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A Health Podyssey

A Health Podyssey goes beyond the pages of Health Affairs to tell stories behind the research and share policy implications.

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Urgent care centers cost more than you think

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview University of Pennsylvania's Ari Friedman on his research that shows urgent care costs increased net health care spending.
April 13, 2021
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The ACA led to an increase in the contraceptive-curious

Listen to Alan Weil interview Dr. Nora Becker from the University of Michigan on the affordability of long-acting reversible contraceptives, how the Affordable Care Act impacted the costs associated with such devices, and the role of behavioral economics in choosing a health plan.
April 6, 2021
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Nursing homes have a staff turnover crisis – even before COVID-19

Listen to Alan Weil interview David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, on nursing home staff turnover and its implications for quality of care.
March 30, 2021
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Do teams work better than solo providers? Spoiler alert: Yes

Listen to Alan Weil interview Maximilian Pany and Lucy Chen, both MD-PhD candidates in health policy at Harvard Medical School, on their research which found that provider teams outperformed solo providers in managing chronic diseases.
March 23, 2021
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Examining the telehealth digital divide for patients with limited English proficiency

Listen to Alan Weil interview Jorge Rodriguez, an instructor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, on telehealth use among patients with limited English proficiency and how technology equity feeds into health equity initiatives.
March 16, 2021
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Commercial insurers take note: bundled payments can save thousands per procedure

Listen to Alan Weil interview Christopher Whaley, a policy research at the RAND Corporation, on bundled payments, the promise of direct payments in the commercial market, and whether alternative payments can go from a boutique idea to mainstream model.
March 9, 2021
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What new pandemic unemployment benefits taught us about health

Listen to Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Seth Berkowitz, assistant professor of medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on how unemployment compensation expiration affected unmet social needs and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 2, 2021
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Yes, COVID-19 changed telemedicine use — but it's complicated

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Michael Barnett and Sadiq Patel from Harvard on how telemedicine use changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and where the field may be heading.
February 23, 2021
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Building the next generation of American Indian doctors

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Donald Warne, a professor and director of the Indians Into Medicine program at the University of North Dakota, on increasing the number of American Indian physicians and improving health care access for Indigenous populations.
February 16, 2021
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What the Biden administration urgently needs to address in health care

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Victor Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, on the new Vital Directions publication, how health equity is fundamental for shaping health system reform, and why science should embrace social and behavioral disciplines.
February 9, 2021
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Auditing the admission practices for opioid use disorder treatment

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Tamara Beetham, a PhD student in the department of health policy and management at the Yale School of Medicine, on the admission practices and costs of care for opioid use disorder at U.S. rehab facilities.
February 2, 2021
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Health economists may be getting the supply-and-demand framework all wrong

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Adam Gaffney, a pulmonary specialist from Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, on how medical care use could change under universal health coverage.
January 25, 2021
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If you give people coverage, they use it

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Jeral Self, a researcher at Mathematica and an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, on how Medicaid expansion affected health care utilization for adults experiencing homelessness in Arkansas.
January 19, 2021
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And the value of an additional star for physicians and hospitals is…

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Adam Schwartz, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, on the fiscal value of an additional hospital or physician star rating when choosing a provider for total joint replacement.
January 12, 2021
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Value-based care isn’t transforming healthcare spending

Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Sherry Glied, dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, on national healthcare spending in 2019, whether value-based care will be transformational, and why public health is a desirable field to work in now.
January 5, 2021
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From Colorado to Washington: Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil discusses his past, healthcare’s future

We turn the tables in this episode and ask Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil about his educational background, what it means to be the editor for the leading health policy journal, how empirical research has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, his views on social determinants of health, and his health policy predictions for 2021.
December 29, 2020
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Healthcare take note: every greenhouse gas emission matters

Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interviews Dr. Kristie Ebi, a professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, on the complex relationship between climate change and human health.
December 22, 2020
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Can climate change solutions be served with school lunches?

Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interviews Mary Kathryn Poole, a PhD student in population health sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, on how school lunch programs could affect planetary health.
December 15, 2020
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When climate change impacts Indigenous identities, mental health suffers

Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interviews Shasta Gaughen, director of the Pala Environmental Department for the Pala Band of Mission Indians, on how climate change is affecting the culture and health of Indigenous communities.
December 8, 2020
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‘What are we going to do about it?’: An essay on racism and health inequities

Listen to Brooke Cunningham, general internist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, reflect on how the health effects of racism become embodied for her and other Black Americans.
December 1, 2020
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Ensuring equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s here

Listen to Alan Weil interview Dr. Angela Shen, visiting scientist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, on equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine once it's available.
November 24, 2020
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What Milwaukee tells us about COVID-19 and its impact on race

Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interviews Leonard Egede from the Medical College of Wisconsin on racial and ethnic differences in COVID-19 screening, hospitalization, and mortality.
November 17, 2020
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Is fee-for-service the smoking gun for U.S. health care spending?

The U.S. health policy community recognizes that fee-for-service models incentivize physicians and health systems to perform more tasks than may be needed. But is fee-for-service really the culprit when it comes to the high levels of U.S. health care spending? Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Dr. Michael K. Gusmano from Rutgers School of Public Health and The Hastings Center to discuss how international fee-for-service models spend less than the U.S.
November 10, 2020
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A first take on health policy after the 2020 election

Listen to Health Affairs' Alan Weil discuss the implications of the U.S. presidential election for health policy along with Kimberly Leonard from Business Insider and Shannon Muchmore from Healthcare Dive.
November 5, 2020
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Where a child grows up shapes their health

We’ve long known that community resources — good schools, walkability, food security, etc. — affect opportunities for children’s health and behaviors to develop. But how do we measure these characteristics and use our knowledge to create better policy?
October 27, 2020
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Education isn’t the only thing disrupted when schools close

Alan Weil sits down with Health Affairs Senior Editor Jessica Bylander to discuss how certain families must find other ways to secure the health and social services that school provides when they close.
October 20, 2020
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How new pediatric programs take root and grow

Health Affairs’s Alan Weil interviews journalist Rebecca Gale to discuss her reporting on the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), a pediatric program run by the University of Vermont to help pediatric providers, payers, and policy makers navigate the complex health care ecosystem.
October 13, 2020
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Improving teen driver safety with virtual driving assessments

Dr. Flaura Winston and Dr. Elizabeth Walshe from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discuss their research on virtual driving assessments, which could be used to help mitigate young driver injuries.
October 6, 2020
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TRAILER: A Health Podyssey

Welcome to A Health Podyssey! Each week, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil brings you in-depth conversations with leading researchers and influencers shaping the big ideas in health policy and the health care industry.
September 29, 2020
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About A Health Podyssey

Each week, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil brings you in-depth conversations with leading researchers and influencers shaping the big ideas in health policy and the health care industry.

A Health Podyssey goes beyond the pages of Health Affairs to tell stories behind the research and share policy implications. Learn how academics and economists frame their research questions and journey to the intersection of health, health care, and policy. Health policy nerds rejoice! This podcast is for you.

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Alan Weil

Alan Weil

Alan Weil is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the leading health policy journal.

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