Category: Podcast

Preparing for value based payments. Podcast interview with MediQuire CEO Emily Chen

June 18th, 2018 by
MediQuire CEO Emily Chen

Despite all the noise and dysfunction on healthcare in Washington, DC, the move toward value based payments is continuing apace. But providers and payers continue to straddle the fee-for-service and value-based worlds, slowing and complicating the transition.

MediQuire helps providers and payers measure, improve and get financial reward for improvements in performance and patient outcomes. In this podcast interview, CEO Emily Chen and I discuss:

  • The current state of affairs in value-based payment
  • How the value-based movement has changed (or not) since the new administration arrived in office
  • The key capabilities needed for success
  • How MediQuire helps
  • What the future holds

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

#CareTalk: The Pharma Pricing Problem

June 6th, 2018 by

In the latest episode of #CareTalk, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I discuss why drug prices are so high in the US and what should be done about it. We also touch on the nomination of a new VA Secretary, big data (worthy of the hype?), and healthcare mergers like the recently proposed tie up between Harvard Pilgrim and Partners.

Don’t miss the lightning round to hear about food stamps, restaurant calorie counts, Medicaid lifetime caps, and John’s personal health goal for the summer. You’ll also hear about Melania Trump’s Be Best campaign and get to see me model my Be Best Vest.

SafeRide Health looks to improve care through better transportation. Podcast with the co-founders

May 17th, 2018 by
Need a ride?

SafeRide Health is focused on redesigning the non emergency medical transportation experience to reduce patient risk and streamline care coordination. In this podcast interview, co-founders (and brothers) Robbins and Whit Schrader talk about how losing a friend to DUI in their teenage years got them started down the entrepreneurial path to what became Saferide.

Overview

  • (0:10) What are the main challenges in medical transportation?
  • (0:47) What is the impact?
  • (2:04) What is NEMT? How well does it work?
  • (3:16) There is a revolution going on with transport, especially companies like Uber and Lyft. Lyft is a partner. How does that work?
  • (4:21) What is the experience like for the typical patient? How does it vary depending on whether or not you are involved?
  • (6:12) You said you can drive the no show rate down by half for one client, just by improving transportation. Is that replicable?
  • (6:57) How did you come up with the concept for this company? How does it go as brothers working together?
  • (8:05) How do markets differ: urban/rural, different geographies? Can it work outside of cities?
  • (9:29) Where are things headed? How much tie in is there with healthcare delivery?
  • (10:30) How do autonomous vehicles fit in?
  • (11:23) When you work with Lyft, does the driver know they’re getting a patient versus a regular retail customer?

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Simplify Healthcare CEO Mohammed Vaid on helping health plans with administrative automation (podcast)

April 23rd, 2018 by
Simplify Healthcare CEO Mohammed Vaid

The average consumer might not know it, but health plans are often mired in complexity and inefficiency as they struggle to configure and deploy new offerings. A surprising number of plans rely on spreadsheet-based systems to manage their plan benefit packages —  a surefire formula for driving up labor costs and making errors. Some have spent tens of millions of dollars trying and failing to automate theses processes.

In this podcast interview, Simplify Healthcare CEO Mohammed Vaid shared his perspective on this problem and its solution.

  • (0:14) What are some of the main inefficiencies you see with health plans?
  • (3:44) Are these problems widely recognized within the plans?
  • (5:08) Have they become more of an issue recently?
  • (7:12) What approaches have been taken to address these problems?
  • (10:12) What are the more promising ways to address these issues, perhaps starting with benefits?
  • (12:12) To what extent have such enlightened solutions been implmented? Are there success stories out there?
  • (14:10) Tell me about Simplify Healthcare and how your company gets involved. What’s the experience like for a customer?

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Reducing variance in medical device and drug utilization. Podcast with Lumere CEO Hani Elias

March 26th, 2018 by
Lumere CEO, Hani Elias

To succeed in value based care, providers must reduce unwarranted variance in utilization and cost. Medical devices and drugs are good places to focus, since they represent big slices of the spending pie that are rarely optimized. In this podcast interview, Lumere CEO Hani Elias describes how his company deploys evidence based software and services to help health system clients take on variation.

Overview:

  • (0:12)What are some of the key challenges in healthcare?
  • (1:31) What do you mean by “unwarranted” variation?
  • (2:45) Are you able to tell which variation is appropriate and which is not?
  • (4:30) How does the decision making process differ between drugs and devices?
  • (6:42) Drug and device companies are large and are influential with physicians. How do you operate effectively in that environment?
  • (8:45) How do you differentiate from others who work on reducing cost and improving quality?
  • (10:30) What’s new, and what’s the same in this administration in Washington compared to the prior one?
  • (11:41) The company has a new name. Why?
  • (12:35) What does the future hold for Lumere?

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.