WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009
Dr. Karen Davis, PhD, leading economist, author, and President of the Commonwealth Fund
This week, Conversation on Health Care® talks with one of the country's leading economists, Dr. Karen Davis. As President of the Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues, Dr. Davis and her team are highly influential researchers and thought leaders on issues of reform and innovation in health care.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009
â€œMedical break-through saves lives!â€ How a simple check list can point us towards higher quality and lower cost.
Conversations on Health Care® focuses focuses today on health care innovations that save lives and reduce costs. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter will speak with Dr. Peter J. Pronovost, an internationally acclaimed leader in patient safety and quality whose innovations are being adopted around the world. Dr. Pronovost is a practicing intensivist, anesthesiologist, and public health expert whose â€œcheck-listâ€ for use in intensive care units is just one reason that Time Magazine named him one of Americaâ€™s â€œ100 Most Influential Peopleâ€ in 2008.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009
Designing a 21st century approach to patient-centered care
Conversations on Health Care® focuses today on transformative primary care and designing a 21st century approach to patient-centered-care. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter will speak with Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer, renowned physician, author and researcher. Dr. Bodenheimer is a leading expert in primary care and strategies to improve quality and access while controlling costs.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
United States Preventive Services Task Force
Conversations on Health Care® focuses today on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and its recent recommendations for breast cancer screening. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter will speak with Dr. Kristen A. Zarfos, a surgeon and a national breast cancer expert. Dr. Zarfos has earned national praise for her advocacy for womenâ€™s health.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
The Free Clinic Movement
Conversations on Health Care® focuses today on the resurgence of free health-care clinics around the country. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter will speak with Nicole D. Lamoureux, Executive Director of the National Association of Free Clinics, based in Alexandria, VA. Lamoureux has been at the forefront of the free clinic movement.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009
Republican Congressman Anh Cao, U.S. Representive of Louisiana, Discusses Health-Care Reform
Conversations on Health Care® focuses today on the position of U.S. Rep. Anh Cao of Louisiana - the only Republican in the House of Representatives to vote for the health-care reform bill. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter will speak with Congressman Cao about the meaning and implication of his unique vote for health-care reform. A first-term Congressman, Cao fled Vietnam at the age of 8. He serves on the Committees on Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009
Discussing issues of aging in America, and the impact of both health reform and innovations supporting the health and well-being of our elders.
Today, Conversations on Health Care® turns its focus to health reform and innovation as they relate to aging. Jennie Chin Hansen, President of AARP, joins us to talk about the priorities and concerns of AARPâ€™s 40 million members and the organizationâ€”and the kinds of innovations that Ms. Hansen has pioneered over a long career as a nurse, gerontologist, and executive.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009
Two Perspectives on Health Care Reform
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter explore health care reform from two perspectives: policy and practice. First, they'll speak with U.S. Senator Chris Dodd about the latest developments in the Senate to draft a reform bill. Then, they'll interview Jon Kingsdale, Execcutive Director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, about the state's health reform plan and how it can inform the national dialogue.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
Health Information Technology with the Obama Administration
For our one-month anniversary show, we explore the future of health information technology. Hosts, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview Dr. David Blumenthal, President Obama's National Coordiantor for Health Information Technology. Dr Blumenthal is tasked with modernizing our nation's health care system in order to improve the health of all Americans, bring down costs, and ensure long term growth.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
A Radical Redesign of Patient Scheduling
Our team will speak with Dr. Mark Murray, MPA, Principal of Mark Murray & Associates, a health care consulting firm based in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Murray helped create Advanced Access, which helps doctors and other health care providers dramatically decrease patient wait times and improve continuity of care. Dr. Murray consults with health care organizations in the United States and abroad on a variety of health care quality improvement strategies including efficiencies in office practice, the development and care of health care teams, change management in health care settings, physician compensation, and â€œbig systemâ€ flow.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009
Conversations on Health Care explores Centering Pregnancy
Centering Pregnancy is a health care model that delivers quality care in a group setting and has shown to improve outcomes for mother and baby. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview the founder of the model, Sharon Schindler Rising, who is a nurse midwife and Executive Director of the Centering Healthcare Institute.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009
Retail Care Clinic Industry
Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter explore two models in the retail care clinic industry. Theyâ€™ll speak with Sandra Ryan, Take Care Health Systemâ€™s Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer. Take Care owns and operates retail clinics inside Walgreens. Their second interview is with Dr. John Agwunobi, President of Wal-Martâ€™s Health and Wellness Division about its model of leasing retail space to independent health care providers.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Mitch Katz, San Francisco's Director of Public Health, discuss the public option and the universal access program.
Conversations on Health Care® is an innovative radio show debuting today with special guest U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Dr. Mitch Katz, the nationally-known health director for the city and county of San Francisco, will also make a guest appearance. The show can be heard on WESU-FM at 88.1 or you can listen online at www.wesufm.orgâ€”streaming live worldwide. Join us for what we anticipate to be a memorable and inspiring inaugural show.