We don’t normally think of Senator John McCain as a healthcare leader, and yet he played a significant role over the years in various policy matters. CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll and I pay tribute in a short edition of #CareTalk.
In the latest edition of #CareTalk, CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll and I banter about several trending healthcare stories: Google’s investment in Oscar Health, younger physicians’ embrace of single payer, drug pricing, and new approaches to opioids.
Don’t miss the lightning round, where we tackle some Congressional corruption, IBM Watson, home health aides and our summer movie picks.
What’s worse than needing help with gait, mobility and balance? Being told you need a walker. No wonder, when the typical walker basically screams “frail elderly,” and is difficult to use as well.
Neurologist Patricia Kavanagh was struggling to get her patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders to use a walker. So she teamed up with a design and production team to found Foray and create the Spring, a modern device that is more functional and stylish.
In this podcast interview we discuss:
- (0:13) Dr. Kavanagh’s clinical practice and the types of patients she treats
- (1:19) Key challenges she faces working with patients with movement disorders
- (3:24) Problems with current assistive devices like canes and walkers
- (6:11) Whether walkers are unique in their poor design
- (7:26) The story behind the birth of Foray and the development of the Spring
- (8:42) The target audience
- (12:04) Price point for the new device
- (12:50) The thinking behind the branding of Spring and Foray
- (13:31) Potential line extensions
- (15:20) Impact of burden of chronic disease on mobility and exercise tolerance
Nurse triage lines have gone through three phases of evolution. In phase 1 they were implemented to ‘check the box’ for member education, phase 2 brought “demand management” to keep patients out of the emergency room, and now in phase 3 health plans are creating a gateway to innovative programs and services.
In this podcast interview, AxisPoint Health SVP, Anne VanBronkhorst and I discuss:
- (0:14) Why payers offer nurse triage lines in the first place
- (1:37) What kinds of issues they handle and how popular they are
- (2:50) How payers measure success
- (3:56) How to stand out in a crowded field
- (4:58) Examples of innovative services for which nurse lines are a gateway
- (6:00) The role of telehealth as a replacement or complement
- (6:53) What results AxisPoint Health is seeing with its customer base
- (8:10) The definition of emergency department “redirection rate”
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