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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.