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PopHealth Podcast

Healthcare is a multi-trillion dollar industry in the United States, and yet many people are completely unaware of the brilliant people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to improve access, lower costs and improve patient outcomes. Welcome to PopHealth Podcast, the show by healthcare professionals that explores the challenges facing the American Healthcare system through the perspectives of the innovative minds looking to solve them and move the industry into the future. We invite thought-leaders and influencers from throughout the continuum of care to discuss population health; from elected officials tasked with setting public policy, to clinicians who treat patients in every conceivable condition and social situation, to ground-breaking business leaders who are creating ways to connect and streamline the delivery of care to an ever-growing and diverse nation. Our hosts, Gavin Ward & Zac Morgan, bring a combined 20 years of heath care and home care experience which allows them to facilitate thoughtful and meaningful discussion on topics including population health, care transitions, readmission prevention, etc. Our goal is to provide listeners with a wealth of knowledge on the issues which affect millions of Americans every day, and a glimpse inside the world’s largest healthcare system. We believe that, together and through healthy conversation, we can change and improve the future of healthcare!
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Aug 3, 2018

When Paul Irving received his law degree (from Loyola Law – Go Lions!) and began practicing, he had no intention of devoting his life’s work to the field of aging.  Now, years on, he’s the Chairman of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, and is considered one of the most prominent voices on the topic.  In this episode, we discuss how it all came about and how the Center is working to change the perception of aging- including highlighting the enormous business potential and evolving messaging around living a purposeful life in your later years.

Jul 23, 2018

Tom Jackiewicz has built an impressive reputation for himself following his leadership of academic medical centers across the US.  When he left UCSD to assume the role of Senior VP & CEO at Keck Medicine of USC, he knew he was in for a challenge but felt he was the right person to lead an organization with such incredible potential.  In the midst a turbulent year for USC’s medical school, Tom has led Keck Medicine to continued growth in size and reputation, while maintaining exciting ideas for what’s to come.  Join us as we discuss the hospital of the future and, since he’s known to use football metaphors, whether he views his role at Keck Medicine as Quarterback, Head Coach or General Manager!

Jul 9, 2018

Typically when you picture a “Tech Accelerator” program, you envision an incubator of companies hoping to create the next social network or app.  However, in a modern building on the Cedars-Sinai campus you’ll find a unique partnership between the hospital and TechStars looking for foster some of the next great health-tech breakthroughs.  Join us for a conversation with the program’s Director, Anne Wellington, where we discuss her experience as an entrepreneur, some of the exciting advances her program is making, as well as her thoughts on leadership and growing presence of women in technology startups.  And make no mistake, while this shared workspace might look like it could belong to google or twitter, it might just produce the next great breakthrough to impact your health and how you receive it!

Jun 18, 2018

Gary joined co-host Gavin in the show’s El Segundo headquarters and they discuss how OM is going to disrupt healthcare and empower consumers to more save on their healthcare costs while having access to providers of their choice.

May 24, 2018

Co-host Gavin Ward traveled to Oakland to record an episode with Marty Ardron, a physical therapist by trade.  Marty discusses the various aspects of care outside the acute care setting in which he and his team serve over 4 million Kaiser members in Northern California.

May 4, 2018

Co-host Gavin Ward and returning co-host Joe Zimmer sit down with returning Guest Karen Vanaskie joins long-time industry partner Pam Foster to discuss the special relationship in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that exists between Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network, and prestigious hospital system HonorHealth.

Apr 20, 2018

Cliff Daniels walks us through the responsibilities of a Chief Strategy Officer at one of the highest rated stand-alone community hospitals in California.  Cliff shares about the challenges and strengths of being a stand-alone hospital, Methodist’s involvement in upcoming changes to bundled payment arrangements, and about a brand new, state of the art orthopedic wing to better serve its patient population.

Apr 5, 2018

The organization formerly known as CAPG has grown rapidly since we last had CEO Don Crane on the pod.  Re-branded as America’s Physician Groups (APG), the organization has expanded their influence nationwide and continued its rapid growth.  Ahead of their upcoming national conference in San Diego, Don sits down with the guys to discuss the “new” organization, his view for the future of healthcare and how APG is exercising its influence in Washington.

Mar 23, 2018

DJ Wilson’s experience in government and public policy gave him a unique perspective on how things get done in America and ability to navigate the political environment.  Following his time in Washington, he focused those skills on healthcare in America and founded State of Reform to provide consulting services and also put on some of the most influential conferences industry-wide.  Join us as DJ talks in depth about where healthcare is in both California and America at large, and identifies some of the biggest opportunities and challenges he sees on the horizon.  You may be surprised some of his predictions!

Mar 5, 2018

Charene Platon joins the show to share about the history and growing importance of advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, in our constantly changing healthcare climate.

Feb 16, 2018

More-and-more these days, it’s getting harder to find people who haven’t taken a trip courtesy of an on-demand rideshare app.  But as the once stereotypically “millennial” transportation services continue to grow at a torrid pace, they are beginning to look into other ways their huge cache of drivers and lower costs can transform the way people get from Point A to Point B.  Currently providing more than 1 Million rides per day, Lyft continues to remain one of the most innovative rideshare services in the market.  We sit down with Dan Trigub, Regional VP and friend of the podcast, to discuss their rapid growth and disruption in the healthcare market.  Plus, Dan gives listeners a special offer: new users input code “LyftCare17” to get $15 off your first Lyft ride!

Feb 5, 2018

As our population ages, gerontology is taking a more prominent role in our nation.   Leading aging expert and gerontologist Mary Winners discusses the history of gerontology, what it means, and how experts in aging serve as a resource with our aging adults.

Jan 12, 2018

The impact of loneliness and social isolation is an often-forgotten issue, and yet it is one that impacts our society more than most people understand.  When you consider that social isolation as you age can negatively impact your physical health in the same way that smoking a pack of cigarettes can, you begin to understand why.  Maureen Feldman runs the Social Isolation and Loneliness Collaborative at Motion Picture & Television Fund, an effort also backed by AARP and some of the leading aging organizations in Los Angeles.  She and I sit down to discuss this looming crisis and what they’re doing to fight it.

Dec 18, 2017

Arielle Burstein, a Senior Associate at the Milken Institute, is focused on research and action to help study and shape a viable solution for our aging population.  The institute, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health,” heads research and convenes leaders who have the power to make a change.  Arielle and I cover a wide-variety of topics, from the staggering rates at which the aging population is growing, to the dangers of ageism and the potential of a more fully incorporated older generation.

Nov 10, 2017

A former nuclear submarine engineer and leader at General Electric (including in a healthcare division, Gray Miller’s own personal experience with his father’s hospitalization was a catalyst to leverage his expertise in processes and data to assemble group of passionate executives who are experts at eliminating unnecessary testing, admissions, and utilization.  Gray shares about his background and how he hopes Titanium Healthcare will improve the lives of both the patients and medical professionals that it serves.

Oct 30, 2017

Dr. Adam Solomon reveals the inner workings of how ACOs, IPAs, and how physician practices operate in today’s ever changing healthcare landscape.

Learn about his journey from coast to coast, including his time in Maryland as a student to his time as a relatively new physician in Oregon to his current role of chief medical officer for a large health system in California. 

Oct 17, 2017

For many healthcare professionals, Dr. Mary Naylor and her transformative Transitional Care Model (fondly referred to as the “Naylor Model”), have become synonymous with care transitions and readmission prevention.  Adapted from a care transitions program for low birth weight infants, Dr. Naylor created one of the most influential models for caring for high-risk older adults.  With amazing results in hundreds of healthcare organizations across the country, it has become one of the standards for managing a high-risk patient population.  Now chair of the Care Culture and Decision-Making Collaborative through the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Naylor continues to shape the future of healthcare through policy initiatives and research, including her recent 6-year term on MedPAC.

Oct 2, 2017

Case Managers play a significant role in the utilization and quality of the American healthcare system.  In order to keep up with the rapid pace of change, they rely on organizations like the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) for education, resources and advocacy.  PopHealth Podcast had a chance to sit down with CMSA President, Kathy Fraser, at their most recent national conference in Austin to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities they face.  With topics including technology, end of life care and how the legalization of marijuana impacts case management, find out how case managers and CMSA are preparing for the future.

Sep 19, 2017

In 1979, Mission Hospice was established as San Mateo County’s first hospice program.  In the decades that followed, hospice care was transformed.  Dwight and Lisa take us through the history of hospice care, while sharing how Mission Hospice and Home Care has remained a community pillar in the Bay Area.

Aug 31, 2017

Dr. Jay Inuma is a high energy, leading physician with a wealth of experience in medical care, including overseeing care coordination and case management at Methodist Hospital of Southern California .  Known as Dr. Jay to his patients, whom he gives his personal cell number to, he’s served in roles on both the insurance side with Aetna, and industry giant Kaiser Permanente.  Dr. Jay sheds insight into some of the challenges of his work, as well as the future of healthcare.

Aug 21, 2017

It isn’t often that you come across a hospital executive who is an engineer by trade, and yet Rod Hanners began his career serving on nuclear submarines in the Navy.  Following his tours of duty, he served as the COO of Kaiser Medical Center in LA and then Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, before moving into his current role as CEO of Keck Hospital of USC.  Join us to find out how Rod’s time in the Navy prepared him for hospital leadership and hear his take on the challenges and opportunities of running one of Los Angeles’ most prolific academic medical centers in today’s environment.

Aug 7, 2017

When Erik Wexler was recently named CEO of Providence Health & Services in Southern CA, he took over 6 of the most prominent and integral medical centers in the region and their community engagement.  He also played a major role in their recent merger with St. Joseph Health, which created one of the largest and most impactful health systems across Southern CA. In this engaging and insightful conversation, Erik talks with Gavin & Zac about the opportunities of population health, how he views the integration of technology into healthcare and what it is like to lead a large healthcare organization through times of politically-caused uncertainty.

Jul 24, 2017

We love Social Workers on this show and are consistently amazed by their capacity to care for those without champions.  It isn’t very often, however, that we get to see the heartbreaking challenges and heart-warming success stories that these Social Workers face on a day-to-day basis from their point-of-view.  Scott Ferguson is not only the Director of Social Work at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, but also the President of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, a national trade organization for the industry.  With these unique perspectives, Scott takes us on a journey through the real world of Social Work, how it’s evolved over the years, it’s role in care transitions, the seemingly impossible miracles they conjure on a day-to-day basis and so much more.

Jun 23, 2017

With the CBO Scoring of the Senate healthcare bill due this week, and a vote scheduled before the July 4th break, confusion and frustration regarding the future of healthcare in America and here in California is at an all-time high.  With this is mind, we present you with our timely and extremely topical interview with Secretary of the CA Department of Health & Human Services, Diana Dooley.  Secretary Dooley oversees a myriad of health services in CA, but two in particular seem to be under attack- Covered California and Medi-Cal.  However, unlike the doomsday predictions of many of the talking heads you’ll find on TV, Secretary Dooley (who describes herself as a ‘passionate moderate’) has remained calm in the face of extreme diversity and still believes that healthcare can be fixed.  Join us as Secretary Dooley walks us through where we are, and where we go from here.

Jun 19, 2017

With over 300 member physician groups that practice capitated and coordinated care across 44 states,  CAPG has been a long-time leader in advocacy for capitation, helping federal legislators transform the American healthcare system.  Longtime CAPG President Don Crane joins the podcast to shed light on the forward-thinking efforts of CAPG, which has been advocating on behalf of providers that practice coordinated care and capitation for many decades.

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