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In this episode, Ron chats with Praveena Jaidev, a Hospitalist at SwedishAmerican and Member of Physicians for American Healthcare Access, a group dedicated to increasing healthcare access in underserved communities. They advocate for legislative solutions to protect Immigrant Physicians. Here she discusses the difficulties foreign born doctors fac…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Michael Akinyele, Former and Founding Chief Innovation Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Here they discuss Michael’s time at the VA and how he brought innovation to the system and some of the issues the VA faces. He also talks about the Mission Act, Veteran Suicide, different healthcare models, the …
 
In this episode Ron chats with Doug Aldeen, General Counsel and ERISA Health Care Attorney. Here they do a deep dive into how employers are changing they way they are looking at health benefits for their employees due to the crazy rate at which costs are rising and how COVID-19 is speeding up this change. They also discuss how the current way the A…
 
In this episode Katy Talento comes back on the show to discuss patient advocacy, surprise billing, and more. She talks about the financial difficulty patients face when faced with a medical problem. She also talks about how she is personally always asking questions to providers about pricing and surprise billing. She gives ways to fight back with a…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Jeanine Thomas, President/ Founder of MRSA Survivors Network, National Spokesperson for MRSA, MRSA Expert and Consultant. Here, they discuss the evolution of her long battle with MRSA. She also goes into detail about how that experience turned her in to an advocate for other MRSA survivors. Since founding the MRSA Sur…
 
In this episode Morris Miller returns to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his business and made the demand for the disinfection robots his company makes to skyrocket. Last time Morris was on the show was 9 months ago and a lot has changed since then. Numerous peer reviewed studies have come out about saying with certainty that the Ligh…
 
This episode features Dr. Jamie Hope, Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author and Attending Physician at Beaumont Health Royal Oak’s Level 1 Trauma Tertiary Care Center. Here she discusses the importance of helping patients to change their lifestyles so that do not have to go the ER later in life by improving the primary care model. She also dives into…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Jay Parkinson, Chief Designer at Crossover Health. Here they discuss what inspired him to create a virtual primary care platform. They dive into how it combined the scalability and accessibility of telehealth with the continuity found in traditional primary care and enables their primary care doctors to manage 95%…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Trent Talbot. Trent is the Founder of The MediSearch Institute. Here they discuss how Trent and his grandfather both suffered from chronic conditions for which they thought were untreatable. Trent discovered that through serious research into a patient’s entire medical history and talking to experts from multiple …
 
In this episode Ron chats with brilliant healthcare journalist, Marshall Allen. Here they do a deep dive into the insights Marshall has gained into some of the shadier practices in the healthcare industry from his journalistic work. Marshall talks about what inspired him to leave his career as a pastor and become an investigative journalist. Marsha…
 
In this episode, Ron chats with Dr. Clive Fields, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at VillageMD. Here they discuss Clive’s career and how VillageMD was founded with the sole purpose of helping independent physicians succeed in the transition from fee per service to value-based care. They also look at how COVID-19 has changed the primary care la…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Mark Henderson Leary, an Entrepreneurial Operating System expert. Here they discuss how EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) works as a system of tools to help businesses run better and more efficiently. It focuses on areas such as: having all of the leadership at an organization on the same page, having a healthy a…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Anand Mehta, Medical Director for the Flagship location for Walmart Health in Dallas, GA. Here they do a deep dive into the new Walmart Health and Wellness model. They offer Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health, Optical, Hearing, Labs, Imaging, and Pharmacy all in one location. Anand talks about the significanc…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Katie McCurdy, the Founder of Pictal Health. Here she discusses her journey with her own autoimmune disease and how it inspired her to create Pictal Health. Her platform enables patients to share invisible symptoms, mental health issues, and other complex health problems with their families and providers. She also tal…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Amy Altman. Amy is the COO of Reliant Immune Diagnostics. Here, they dive into world of COVID-19 testing. They discuss the three different main types of testing along with the pros and cons of each, how testing has evolved throughout the pandemic, antibodies, and more. They also look at how the coronavirus is an R…
 
In this episode Nora Belcher, the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, joins the show again. Here she does a deep dive into telehealth policy. Telehealth has changed significantly since her last time on the show. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused telehealth policy to change at a very rapid rate. It has also cause telehealth usage to sk…
 
In this episode, Ron chats with Jeanne Teshler, CEO of Wellsmith. Here, they discuss how Wellsmith works as a digital health platform. The platform enables people to make smart decisions regarding their health. It also provides doctors with important data to give them insights into how to best treat their patients. Jeanne talks about the importance…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Gil Addo and Carlos Reines, Co-Founders of RubiconMD. Here they do a deep dive into their platform and how it is changing primary care. RubiconMD helps to alleviate unnecessary visits to specialists by providing timely eConsults to primary care providers. These same-day eConsults can even be done with multiple special…
 
In this episode, Ron chats with John Sculley, Chairman and CMO of RxAdvance. John is also the former CEO of Apple and President of Pepsi. Here, they do a deep dive into the world of PBMs and what makes RxAdvance special. RxAdvance is the first cloud-based Pharmacy Benefit Management platform. Pharmaceuticals and their related therapies and specialt…
 
In this episode Ron chats with the physician advocate, Dr. Marion Mass. Marion is an Urgent Care Pediatrician and Co-Founder of the Practicing Physicians of America. Here they discuss how she got into advocacy, and how many physicians justifiably feel pressured to keep their mouths shut. She talks about what it is like to stand up to big medicine i…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Jamie Lagarde, CEO of Sedera, a medical cost sharing organization. Medical cost sharing is non-insurance where all members share funds for medical care. There is no provider network, and there is no insurance company. Here they do a deep dive into how medical cost sharing works and what differentiates it from an insur…
 
In this episode, Ron chats with Dr. Lee Gross, the Founder of Epiphany Direct Primary Care. Here they do a deep dive into a more affordable and more effective model of healthcare. This model is built around direct primary care and price transparency. Dr. Gross also talks about the success he has had working with a rural hospital in South Florida. L…
 
In this episode Ron welcomes back Ashley Bacot and Kenneth Aldridge of Rosencare. Here, they do a deep dive into what makes the Rosencare model special. They discuss how their healthcare model gives them a financial, recruiting, and retention advantage over their competitors. They offer a whole health model for their employees that includes primary…
 
This episode features Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting (EBC) & Charlie Cano, CEO at Etex Telephone Cooperative. Here they discuss the U.S. health care system and how it is becoming increasingly complex and confusing to employees and employers alike, as health care costs continue to rise. Here, Rachel explores how employers need the…
 
In this episode, Marni Jameson Carey returns to the show for a third time. Here she puts nonprofit hospitals and health systems under a microscope and investigates the fact that they are not behaving the way people expect nonprofits to behave. Fancy billboards, skyboxes at sporting events, extravagant galas, offshore accounts; are these appropriate…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Carl Schuessler, Managing Principal, BenefitStrategies, LLC. and Mitigate Partners, LLC. Here they discuss how to bring back “neighborhood healthcare” to communities, eliminating the counterproductive barriers, getting back to to the “Marcus Welby, M.D.” way of healthcare. Carl talks about his experience removing PBM,…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins surgeon, thought leader and Professor of Public Health. Here they discuss primary care in a sea of change during COVID-19 and what it will look like after the pandemic. Hear a deep dive into the importance of preventative primary care and how transactional care does not align with bette…
 
In this episode Ron chats with James Dunavant, the Executive Director of the Free Market Medical Association. James is a champion for price transparency and the free market medical movement. Here they discuss the rising costs and worsening benefits in healthcare. They do a deep dive into what the free market with transparent cash pricing looks like…
 
In this episode Ron talks to Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. Here she does a deep dive into her book, “Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting On the Road to Recovery”. Cathryn struggled with backache and sciatica for years. She turned her journey in the back pain industry into investigative journalism, uncovering many secrets around the pol…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Tom Banning, CEO of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Here, they do a deep dive into how COVID-19 is affecting family physicians and their practices. Primary care physicians are being hit hard financially by the pandemic as they are seeing less patients and less patients in person. The economic effects of the pa…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Al Lewis, the CEO of Quizzify. Here they discuss how the Quizzify platform enables employees to become more educated in healthcare and their healthcare spending. Their platform has even received endorsement from Harvard! Al dives into the importance of making intelligent yet humorous trivia questions. Quizzify helps h…
 
In this episode Ron chats with the famous author and Co-Founder of Scribe Media, Tucker Max. Here they discuss his writing career and how it has evolved since his college years. He talks about the depression he felt after the movie about him struggled to perform to expectations, how he overcame that depression and started Scribe Media, his family, …
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Gordon Chen, the Chief Medical Officer of ChenMed. Here they discuss the growth of ChenMed and what makes it so special when it comes to senior care. They also cover the importance of constant and convenient communication with a primary care provider and having them involved in all care. Gordon also discusses how …
 
In this episode Ron chats with Italian entrepreneur Rene Wiertz. Rene is the Founder and CEO of 3T Cycling. Here they discuss how the coronavirus impacted Italy and what it is like living there as well as being a business owner. In the face of the pandemic, Rene retooled some of his factories to produce PPE for Italian healthcare workers. He also g…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Brad Younggren, the Chief Medical Officer at 98point6. 98point6 is a text first based Primary Care that meets patients where they are at, on their own phone. Here they discuss the importance of offering a technology like theirs and having it available in non-traditional settings. Brad dives into what differentiate…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Andrew Poles, Co-Founder of Impact Speaking Lab. Here they discuss communication in the world of healthcare, especially when it comes to the current COVID-19 pandemic. He dives into the importance of communication when we are all stuck at home and the importance of micro-gatherings and human interaction even while rem…
 
In this episode Ron chats with author, interviewer, and keynote speaker, Cal Fussman. Here they talk about the big questions in healthcare. Cal shares numerous anecdotes about healthcare while sharing stories from is extremely interesting career. He also emphasizes how important it is to take care of the physicians who take care of us. For over fou…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Brian Forrest. Here they discuss the effect coronavirus is having on the healthcare and primary care community. They also discuss what makes Direct Primary Care so special and popular among primary care docs, calue based care, and much more. Dr. Forrest is the CEO and Founder of the Access Healthcare Direct DPC ne…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Clinton Phillips, CEO of Medici. Here they discuss a wide variety of topics such as why he founded Medici, the evolution of his career, the importance of a second virtual opinion, the importance of technology, and much more. Clinton Phillips is currently the founder and CEO of Medici, a global healthcare communication…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD. Here they discuss the future of healthcare! They dive into such topcis as wearables, A/I, 3D printing, and more! They discuss how these technologies and more will change the future of primary care and healthcare as a whole. Dr. Mesko is The Medical Futurist and the Director of The Medical Futu…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Eric Bricker, Chief Medical Officer at AHealthcareZ. Here he discusses the platform of AHealthcareZ, which provides healthcare finance training videos with up to 80,000 views per month. Eric also dives into what is and isn’t working in primary care and how to offer the right financial model. He talks about what ma…
 
In this episode Ron chats with the brilliant expert in aging Dr. David Sinclair. Here David discusses is work into understanding aging and how to slow it down. He also discusses the safety of different approaches, the importance of eating less frequently, when humans can expect to have their lifespans significantly increased, and more. David A. Sin…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Ashley Bacot and Kenneth Aldridge. Ashley is the President at ProvInsure and Kenneth is the Director of Health Services for Rosen Medical Center. Here they discuss RosenCare. Since 1991, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has offered an innovative in-house healthcare program that has saved the company approximately $340 million (…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Morris Miller, CEO of XENEX. Xenex is a world leader in automated room disinfection. Through the use of Xenon technology and innovative hospital disinfection protocols, the company has helped hospitals achieve significant infection reduction results. Here they discuss the benefits of automated disinfection, how it can…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Bill Hennessey. Here they do a deep dive into healthcare price transparency. Healthcare consumers are upset that every year health insurance costs are increasing at an exponential rate, while they get bills in the mail they cannot understand. Consumers feel that their hands are tied! The Pratter Report aims to change …
 
This episode features the brilliant Katy Talento. Here she discusses her incredibly fascinating and unique career path. She also dives into what it is like being a healthcare policy advisor and share some fascinating stories from her time in that role. Dark money, big healthcare’s influence on Washington, surprise billing and many more topics are c…
 
In this episode Ron reflects on what he has learned from the first year of the show. This episode is a can’t miss deep dive featuring musings and thoughts from talking to the real change agents in primary care. He digs into subjects such as direct primary care and what it has done for his organization, the future of benefits, driving down costs, pa…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Dutch Rojas. Dutch is a healthcare entrepreneur dedicated to making medical treatments affordable and accessible to all. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Sano Surgery, a bundled priced network as well as the Founder of Everyone Health, a consumer marketplace to purchase medical treatments. Dutch immigra…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Rebecca Love. Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TEDx Speaker and first nurse featured on Ted.com. Here they discuss the importance of nurses. Their role can and should be so much more than just a helper to a doctor. They are the end users of many healthcare products and see whe…
 
In this episode Ron chats with Vinay Patel. Vinay is the Founder of Self Insured Pharmacy Networks (SIPN). Here Vinay discusses how he ended up in pharmacy, what a PBM is, how they work, and the pharmaceutical industry. He also dives into the importance of growing from the floor and working their way up to be come a threat to the traditional pharma…
 
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