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Every Wednesday at 4:30 we broadcast a new episode on WESU 88.1 FM. If you missed our latest airing or want to hear past shows please scroll through the list below to hear audio, read the show summary or get links to outside information referenced in each program. If you are interested in an older episode, please visit our Archive page.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017

Federation of American Hospitals CEO Chip Kahn Speculates On Health Industry Changes Under GOP Health Reform

FEATURED GUEST:
Chip Kahn
Chip Kahn
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals which represents over a thousand of the nation's owner-operated hospitals. The long time health industry strategist speculates on changes to health coverage for millions of Americans under the GOP health reform bill, and what it might mean for the hospital industry and health care in this country.

MONDAY MARCH 13, 2017

Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America

FEATURED GUEST:
Paul Gionfriddo
Paul Gionfriddo
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, the nation's oldest organization dedicated to advancing access to mental services for all Americans. He discusses the need to change the nation's response to mental illness from a public safety to a public health approach.

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Bipartisan Policy Center Health Policy Director Katherine Hayes Discusses GOP Health Reform Implications

FEATURED GUEST:
Katherine Hayes
Katherine Hayes
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Katherine Hayes, Director of Health Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which has issued a report to Congress urging them to move slowly on repeal of safety net programs supported by the ACA. She warns that states and vulnerable populations will suffer consequences under repeal of support for CHIP as well as federal matching grants for the Medicaid expansion.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

GE Healthcare's 'Interoperability Guru' Keith Boone Talks Health IT and Coming Advances

FEATURED GUEST:
Keith Boone
Keith Boone
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Keith Boone, "Interoperability Guru" at GE Healthcare. Mr. Boone discusses his work developing standards for health information technology as a board member at HL7 International, and how HL7's new FHIR standards, as well as growth of Accountable Care Organizations, will accelerate the pace of interoperability in health care.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Indiana Secretary of Social Services Dr. Jennifer Walthall Discusses Health Care Transformation Through Medicaid Expansion and Waivers

FEATURED GUEST:
Jennifer Walthall
Jennifer Walthall
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Jennifer Walthall, Indiana's Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, which oversees the state's Medicaid program. She discusses their unique approach to expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of residents, as well as the state's comprehensive response to the spike in opioid and HIV cases.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017

Sr. Director at Pew Charitable Trusts, Allan Coukell, Discusses Opportunities for FDA Reform

FEATURED GUEST:
Allen Coukell
Allen Coukell
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Allan Coukell, Sr. Director for Health Programs at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he oversees the FDA, drug and medical device safety and the opioid crisis. He discusses suggested changes to the FDA made by the Trump Administration, and how best to promote reforms at the US Food and Drug Administration to better respond to 21st century advances in research and discovery.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017

GOP Health Economist Dr. Gail Wilensky Explores the Future of Health Reform under the Trump Administration

FEATURED GUEST:
Gail Wilensky
Gail Wilensky
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Affairs at Project Hope, GOP health economist and former Administrator for the Health Care Financing Administration under President George H. W. Bush. Dr. Wilensky examines the likely changes coming to the Affordable Care Act under the Trump Administration and GOP-controlled Congress.

MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017

Health Care Transformation Task Force Chair Dr. Richard Gilfillan on Value-Based Care Policies Trump and Congress Must Consider

FEATURED GUEST:
Richard Gilfillan
Richard Gilfillan
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Richard Gilfillan, CEO of Trinity Health and Chair of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of health industry leaders committed to improving health care in the US. Dr. Gilfillan discusses the need for continued support for value-based health care delivery improvements from Congress and the Trump Administration.

MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017

Former CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan Examines Trump Health Policies, Community Health Centers, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Innovation

FEATURED GUEST:
Mark McClellan
Mark McClellan
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with Dr. Mark McClellan who served as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Commissioner of the FDA under President George W. Bush. He talks about the probable impact of shifting health policies in the Trump administration, their potential impact on the health care system and how community health centers are likely to play a more vital role in delivering primary care.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017

Trump's Nominee for VA Secretary, Dr. David Shulkin, Discusses Veteran's Health Care

FEATURED GUEST:
David Shulkin
David Shulkin
This week, Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter talk with President Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin. Dr. Shulkin is currently the Under Secretary for Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He talks about the challenges he has faced coming from the private sector, the important role the VA health care system, as well as the role other issues like housing play in health care.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017

Health Policy Expert Timothy Jost Anticipates Significant Setbacks With Repeal of ACA

FEATURED GUEST:
Timothy Jost
Timothy Jost
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health policy expert Timothy Jost, Emeritus Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and frequent contributor to Health Affairs. Professor Jost examines multiple gains made in health insurance coverage and access to care under the Affordable Care Act and the potential losses to millions of Americans with repeal and replace of the ACA.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017

Leading Neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley Talks Drug-Free Brain Health Treatments Using Virtual Reality and Video Games

FEATURED GUEST:
Adam Gazzaley
Adam Gazzaley
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center and Gazzaley Lab at UC San Francisco. Dr. Gazzaley discusses his closed loop system designed to improve brain function through personalized game design and feedback, which are already undergoing FDA clinical trials for therapeutic interventions for a number of brain disorders including ADHD, aging brain, PTSD and addiction.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016

Sara Collins, Vice President for Health Care Coverage and Access at the Commonwealth Fund

FEATURED GUEST:
Sara Collins
Sara Collins
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Sara Collins, PhD, VP for Health Care Coverage and Access at the Commonwealth Fund which is dedicated to creating a high performance health care system for all Americans. She outlines the dramatic gains in coverage that have occurred since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the potential losses in coverage and rise in costs to consumers in the wake of 'repeal and replace' of the health care law.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 19,2016

Trump Transition Adviser Michael Leavitt Addresses Future of Affordable Care Act

FEATURED GUEST:
Michael Leavitt
Michael Leavitt
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Michael Leavitt, an advisor to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. They discuss anticipated changes in health policy under the new administration including the future of the Affordable Care Act, the role of community health centers, and the need for bipartisan cooperation.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine

FEATURED GUEST:
Victor Dzau
Victor Dzau
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine (the former Institute of Medicine) a private, non-profit entity dedicated to tackling the nation's complex problems in medicine, technology and science. Dr. Dzau talks about the Academy's shift towards more cooperation between the scientific disciplines to advance evidence-based research that will inform the health care providers and policy makers around the country and the world.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016

Innovations Cleveland Clinic's Toby Cosgrove Brings to Trump's Healthcare Transition Team

FEATURED GUEST:
Toby Cosgrove
Toby Cosgrove
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Toby Cosgrove, President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the top ranked hospital systems in the world. Dr. Cosgrove discusses the Cleveland Clinic Model of Innovation, their approach to 21st century health care, and Cleveland Clinic's expansion around the globe.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Dr. Anna Lembke author of "Drug Dealer MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard To Stop"

FEATURED GUEST:
Anna Lembke
Anna Lembke
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anna Lembke, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and author of "Drug Dealer MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard To Stop." She examines the dramatic rise in opioid prescriptions and overdoses and the role the health care industry is playing in this crisis.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Dr. Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancelor for Science Policy and Strategy at UC San Francisco

FEATURED GUEST:
Keith Yamamoto
Keith Yamamoto
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy and Executive Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine at UC San Francisco. He discusses strategies for informing the incoming Trump administration - to ensure ongoing support for the nation's biomedical research community, the need to advance precision medicine protocols and goals, and improvements needed to advance medical training and academic research in the 21st century.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Health Policy Challenges President-Elect Trump Must Face

FEATURED GUEST:
Robert Blendon
Robert Blendon
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Robert Blendon, Director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about health opinions that will challenge the Trump administration in establishing health policy. Dr. Blendon discusses how differing opinions regarding health care will shape the administration's health policy agenda moving forward.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016

Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS

FEATURED GUEST:
Vindel Washington
Vindel Washington
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the agency's program to shift the health care industry from paper to electronic health records. Dr. Washington discusses the agency's strategic plan for advancing those goals and for accelerating the creation of universal standards for health information exchange and the promotion of interoperability.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016

Dr. Neel Shah, Founder of Costs of Care

FEATURED GUEST:
Neel Shah
Neel Shah
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Neel Shah, Asst. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and Founder of Costs of Care, a global NGO dedicated to helping delivery systems provide better care at lower costs. He's also the co-author of "Understanding Value Based Care" which seeks to promote cost awareness in the medical profession, starting with medical school.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016

John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks

FEATURED GUEST:
John Wilbanks
John Wilbanks
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks, a non-profit collaborative of network partners seeking to transform biomedical research through the use of openly shared data. Mr. Wilbanks has been advocating for the open science movement as well as for the creation of an infrastructure that will support the free flow of biomedical data to scale up research efforts.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016

Paul Sonnier, Founder of the Story of Digital Health

FEATURED GUEST:
Paul Sonnier
Paul Sonnier
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Paul Sonnier, social entrepreneur and creator of The Story of Digital Health, a free online resource for digital health professionals. He is also the founder of the Digital Health Group on LinkedIn which has 50 thousand members worldwide, as well as 30 thousand Twitter followers, providing a platform for information sharing among digital health advocates.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016

Dr. David Shulkin, Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration

FEATURED GUEST:
David Shulkin
David Shulkin
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Shulkin was selected to transform the largest health system in the country, serving the health needs of some 9 million veterans in all 50 states.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2016

Dr. Charles Jaffe, CEO of Health Level Seven, International

FEATURED GUEST:
Charles Jaffe
Charles Jaffe
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Charles Jaffe, CEO of HL7 International, a global network of volunteer coders working to develop interoperability standards for health information technology. Dr. Jaffe discusses the challenges in achieving interoperability, and the need for more aligned policies that will support and incentive a robust health information exchange.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

FEATURED GUEST:
Drew Altman
Drew Altman
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Drew Altman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. An innovator in the world of foundations and leading expert on national health policy, Dr. Altman discusses the Foundation's dedication to tracking America's views on health and health policy through its non-partisan polling and publishing entities, and discusses the current mood of American voters on health policy heading into the Presidential election.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Dr. John Ioannidis, Co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center, Stanford

FEATURED GUEST:
John Ioannidis
John Ioannidis
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John Ioannidis, Professor in Disease Prevention at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, where his team is working on developing improved evidence based research protocols across multiple scientific and medical disciplines.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Dr. Vikas Saini, President of the Lown Institute

FEATURED GUEST:
Vikas Saini
Vikas Saini
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Vikas Saini, cardiologist and President of the Lown Institute, which is dedicated to improving the health care system. They discuss the Institute's mission of doing "more for patients, by doing less" as well as the Right Care Alliance initiative which seeks to promote the elimination of waste in the health care system.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

Dr. Martin Makary, Patient Safety Advocate and Surgeon at Johns Hopkins

FEATURED GUEST:
Marty Makary
Marty Makary
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Martin Makary, chief of pancreatic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and internationally recognized patient safety expert. Dr. Makary discusses his recent study indicating medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country, the need for better patient safety metrics, as well as a "transparency revolution" in health care.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016

Dr. Benjamin Sommers, Harvard School of Public Health

FEATURED GUEST:
Benjamin Somers
Benjamin Somers
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Benjamin Sommers, health economist, physician and professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Sommers discusses his ongoing research on the impact of increased health coverage under the Affordable Care Act which has fostered improved access to care for 20 million newly insured Americans, as well as the need for modifications to the ACA to expand that access and improve efforts to contain costs of care.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016

Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program

FEATURED GUEST:
Garen Wintemute
Garen Wintemute
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Wintemute is an ER physician and renowned researcher on the causes of gun violence, the impact on public health and the policies required to stem the gun violence epidemic.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

FEATURED GUEST:
Rosa DeLauro
Rosa DeLauro
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Representative DeLauro discusses the opioid crisis, lead poisoning, lack of funding for research, as well as her efforts to create a permanent health emergency fund to be ready to confront emerging disease outbreaks like Ebola and the Zika Virus.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016

Scott A. Wolfe, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Community Health Centers

FEATURED GUEST:
Scott Wolfe
Scott Wolfe
This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Scott A. Wolfe, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres and Acting Coordinator of the International Federation of Community Health Centres. Mr. Wolfe discusses inherent differences between the American and Canadian health systems, as well as the growth of the community health center model of care in Canada as well as around the world.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016

Daniel Dawes, Health Law Attorney and Author of 150 Years of Obamacare

FEATURED GUEST:
Daniel Dawes
Daniel Dawes
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Daniel Dawes, health law attorney, Executive Director of Health Policy and External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine, and author of 150 Years of Obamacare. In his book, Mr. Dawes places the Affordable Care Act within the larger context of health reform and discusses the myriad measures in the law that promote health equity.

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

Dr. Anil Jain, Co-Founder and Senior VP of Explorys

FEATURED GUEST:
Anil Jain
Anil Jain
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Anil Jain, Co-Founder, Senior VP and Medical Director of Explorys, a cloud-based health data storage and data analytics platform recently acquired by IBM to help form the Watson Health Division. Dr. Jain discusses the platform he developed while at Cleveland Clinic, designed to drive quality and research through better use of information from electronic health records, and how Watson Health will use this system to scale up medical research and discovery.

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple

FEATURED GUEST:
Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple. Mr. Williams is in charge of the tech giant's entire distribution chain and is overseeing Apple's foray into health care with the development of the Apple Watch, Apple HealthKit and ResearchKit, which are aimed at simplifying health and medical research by leveraging participation from Apple's 700 million users around the globe.

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Larry Smarr, Director California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

FEATURED GUEST:
Larry Smarr
Larry Smarr
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Larry Smarr, Founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. A physicist and computer scientist, Dr. Smarr discusses his pioneering research in the "quantified self" movement, outlining efforts to quantify all of his genomic and biomedical information to discover new ways to predict and prevent human disease.

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016

Raj Chetty, PhD, Professor of Public Economics at Stanford University

FEATURED GUEST:
Raj Chetty
Raj Chetty
This week, Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Raj Chetty, PhD, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Public Economics at Stanford University, who's much-lauded research focuses on the impact of zip code on health and economic outcomes. Dr Chetty is lead author on a recent study confirming the widening gap in life expectancy between the poor and the wealthy.

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