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Incisive debate on healthcare policy and politics - a no B.S. insider’s view of what works and what doesn’t in American healthcare.

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How the Debt Ceiling Can Affect Healthcare

With the federal debt limit reached, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has begun using “extraordinary measures” to pay the government’s bills. The pressure will continue until Congress raises the debt limit.  But what does it all mean for healthcare? John and David share their thoughts.ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn
January 24, 2023

The Unwinding of Medicaid

Congress has recently passed a spending bill that will "unwind" a requirement for states to maintain continuous enrollment in Medicaid in order to receive additional federal pandemic funds. The policy shift is likely to have wide-reaching impacts on the healthcare system, with far more immediate impact on lower-income households. In this episode of CareTalk, John and David analyze the rapid growth of Medicaid and the decision to unwind it.ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.TOPICS:(0:45) Why did Medicaid grow so much during the pandemic?(3:45) What has been the impact of Medicaid's rapid growth?(4:00) Why is the continuous coverage provision ending?(6:00) What will happen to people currently on Medicaid?(9:17) Are the states ready to deal with this?GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #ushealthcare #medicaid #health #caretalk #healthcarepodcast 
January 17, 2023

Is The US Healthcare System Collapsing?

Time magazine recently published an article that claims the us healthcare system is about to collapse. Is this just another sensational headline crafted to generate clicks or is the US healthcare system truly doomed? In this episode of CareTalk, John and David share their thoughts.Read the Time article, "The Coming Collapse of the US Healthcare System" here.ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #health #healthcarepodcast #ushealthcare
January 12, 2023

Do We Really Need AI in Healthcare?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been all the rage lately, thanks to ChatGPT. In this episode of the CareTalk Podcast, John and David assess AI’s place in healthcare: How is it used now? How can it be used in the future? And is truly useful, or is it all hype? ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. TOPICS:(2:00) What is artificial intelligence (AI)?(3:36) What are some of the key terms and technologies involved with AI? (7:16) What is Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?(8:28) How is AI used in healthcare?(13:00) Is AI in healthcare dangerous?(17:39) Will AI be a big deal in healthcare in 2023?GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcare #artificialintelligence #ushealthcare #2023 #health #caretalk #healthcarepodcast #healthcare
January 5, 2023

2023 Healthcare Predictions

 John and David continue our end-of-year tradition by sharing their hot takes and predictions for healthcare in 2023. Will staffing shortages come to an end? Will virtual-first primary become a reality? Will Medicare Advantage lose its luster? Big topics. Bigger predictions. Join us as we end 2022 with a bang! TOPICS:(02:18) Will virtual healthcare be the future of care?(03:47) Will healthcare staffing shortages come to an end?(05:20) Will Medicare Advantage going to lose its luster?(07:52) Will value based care continue to make advances?(10:10) Will home healthcare become even more important?(12:19) Will private equity and venture capital move into the spotlight?(15:26) Will artificial intelligence take over healthcare in 2023?(18:12) How will retail healthcare fare in 2023?(20:59) Will 2023 be an aggressive political year for healthcare?GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#healthcarepredictions #ushealthcare #2023 #health #caretalk #healthcarepodcast #healthcare
December 19, 2022

Dr. Otis Brawley on Cancer Screening and Health Disparities

Dr. Otis Brawley joins the show to discuss reducing cancer overscreening and health disparities. ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. ABOUT DR. OTIS BRAWLEYOtis Brawley is professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and 39th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Brawley leads a broad interdisciplinary research effort of cancer health disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, working to close racial, economic and social disparities in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer in the United States and worldwide.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk sponsorGuest appearance requestsVisit us on the webFOLLOW CARETALKSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsFollow us on LinkedIn#cancerscreening #healthdisparities #oncology #health #caretalk #healthcarepodcast #healthcare
December 13, 2022

CareTalk

Caretalk is a weekly podcast that provides incisive debate on healthcare policy and politics - a no B.S. insider’s view of what works and what doesn’t in American healthcare. After a quarter century bantering with one another, John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) launched CareTalk to publicly debate healthcare policy and business topics, including drug pricing, digital health, the pandemic, Medicare for All, racial disparities and more. Since 2017 they’ve co-hosted 110+ episodes and interrogated prominent guests from industry, government, and academia.
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John Driscoll, President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

John Driscoll, President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance

John Driscoll has been at the center of healthcare innovation for more than two decades, leading large companies across sectors.

He is currently the President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to this role, John was the CEO of CareCentrix, the industry leader in bringing healthcare to the home. His career includes roles in healthcare technology (Castlight), pharmacy benefit managers (Medco, SureScripts) and insurance (Oxford) companies. John’s ongoing interest in and dedication to public health and healthcare innovation led to being selected by the Obama White House for its Entrepreneurs in Residence program to advise the FDA on innovation. John also serves as the Chairman of the Waystar Corporation and is an active investor in emerging healthcare technologies.

He helped found Testing for America and serves on its Governing Council and is the Co-Chair of the United States of Care’s Entrepreneurs Council. He chairs the Truman National Security Project, and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. John is a Board Member for the Alliance for Hunger. John has published articles in national publications including the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian and Politico.
David Williams, President, Health Business Group

David Williams, President, Health Business Group

David Williams is a healthcare business consultant, board member and blogger. He is President of Health Business Group, which he co-founded in 2003 after more than a decade with the Boston Consulting Group and LEK. As an independent board member, David helps build value for companies including iCardiac Technologies (cardiac safety), Clerio Vision (medical lasers), Vericred (data utility for health insurance), and Home Care Delivered (medical supplies). For a decade he chaired the board of the Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe, which provides professionally trained volunteer clowns at the bedside.

David has been a reviewer and chairman for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, helping implement HITECH and Obamacare. He is frequently quoted on healthcare topics by NPR, Business Week, Al Jazeera, US News, The Boston Globe, and others. He has written and podcasted for his Health Business Blog since 2005. David holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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