician, author and health policy consultant.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Michelle Gourdine
This week on Conversations on Health Care®, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Michelle Gourdine about the individual, cultural and social factors that have led to poor health outcomes among African Americans. She'll discuss how everything from lifestyle advice to understanding how to navigate the healthcare system is important to bridge this gap in health status.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, authors of the new book Your Medical Mind.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Drs. Jerome Groopman & Pamela Hartzband
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Jerome Groopman, a Harvard physician and New Yorker staff writer, and Dr. Pamela Hartzband, an endocrinologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, about their new book Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You. They explore what influences our medical decisions - from personal biases to statistical influences on decisions to test and treat.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011

Paul Starr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Paul Starr
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Starr about his new book, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform. Dr. Starr takes us through the complexities of the debate over health care in America, the history of health reform in America, and how the Affordable Care Act both fulfills and falls short of earlier reform efforts.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011

Stephen Downs, Chief Technology and Information Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Stephen Downs
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on a new initiative in health care that makes medical information accessible for patients. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Stephen Downs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the Blue Button initiative, a technology that has the capability to revolutionize the way patients engage with their health care.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011

Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Lee Aase
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the revolution in how patients and provider are harnessing the power of social media to improve communication and health care. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Lee Aase, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, about how social media tools are engaging patients and providers, advancing medical knowledge, and improving the patient experience.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011

Linda Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Linda Aiken
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with one of the country's most influential nurse leaders. Dr. Linda Aiken is known for her ground breaking research linking nurse-to-patient ratios with patient outcomes. Dr. Aiken discusses the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing recommendations, innovations in nursing practice both in the U.S. and globally, and strategies to advance the IOM recommendations on nursing practice, education and leadership in the U.S. healthcare system.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

Dr. William Hsiao, the K.T. Li Professor of Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. William Hsiao
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on health system design both here and abroad. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. William Hsiao, internationally recognized for his work on designing national health systems and effective ways to organize both health insurance and health care. From China to the United States, Dr. Hsiao’s work provides an interesting backdrop for health reform efforts underway around the world.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

Dr. Linda McCauley, dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Linda McCauley
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on green initiatives in health care. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Linda McCauley, a renowned environmental health researcher and national leader on greener health care practices, about the impact of this movement on patients and communities as well as cost.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

Dr. Paul Cleary, dean of the Yale School of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Paul Cleary
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Paul Cleary, the dean of the Yale School of Public Health, about why engaging the community is so important in the school's latest research, and about some of the ways quality measures and patient satisfaction surveys are improving health outcomes.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan—physician, activist, and champion of primary care.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the changing demands for a primary care workforce. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, professor of health policy and medicine at George Washington University and a practicing physician at the Upper Cardoza Community Health Center in Washington, D.C.

For more on Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan:
www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/faculty/
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011

Dr. Nicholas Christakis, researcher and Harvard professor of medical sociology.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Nicholas Christakis
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the social factors that affect health. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Harvard professor Dr. Nicholas Christakis about his research on social connections and social determinants of health that impact our personal, community, and public health.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011

M. Gregg Bloche, author of The Hippocratic Myth.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
M. Gregg Bloche
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with physician, attorney, and health policy expert Dr. M. Gregg Bloche about his new book, The Hippocratic Myth: Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise their Promise to Heal, in which he addresses the issues of rationing care and rising health care costs.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2011

Dr. William Hanson, author of Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors Will Revolutionize Health Care.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. William Hanson
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. William Hanson about the changes the medical profession is undergoing in the U.S. and how tomorrow's primary care providers are being shaped by technology and a team-based approach to delivering health care. Dr. Hanson's new book is called Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors Will Revolutionize Health Care.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 07, 2011

Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Garth Graham
Conversations on Health Care® focuses today on addressing the healthcare needs of racial and ethnic populations. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at HHS, about reducing and eliminating health disparities through health care reform, enhanced data collection and a host of community and technology innovations.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2011

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gov. Peter Shumlin
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on Vermont's plan to create the first single-payer health insurance program in the nation. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about the bill he signed into law this year and why he believes it will make Vermont a healthier, more prosperous state.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2011

Dr. Jay Parkinson, co-founder of Hello Health and The Future Well.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Jay Parkinson
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on breaking the mold in healthcare delivery design. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Jay Parkinson, co-founder of the online healthcare service Hello Health and the innovation firm, The Future Well. Dr. Parkinson's innovations in the redesign of primary care and how we think about health earned him “The Doctor of the Future” and one of the “Top Ten Most Creative People in Healthcare” by Fast Company.

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Farzad Mostashari
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the national leadership driving the advancement of health information technology in the U.S. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the new National Coordinator, about the progress that's been made in the more widespread adoption of HIT, who's driving the change, and what it means for patients.

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on 30 years of fighting AIDS. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leader at the forefront of clinical, research, and advocacy efforts for HIV/AIDS both in the United States and around the world.

SUNDAY, JULY 03, 2011

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Susan Dentzer
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the critical policy issues for innovation and legislation. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal focusing on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and around the world.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011

Governor Gary R. Herbert of Utah.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
Gov. Gary H. Herbert
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on Utah's innovative health insurance exchange. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Governor Gary Herbert about the creation of their exchange in 2007, why it's unique and what lessons other states might take from Utah as they begin planning their own exchanges.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

David Wessel, economics editor of the Wall Street Journal.

   
FEATURED GUEST:
David Wessel
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with David Wessel, economics editor of the Wall Street Journal. He'll give us his perspective on the economy and the forces that are shaping health care and living standards around the world.

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