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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Christian Lanham, VP of Business Development at Brookdale, and the Evolution of Residential Senior Living
Brookdale is the largest senior living provider in the country, with more than 1,100 communities nationwide providing a range of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing services. Christian Lanham, VP of Business Development, sits down with Zac in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee to discuss what has made Brookdale so successful and why residential senior living is such an important option for individuals and their families throughout the aging process. Additionall, as the healthcare industry continues to change and the aging landscape shifts so dramatically, we also discuss how Christian sees these communities as an essential, albeit often overlooked, pieces of the care continuum which can have huge impacts on short and long-term success of hospital and patient outcomes.
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 Manager of 24Hr HomeCare. As the Digital Marketing Manager, 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.
PopHealth Podcast has been a longtime supporter of the American Case Management Association and all they do to both educate their members and provide ongoing support in their endeavors to innovate and improve case management. In this episode, Case Management Leaders from Arizona and Southern California join the podcast to discuss hot topics in case[…]
Dr. Eric Coleman, Founder of the Care Transitions Program, Announces New Program and First Non-Medical Homecare Partner
World Renowned Population Health and Care Transitions Program founder Dr. Eric Coleman joins PopHealth Podcast to share about his history, the formation of the Care Transitions Program, and the launch of a new program with the Care Transitions Program’s first Non-Medical Partner Check out this episode!
PopHealth Podcast was at the Transformational Healthcare event in Arizona where both national and state leaders in transitional care shared about the present and future of healthcare. Hear from leaders like Dr. Eric Coleman, founder of the Care Transitions Program, and others from Dignity Health, HealthSouth, Plum Healthcare, Vi Senior Living, Innovation Health Partners, Silverado,[…]
As Vice President of Care Management, Tory Starr oversees both inpatient and outpatient care management teams for one-half of all of Sutter Health System. This presents both enormous challenges and opportunities to improve care transitions in both the acute and ambulatory care settings. As CMS and the Federal Government continue to try to innovate and[…]
Senator Ed Hernandez holds a distinct place in history as Chair of the Senate Health Committee during the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As a physician himself, he has seen first-hand the tragic results of living life without health insurance, and the amazing personal success stories that have followed the monumental change. […]
The Breakneck Pace of Change: Leading Healthcare Attorney Bob King explains the discord between the rising importance of in-home care and the increasing difficulty to provide it
As more and more health care services are pushed towards the home setting, ever-changing employment legislation, licensure, and fractured minimum wage ordinances are creating a legal minefield for home-based employers. Leading home care employment attorney, Bob King, joins Gavin and Zac to discuss why many home care providers are opting to leave the industry entirely[…]
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. […]
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,[…]