Healthcare is a multi-trillion dollar industry in the United States, and yet many people are completely unaware of the brilliant people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and their efforts to improve access, lower costs and improve patient outcomes. Welcome to PopHealth Podcast, the show by healthcare professionals that explores the challenges facing the American Healthcare system and the innovative minds looking to solve them and move the industry into the future. We invite thought-leaders and influencers to discuss population health; from elected officials tasked with setting public policy, to clinicians who treat patients in every conceivable condition and social situation, to ground-breaking business leaders who are creating ways to connect and streamline the delivery of care to an ever-growing and diverse nation.
Our hosts, Gavin Ward & Zac Morgan, bring a combined 20 years of heath care and home care experience which allows them to facilitate thoughtful and meaningful discussion on topics including population health, care transitions, readmission prevention, etc. Our goal is to provide listeners with a wealth of knowledge on the issues which affect millions of Americans every day, and a glimpse inside the world’s largest healthcare system.
If you have experience with population health or possess a passion for care transitions and readmission prevention, join us on the PopHealth Podcast! Together, through healthy conversation, we can change and improve the future of healthcare!
VITAS Healthcare is arguably the most-recognized name in Hospice and end-of-life care. In fact, they are the Nation’s largest provider of hospice and palliative care services, caring for more than 18,000 patients every day. As experts on care and comfort at the end-of-life, we sit down with Dr. Christine Koniaris, Medical Director for VITAS East[…]
Generations Healthcare is one of the leading healthcare organizations in the west focused on skilled nursing, rehab, memory care, behavioral health, and assisted living. Tom discusses his personal journey, where he saw the opportunity to do something better than the status quo. Tom discusses the Generations story, from a single facility organization to now 27[…]
So what are all those mustaches in November about, and what’s up with Movember? The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year-round. Global leaders Paul Villanti and Kellie Paich join the show to share how those mustaches and $837 million (USD) raised by Movember globally are going to good[…]
UCLA Health is often recognized as one of the leading health systems in the world, with UCLA Medical Center ranked as #7 in the nation by US News and World Report. Dr. Raja joins the show to discuss UCLA’s growing role in patient centered care, and how UCLA’s decades of population health experience have made[…]
Dr. Jain joined the show to share about his journey and experiences that eventually helped shape CareMore into a leading integrated health plan and delivery system serving 10 states including California and Arizona. Dr. Jain has advised and interacted with some of the most influential decision makers in our nation’s healthcare ecosystem and is #36[…]
Dawn Maroney has a strong background working for established health plans, including CareMore, Care First, Health Net, and Secure Horizons. Dawn’s shares how she’s helped work closely with Alignment consumers and providers to develop benefits and services that have helped Alignment grow from a startup into a successful multi-state health plan. Check out this episode!
Dr. Josh Luke took a bold step in 2012 to form the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative, one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to bringing the best transitional care leaders together in multiple formats, including conferences, webinars, podcasts, and other collaborative settings. Dr. Luke discusses his often-blunt approach to the future of healthcare and how[…]
Managing the population of over 2 million members is no easy task. Dr. Katrina Miller joins the show to give the audience a snapshot into one of the largest, state funded public health plans in the country. Dr. Miller breaks down how LA Care serves a diverse patient population, including 40% of its members that[…]
Dori Fulk and Jason Steinhauer – Community Resource Specialists, Population Health Management, Banner Health
Dori and Jason share their unique stories about their opportunity to support the growth of the population health department at one of Arizona’s most prestigious health systems, Banner Health, which employs over 50,000 employees and is Arizona’s largest private employer. Check out this episode!
When Paul Irving received his law degree (from Loyola Law ? Go Lions!) and began practicing, he had no intention of devoting his life’s work to the field of aging. Now, years on, he’s the Chairman of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, and is considered one of the most prominent voices[…]
Gavin Ward – Co-host
Gavin Ward is the first Certified Fellow in Readmission Prevention and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Gavin brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare and homecare space, including assisting in the development of Maxim Healthcare’s senior care, or “companion,” division early on in his career. He currently serves as 24Hr HomeCare’s Regional Director of Strategy and Partnerships, where he works with various hospitals, managed care groups, health systems, and the post-acute community to develop programs to improve throughput (decrease length of stay), care transitions, and readmission prevention through a professional caregiving, non-medical solution. His efforts, including the Hospital to Home™ care transitions programs nominated as a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards, have led to 24Hr HomeCare partnerships with many healthcare organizations which previously had not funded non-medical in-home care, but are starting to now that the right homecare program can bring cost savings and stronger outcomes. Gavin recently joined the Alzheimer’s Association-California Southland Chapter’s Speakers’ Bureau and also serves as an expert panelist moderator for the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in California and Arizona. He received his BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he also enjoyed time on the Westmont Warriors Ultimate Frisbee team. Gavin is married and has two children, ages 2 and 4.
Joe Zimmer – Co-host
Joe Zimmer is Regional Director at 24Hr HomeCare. As one of the leaders of the sales team, Zimmer oversees several Directors of Admissions throughout California, Arizona, and Texas. Joe was one of the company’s first employees, and helped to launch three start-up branch locations in Culver City, Encino, and Walnut Creek. He was also the engineer of the industry-first exclusive contractual partnership with a non-profit Community Based Organization: Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay – a pillar in the SF Bay Area since 1877. He also is a certified readmission prevention fellow through the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative. Fun fact: Joe taught himself how to play the piano at age 3.
Zachary Morgan – Co-host
Zac Morgan began as an Account Manager for 24Hr HomeCare’s Culver City office in 2010, and now serves as Regional Director of Strategy & Partnerships. He was the company’s first Senior Director of Admissions when he led the expansion into San Diego County, and also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Board of Home Care (2014-16). An early employee of 24Hr HomeCare, he helped to create the innovative Hospital to Your Home program and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Zac graduated from Loyola Marymount University in LA where he studied both Sports Medicine and Business, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Fun Fact: After graduating from LMU, Zac moved to South Korea where he taught English, science and math while traveling around Asia.
Ryan Iwamoto – Co-host and Producer
Ryan Iwamoto is owner and co-founder of 24Hr HomeCare. As leader of the sales, marketing and business development team, Iwamoto is responsible for developing the overall sales and marketing strategy, execution, and development. He co-founded 24Hr HomeCare’s award-winning Hospital to Your Home™ program that offers a high-touch, low cost solution for hospital throughput efficiency, reducing hospital readmission, and care transitions. The program was named a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovations award and the Los Angeles Journal’s Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards for post-acute care programs. Fun fact: Ryan is a former Eagle Scout with the Bronze Palm.