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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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Why Medicare Part B Premiums Are Going Down

Starting in 2023, Medicare Part B premiums are set to decrease for most beneficiaries. While this may seem like good news at first glance, it's important to understand why the premiums are decreasing.On this episode of CareTalk, John and David explore the reasons why Medicare Part B premiums will drop in 2023.TOPICS:(0:36) With the cost of life going up, how much are premiums going up in Medicare?(1:00) Why are the Medicare Part B premiums dropping in 2023?(1:48) What does Aduhelm have to do with premiums dropping?(3:17) What ever happened to Aduhelm?(3:52) How does Medicare work?(6:26) Is the drop in Medicare Part B premiums good news?(9:41) How much will the Medicare Part B premiums decrease? (13:47) How will the changes in Medicare premiums affect the mid-term elections?  ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-us Guest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-us Visit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #medicare #medicarepartb #healthinsurance #aduhelm #medicine
September 29, 2022

What Is Amazon Doing In Healthcare?

Between the closure of Amazon Care and the recent acquisition of One Medical, Amazon has been making significant moves in healthcare this year. Inspired by the buzz, John and David take the opportunity to reflect on Amazon’s shaky healthcare strategy: What worked? What didn’t? And what’s next?TOPICS:(0:37) How big is Amazon’s opportunity in healthcare?(1:53) What does Amazon do in healthcare?(2:33) Why is Amazon closing Amazon Care?(3:01) Is Amazon’s acquisition of One Medical a big deal?(4:18) Where has Amazon had success in healthcare?(7:38) What can the healthcare industry learn from Amazon? (8:26) What is Amazon’s biggest healthcare opportunity from a tech perspective?(10:07) What is Amazon’s biggest healthcare opportunity from a retail perspective? (13:30) How does Amazon’s healthcare ambitions impact patients? ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-usGuest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-usVisit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #amazon #amazoncare #amazonhealthcare #healthcaretechnology #primarycare #doctors #nurses #medicine
September 21, 2022

Preventive Care After the PrEP Ruling

A Texas judge ruled that the government could not compel private insurance companies to cover the costs of PrEP, a medication that can greatly reduce the risk of HIV infection. The ruling was based on the argument that PrEP is not "medically necessary" for people who are not already HIV-positive. However, many experts believe that this ruling could ultimately hamper efforts to prevent new infections. On this episode of CareTalk, John and David discuss the broader implications the ruling could have on preventative care. Is it a big deal or is it a nothing burger? TOPICS:(01:00) Judge rules government can’t compel PrEP coverage under ACA(2:14) What is PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)?(6:00) Who is Judge Reed O’Connor and why did he rule this way on PrEP?(10:51) What are health disparities and how do mandates impact them? (12:56) Is this case going to make it to the Supreme Court?ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-us Guest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-us Visit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #news #healthcarenews #preventativecare #HIV #prepruling #prepcoverage #healthequity 
September 12, 2022

Nurse Alice: Making a Career in Nursing

America's favorite nurse, Nurse Alice Benjamin, joins the show to discuss everything from making a career in nursing to the importance of medical literacy. TOPICS:(1:00) What inspired Nurse Alice to pursue a career in nursing(4:48) What is the most important piece of advice you give patients?(6:51) What does it take to become a nurse?(9:30) Nurse Alice reflects on her own journey in nursing(11:47) How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted nurses(15:15) How can nurses build resilience?(17:34) Nurse Alice on the importance of mentors(19:20) What is the impact of travel nurses on the nursing field?(24:14) Is it worse to be a nurse right now?Watch our episode “Is It Getting Worse to Be a Nurse?” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yZEqCmbML8cABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. ABOUT NURSE ALICE BENJAMIN:Alice Benjamin is a board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has extensive nursing experience specializing in cardiovascular health, critical care, and emergency medicine. She has worked at some of the world's most prestigious academic tertiary centers as well as some of the most underserved community hospitals taking care of some of the sickest patients on the planet. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-usGuest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-usVisit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #nursealice #nursing #travelnursing #nurses #nurse #nursingcareer #doctors #hospitals #mentors #healthcareworker 
September 6, 2022

Dr. Peter Hotez on Anti-Science

Dr. Peter Hotez joins CareTalk to discuss the anti-science culture that has developed in recent years and how it’s impacting our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Hotez explains how the anti-vaccine movement is based on misinformation and fearmongering. The result is a dangerous impact on public health that puts everyone at risk, not just those who are unvaccinated.Dr. Hotez also talks about how social media is playing a role in spreading this misinformation. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are amplified the voices of those who peddle conspiracy theories and false information. This makes it difficult for people to know what to believe, and it’s contributing to the spread of COVID-19.TOPICS:(0:21) What is anti-science?(1:45) What is the history of the anti-vaccination movement?(6:28) What is Corbevax and when will it be available?(12:12) Why is the anti-vaccination movement dangerous to public health?(14:24) What can we do to combat vaccine misinformation?(18:27) When it comes to COVID-19, what can we learn from our response to HIV?(21:36) Will anti-science get better or worse?ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. ABOUT DR. PETER HOTEZDr. Peter Hotez is an American scientist, pediatrician, and advocate in the fields of global health, vaccinology, and neglected tropical disease control. He serves as founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Texas Children's Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics, and University Professor of Biology at Baylor College of Medicine.GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-us Guest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-us Visit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #misinformation #peterhotez #vaccine #covid19 #science #medicine #pediatrics #publichealth #coronavirus 
August 31, 2022

What To Do About Medical Debt?

What can be done about the medical debt crisis in the United States? In the United States, medical debt is a major financial burden for many families. In fact, one in five Americans has outstanding medical debt, and the average amount owed is nearly $6,000. Medical debt can have a devastating impact on a family's finances, leading to bankruptcy and negative credit histories. The problem is only getting worse, as the cost of healthcare continues to rise.On this episode of the CareTalk podcast, John and David explain why medical debt is b.s. and what should be done about it.TOPICS:(1:38) What is medical debt?(2:36) What makes medical debt different from other kinds of debt?(4:59) What country has the most medical debt? (8:30) What percentage of bankruptcies are caused by medical bills?(13:28) What are credit agencies doing to help medical debt?(16:18) Is medical debt a good issue for politicians to run on? ABOUT CARETALKCareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare system. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (CEO, CareCentrix) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy. GET IN TOUCHBecome a CareTalk Podcast sponsor: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/work-with-us Guest appearance requests: https://www.caretalkpodcast.com/contact-us Visit us at https://www.caretalkpodcast.comFOLLOW CARETALK Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Follow John on Twitter Follow David on Twitter#healthcarepodcast #healthcareindustry #healthcarebusiness #healthcarepolicy #ushealthcare #healthcareeconomics #healthcarecosts #medicaldebt #digitalhealth #health #caretalk #besthealthcarepodcasts #news #healthcarenews #medicine
August 22, 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, CEO, CareCentrix

John Driscoll, CEO, CareCentrix

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

He is currently the CEO of CareCentrix, the industry leader in bringing healthcare to the home, following successful stints helping lead 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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