Hospitals In Focus
Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses the Impact of Coronavirus on Hospitals

Dr. Jon Perlin Discusses the Impact of Coronavirus on Hospitals

March 23, 2020

Returning guest Dr. Jon Perlin, CMO and President of Clinical Services at HCA Healthcare, joins Chip to discuss how the Coronavirus is impacting hospitals across the country. They take a deep dive into what makes the coronavirus different from previous epidemics, how hospitals are preparing for this unprecedented challenge and what Congress can do to support hospitals and protect patients.

Getting back to Life: The Growing Demand for Post-Acute Care with Al Dobson

Getting back to Life: The Growing Demand for Post-Acute Care with Al Dobson

March 16, 2020

Thanks to advances in health care, people are living longer, healthier and happier lives than ever before. And that means patients are spending time recovering at post-acute care settings. In this episode, Chip speaks with Al Dobson, one of the foremost health economists and an expert in post-acute care. They took a deep dive into the different kinds of care settings including Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, home health and long term acute care hospitals and what each of these mean for patients.

Improving Care, Saving Lives with Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Jim Jirjis

Improving Care, Saving Lives with Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Jim Jirjis

March 2, 2020

How is AI being used in hospitals? Are robots doing surgery? Is my doctor still providing my care? Chip speaks with Dr. Jim Jirjis, Chief Health Information Officer at HCA Healthcare, to answers these questions and more! Hear Dr. Jirjis explain how the “nudge” provided by AI is helping providers save lives by making sure  patients are receiving the right care at the right time.

Establishing a Culture of Quality Care with David Dill

Establishing a Culture of Quality Care with David Dill

February 17, 2020

Innovation in health care isn’t just high-tech, at LifePoint Health, it’s also “high-touch”. David Dill, President and CEO, spoke with Chip about how the company became a leader in high quality health care by establishing a culture of quality care in its hospitals. David discusses their new dyad leadership model which breaks down organization silos and enhances collaboration and coordination.

Rescuing Rural Health Care with Alan Morgan

Rescuing Rural Health Care with Alan Morgan

November 18, 2019

People are drawn to rural America for different reasons. For some, it’s the slower pace of life, while others crave the sense of community; in some cases, people are drawn by the lower cost of living. But access to health care services for the 60 million who live in these areas is an ever-growing burden. Chip speaks with CEO of the National Rural Health Association Alan Morgan about how health care providers are doing more with less and what Congress can do to ensure rural Americans get access to the care they need. 

Improving the HCAHPS Survey and Demonstrating its Value with Bill McInturff

Improving the HCAHPS Survey and Demonstrating its Value with Bill McInturff

July 29, 2019

On this episode, Chip sits down with Bill McInturff to discuss the results of his demonstration he did with Micah Roberts that focused on recasting and improving the HCAHPS (the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) patient experience survey. The report, concluded that even though the HCAHPS is a well-designed, well-administered survey, it could be strengthened to add items important to patients. The demonstration also added an online delivery mode and found that it increases response rates.

Reexamining How We Measure Patient Experience

Reexamining How We Measure Patient Experience

July 25, 2019

A patient’s health care experience at a hospital is considered one indicator of quality of care. Since 2008, those experiences have been captured and publicly reported at a national level via the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. However, it hasn’t been reviewed since its creation more than a decade ago. We were hearing anecdotally that response rates were falling and some of the questions weren’t as relevant as they used to be. So we joined with several other major hospital organizations to investigate. On the episode, Chip and Dr. Claudia Salzberg, FAH’s VP of Quality, discuss our just released study examining the HCAHPS survey from the perspective of Patient Experience Leaders.

Disrupting the Drug Market with Martin VanTrieste

Disrupting the Drug Market with Martin VanTrieste

June 28, 2019

Continued rising drug prices, as well as shortages for many critical medications, are impacting patient care and putting strains on hospital budgets and operations. That’s why hospitals and health systems have gathered to create Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is disrupting the pharmaceutical market. Chip spoke with Martin VanTrieste, Civica’s President & CEO about why and how the company was formed, the success it is enjoying so far, and if other drug companies will follow its lead.

EPISODE UPDATE, Since our recording VIZIENT has announced it will collaborate with Civica to help reduce chronic drug shortages by providing insights into purchasing patterns and provider needs. Vizient will apply its expertise in analytics and data capabilities, helping Civica anticipate gaps in drug availability and affordability.

In response to Vizient’s commitment, Civica’s VanTrieste said, “The more people collaborating to solve the nation’s drug shortage problem the better…we applaud Vizient for prioritizing hospital patients by taking action to help them have timely access to the treatments they desperately need on a day-to-day basis.”

Shantanu Agrawal Discusses How the National Quality Forum Impacts Health Care

Shantanu Agrawal Discusses How the National Quality Forum Impacts Health Care

June 14, 2019

Shantanu Agrawal leads the National Quality Forum - one of the most important organizations that you’ve probably never heard of. NQF was originally created during the Clinton Administration as a tool to promote and ensure patient protections and health care quality through measurement and public reporting for Medicare. Today their work touches all patients using three tenets: improvement, accountability, and transparency. In this episode, Chip and Shantanu discuss why NQF was needed, the role it fills today, and how the organization is uniquely positioned to lead quality efforts for health care’s high-tech future.

The Right Dose of Rehabilitation with Dr. Richard Senelick

The Right Dose of Rehabilitation with Dr. Richard Senelick

May 27, 2019

You’ve been stabilized in the hospital after suffering a life altering medical condition, but now its time to start the path to getting back home – what’s next? When most people think of rehabilitation hospitals they probably imagine a place for a baseball player recovering from a sore elbow or a drug rehab center – somewhere they won’t ever have to go. But physical rehabilitation hospitals are a critical cog in the continuum of care as people recover from a major injury. In this episode, Dr. Richard Senelick of Encompass Health discusses what goes on at a rehabilitation hospital and why their motto is “help do rather than do for”.