The Healthcare Policy Podcast ® Produced by David Introcaso

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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.

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Jennifer Kent, Former Director of the California Dept. of Health Care Services, Discusses California's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 2nd)
Listen Now Since the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains, as the The New England Journal of Medicine...
Jun 03, 2020
The Sabin Center's Michael Burger Discusses the Administration's Dismantling of Environmental Protections (May 29th)
Listen Now It should go without saying that we interact with the environment constantly. It should also go without saying...
May 31, 2020
Interviewer as Interviewee: David Introcaso Answers Listeners' Questions (May 27th) (Part I)
Listen Now Since I've received and answered questions via email concerning podcast interviews and related health care policy questions over...
May 27, 2020
Howard Friedman Discusses His Recently Published Book, "Ultimate Price, The Value We Place on Life" (May 12th)
Listen Now Considering how the COVID-19 pandemic has been addressed by federal policy makers, e.g., the US, with 4.25% of...
May 05, 2020
Krista Drobac Discusses Sweeping Changes in Federal Telehealth Policy In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 27th)
Listen Now Listeners may be aware that up until recently the Medicare program strictly limited provider use of telehealth services...
Apr 28, 2020
200th Podcast Interview: Dr. Rishi Desai Discusses the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 13th)
Listen Now Now, exactly one month after President Trump declared a national emergency, the federal government's response to the COVID-19...
Apr 09, 2020
Daniel Dawes Discusses His Just-Published, "The Political Determinants of Health" (March 25th)
Listen Now It is altogether appropriate to discuss the political determinants of health since this past Monday we marked the...
Mar 26, 2020
Dr. Dan Blazer Discusses the National Academy of Sciences Just-Published, "Social Isolation and Loneliness in Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System" (March 24th)
Listen Now Increasing social isolation and loneliness have been recognized for several decades. The issues was the topic of Harvard’s...
Mar 25, 2020
CBPP's Dr. Joseph Llobrera Discusses the Administration's Proposed Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (March 10th)
Listen Now Despite the fact the US is a net food exporter, the country suffers a significant food security problem...
Mar 11, 2020
Archway Health's Keely Macmillan Discusses Medicare Bundled Payment Performance (February 19th)
Listen Now CMS' efforts, via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), to develop episode-based bundled payment models in...
Feb 20, 2020
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...
Feb 11, 2020
Dr. Peter Cram Discusses Health Care Delivery In Canada (January 13th)
Listen Now Considering the frequent favorable assessment of Canadian health care of late, by, for example, several presidential candidates and...
Jan 15, 2020
Andrea Freeman Discusses Her Just-Published Book, "Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice" (January 9th)
Listen Now Professor Andrea Freeman's recently published, Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race and Injustice, explains how and why Non-Hispanic Black women are...
Jan 10, 2020
Harvard's Dr. Renee Salas Discusses the 2019 "Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change" Report (December 11th)
Listen Now The 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change (subtitled, Ensuring That the Health of a Child Born...
Dec 13, 2019
SIDM's Paul Epner Discusses the Pervasive Problem of Medical Misdiagnoses (December 3rd)
Listen Now Twenty years ago last month the National Academy of Sciences published the landmark report, “To Err Is Human,...
Dec 04, 2019
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.”...
Nov 21, 2019
Chris Palmieri Discusses CCA's Efforts to Provide Its Patients Social Service Supports (November 14th)
Listen Now As has been widely reported the US spends upwards of twice what other OCED countries on medical care...
Nov 15, 2019
CMS' Dr. Kate Goodrich Discusses Measuring and Rewarding for Value (or Spending Efficiency) Under Medicare's Forthcoming MVPs Program (November 13th)
Listen Now On November 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the agency's final 2020 Quality Payment...
Nov 14, 2019
Dr. Azra Raza Discusses Her Recently Published Book, "The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursing Cancer to the Last" (November 1st)
Listen Now Dr. Azra Raza's recently published book, The First Cell and the Human Costs of Pursing Cancer to the...
Nov 04, 2019
Dr. Rick Doblin Discusses the Potential/Real Therapeutic Benefits of Psychedelic Agents (October 31st)
Listen Now Psychedelic agents or drugs, for example Lysergic Acid Diethylamide or LSD (a cereal fungus and first synthesized in...
Nov 01, 2019
NHCHC's Bobby Watts and Barbara DePietro Discuss Health Care for the Homeless (October 24th)
Listen Now Though difficult to accurately calculate for obvious reasons, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) 2018 point-in-time...
Oct 25, 2019
Catalyst for Payment Reform's Suzanne Delbanco Discusses State Health Care Innovation (September 23rd)
Listen Now Largely with the exception of the 2010 passage of the ACA, federal legislative (and regulatory) efforts to reform...
Sep 24, 2019
Harvard's Michael Chernew Discusses the Administration's Hospital Price Transparency Efforts (September 12th)
Listen Now In CMS' proposed hospital outpatient rule published in the Federal Register in early August, the agency proposed requiring...
Sep 13, 2019
Dr. Lewis Cohen Discusses His Just-Published Book, "A Dignified Ending, Taking Control Over How We Die" (August 29th)
Listen Now Medical aid in dying is now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia or is available...
Sep 01, 2019
Philip Alston, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Discusses His Recent Report, "Climate Change and Poverty" (August 28th)
Listen Now In late June, Professor Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, published "Climate...
Aug 29, 2019
Dr. Georges Benjamin Discusses the Climate Crisis and APHA's Center for Climate and Health (July 24th)
Listen Now The news is grim. Our planet has just experienced its hottest June in recorded history and likely the...
Jul 25, 2019
Dr. Mark Fendrick Discusses Value-Based Insurance Designs (July 19th)
Listen Now One way to increase the value of insurance coverage is to eliminate or lower a patient's out of...
Jul 21, 2019
Katherine Eban Discusses Her Just-Published Work, "Bottle of Lies, The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom" (July 17th)
Listen Now Nine in 10 prescriptions are today filled using a generic drug saving Americans tens of billions annually. A...
Jul 18, 2019
Brady President, Kris Brown, Discusses Current Policy Efforts to Curb Gun Violence (June 23rd)
Listen Now US gun violence is, in one word, obscene. It is widely considered an epidemic, even the always cautious...
Jun 20, 2019
Dr. Renee Salas Discusses Global Warming's Health Effects On Children (June 18th)
Listen Now This past June 4th the 9th Circuit Court heard oral arguments concerning Juliana v. the US, a case...
Jun 19, 2019
175th Interview: University of Michigan's Professor Andrew Ryan Discusses Measuring for Spending Efficiency or Value in Healthcare (June 11th)
Listen Now Americans spend over $3.5 trillion or 6% of the GDP annually on health care. One third, or over...
Jun 12, 2019
Natural Climate Solutions: The Nature Conservancy's Jennifer Tabola Discusses Its New Initiative to Address Climate Change (May 8th)
Listen Now It should go without stating "nature's contribution to people are vital to human existence." Nevertheless, this was the...
May 12, 2019
Kaiser's Kathy Gerwig Discusses Her Organization's Effort to Go Carbon Neutral By Next Year Improving the Lives of Millions (May 3rd)
Listen Now After the food industry health care is considered this country's second largest emitter of green house gas (GHG)...
May 05, 2019
Are Federal Regulators Panicked Over the Increased Use of E-Cigarettes Among Adolescents: A Conversation With Prof. David Abrams (April 23rd)
Listen Now The e-cigarette market, or what the FDA formally terms Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS, has grown since...
Apr 24, 2019
Ann Neumann Discusses Mercy Killings or Suicide-Homicides (April 15th)
Listen Now In 2017 more than 47,000 Americans committed suicide. While suicide rates decreased during the 1980s and 1990s, they...
Apr 16, 2019
Harold Miller Discusses Improving Medicare's Alternative Payment Models (April 9th)
Listen Now Medicare's Fee for Service Alternative Payment Models (APMs), a creation of 2015 MACRA legislation, currently 12 in number...
Apr 10, 2019
Interview with America's Health Insurance Plans' (AHIP) CEO Matt Eyles (March 19th)
Listen Now Despite gains made under the ACA, health insurance coverage in the US remains fraught with problems. Over 28...
Mar 20, 2019
David Wallace Wells Discusses His Just-Published "The Uninhabitable Earth, Life After Warming" (February 28th)
Listen Now For this, my 168th interview, David Wallace Wells discusses his just-published book, "The Uninhabitable Earth, Life After Warming."...
Mar 01, 2019
ATAP's Dr. Robert Levin Discusses Reforming Drug Pricing Policy (February 18th)
Listen Now The administration and the Congress are currently discussing various proposals to reform drug pricing policy. Drug prices, as...
Feb 19, 2019
Remote Area Medical's Free Health Care Clinics: A Discussion with RAM CEO Jeff Eastman (January 31st)
Listen Now Over 40 million Americans live in poverty or upwards of 14% of the population. Those living in extreme...
Feb 01, 2019
The Current Ebola Outbreak in the Congo: A Conversation with Joseph Lafave (January 17th)
Listen Now This past summer the the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began experiencing its 10th Ebola outbreak. (The...
Jan 18, 2019