MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Researching Medical Marijuana and PTSD: Dr. Sue Sisley on the Quest to Expand Research on the Medicinal Potential of Cannabis
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sue Sisley, internist, psychiatrist and President of the Scottsdale Research Institute which is conducting the nation's only FDA-approved study on the efficacy of whole plant marijuana for treatment of PTSD. She discusses her ten-year quest to complete a randomized control trial on the use of cannabis as a potentially effective approach, and restrictions that pose a challenge to expansive scientific research.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019
Addressing War Crimes and Human Rights Violations: Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Susannah Sirkin, Director of Policy at Physicians for Human Rights, an organization using the power of medicine and science to document human rights violations in conflict zones around the world. She discusses their recent report on Syria's attack on its own health care system, the banning of land mines and their work documenting trauma experienced by refugees and asylum seekers here and around the globe.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
Chaitali Sinha, Program Officer, Governance, Equity, and Health of the International Development Research Centre.
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on improving health outcomes in developing countries through e-Health. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Chaitali Sinha from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) about how countries with fewer resources are driving e-Health innovations, especially in mobile health, and what lessons from IDRC supported projects can be applied to health care in the United States.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
Dr. Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of Academy Health
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Lisa Simpson, President and CEO of Academy Health, a non-partisan, non-profit research entity dedicated to improving health and health systems, and informing policy through better use of data. They discuss the research focus at Academy Health as well as their recent sponsorship of Health Datapalooza, an annual gathering of health industry researchers and activists seeking to "liberate" siloed health data to accelerate the pace of research.
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
HHS Data Chief Dr. Mona Siddiqui on Addressing the Challenges of Health Data Liberation
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, who is overseeing a transformation in health information sharing between all agencies at HHS. She discusses the infrastructure changes required to facilitate data liquidity, and growing partnerships with outside entrepreneurs to expedite the process.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 03, 2011
Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont.
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.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016
Dr. David Shulkin, Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Shulkin was selected to transform the largest health system in the country, serving the health needs of some 9 million veterans in all 50 states.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Trump's Nominee for VA Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, Discusses Veteran's Health Care
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with President Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. Dr. Shulkin is currently the Under Secretary for Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He talks about the challenges he has faced coming from the private sector, the important role the VA health care system, as well as the role other issues like housing play in health care.
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
Reimagining the Future of Health Care: Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC, Dr. Rasu Shrestha on Design Thinking and Innovation
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC and VP of UPMC Enterprises, the entrepreneurial division of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Shrestha is also Co-Chair of Health Datapalooza, and discusses the need for design thinking and building a culture of innovation to truly transform the health care system.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018
National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Norman Sharpless on the Future of Genomics, Prevention, and Personalized Oncology
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Norman Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. They discuss the accelerated pace of discovery in cancer research driven by genomics, big data analytics and personalized oncology. He also stresses the need to address fragmented pockets of research for more rapid deployment of treatment breakthroughs.
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene for the State of Maryland. He addresses the improvements being made to the problematic Insurance Exchange in Maryland. Dr. Sharfstein also discusses the robust Health Information Exchange as well as dramatic payment reforms underway in Maryland that are reducing unnecessary hospitalizations, improving chronic care management and reducing health costs in that state.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, current president of the University of Miami and chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine.
Conversations on Health Care® focuses this week on the future of nursing in advancing health. Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala about the Institute of Medicineâ€™s report in light of national health reform.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Dr. Neel Shah, Founder of Costs of Care
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Neel Shah, Asst. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Founder of Costs of Care, a global NGO dedicated to helping delivery systems provide better care at lower costs. He's also the co-author of "Understanding Value Based Care" which seeks to promote cost awareness in the medical profession.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016
Dr. Neel Shah, Founder of Costs of Care
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Neel Shah, Asst. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Founder of Costs of Care, a global NGO dedicated to helping delivery systems provide better care at lower costs. He's also the co-author of "Understanding Value Based Care" which seeks to promote cost awareness in the medical profession, starting with medical school.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019
Admiral Joe Sestak, Democratic Presidential Contender, Talks Health Access, Cybersecurity and Caution on Swift March to Medicare For All
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former Pennsylvania Congressman and three-star Navy Admiral Joe Sestak on his late entry into a run for the Democratic Presidential nomination. He shares his expertise on cybersecurity and threats to American health data, the need to move slowly towards any version of Medicare for All, and the promise of the Veterans Health Administration to meet growing gaps in rural health needs.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
2020 Voters Call for Health Care Fix – Not Repeal or Replace
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter welcome Marilyn Serafini, Director of the Health Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center which recently conducted a poll of voters in early polling states in the 2020 Presidential Election. Results show voters are most concerned about the costs of health care, preferring to fix the existing system, rather than repeal the Affordable Care Act or replace it with a Medicare For All approach.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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.
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
Dr. Joshua Seidman, Former Director of Meaningful Use at ONC, Analyzes Healthcare Landscape Under GOP
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Joshua Seidman, PhD, Senior VP for the Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation at Avalere Health, and former Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services. He discusses the challenges that lie ahead for continued growth of meaningful use of electronic health records in the health care industry under proposed rollbacks under GOP health reform measures.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
American Well Co-Founders Drs. Roy and Ido Schoenberg on Apple Heart Study and the Future of Telemedicine
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with brothers Dr. Roy Schoenberg and Dr. Ido Schoenberg, co-founders of the telehealth company American Well which is partnering with Apple and Stanford on the ground-breaking Apple Heart Study, using the Apple Watch to detect the presence of atrial fibrillation. The Schoenbergs discuss the telemedicine component their company will provide and how this may signal a pivotal moment for telehealth.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013
Cathy Schoen, Sr. VP of the Commonwealth Fund
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Cathy Schoen, Sr. VP of the Commonwealth Fund which is dedicated to promoting a high-performing health care system. Ms. Schoen discusses her recent study comparing the health insurance systems of 11 wealthy nations, including the US, and the varied levels of cost, complexity and health care experience among them.