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#CareTalk November 2018: Bipartisan breakthroughs in health policy

November 30th, 2018 by

The latest edition of #CareTalk is out. CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll and I dig into the healthcare impact of the recent election.

Here’s what we covered:

  • (0:32) What are your keys takeaways for healthcare coming out of the 2018 mid-term elections?
  • (3:09) Medicare Advantage plans can offer supplemental benefits in 2019. Is this a big deal?
  • (6:22) The Trump Administration wants to tie some US drug prices to foreign benchmarks. Is this a serious proposal?
  • (8:17) Are you surprised to see the FDA clamp down so strongly on vaping?

Lightning round

  • (10:29) Did you talk about healthcare at the Thanksgiving table?
  • (10:57) Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade?
  • (11:30) How are you liking your new Apple Watch?
  • (12:01) How about them Red Sox?

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.

#CareTalk: The Facebook effect on health data

April 19th, 2018 by

What did you think of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, and what does it mean for the privacy of healthcare data?

In this episode of #CareTalk, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I tackle this question along with rumors of a Walmart/Humana tie-up, the nominee for VA Secretary, Obamacare, regulations and Vitamin V.

Enjoy the show -and don’t miss the lightning round!


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

#CareTalk – Riding Amazon’s coattails

February 28th, 2018 by

Amazon is teaming up with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to create a new healthcare business to serve the companies’ employees. But all we hear about is Amazon’s role, while the other two are barely mentioned. Are they just along for the ride?

In this episode of #CareTalk, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I tackle this question along with other meaty topics including big data, the CDC, Apple and Medicaid.

Enjoy the show -and don’t miss the lightning round!

Overview:

(0:20) How will the partnership between Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway impact healthcare?

(3:45) Are JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway just “along for the ride” with Amazon?

(5:06) Who is looking out for the Medicare beneficiaries?

(8:01) The Economist published a statement that data will drive a revolution healthcare. Is The Economist right?

(10:42) Can we take any solace in the innovations happening on the state level?

(13:06) Was it the right move to force out CDC Director, Brenda Fitzgerald?

(14:20) What should be made of Trump’s description of the opioid crisis as an “emergency”?

(14:51) Will we be downloading Apple’s new Health app?

(15:37) Our thoughts on Indiana’s Medicaid program.

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

#CareTalk: Good riddance to 2017

December 29th, 2017 by

Let’s face it, 2017 was not a great year for healthcare policy. In this last edition of 2017, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I look back on the worst of the worst and the best of the worst, and look forward with hope to 2018.

Overview:

(0:21) What were the best and worst things to happen in healthcare policy this year?

(3:05) Who should be afraid of Amazon’s entrance into healthcare?

(5:15) Are the hospital mergers a good or bad thing? Do they matter?

(6:41) Is there hope for healthcare policy in 2018?

(9:01) Does the election of Doug Jones for the US senate have any broader implications in the US?

(9:43) Will the Apple watch impact healthcare or is it all hype?

(10:25) David and John discuss their healthcare hopes for 2018.


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

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