MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019
Episode #61 of 545
Ending HIV/AIDS in America and Confronting the Resurgence of Measles: CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield on Public Health Solutions
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is dedicated to eradicating the AIDS Virus as we know it in this country, dramatically reducing new infections within a decade. He also addresses the domestic and global spike of previously eradicated diseases like measles, resulting from a growing anti-vaccination movement.
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019
Episode #62 of 545
Propelling Primary Care Towards Value-Based Care: Adam Boehler, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at HHS on Their Bold Agenda
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Adam Boehler, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at HHS. They discuss ways the agency hopes to "blow up fee for service" and the efforts underway to propel the nation's primary care reimbursement structure towards shared risk and value-based care, rewarding clinicians for better outcomes.
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019
Episode #63 of 545
Dr. Sanjay Gupta on "Chasing Life": CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Talks About His Search for Secrets to Longevity Around the World
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon at Emory Clinic and Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, on his new series, "Chasing Life" which explores areas around the world with exceptional longevity, happiness and wellbeing. He delves into the secrets to healthier lives in those places, and also examines the epidemic of stress in America and how it is leading to poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy.
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
Episode #64 of 545
Governor Bill Weld Mounts Challenge against President Trump: Discusses Health Care, Climate Change and Bipartisanship
<br /><br />This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter kick off a series of interviews with presidential candidates. Our first interview was with Governor Bill Weld, who announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination yesterday. They discuss his views on the Affordable Care Act, climate change, and his thoughts on how to bring the divided nation together.
MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019
Episode #65 of 545
Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, on Separating Immigrant Families at the Border and the Impact of Toxic Stress
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has vocally opposed the separation of immigrant families at the border. She talks about the long term impact of toxic stress in childhood, recommended breastfeeding and vaccination protocols, harm from gun violence, and too much screen time for kids.
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
Episode #66 of 545
Tackling the Opioid Crisis: Bipartisan Policy Center's Dr. Anand Parekh Examines State-Based Approaches
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anand Parekh, Chief Medical Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank committed to fostering bi-partisan solutions to America's biggest challenges. He discusses their recent report, a first-of-its kind analysis, on how states are utilizing Federal dollars in different ways to battle the opioid crisis, examining interventions that are working.
MONDAY, MARCH 25,2019
Episode #67 of 545
Putting Healthcare Above Politics: United States of Care Co-Founder Emily Barson on Medicaid Buy-in and State Based Health Policy Solutions
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Emily Barson, Co-Founder along with former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt, of United States of Care, a non-profit, non-partisan organization seeking to advance access to affordable health care for all Americans,"putting health care above politics". She talks about their focus on state-based innovations that are improving health care access, and about their Medicaid Buy-In effort seeking to assist states in creatively expanding Medicaid to cover more of their residents.
MONDAY, MARCH 18,2019
Episode #68 of 545
Bad Blood in Silicon Valley: Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou on the Rise and Spectacular Fall of Theranos
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, author of "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup", which figures prominently in the current HBO documentary on Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos. It's a riveting account of the scandal he uncovered at the health tech startup, which claimed it's technology would revolutionize diagnostic testing. He uncovered Holmes' widespread deception, detailing how she not only duped high level investors out of billions, but also put patients' lives at risk.
MONDAY, MARCH 11,2019
Episode #69 of 545
Your Health Record on Your Smart Phone: National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker on HSS Plan to Liberate Your Health Data
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Donald Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Rucker discusses recently announced rules requiring health providers and hospitals to make electronic health records available to consumers upon request to their smart phones, at no cost them, to give patients more control of their health information.
MONDAY, MARCH 4,2019
Episode #70 of 545
The Science of Communicating Science: Dr. Susmita Pati on the Alan Alda Center's Work
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Susmita Pati, Chief Medical Program Advisor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, founded by the legendary actor and PBS science show host who felt science and health professionals needed to learn better communication skills. The "Alda Method" applies traditional actors' training like improvisation and other speaking techniques to improve the ability of health care and science professionals to better disseminate their complex information.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25,2019
Episode #71 of 545
Cybersecurity, HIPAA, and Blockchain: Microsoft's David Houlding Talks Health Data in the Digital Age
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with David Houlding, Microsoft's Principal Healthcare Lead and international expert on blockchain, AI and cybersecurity issues impacting health information technology. He discusses the challenges of keeping health data safe, while improving access to patients and clinicians, with a growing emphasis on blockchain, AI and the cloud to advance health data security capabilities.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18,2019
Episode #72 of 545
Commonwell Health Alliance's Jitin Asnaani on Mission for National Health Data Exchange
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jitin Asnaani, Executive Director of the CommonWell Health Alliance which is on a mission to make a nationwide health data exchange a reality. They discuss the national network of payer, provider and EHR vendors joining the Alliance to advance interoperability across multiple electronic health record platforms with health data flowing seamlessly from patient to providers.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Episode #73 of 545
Clear Health Costs Founder Jeanne Pinder Seeks to Unmask Healthcare's High Costs With Online Price Check Tool
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jeanne Pinder, Founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, which seeks to unmask the true cost Americans pay for health care. They discuss the online platform she created that compares prices for hospitalizations and procedures offering consumers real transparency in health pricing, utilizing crowd sourced patient payment data vetted by journalists around the country.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Episode #74 of 545
Continued Quest for Equity in Health: Thoughts from Morehouse School of Medicine Founder and former HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan, Founding Dean and President Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and former HHS Secretary under the first Bush Administration. Dr. Sullivan discusses his efforts to build diversity in the health professions through his organization, the Sullivan Alliance, and his contributions to building equity in health systems around the country and the world.
MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019
Episode #75 of 545
Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: Writer Barry Meier Unveils OxyContin's Pivotal Role
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," on Purdue Pharma, makers of the narcotic OxyContin, and the pivotal role they played in "the greatest public health crisis of the 21st Century."
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
Episode #76 of 545
Susannah Fox, Former Chief Technology Officer at HHS, Analyzes Young Consumers' Push Towards Digital Health
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speaks with renowned health industry analyst Susannah Fox who served as Chief Technology Officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Fox has been studying the growing impact of the internet on health care and discusses her recent report on how young health consumers are accelerating the adoption of digital technologies in the health care experience.
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
Episode #77 of 545
Flint Water Crisis Whistle Blower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on the Aftermath of the Poisoning of a City
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pediatrician and public health activist, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who exposed the Flint Water Crisis brought on by state and city officials who switched Flint's water supply. She discusses her book on the crisis, "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City" which exposes government efforts to deny their role, and the ongoing community-wide effort to address the public health crisis.
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019
Episode #78 of 545
AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity: HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf on Topics Dominating Upcoming Global Conference
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Hal Wolf, President and CEO of HIMSS - the Health Information Management Systems Society which seeks to advance information technology in health care. He discusses the upcoming HIMSS 2019 Global Conference, the largest gathering of its kind in the world on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Voice Technology, Cybersecurity and Blockchain which are expected to dominate this year's event.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018
Episode #79 of 545
Starting 2019 Right, Lifestyle as Medicine: Dr. David Katz on Power of Nutrition in Prevention and Health
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Katz, globally renowned lifestyle medicine expert and Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center where his research focuses on advancing diet and nutrition as a powerful tool to reduce the burden of chronic disease. The founder of the True Health Initiative, he discusses his most recent book, "The Truth About Food", a comprehensive reference book for clinicians and patients on the science of nutrition.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2018
Episode #80 of 545
Best of 2018: AI, CRISPR, Telemedicine, and Emerging Health Care Trends
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter look back at some of the most memorable guests from 2018, which included thought leaders in areas such as CRISPR gene editing technology, Artificial Intelligence and Voice in health care, the rise of innovative care delivery models as well as the transformation in health profession training. They also welcomed award-winning investigative journalists who exposed the dark side of the health industry in which corporations profited from defrauding the public and putting patients' lives at risk, from the Theranos scandal to the industry-driven opioid crisis.