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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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Jul 3, 2019

Cedars-Sinai and Providence Health and Services are two of the most respected names in healthcare.  Dale Surowitz joins the show to discuss both his and Tarzana Medical Center’s journey and transitions over the years, as well as how the hospital he saw under construction in the 70's while riding his bike will soon be known as Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

Jun 14, 2019

MLK, Jr Community Hospital is a relatively newly built hospital that is on the same grounds of the closed MLK/King Drew Hospital that drew national attention for the wrong reasons.  Jon Westall, a former corrections officer and security leader for Playstation, joins the show to discuss how behind the scenes, nearly 50% of hospital staff is performing unsung work that can make a huge impact on a patient’s experience.

May 23, 2019

Chris has been a pillar in the healthcare community for nearly 20 years with Scripps, but healthcare wasn’t always his calling.  Chris started his career in law enforcement, but a major accident while on duty as a police officer transformed his journey towards healthcare.  Chris shares how Scripps has become one of the leading integrated healthcare systems in California, and how partnerships are a key to the future.

May 3, 2019

Kaiser Permanente recently made headlines with the announcement that their new medical school will provide free tuition for the first 5 classes of students, or nearly 250 future physicians.  Dr. Connelly shares about Kaiser Permanente’s vision for the 2020 opening and future for the school.

Apr 11, 2019

Bob returns to the show to share the latest legal news in household employment, and why hiring a caregiver from different organizations is not always an apples to apples decision.

Mar 28, 2019

Mary joins the show and shares how her decision to not run away from her fear of nursing school was a catalyst to where she is today.

Mar 14, 2019

Don rejoins the show to discuss how America’s Physician Groups (APG) continues to shape American healthcare through its advocacy, strategy, and efforts in accountable care.

Mar 1, 2019

Dan has been a pillar in the on-demand transportation since on-demand giants looked at healthcare/senior care as an opportunity. Dan recently joined Uber to lead Uber Health, which focuses on bringing HIPAA Compliant accessible transportation for the medically fragile and elderly population.

Feb 14, 2019

On-demand transportation has been all the rage lately, but one challenge yet to be solved has been a similar experience for the medically fragile or disabled, some of which may require wheelchair accessible vehicles.   Uber and Lyft have yet to solve this challenge with a reliable solution.   Airron Roy from Butterfli Technologies shares how Butterfli is solving that problem today.

Jan 31, 2019

As the healthcare industry continues to merge and organizations begin to take on more risk, Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) are gaining in popularity.  Allowing independent physicians to remain that way, groups like Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) band them together to help lower costs and accept more risk.  Check out my conversation with SCMG CEO, Paul Durr, to learn more about these organizations and why you’ll probably be hearing about them more-and-more as healthcare delivery continues to evolve in America.

Jan 18, 2019

PopHealth Podcast attended and spoke to some of the thought leaders at 2018’s USC’s Center for Body Computing Conference.  Exploring tech-connected healthcare from sports, military and private applications to data security and ownership, this conference is focused not on the questions of the present, but of the future.

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.

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