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!
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California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, is fighting for you
California has the largest insurance market in the nation, valued at about $259 Billion in premiums annually. CA Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, is the man in charge of protecting both consumers and insurers in that massive marketplace and he joins Zac to talk about the unique challenges (or as he calls them: opportunities) this creates. In a refreshingly open and wide-ranging conversation, we discuss why the state felt it was better off with its own health insurance exchange, the rising costs of premiums, why the current Affordable Care Act replacement suggestions from Republican leadership would be disastrous for CA, and why he fought vehemently against the recent mergers of Humana, Aetna, Anthem & Cigna. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the important upcoming episodes with healthcare attorney, Bob King, and Senator Ed Hernandez!
Gavin Ward – 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.
Scott Tajima – Show Editor/Sound Engineer
Scott Tajima is the Digital Marketing Specialist of 24Hr HomeCare. As the Digital Marketing Specialist, Scott oversees the promotion and marketing of 24Hr Homecare's website, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising, and Social Media. Interested in all things involving technology and digital media, Scott also serves as the Show Editor/Sound Engineer for the PopHealth Podcast. Fun fact: Scott’s legal first name is the letter R.
The Healthcare Games: Will politics make The Affordable Care Act the first ‘tribute’ of the Trump administration?
Healthcare Futurist, Best-Selling Author & former Hospital CEO, Josh Luke, recently wrote that “Obamacare is D.O.A.” under the new administration. That is a scary thought for millions of Americans now living with health insurance, and he recently joined Gavin & Zac to discuss. Why does he think that an initial repeal could be largely ceremonial,[…]
What the heck is a MACRA? Dr. Ashby Wolff, CMS Region-9 Chief Medical Officer, explains and tells us how it could impact the way physicians deliver better patient-centered care.
Medicare Access and CHIP Re-Authorization Act (MACRA) is a mouthful and doesn’t necessarily jump off the page as a must-read, but in reality, it is about to change the way doctors can deliver (and bill for) better patient-centered care. For example, did you know that a physician and a specialist cannot both bill for a[…]
The Doctor will see (or call, or text, or videochat) you now: How Halcyon Health and Direct Primary Care are revolutionizing the way you access your Primary Care Physician
How much face time do you or your loved ones actually get with your Primary Care Physician during doctor appointments?maybe 5-10 minutes? Can you see your doctor whenever you need to, or do you need to book weeks in advance? If you feel that the current system and access to your doctor is woefully insufficient,[…]
As California’s Home Care Services Bureau approaches the end of it’s first full year in operation, PopHealth Podcast visits the Department of Social Services division to talk to the Program Directors. Find out about the Bureau’s ongoing efforts to root out home care agencies operating illegally without a license, and what licensed Home Care Organizations[…]
Zac is joined by Ruth Zaltsmann, Bundled Payment for Care Initiatives (BPCI) Coordinator for one of California’s most influential hospital systems and one of the foremost experts on readmission prevention and alternative payment models. Ruth and Zac discuss the monumental changes of healthcare payment models, from fee-for-service to voluntary and mandatory bundled payments and what[…]
Social work leaders in healthcare from around the country discuss SSWLHC’s 2016 conference and some of the latest topics facing social workers in the healthcare space. Check out this episode!
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s Executive Director Judy Thomas, JD discusses the work of her organization throughout the state as her not-for-profit group works to ensure that everyone who is seriously ill or near the end of life receives the compassionate care that they need and wish for. Check out this episode!
Mark Hedstrom, Sr. VP of Global Operations at the Movember foundation joins the podcast to discuss the upcoming month of November and Movember’s efforts to spread the word about men’s health, with a special focus this year on mental health and suicide prevention. Check out this episode!
Hospital and Healthcare leaders from Northern California and Southern California Share Their Wisdom and future Expectations from bundled payment and readmissions conferences held in September and October by the NRPC/NBPC. Check out this episode!
Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Chief Innovation Officer Scott Kaiser, MD, joins the show to talk about the vast history of MPTF and service to individuals that have served the industry. Dr. Kaiser discusses some of the innovative programs and services , including a large focus on wellness for the community served by MPTF. Check[…]