Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.
Rank #1: All About Medicaid.
All About Medicaid by Kaiser Health News
Rank #2: “Medicare-For-All” For Dummies.
The “Medicare–for-all” debate is already in full swing, but what does that phrase even mean? Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner for a beginner’s guide to the next big health policy debate. For “extra credit,” the panelists provide their favorite health policy stories of the week, and as a special Valentine’s Day bonus, their favorite #HealthPolicyValentines.
The Healthcare Policy Podcast website features audio interviews with experts on current or important health care topics. While there are any number of healthcare-related podcasts and other online programming these offerings typically present a vested interest viewpoint. My podcasts are produced independently, i.e., without any conflicts of interest and moreover are intended to help listeners better understand the inter-section between research and policy analysis and political realities. Listeners are welcomed to forward program comments and suggest programming topics.Comments made by the interviewees are strictly their own and do not represent those of their affiliated organization/s.
Rank #1: 190th Podcast Interview: the FDA's Captain Valerie Jensen Discusses Remedying the Drug Shortage Problem (November 20th).
Listen Now On October 31st, the FDA released the agency's Congressionally-mandated report titled, “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions.”...
Rank #2: Andrea Rodgers Discusses the Recent 9th Circuit Court Decision in Juliana v the US (February 10th) .
Listen Now This past January 17 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Juliana v the US. Filed in...
Harvard Chan: This Week in Health brings you top health headlines—from wellness tips to important global health trends. You'll also hear insight from Harvard Chan experts.
Rank #1: The power of positive thinking.
December 15, 2016 — In our new podcast series, Harvard Chan: This Week in Health, we’ll bring you top health headlines—from wellness tips to important global health trends. You’ll also hear insight from Harvard Chan experts. In this week’s episode: In this week’s episode: The health benefits of optimism, plus strategies to improve your psychological wellbeing. You can subscribe to this podcast by visiting iTunes, listen to it by following us on Soundcloud, and stream it on the Stitcher app. Visit our archive page to listen to all of our past episodes. Learn more Can volunteering lead to better health?
Rank #2: Human flourishing and public health.
What does it mean for someone to flourish? Flourishing is more than just being happy—although that’s a part of it. But the idea of flourishing expands beyond happiness to look at a person’s overall well-being, taking into account things like life satisfaction or someone’s sense of purpose. That’s why studying flourishing is an interdisciplinary science drawing on public health, philosophy, psychology, and more. In this week’s episode we’re talking to two researchers from Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University who are tackling big questions about flourishing: What does it mean for people to flourish? How do we measure it? And are there things that make people more or less likely to flourish? Our guests are Tyler VanderWeele, director of the Human Flourishing Program and John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard Chan School, and Matthew Wilson, associate director of the Human Flourishing Program and a research associate at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. You can sign up here for a monthly research e-mail from the Human Flourishing Program, or click here to follow them on Twitter. You can also check out the Human Flourishing Blog, hosted by Psychology Today. You can subscribe to Harvard Chan: This Week in Health by visiting iTunes or Google Play and you can listen to it by following us on Soundcloud, and stream it on the Stitcher app or on Spotify. If you’re a fan, we’d appreciate you leaving a rating and review wherever you listen.
An exchange focused on health issues and controversies of current concern to decision-makers around the world.
Rank #1: Deaths From Pregnancy and Childbirth: Why Are More U.S. Mothers Dying and What Can Be Done?.
Maternal mortality dropped by almost half over the last 25 years around the world. However, in startling contrast, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth doubled in the United States between 2000 and 2014, putting the nation second-to-last in maternal mortality among countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Further, pernicious racial disparities mean that black women in the United States face a deeply distressing three- to four-times higher risk of pregnancy-related deaths. What factors are driving these increases and disparities? What changes will narrow the survival gap between white and black women? How can health care systems more effectively prevent complications and poor outcomes? And how can mothers themselves and their communities be agents for change for a more equitable and safe delivery of the next generation? Part of The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums, this event was presented jointly with PRI's The World & WGBH on March 4, 2019. Watch the entire series: https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/
Rank #2: College Students and Mental Health: Confronting an Emerging Crisis.
Mental health issues are alarmingly on the rise among college students, and a serious gap exists in campus services to help them. What can be done to meet this growing need, spurred by issues of anxiety and depression, that has been described as sudden and dramatic by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health? In a spring 2017 survey by the American College Health Association, 39 percent of college students reported feeling so depressed that they were having trouble functioning, and 61 percent said that they had overwhelming anxiety in the previous 12 months. This Forum served as a call to action, asking how to develop a campus culture that prioritizes the prevention of mental health issues and the destigmatization of existing conditions. An expert panel featured leaders from academia, mental health advocacy and psychology, who spoke from a public health and health care delivery perspective. How do we support students in need; remove barriers, particularly for already marginalized students; boost communication; and promote wellness drivers, such as improved sleep, nutrition, exercise and social connectedness? And how do we gather the much-needed evidence for public health policies? Part of The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums, this event was presented jointly with HuffPost on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
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Rank #1: Lauren A Taylor – Integration of Healthcare and Social Services.
Today we’re joined by Lauren A Taylor, a health services researcher based at Harvard Business School, where is she is earning her doctorate in health policy and management. Prior to joining HBS, Lauren co-authored The American Health Care Paradox, which has become required reading at a variety of medical and public health schools across the country. Our discussion spans a range of topics and should excite clinician and policymaker listeners alike, especially those interested in addressing upstream factors that affect health in our American society. We start with reviewing the initial research paper that lay the groundwork for her book and what other countries show us about how government spending on social services can affect health outcomes, as well as what she learned interviewing caregivers and social services workers in the US. We also talk on how American sociopolitical factors influence our discourse on the distribution and allocation of resources as well as how research is done in her field. We discuss whether health systems are moving in the right direction addressing social determinants of health through ACOs, why management gets overlooked and undervalued as a key ingredient in healthcare delivery, and why it’s just so hard to get all of this right. Lauren’s work focuses on organizational theory and strategy in health care, with a particular emphasis on the integration of health and social services. She holds a BA in the History of Medicine and a Master in Public Health from Yale University. She has also worked as a health care chaplain and studied ethics as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard’s Divinity School. If you like the show, please subscribe on our website www.rospod.org, and rate us on iTunes and Stitcher and share us on social media. Get in touch via twitter @RoSpodcast or drop us a line at email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
Rank #2: Re-imagining primary care in the US & what we can learn from Costa Rica with Asaf Bitton.
Asaf Bitton MD, MPH is our guest this week. Asaf talks with us about what he sees as crucial steps in improving primary care in the US and what we can learn from primary care systems globally, particularly drawing on a recent healthcare system reform in Costa Rica which he wrote about last year in Health Affairs. We also talk about a noteworthy editorial he wrote in the Annals of Family Medicine laying out what he sees as a path forward in primary care, with parsimony and also being clear-eyed about the limits of current capitation efforts. Dr. Bitton is the Director of Primary Health Care at Ariadne Labs where he leads the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, the World Health Organization, and The Results for Development Institute. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) on their Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative. He practices primary care in the Boston area. We love to hear from our listeners, so please tweet us @RoSPodcast or @HMSPrimary care, leave us a message on facebook, or send us an email with comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening! Audio Player
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Rank #1: This Week In Health, June 24, 2016: Healthy eating habits.
In this week’s podcast: The healthy eating habits with significant benefits, plus a new wrinkle in the fight over Obamacare, and the push to improve end-of-life care for those facing serious illnesses.
Rank #2: Why Public Health: Helping victims of sexual trafficking.
In our “Why Public Health?” series, we ask Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students to talk about why they chose to enter the field. Listen to hear their stories.
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Rank #1: Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation: How Data Sharing Improves Physician and Business Performance .
In another excerpt from a conversation with Metcare of Florida chief executives on its continuing medical home pilot with Humana, COO Dr. Jose Guethon describes the mechanics of sharing utilization and financial data with its physicians, and the impact of this practice and friendly competition between physicians has had on workflow, patient access, customer service and other key metrics. Dr. Guethon and Metcare CEO Mike Earley described how Metcare practices have made the transformation to patient-centered medical homes, with an eye on maintaining the profitability of their practices, during "Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation: 9 Key Hurdles for Physician Practices To Overcome," a 45-minute webinar on May 12, 2010.
Rank #2: Health Coaching Strategies at Duke University Medical Center.
Kerry Little, senior health coach with Duke University Medical Center, shares what strategies Duke uses for its health coaches to connect with participants. Bonnie Sechrist, director of clinical program development at HMC and Little, along with Maddy M. Rice, area vice president of education at CorSolutions, shared their companies' strategies for health coach training during Health Coach Training: Insider Tips for Effective Coaching, an October 26, 2005 audio conference now available on CD-ROM.
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Rank #1: The Future of Revenue Cycle (Part 1).
Nicholas Mendyka of the University of Virginia Health System Medical Center talks about the necessary coordination between clinical and financial for future revenue cycle success. Also: five key considerations for organization integration.
Rank #2: Driving Change with Analytics.
Caroline Gay and Ray Ready from Florida's Lakeland Regional Health talk about common analytics traps. Also: The latest from Washington and five features of HFMA's all-new all-inclusive membership.
If you’re concerned about revenue at your hospital, then The Hospital Finance podcast is your go-to source for information and insights that can help you protect and enhance the revenue your hospital has earned. From regulatory changes to revenue cycle optimization, readmissions to bundled payments, you’ll get important perspectives, news and strategies from leading experts in healthcare finance. For show notes and additional resources from BESLER, visit http://www.besler.com/podcasts
Rank #1: Episode Payment Model final rule explained.
In this episode, Maria Miranda, Director of Emerging Payment Models at BESLER Consulting explains the EPM final rule including updates to the CJR program and the introduction of cardiac bundles. Learn how to listen to The Hospital Finance Podcast on your mobile device. Mike Passanante: Hi, this is Mike Passanante. And welcome back to the Hospital Finance Podcast. Read More
Rank #2: Strengthening the healthcare revenue cycle.
In this episode, we are joined by Olga Barone-Allan and Meliza Weiner of BESLER to discuss their experiences creating cross-functional initiatives to improve the revenue cycle. Learn how to listen to The Hospital Finance Podcast on your mobile device. Highlights of this episode include: Working with a Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) on Read More
Weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care, hosted by POLITICO Pulse author Dan Diamond.
Rank #1: Farzad Mostashari on how government really works.
Farzad Mostashari has been on the frontlines of health care's biggest stories — from New York City's war on smoking to the Obama administration's $30 billion push for electronic health records. Now he's the CEO of Aledade, a fast-growing company that blends digital and population health and riding the wave of Obamacare startups. Farzad sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss his beginnings in public health (starts at the 2:20 mark), his move to become the nation's leader on health IT (8:55), his thoughts on the Meaningful Use program (15:00), what it's like to be a government regulator (20:30), why he started Aledade (28:00), whether MACRA is a boon for the industry (34:00), if independent doctors are endangered and how new Medicare pilots will help (41:00). Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 48:00.
Rank #2: Kate Baicker on busting Obamacare myths.
The politics of health care are messy. Obamacare is haunted by myths. And that's why Harvard's Kate Baicker — a former White House economist and one of the nation's most acclaimed researchers — is so focused on using evidence, not anecdotes, to shape America's health policies. Baicker talks about building a career in research (starts at the 1:55 minute mark), her pioneering work with the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (8:45), what she thinks of Obamacare’s cost controls and President Obama’s pitch for a public option (24:30), whether the ACA did enough to bend the cost curve (34:00), and what beltway pundits get wrong about health policy (41:30). Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 46:10. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Healthcare and Health Insurance System is broken. Healthcare costs continue to rise at the expense of employers and employees who often end up paying more each year for reduced levels of benefit and service. If you’ve had enough, then you’ve come to the right place. In this show, we explore what is wrong with the current system and examine what drives higher healthcare costs. We interview companies that are providing innovative services and solutions designed to not only disrupt the health insurance marketplace but deliver lower costs and better value for your employees. Who is this show for? It’s for employers, CEO’s, CFO’s, HR Directors and Benefit Managers and anyone else who is tired of the same poor results that we continue to get from our Health Insurance and Healthcare System. It’s for those who are suspect of the same old answers for why healthcare costs go up and want actionable strategies to get better results.Join us! Get educated and get ready to take action!
Rank #1: Sachin Jain | Carrum Health.
Topics Revenue Cycle Management Rising healthcare costs Bundled Pricing Cost Savings Centers of Excellence Improving the Employee Experience In this episode, Michael introduces you to Sachin ‘Sach’ Jain, CEO of Carrum Health. Join us as we discuss how Carrum Health has created an alternative marketplace for lower cost surgical procedures with a focus on creating an exceptional employee experience. Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn in this episode: Who Sachin Jain is, and how he found his way into the healthcare field. The Healthcare Marketplace – Why supply and demand play such a vital role in costs, and why the healthcare marketplace doesn’t interact or operate like any other marketplace for service and goods in the country. How Carrum Health is working to solve two systemic issues in Healthcare payments today How Carrum Health created a marketplace for select surgical procedures that sits outside of traditional HMO/PPO network to allow providers to compete directly for employer’s business. Why the bundled platform that Carrum offers runs 40-50% cheaper than pricing through traditional insurance carrier networks. The screening process – What Carrum does to ensure their Centers of Excellence providers meet the highest level of quality. What geographical regions Carrum is available for employers How Carrum is geared towards the patient experience, and how they strive to remove the stress of surgery and hospital stays so that patients can focus on healing. Costs to participate in the Carrum platform www.carrumhealth.com
Rank #2: Bryce Canfield + Andrew Slutzky | GoodRx.
Topics Prescription Drugs Price transparency Price Variation at Pharmacies Consumer Driven Mobile Tools Consumerism Driving Higher Employee Engagement rates Cost Savings In this episode, Michael introduces you to Bryce Canfield, Vice President of Business Development and Andrew Slutzky, General Manager of GoodRx. Join us as we delve into the services offered by GoodRx and how they can help you save money on your next prescription. Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn in this episode: An introduction to Bryce Canfield, Andrew Slutsky, and how GoodRx got it’s launch Utilizing the Individual Consumer Tool and the savings it offers to consumers How the Employer Tool provides real-time drug pricing and notifies employees of cost saving opportunities they are not taking advantage of How GoodRx leverages relationships with PBMs to offer consumers better prices Challenging drug price differentials at different pharmacies by enabling price conscious consumers How to build trust and drive high employee engagement Why simplicity is key Costs for the GoodRx Tool and how GoodRx stacks up against competitors Exciting items on the horizon for GoodRx – Pharma Manufacturers direct to consumer opportunities www.goodrx.com
Health:Further is an open community focused on the future of health. We are driven to pursue two difficult ideals: that health is a human right, and that health must be supported affordably and sustainably. We are providers, payers, politicians and practitioners. We are investors, innovators, artists and activists. We are all patients, and together, we will create the ideal future of health. This podcast is where we come to hear from entrepreneurs, startup founders, healthcare executives, service providers, healthcare educators, and patient advocates to figure out what we can do to build a healthier society and use technology to care for real people.
Rank #1: What's really happening? An update on value-based care and the consumerization of healthcare.
Adoption of value-based care has gone in fits and starts. The latest news shows adoption has slowed, even while providers recognize its importance. Meanwhile, tech companies are moving faster than ever, and the conversation around patients turning into active healthcare consumers is accelerating - although there is still a lot to work out (for example). Trying to harmonize these two trends is key to managing the current change in today's healthcare economy while planning for what it will look like in the future. Health:Further CEO Marcus Whitney spelled out what's happening and who's responsible. Watch the conversation, listen to the podcast, or read the four main takeaways here.
Rank #2: Introducing: Contributing Factors.
Everyone has a health story. If you haven’t been a patient, someone close to you has. Each situation is different, a unique combination of factors ranging from a single genetic variation to the social, cultural and physical environment. At the same time, many of the processes and technologies used to prevent these situations - and treat them when they occur - are standardized. And in most cases, we only get to see part of the story. Even when we’re the patient, there are pieces of the process that remain unclear. We only get parts of the history of our disease; the genetic basis for our condition is confusing and often obscure; we don’t get a clear look at the people and companies working on new treatment options. With Contributing Factors, Health:Further is pulling back that curtain. We’ll be talking to clinicians, historians, economists, biomedical researchers, entrepreneurs, sociologists, investors and, most importantly, patients. Contributing Factors, Season 1: Depression, launches March 1. Join us as we explore the (whole) story of health. Sign up at healthfurther.com/contributing-factors for updates on the launch and access to bonus content
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Rank #1: Power Play: States Address U.S. Electric Grid | OAS Episode 77.
Much of the nation’s network of electricity generation, transmission and distribution resources is aging and major upgrades are needed to for new technologies, changing market dynamics and shifting consumer preferences. This analysis comes from a new NCSL report, “Modernizing the Electric Grid: State Role and Policy Options.”States are finding a challenge in keeping up with the way technology impacts our power grids, particularly those that still rely on larger power plants. “The challenge facing state policymakers is how to craft policies that promote cost-effective investment in the electric system while allowing innovative technologies and new energy management approaches to flourish and compete in a rapidly shifting environment,” says the report.Our guest is Glen Andersen, who is the energy program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures, and one of the authors of the report. He talks about how new technologies affect public policy, how consumers are creating their own power, how smarter household appliances, electrical gadgets and electric vehicles affect the grid.Additional Resources Transcription of Episode 77
Rank #2: Redistricting: Partisanship, Politics, Power | OAS Episode 75.
Once every 10 years, America’s political landscape changes. While most people are aware the U.S. census takes place in years that end in zero, a smaller percentage know the data collected helps determine how the nation’s political power is divided. In most states, legislatures are charged with redrawing congressional and state legislative maps following the release of the census data. This means political control of the legislature and the governor’s office will be critical when maps are redrawn in 2021. We invited two guests to explain this process and what legislatures are doing in preparation for the historic event. Wendy Underhill is the director of the Elections and Redistricting Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. NCSL is producing a series of meetings on redistricting, with the next one taking place Oct. 24-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Future redistricting meetings will be held in Las Vegas, Portland, Ore. and Washington, D.C. For the staff perspective, we talk with Michelle L. Davis, a senior policy analyst on redistricting and election law at the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. She is the editor of the website Redistrictingonline and its Facebook page. Additional Resources Transcription of Episode 75
Oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States, presented by Oyez, a multimedia judicial archive at the IllinoisTech Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Rank #1: Flowers v. Mississippi.
A case in which the Court held that the trial court in this case committed clear error at Flowers’ sixth murder trial by concluding that the state’s peremptory strike of a particular black prospective juror was not motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent.
Rank #2: Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California.
A case in which the Court will decide (1) whether the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is judicially reviewable; and (2) whether DHS’s decision to wind down the DACA policy is lawful.
Relentless Health Value is the podcast for business leaders working in payer/insurance carrier and provider organizations, as well as for pharmaceutical, medical device, patient advocacy, and other health care organizations. Health care–oriented venture capitalists (VCs) and digital health entrepreneurs also regularly engage with our show. Finally, we have a growing contingent of employer CFOs and benefits professionals who tune in.The podcast mission is to help transform health care by fostering collaboration and breaking down silos. Our panel of expert guests connects you with other health care leaders trying to achieve the quadruple aim of improving population health and patient and provider experience, while managing costs effectively.Relentless Health Value is one of the oldest and largest podcasts dedicated to health care industry decision makers trying to do the right thing.
Rank #1: EP198: The Trend Toward Direct-to-Employer ACOs, With Eric Parmenter, National Leader of Value-Based Care at Collective Health.
Eric is established as a national expert on the impact of health care reform on health care providers and is a respected thought leader in the hospital health system industry. A consultant with deep experience in health plan strategy, design, prevention care, and productivity and behavioral economics, Eric serves as the national leader of direct provider solutions for Collective Health. A former executive at Evolent Health and principal with Towers Watson, he has worked in the employee benefits business for 30-plus years as an advisor to hospital and health system clients, developing health benefit and prevention care strategies that align with the health system’s population health business. Eric focuses on improving the poor health of health care workers and professionals as a first step to improving patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. He frequently speaks about the direct link between improving health care workers’ health and boosting patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Eric is a published author, including the book STOP!: 21 Stops to Reduce Stress and Enhance Joy, and has authored more than 20 articles on employee benefit topics, including "Fixing the Broken Triangle," "The Healthcare Benefit Crisis—Ten Years Later" in 2015, "Choice Architecture—A Tool for Ratcheting Up Benefit and Wellness Results," "eACOs—The Health Plan of the Future," and "The Healthcare Benefit Crisis." A member of several "Who’s Who" lists for business executives, Eric graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in psychology and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Eric lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Sherry, and enjoys travel related to history, architecture, and baseball. Together, Eric and Sherry have 7 children, 5 grandsons, and 2 more grandchildren on the way. He has been a volunteer docent for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. 02:30 The disintermediation of health systems and employers by insurance carriers. 02:56 “... the facilitators of payments …” 04:09 How does the move away from the best interest of the buyer and seller in health care manifest? 06:31 “Health care eats wages.” 08:31 The variances in health care. 08:55 Cost and quality in health care. 09:32 An employer-driven economy in health care vs an employer-paid economy in health care. 11:20 Defining ACO—accountable care organization. 12:49 The two forms of moving to a more value-based care—carrier-based ACOs and direct ACOs. 13:43 The use of direct ACOs. 14:47 “30% of employers are ... considering a direct-contracted ACO.” 17:03 How Collective Health’s direct contract with employers works. 17:58 Why providers choose to take risk and move toward value-based care with ACOs. 22:33 Are ACOs a direct threat to insurance carriers? 27:31 Providers taking initiative to go directly to employers. 30:17 Setting up measurement framework.
Rank #2: EP217: A CFO’s Take on Health Insurance, With Steve Watson, CFO and Founder of Summit Path Group.
Steve Watson, CPA, SHRM-SCPAs a CFO/CHRO, Steve was frustrated each year with rising health care costs for his employer and employees. In 2012, he decided to make a change. First, he decided to fix the misaligned incentive that he had with his broker. Then he and his broker moved on to fixing the way his insurance was purchased from the insurance carriers. Now Steve is sharing this process with other employers through his consulting company Summit Path Group, whose mission is to lower employee benefit costs by sharing best practices from around the country with local employers and advisers. 01:57 The biggest ways that spiraling costs negatively affect companies. 02:49 How long does it take prices to double? 04:56 “On the ground level with mid-sized employers, we don’t know how to move the lever.” 05:50 Higher premiums = more commissions? 07:50 Steve’s advice for employers. 10:02 Why don’t employers dig into health care more? 11:28 “There are ways to set up a self-funded plan that have less risks than a fully insured plan.” 12:44 “[As] employers, we need to start [doing things] from our perspective, too.” 13:10 Steve’s advice to a CFO to demand claims. 15:31 When CFOs should begin their analysis of their insurance plans. 16:04 “I would … look at it as a 3- to 5-year plan and how [to] step along.” 20:04 The first question Steve asks CFOs. 24:37 Setting up a plan that’s best for the company. 27:20 Accessing unbiased information by being aware of misaligned incentives. 31:33 “At the heart of health care is the interaction between the patient and the doctor.” 33:23 For more information on direct primary care, listen to EP184 with Alex Lickerman, EP198 with Eric Parmenter, and EP215 with Caroline Znaniec.