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!
Eva and Jenna join the show to discuss how community based organizations like ONEgeneration, serving the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, are needed more than ever in serving our seniors and those in need through services like meal delivery, care management, and much more. Check out this episode!
Hear the inspiring story of how Torrie, who dealt with personal illness at a young age, knew of her caalling early and has helped build out chronic illness programs for groups like Blue Shield and is now positioned to help our healthcare system nationally through Votive Health. Check out this episode!
Maddie, who unlike most Southern Californians actually walks to work, welcomed me to Oscar’s offices and shared about one of the nation’s newest health plans, including d her team’s efforts in managing its members’ health and Oscar’s efforts expanding into Medicare Advantage. Check out this episode!
Don returns to the show to give the latest of APG’s efforts with the 195,000+ physicians it supports through advocacy, education, and efforts towards taking responsibility for America’s health. Check out this episode!
Dr. Vijay Trisal joins the show to discuss City of Hope’s historic work over the years, starting with TB treatments, to the creation of man-made insulin and other drugs that have saved millions of lives. Check out this episode!
Care at Home During COVID-19 Crisis- Leaders from Alignment Healthcare, Oasis In-Home Care, and San Diego Home Caregivers
In our special COVID-19 episode, leaders from one of the nation’s fastest growing Medicare Advantage focused health plans join homecare industry experts to share why home is now, more than ever, the best place to prevent illness and receive care. Our guests are: Alignment Healthcare’s President, Consumer and Markets, Dawn Maroney and her colleague Dr.[…]
The team at DaVita in Denver welcomed me warmly as I sat down with DaVita’s Group Vice President, Martha Wofford. Martha shares how DaVita is focusing significant efforts on preventing end-stage kidney disease and how dialysis in the home is becoming more common Check out this episode!
Cindy joined us in our Carlsbad studio to share her journey of going from nurse to geriatric care manager, and how she has become a pillar in the San Diego Community in both geriatric care management as well as in-home care for nearly 30 years. Check out this episode!
California’s Leaders in Aging, Including The Director of the CA Dept of Aging, Join the Show While Attending The California Association of Area Agencies on Aging Annual Conference
PopHealth Podcast was onsite during the multi-day conference that brings together AAA leaders from throughout the state, and we heard from a variety of leaders, including Kim McCoy Wade from the CA Dept of Aging as she discussed California’s Master Plan For Aging. Check out this episode!
Those in the healthcare field are probably familiar with Encompass Health. As one of the four largest home health & hospice providers in the nation, they care for thousands of lives each day all across the country. What you might not know is that CEO, April Anthony, bought her first home health company at age[…]
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.