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Conversations on Health Care® Episodes
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, JULY 24, 2017

V-BID Health Co-Founder Dr. Mark Fendrik on Value Based Insurance Design

FEATURED GUEST:
Mark Fendrick
Mark Fendrick
This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Mark Fendrick, co-creator of the concept of Value Based Insurance Design (V-BID) which seeks to re-structure health insurance design to pay more for high value health care that improves health and pay less for high cost, low yield health interventions. Dr. Fendrick discusses the launch of V-BID Health which is providing systems support for Tricare, Medicare Advantage and state employee insurance plans across the country and is gaining widespread bipartisan support in Congress.

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

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, JULY 10, 2017

Aetna Foundation President Dr. Garth Graham Addresses Health Disparity Solutions

FEATURED GUEST:
Garth Graham
Garth Graham
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Garth Graham, President of the Aetna Foundation which seeks to address health disparities and improve health outcomes. Dr. Graham, who served at the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses the Foundation's partnerships aimed at reducing disparities, and the vital role that community health centers play in improving lives and outcomes.

MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

Primary Care Innovator, Dr. Ed Wagner, on Patient-Centered, Coordinated Health Care Models

FEATURED GUEST:
Ed Wagner
Ed Wagner
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Ed Wagner of the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute, and founder of the McColl Center for Health Innovation, where he focused on improving primary care. Dr. Wagner is the creator of the Chronic Care Model of patient management, and co-directs the LEAP project at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which conducts research on patient-centered, coordinated and team-based approaches to improving primary care delivery and outcomes.

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles Examines Threats to Children in "End of Childhood" Report

FEATURED GUEST:
Carolyn Miles
Carolyn Miles
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, on the plight of children in the US and around the world. She discusses their new report on the "End of Childhood" and the ongoing threat to child wellbeing due to war, the refugee crisis, and lack of access to education and other opportunities due to growing global disparities.

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

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.

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Former Under Secretary of Health at HHS, Dr. Howard Koh, Discusses Public Health Challenges and Health Reform

FEATURED GUEST:
Howard Koh
Howard Koh
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Howard Koh, Professor of Public Health at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and former Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Koh discusses advances to public health made under the Affordable Care Act, and remaining public health challenges yet to tackle including effects from global warming and tobacco use.

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

Thomas Miller, Health Analyst for American Enterprise Institute Discusses Market-Driven Approach to Health Reform

FEATURED GUEST:
Tom Miller
Tom Miller
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health industry analyst and Resident Fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute which has analyzed a market-based and consumer-driven approach to health reform. Mr. Miller analyzes likely next steps in Congress surrounding the American Health Care Act, as well as the hallmarks of market driven health care.

MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017

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, MAY 22, 2017

Examining Oral Health Disparities in America with Author Mary Otto

FEATURED GUEST:
Mary Otto
Mary Otto
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with health journalist and author Mary Otto about her book, "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America" which she explores the huge gap in access to dental care in this country. She examines the sometimes deadly consequences for those lacking access to care, and solutions that could help alleviate the nation's unmet oral health needs.

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Renowned Addiction Specialist, Dr. John F. Kelly of Massachusetts General on Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease

FEATURED GUEST:
John F. Kelly
John F. Kelly
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. John F. Kelly, renowned addiction expert and Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly has done extensive research on evidence-based treatments for addiction disorders and recommends a comprehensive, chronic disease management approach to addiction treatment and recovery.

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

Addressing a multi-disciplined approach to pain treatment with Dr. Daniel Carr, Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine

FEATURED GUEST:
Daniel Carr
Daniel Carr
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Daniel Carr, Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and Founding Director of Tufts University School of Medicine's program in Pain Research, Education and Policy. Dr. Carr discusses the myriad origins of pain, and the multi-disciplined approach required to treat pain as well as reduce reliance on opioids.

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back"

FEATURED GUEST:
Elisabeth Rosenthal
Elisabeth Rosenthal
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News and author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back", a critical look at the high cost of American health care. Dr. Rosenthal examines the evolution of the profit driven American health system, and the role patients can play in re-gaining control of some of these costs.

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation on the Future of Health Professional Education

FEATURED GUEST:
George Thibault
George Thibault
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. George Thibault, President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the only foundation dedicated solely to the advancement of health professionals education. Dr. Thibault discusses their efforts to shift modern medical education towards a more team-based model of care and a more advanced role for nursing professionals in primary care.

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Long Time Health Analyst Susan Dentzer Discusses Shifts in Health Policy That May Impact Innovation

FEATURED GUEST:
Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Susan Dentzer, President and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, which conducts research that informs policy impacting the US Health care system. The former Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs looks at current health policy trends, and the potential impact of innovation on health care transformation.

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Leading GOP Health Policy Strategist, Lanhee Chen, Analyzes Way Forward For Health Reform

FEATURED GUEST:
Lanhee Chen
Lanhee Chen
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Lanhee Chen, health policy advisor for Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Marco Rudio's GOP presidential bids, and Fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. Mr. Chen assesses what derailed the American Health Care Act, and what policy guidelines should move the Obamacare replacement conversation moving forward.

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Dr. Joshua Seidman, Former Director of Meaningful Use at ONC, Analyzes Healthcare Landscape Under GOP

FEATURED GUEST:
Joshua Seidman
Joshua Seidman
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Joshua Seidman, PhD, Senior VP for the Center for Payment and Delivery Innovation at Avalere Health, and former Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services. He discusses the challenges that lie ahead for continued growth of meaningful use of electronic health records in the health care industry under proposed rollbacks under GOP health reform measures.

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

Telemedicine Champion Dr. Peter Yellowlees Discusses Impact of Telehealth on Access to Care

FEATURED GUEST:
Peter Yellowlees
Peter Yellowlees
This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Peter Yellowlees, President-elect of the American Telemedicine Association which seeks to improve health care delivery through better use of remote medicine technologies. Dr. Yellowlees discusses his decades of work at the University of California Davis advancing the use of telemedicine in clinical and behavioral care.

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.

Download a full transcript of this episode click here.

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.

Download a full transcript of this episode click here.

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.

Download a full transcript of this episode click here.

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