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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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Dec 14, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, Gavin and Zac look back on the year that was, share some behind-the-scenes stories and share their thoughts on what to watch for as we head into 2019.

Dec 7, 2018

VITAS Healthcare is arguably the most-recognized name in Hospice and end-of-life care. In fact, they are the Nation’s largest provider of hospice and palliative care services, caring for more than 18,000 patients every day. As experts on care and comfort at the end-of-life, we sit down with Dr. Christine Koniaris, Medical Director for VITAS East Bay, and Brian Pienta to discuss the clinical and holistic aspects of hospice care working to preserve quality of life with limited time to live.

Nov 26, 2018

Generations Healthcare is one of the leading healthcare organizations in the west focused on skilled nursing, rehab, memory care, behavioral health, and assisted living.  Tom discusses his personal journey, where he saw the opportunity to do something better than the status quo.  Tom discusses the Generations story, from a single facility organization to now 27 locations with operations throughout California and Las Vegas.

Nov 12, 2018

So what are all those mustaches in November about, and what’s up with Movember?  The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year-round.  Global leaders Paul Villanti and Kellie Paich join the show to share how those mustaches and $837 million (USD) raised by Movember globally are going to good use.

Oct 26, 2018

UCLA Health is often recognized as one of the leading health systems in the world, with UCLA Medical Center ranked as #7 in the nation by US News and World Report.  Dr. Raja joins the show to discuss UCLA’s growing role in patient centered care, and how UCLA’s decades of population health experience have made it such a prestigious organization.

Oct 11, 2018

Dr. Jain joined the show to share about his journey and experiences that eventually helped shape CareMore into a leading integrated health plan and delivery system serving 10 states including California and Arizona.  Dr. Jain has advised and interacted with some of the most influential decision makers in our nation’s healthcare ecosystem and is #36 on Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Sep 28, 2018

Dawn Maroney has a strong background working for established health plans, including CareMore, Care First, Health Net, and Secure Horizons.  Dawn’s shares how she’s helped work closely with Alignment consumers and providers to develop benefits and services that have helped Alignment grow from a startup into a successful multi-state health plan.

Sep 15, 2018

Dr. Josh Luke took a bold step in 2012 to form the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative, one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to bringing the best transitional care leaders together in multiple formats, including conferences, webinars, podcasts, and other collaborative settings.  Dr. Luke discusses his often-blunt approach to the future of healthcare and how it has helped him gain notoriety as healthcare futurist, a term that’s become more common in today’s society.

Aug 30, 2018

Managing the population of over 2 million members is no easy task.  Dr. Katrina Miller joins the show to give the audience a snapshot into one of the largest, state funded public health plans in the country.  Dr. Miller breaks down how LA Care serves a diverse patient population, including 40% of its members that prefer to discuss their medical care in a language other than English.

Aug 23, 2018

Dori and Jason share their unique stories about their opportunity to support the growth of the population health department at one of Arizona’s most prestigious health systems, Banner Health, which employs over 50,000 employees and is Arizona’s largest private employer.

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.

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