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Each week, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil brings you in-depth conversations with leading researchers and influencers shaping the big ideas in health policy and the health care industry. A Health Podyssey goes beyond the pages of the health policy journal Health Affairs to tell stories behind the research and share policy implications. Learn how academics and economists frame their research questions and journey to the intersection of health, health care, and policy. Health policy n ...
 
This series contains Veterans and Community Health Sunday Magazine radio programs, a weekly, 30-minute roundtable discussion with subject-matter experts from the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the community. The program, hosted by the Office of Public Affairs, offers Veterans and the listening audience useful, health, wellness and life improvement information.
 
Welcome to Health+Tech—the show where we explore the law that applies at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Your hosts, Janice Suchyta, Andrea Linna, and Jonathan Ishee, are healthcare attorneys and partners at McGuireWoods LLP, a law firm of 1100 attorneys with offices throughout the United States and the world. Your hosts will interview healthcare innovators and keep you up-to-date on the laws that apply to businesses at the intersection of healthcare and technology. McGuireWoo ...
 
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Recent reports suggest about six-tenths of a percent of the United States population, or 1.4 million people, identify as transgender. Transgender individuals are people whose personal and gender identity are different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Good information about the health status of this group has been hard to come by al…
 
The US government reports that the total spending on hospital care in 2019 was almost $1.2 trillion. High and highly variable hospital prices have been in the news recently in part due to new information made available under the price transparency rules implemented by the Trump administration. Competitive markets are supposed to constrain prices, b…
 
The quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) combines the expected effects on longevity and the expected effects on quality-of-life into a single standard measure. QALYs are often used as part of cost effectiveness analysis, particularly when analyzing the effectiveness of drugs. QALY as a measurement has received a lot of criticism. It's been criticized …
 
If you're a regular listener of A Health Podyssey, you know that most episodes revolve around a particular study published in Health Affairs. Every once in awhile, a person's experience as it relates to health care warrants an excursion from the constraints of discussing a single study. For those, we want to offer listeners a broader conversation. …
 
While estimates vary, spending on prescription drugs in the United States exceeds $500 billion per year. This makes drug prices a perennial health policy topic. In this context, payers and manufacturers are in a constant battle. Manufacturers seek to expand their market while payers attempt to use their leverage to negotiate lower drug prices. Ofte…
 
As part of Policy Spotlight, a new virtual event series from Health Affairs, Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil welcomed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the US Department of Health and Human Services for a one-on-one discussion about her priorities at CMS, where she oversees programs i…
 
In our multi-payer health care system, the pharmaceutical market involves the complex interplay of manufacturers, insurers, prescribers, and patients. Each seeks to protect its own interest, which can be counterproductive for overall system efficiency. The United States also has a high rate of generic drug use, which is considered a success story a…
 
SARS has a mortality rate of 20-30 times of COVID. For the next pandemic what will we do? Head of the Centre Robin Davies talks with Richard Hatchett from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) about the work they are doing with the support of Australia and other countries to invest in research, production and distribution of va…
 
In this episode of Health+Tech, McGuireWoods healthcare partner Janice M. Suchyta talks to Donna Chang, founder and CEO of Hope Biosciences. Donna discusses how Texas — particularly Houston — is making a name for itself in biotechnology by attracting research funding, supporting premier academic medical centers and welcoming investment by major pha…
 
Migrants on their way to another country and people seeking asylum are often overlooked in health policy. During the COVID-19 pandemic as immigration and asylum processes stalled, thousands of people were stranded at Mexico's northern border. With limited health care and sometimes crowded and unsanitary living conditions, COVID posed a significant …
 
“Preparedness is always better than response.” Indonesia is currently suffering another wave of COVID-19, in addition to 10 other major infectious diseases. In this episode we talk with Eka Wulan Cahyasari from the Indonesian Red Cross Society about how, with the support of the Centre, they are drawing upon existing pandemic preparedness tools and …
 
Children born in the United States are born US citizens. Some of these children are born to immigrant parents who returned to their country of origin, either voluntarily or because they were deported. In 2015, more than half a million US citizen children lived in Mexico having returned with their parents. These children may face language and school…
 
BONUS EPISODE As part of Policy Spotlight, a new virtual event series from Health Affairs, The Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal welcomed Micky Tripathi, the national coordinator for health information technology (IT), to an in-depth discussion of Biden administration's plans and priorities for health care data. The interview was conduct…
 
Sixty-eight percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States come from Mexico or Central America. As a result, deportation policies have a disproportionate effect on people of Hispanic origin. Immigration enforcement activity may influence behaviors like obtaining health care services; the effects of which can be felt throughout the communit…
 
How can we build community resilience in the face of both natural and man-made disasters that impact on our water and sanitation systems, our environment, and some of the world’s deadliest waterbourne diseases? Community-led watershed interventions can both reduce water-related disease risks and improve downstream ecosystem conditions supporting th…
 
In this episode of Health+Tech, McGuireWoods partners Jonathan Ishee and Andrea Lee Linna talk to George Gooch, CEO of the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), about their cybersecurity, health information exchange and pandemic surveillance initiatives. They also discuss: Information blocking rule compliance Recent Texas legislation (now signed …
 
Roughly 45 million immigrants live in the United States today, a fourfold increase since the 1960s. Immigrants face unique challenges obtaining health care services. Some of the challenges are caused by explicit policies designed to limit or exclude immigrants from programs and benefits available to people born in the US. Other barriers relate to h…
 
With the US becoming more focused on addressing mental health, one important topic is how society responds to people experiencing mental health crises. A typical crisis response involves a 911 dispatcher sending a police officer to respond and provide support. However, the vast majority of police officers have little or no training for how to best …
 
For this episode of Health+Tech, please join Dr. Anwar Hussain, General Partner at RhythmVC, and McGuireWoods Chicago partner Andrea Lee Linna, as they discuss digital healthcare and the nuts and bolts needed to create better systems. Their discussion covers: What venture capital is looking for when investing in digital health Opportunities for sta…
 
Gun violence harms the health of victims and witnesses, but it also disrupts community social cohesion and behavioral norms. The people in communities that have experienced violence can suffer adverse health consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Exposure to gun violence and the disproportionate burden of that violence in certain c…
 
Almost all commercial insurance plans have cost-sharing provisions where patients help pay for their health care services. Annual deductibles — which patients have to meet before insurance pays anything at all — and co-payments — where the patient pays either a fixed amount for or a share of the cost of each service received — are common examples. …
 
Lowering prescription drug prices continues to be a hot topic. Spending on biologic products, which includes most vaccines and gene therapies, was estimated at $125 billion in the United States in 2018, representing about a quarter of total pharmaceutical spending. Biosimilars, follow-on products to biologic drugs with essentially the same molecula…
 
Welcome back to Contain This. This is Episode 3, Season 2, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. Today, we bring you an Indo-Pacific Health Leaders interview hosted by Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams. Indonesia, a close neighbor of Australia has been hit hard with COVID-19 since the…
 
BONUS EPISODE As part of Policy Spotlight, a new virtual event series from Health Affairs, Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil welcomed Elizabeth "Liz" Fowler, the new deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and director of its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to an in-depth discussion of Biden administration's plans…
 
Rates of burnout among primary care physicians is a growing concern in the health care workforce. Major shifts in the practice environment — from truncated office visits and growing documentation requirements to practice consolidation — have changed physicians' sense of efficacy and autonomy, both of which are important factors in work satisfaction…
 
For this episode of Health+Tech, join Lauren Riplinger, vice president of policy and government affairs at AHIMA, and McGuireWoods healthcare partner Janice Suchyta, who co-leads the firm's digital health group. Discussion will cover the following topics: The new Cures Act patient access rule and how to comply with the open notes requirements Trend…
 
Skilled nursing care is an important Medicare benefit but it also accounts for significant spending. In Medicare, cost sharing applies to patients' care in skilled nursing facilities after the twentieth day of residence. This prompts a spike in discharges from facilities at that time. But does cutting short these skilled nursing facility stays at d…
 
Welcome back to Contain This. This is Episode 2, Season 2, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. Today we bring you an Indo-Pacific Health Leaders interview hosted by Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams, that looks at the global effort to fight Covid-19 whilst not losing any of the prog…
 
On this episode of Health+Tech, please join Ludi founder and CEO Gail Peace and McGuireWoods partner Andrea Lee Linna as they discuss how technology can further healthcare compliance, including: · How providers can leverage technology to streamline their physician contracting processes to reduce administrative burdens on physicians and staff · How …
 
The HITECH Act, part of the broad American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, ushered in major changes for health care's information and informatics landscape. The legislation may best be known for "meaningful use" requirements attached to hospital and/or physician funding to support the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The law als…
 
On this episode of Health+Tech, hear from healthcare IT executive John Glaser discussing key issues in the digital health space. John is a former senior vice president of Population Health at Cerner Corporation, and a former CEO of Siemens Health Services. Before that, he was CIO at Partners HealthCare and senior advisor at the Office of the Nation…
 
"I think we need to step back first before we even ask the policy question and ask this simple question, is it okay in the United States to die of cancer simply because you don't have health insurance?" - Dr. Gerard Silvestri Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. Although there have been declines in cancer deaths in recent years,…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Contain This and Episode 29. This week we discuss an essential step in the journey of the COVID-19 vaccine. We bring you insights on how the experts at Papua New Guinea’s Pharmaceutical Services Standards Branch were supported to assess the safety and efficacy of COVUD-19 vaccines in the last few months prior to the first dos…
 
Many think of pharmacies primarily as places to get prescription medications, but pharmacists are highly trained clinicals who offer other important health care services. Pharmacies are a valuable health care resource, and access to pharmacies may be an overlooked contributor to health inequities. Individuals who live in pharmacy deserts aren't abl…
 
To say the role of private equity investment in the health care system is growing would be an understatement. In 2018, the valuation of private equity deals in the US health care sector surpassed $100 billion, a 20-fold increase from 2000 when it was less than $5 billion. Now, many are concerned that the incentive structures built into private equi…
 
A central tenant of the move to value-based payment in health care is that quality can be measured and high quality providers should be rewarded for their excellence. But efforts to define and measure quality of care can run into challenges. It's considered benign to take certain types of risk factors, such as disease severity, into account when me…
 
On this episode of Health+Tech, Andrea Linna, Janice Suchyta and Jonathan Ishee speak with McGuireWoods partner Michael Podberesky about government enforcement trends at the intersection of healthcare and technology. A former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Fraud Section, Michael recently joined McGuireWoods’ nationally…
 
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the law of the land in the U.S. for 11 years and helped more than 20 million Americans gain health coverage. Still, some are losing it, even at times when they arguably need it most. There are demonstrated health benefits for the mother and baby to having insurance before and during pregnancy and after giving …
 
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