WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
Darrell West, Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
Topher Spiro, Managing Director, Health Policy, Center for American Progress
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
Governor 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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of the AIDS Institute
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012
Dr. Elliot Fisher, Director of Population Health and Policy at the Dartmouth Institute
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.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
Dr. Gerard Anderson, Director of the Center for Hospital Finance and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
Dr. BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
Dr. Clement Bezold, Chairman of The Institute for Alternative Futures
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012
Oregon Governor 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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012
Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children
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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012
Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society
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, â€œHow We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks and Talks About Being Sick in Americaâ€. 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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of One Mind for Research
This week, Mark and Margaret speak with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of One Mind for Research. The Congressman discusses One Mindâ€™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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, President of the National Physicians Alliance
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 â€œUn-Branded Doctorâ€ initiative which urges physicians to refuse payments of any kind from the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and talks about the organizationâ€™s â€œGood Stewardshipâ€ program which calls for doctors and patients to reduce costly and unnecessary tests.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
Dr. Joel Kupersmith, Chief Research and Development Officer, Veterans Health Administration
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Dr. Amelia Haviland, Senior Statistician on Health Insurance for the RAND Corporation
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012
Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012
Dr. Eric Topol, Cardiologist, Geneticist and Director of the Scripps Translational Institute.
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Director of Health, Millennium Villages Project
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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
John Hoffman, Vice President of HBO Documentary Films, Executive Producer of "Weight of the Nation"
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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and COO of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation
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 â€œChoosing Wiselyâ€ 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.