MediStrategy Podcast Hosted by Kip Piper

MediStrategy Podcast
Medicaid, Medicare, and Health Reform

The MediStrategy podcast offers lively, informative interviews with healthcare leaders and insights on hot business and policy issues in Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform. Health executives, policymakers, entrepreneurs, authors, and influencers share challenges and opportunities in America’s rapidly changing $3.2 trillion health care system.

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MediStrategy is hosted by Kip Piper, a national expert on Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform. An influential consultant, speaker, and author, Kip Piper advises health plans, hospitals and health systems, state Medicaid agencies, and drug, biotech, medical technology, and investment firms.

To learn more or request an interview, please contact Kip Piper.

Latest Episodes of MediStrategy Podcast:

Recruiting Physician Executives: Interview with Gil Carrara, MD, Leading Health Care Executive Recruiter and

This episode offers valuable insight into recruiting physicians for leadership, management, clinical, and scientific roles. Today’s competitive policy landscape has fundamentally changed physician recruiting. Industry leader Dr. Gil Carrara discusses the changes in health care recruiting, and what health care organizations need to know to identify, recruit, and retain top physician talent. He offers tips for aspiring executives and physician leaders who want to position themselves for advancement.  Topics covered also include how the new public rating systems for physicians, hospitals, and other providers is changing the industry and how “people analytics” are transforming recruitment, hiring, assessment, and retention practices.

Understanding new developments in physician recruiting and retention is critically important to health insurers, hospitals and health systems, integrated delivery systems, accountable care organizations, life sciences companies, multi-physician practices, and government health agencies – as well as physicians seeking leadership and management roles in the healthcare industry.

Gilbert J. Carrara Jr., MD conducts senior-level searches for a broad spectrum of life sciences companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer healthcare, and health information arenas, as well as large managed care organizations and major academic medical centers. Gil is a partner at Battalia Winston, consistently ranked as one of the top fifteen executive search firms.

Value-Based Health Care and Purchaser Value Network: Interview with David Lansky, PhD, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

This episode is about value-based health care and the Purchaser Value Network, a new nationwide initiative to educate key purchaser sectors – private employers, states, and federal purchasers – on value-based purchasing and to leverage best practices and lessons learned to accelerate the adoption of value-based payment and care delivery reforms. Kip Piper interviews David Lansky, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health on the Purchaser Value Network.

Led by the Pacific Business Group on Health or PBGH, the Purchaser Value Network is a network of and for purchasers that aims to accelerate the adoption of high-value healthcare delivery and payment models through policy advocacy, education and training, and purchaser engagement. It is an effort to inject purchaser perspectives and innovative best practices into federal and state policy decision making, educate employers about value-based purchasing and advocacy opportunities, and align the most powerful buyers of healthcare – private employers, state Medicaid agencies, public employers, and the federal Medicare program – around evidence-based practices.

The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) represents large national and regional purchasers, both public and private, that together buy health care for some 10 million individuals across the US. PBGH, which runs an impressive array of successful health innovations to manage costs and improve outcomes, also collaborates with a diverse range of stakeholders on national health care policy issues.

Dr. David Lansky, one of the nation’s top experts in accountability, quality measurement, and health IT, has led PBGH since 2008. Dr. Lansky’s impressive background includes service on the boards, as a founder, or as an advisor to many of the nation’s top organizations dedicated to improving outcomes, reforming payment, reducing medical errors, increasing transparency, and advancing the use of health information technology.

Learn more about the Purchaser Value Network at www.pvnetwork.org. Learn about the Pacific Business Group on Health at www.pbgh.org and follow on Twitter at @PBGH_Updates.

Board Director and Executive Recruiting in Life Sciences Companies: Interview with Nona Footz, Managing Director, RSR Partners

The life sciences companies are looking for new board members and senior executives.  In this episode, learn how pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical diagnostics, and medical device firms find new board directors, chief executive officers, and other leadership talent.  Nona K. Footz, managing director of RSR Partners, explains how the needs of the life sciences industry have changed dramatically, with companies now seeking different backgrounds and experience for open board director and c-suite positions.  Ms. Footz, one of the nation’s leading recruiters and former corporate executive, shares valuable insights into today’s search process, explains how retained recruiters work with companies, and offers advice on working effectively with recruiters. Nona Footz and her colleagues are on the web at www.RSR Partners.com and on Twitter @RSRPartners.

Health Insurance Exchanges and Health Plan Business: Interview with Kevin Lewis, CEO, Community Health Options

Kevin Lewis, CEO of Community Health Options, shares insights on health insurance exchanges and the health plan business under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In an informative interview with Kip Piper, Mr. Lewis describes what it is like to launch and operate a new health plan in today’s dynamic environment. He shares Community Health Options’ strategic approach to competition, marketing, communications, premiums, provider networks, operations, and governance.

Kevin Lewis, one of the nation’s brightest young healthcare executives, joined Community Health Options in April 2012 as its first CEO.  Previously, he was CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association, where he led numerous initiatives to improve health care access for underserved populations and represented Maine’s community health centers.  He also served as director of continuing care at the Maine Hospital Association and as legislative liaison for Wisconsin’s state health department.  He has a BA from Dartmouth College, a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of UCLA’s Health Care Executive Program.

Community Health Options is the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) serving the individual, family, and small employer markets in Maine and New Hampshire.  Community Health Options is the web at www.HealthOptions.org.

Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare: Interview with Murray Aitken, Executive Director, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics and SVP, IMS Health

Murray Aitken, one of the world’s top experts on health informatics, discusses the impact of big data on healthcare and the strategic implications for health insurers, hospitals, physicians, consumers, life sciences firms, and government health programs.  In this fascinating interview with Kip Piper, Mr. Aitken explains how and why health information and analytics are driving rapid change in the organization, reimbursement, and delivery of healthcare and in medical innovation.

Murray Aitken, MBA, is senior vice president of IMS Health and executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.  Using IMS Health’s extraordinary wealth of data and analytical tools, the Institute provides insights and information to help decision makers improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.  Their fascinating, information rich reports are available at www.imshealth.com/institute.

Health Payment Reform and Outcomes Measurement: Interview with Norbert Goldfield, MD of 3M Health Information Systems:

Norbert Goldfield, MD, one of the nation’s top healthcare thought leaders, describes innovations in outcomes-based payment of physicians, hospitals, and other providers.  Robust, data-driven systems providing timely, actionable information are essential to replacing traditional, inefficient fee-for-service reimbursement with outcomes-based, analytically sound payment models that align provider finances with clinical and economic performance. In an information-packed interview with Kip Piper, Dr. Goldfield discusses advances in linking reimbursement to patient outcomes.

A passionate, influential, and engaging expert on payment reform and outcomes measurement, Dr. Norbert Goldfield is medical director for 3M Health Information Systems.  For over 20 years he has implemented payment systems linked to quality and outcomes.  Most recently, he has worked on practical implementation of payment systems and analytics for episodes of illness, for medical homes, and reduction of hospital readmissions and preventable hospital complications.  Dr. Goldfield is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine, a popular speaker, and editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. Learn more about Dr. Goldfield’s work by visiting www.3MHIS.com and following 3M Health Information Systems on Twitter @3MHISNews.

Medicaid and State Medicaid Directors: Interview with Matt Salo of NAMD:

Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), speaks with Kip Piper about massive changes underway in the $540 billion Medicaid program. Topics covered include implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), state Medicaid directors’ priorities for payment reform and delivery reform, the critically important role of state Medicaid directors, and the challenges faced by state Medicaid executives.  Learn more about the National Association of Medicaid Directors at www.MedicaidDirectors.org.

Introduction to MediStrategy with Kip Piper:

This episode introduces listeners to MediStrategy, the podcast on Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform. Host Kip Piper, an influential healthcare consultant, speaker, and author, describes how MediStrategy provides lively, informative interviews with health executives, policymakers, entrepreneurs, authors, and other influencers, with valuable insights on hot business and policy issues in American healthcare.