Top 5 MHE Podcasts of 2020

From telemedicine to addressing social determinants of health, these are the top five episodes of the Tuning Into the C-Suite podcast of 2020.

This year, the Managed Healthcare Executive® team launched Tuning Into the C-Suite, a podcast centered around conversations about the most important issues facing American healthcare today: its cost, effectiveness, delivery and organization, and fairness. In the 34 episodes since the initial launch in June, MHE has spoken to various healthcare executives and key opinion leaders to get a better understanding of how to improve the different facets of healthcare delivery.

Here are the top five episodes of the podcast in 2020:

5. Wolters Kluwer’s Denise Basow Shares the Importance of Uniting Prescribers, Pharmacists at the Point of Care

In this episode of Tuning Into the C-Suite, MHE’s Briana Contreras spoke with Denise Basow, president and CEO of clinical effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer, to discuss the importance of uniting prescribers and pharmacists at the point of care and how this form of care can create more efficient and effective operations within health systems. Uniting both prescribers and pharmacists is on par with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s triple aim framework of improving quality of care, reducing cost of care, and enhancing the patient experience. The triple aim was developed to optimize health system performance. Wolters Kluwer built a tool called Formulink to help hospitals build their formulary and sits within their Lexicomp application. That means formulary information is alongside critical drug decision support to take friction out of the process.

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4. CVS Health’s Dan Knecht Talks ‘Path to Better Health’ Survey, Telehealth & More

MHE’s Briana Contreras spoke with Dan Knecht, vice president of clinical product at CVS Health. The two discussed telehealth and patient access to such technology, CVS minute clinics, and CVS Health’s study, Path to Better Health, which included responses from consumers and providers who were asked for their thoughts on the state of healthcare. In the third annual survey, CVS Health got feedback from 1,000 customers across the U.S. and 400 providers. CVS Health found an increasing need for better access to care and technology-enabled care.

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3. Patients, Physician use of Telemedicine According to Dr. Peter Alperin of Doximity and the 2020 State of Telemedicine Report

This podcast episode featuring Peter Alperin, M.D., vice president of Doximity, digs deeper into Doximity’s 2020 State of Telemedicine report and how it reflects into the adoption of telemedicine among physicians and patients alike. Doximity surveyed more than 2,000 of its users on how they use telemedicine and predictions for the future. The results were heavily influenced by COVID-19. From last year to this year, the results show the rapid growth of the telemedicine market and the increased use of the technology. “Telemedicine is here to stay,” Alperin said.

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2. Eric Levin talks PBMs and how Scripta is Tackling the Market’s Challenges for Patients

The CEO of Scripta, Eric Levin, discussed with Briana Contreras the current state of the pharmacy benefit market and how the Scripta organization has been assisting its clients and their prescriptions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and during it. Technology has created a transparency that gives buyers power, Levin said. Sellers have too much power and buyers don’t have enough expertise, but technology can be used to flip the script. That’s what Scripta is all about. And when it came to the pandemic, COVID-19 did not necessarily affect the organization, as it was already leveraging virtual capabilities and technologies.

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1. CEO of Illinois Medical District Suzet McKinney Talks Racism and SDoH in Public Health

Suzet McKinney, CEO of the Illinois Medical District and adjunct instructor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health discusses the role of social determinants when promoting health and health equity, along with how and why racism is a public health issue. McKinney is looking to address the social determinants of health and how they impact healthcare outcomes through initiatives that seek to improve the economic outlook of people who have historically suffered and lived in disinvested areas. The area in which McKinney works is a predominantly African American and Latino population, and such populations typically face healthcare disparities—specifically African Americans.

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