Episodes

Chair of the Senate Health Committee- Senator Ed Hernandez

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.  Join Zac and PopHealth Podcast for this insightful and wide-ranging interview with the Senator as…
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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 and his surprising take on why litigation against home-based care is at an all-time high. …
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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…
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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, how does he think most people will feel the impact of a repeal in 2017…
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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 visit on the same patient on the same day, or that a doctor couldn't bill…
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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, you're not alone.  In fact, many primary care physicians would agree, and this is exact…
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Year One: Regulating one of America’s fastest growing industries and what’s to come

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 can expect as the state’s unannounced visits begin next year when Evon and MacAulie…
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Changes to healthcare payment models are coming. Will you be affected?

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 it means for hospitals, health systems and patients. Check out this episode!
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Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care

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!
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Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

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!
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