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Health Care Rounds is a weekly podcast developed for health care leaders who are at the forefront of health care delivery and payment reform. Join Darwin Research Group founder and CEO John Marchica as he discusses the latest advancements in health care business news and policy developments, including interviews with dynamic leaders in health care. John is a veteran health care strategist and is leading ongoing research initiatives on health care delivery systems and value-based care. Health ...
 
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Stewart Gandolf, MBA Stewart Gandolf, is Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Success, one of the nation’s leading healthcare and digital marketing agencies. Over the past 20 years, Stewart has marketed and consulted for over 1,000 healthcare clients, ranging from practices and hospitals to multi-billion dollar corporations. A frequent speaker, St…
 
Karthik Ganesh is the CEO at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically- focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the founding operations leader of CareAllies. Karthik is a senior health care executive with a solid track record of comprehensively scaling, transfor…
 
Stefan Behrens the CEO and co-founder of GYANT. GYANT creates digital assistant for healthcare – the software helps triage, navigate, and inform patients along the continuum of care. Prior to GYANT, Stefan has had great success as an entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and COO of Invincible Brands, he oversaw the launch and development of two lifestyle bra…
 
Twila Brase is President and Co-Founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a national patient-centered nonprofit established 25 years ago in Minnesota to support health care choices, individualized patient care and medical and genetic privacy. She is author of the eight-time award-winning book Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerou…
 
Ameet Wattamwar, PharmD, is the Director of Specialty Pharmacy for the NYU Langone Hospitals System. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Client Strategies for PHS, AmerisourceBergen’s health system facing consulting arm where he specialized in specialty & ambulatory pharmacy development, 340b optimization, and other pharmacy centric cost s…
 
Brian Paradis is a senior partner with CSuite Solutions, a national strategic advisory firm. CSuite Solutions is led by former healthcare industry CEOs focused on the transition and practical strategies to move healthcare industry from “volume to value.” Previously, Paradis was president of Florida Hospital’s Central Region, a $4billion enterprise …
 
Neil Meltzer, President and CEO of LifeBridge Health since 2013. Meltzer joined Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as Vice President of Operations in 1988, and a decade later became Sinai’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Meltzer has a background in public health and brings a community-focused approach to every health care decision. He serves on th…
 
Dr. David S. Hong is deputy chair of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves as associate vice president for Clinical Research and clinical medical director of the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy. Dr. Hong received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and a medical…
 
Bob Roth founded Cypress with his family in 1994 and has been at the helm as Managing Partner since December 2003. Experienced in consumer products, healthcare and software since 1984, Bob is considered an innovator of technologies used to enhance communication and effectively support customers and peers in the health and home care industries. Bob …
 
David Radley David Radley is a senior scientist for The Commonwealth Fund’s Tracking Health System Performance program. Dr. Radley and his team develop national, state, and substate regional analyses on health care system performance and related insurance and care system market structure analyses. He is also a senior study director at Westat, a res…
 
Dr. Allen Weiss graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and is board certified in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. In 2017, Dr. Weiss became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Me…
 
Scott Hylla, Director; Health Systems Scott Hylla is the Director of Health Systems for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. He has served in various roles spanning a 28 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently in leading the Sunovion Health Systems team in the development and execution of collaborative strategies in the transformational …
 
Dr. Curtis Page is quite invested in health care reform and currently serves as the CEO & president of the Commonwealth Primary Care Accountable Care Association, an entity that represents over 50 primary care practices in Maricopa County and Flagstaff. The Commonwealth ACO is primarily focused on redesigning the healthcare delivery system to place…
 
Sean Sullivan, JD Sean Sullivan is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, as well as the WorkPlace Wellness Alliance which was created by the World Economic Forum, now managed and sustained by the Institute. Founded in 1997, the Institute is a global enterprise that serves as a catalyst and champi…
 
Joshua Lenchus, DO, RPh, FACP, SFHM Joshua Lenchus holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Florida, and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. He currently works as a hospitalist at Jackson Memorial Hospital for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In 2012, was elected as the younge…
 
About Darwin Research Group Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as …
 
This week on Health Care Rounds, as we wrap up our third season, we are celebrating our 100th episode! Tune in as John and podcast producer Kim Ascuitto share highlights from some of our best episodes, covering topics like Big Pharma, our aging population, care management, value-based care, and the changing health care delivery environment. In this…
 
This week, John speaks with Debbie Welle-Powell, Chief Population Health Officer with Essentia Health. They discuss what it means to be a value-based organization and what services bring value to patients. They also identify opportunities for bending the cost curve for future value-based contracts and recognizing the need for coordinated care. Debb…
 
Today on Health Care Rounds, John speaks with Kyle Swarts and Dr. Matt Lambert. They discuss their journey to simplify value-based care with Curation Health, an advanced clinical decision support platform serving the health care community in improving overall performance. In this episode, Swarts and Dr. Lambert emphasize their aim to navigate a str…
 
Today on Health Care Rounds, John sits down with Rosemarie Day, founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies. Rosemarie talks about her passion for health care reform and introduces her new book, Marching Toward Coverage: How Women Can Lead the Fight for Universal Healthcare. Rosemarie emphasizes the power that women bring to the health care reform mov…
 
This week, Health Care Rounds welcomes Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform. Suzanne shares her experiences in improving the health care system and gives an outlook on payment reform and thought leadership. In this episode, Suzanne notes that employers and other health care purchasers focus on the importance of integr…
 
This week, John speaks with Gail Zahtz about the intersection of system’s design and value in healthcare. They discuss what health systems can learn from Covid-19, the true meaning of value, and what it takes to achieve better patient outcomes. At Centers Healthcare — one of the largest post-acute providers in New York — Zahtz leads their efforts t…
 
This week, John sits down with Stefan Behrens, PhD, co-founder and CEO of GYANT, an artificial intelligence (AI) driven chat tool to help steer patients to the appropriate site of care. Stefan talks about how AI can improve clinical outcomes, and can help health systems and payers lower costs. Most recently, the GYANT architecture is helping triage…
 
Today on Health Care Rounds, we welcome Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. With his diverse background in law and economics, Chris offers a unique and thoughtful perspective on the American health care system. In this episode, he offers unique insights about the unwar…
 
This week, John speaks with Assaf Shalvi, CEO and co-founder of Swift Shift. In creation of his business, Shalvi focuses on the demand for efficiency in home health care. He strives to improve the management and quality of the industry through partnerships of Homecare providers and Health Plans. This episode recognizes the common barriers of low ca…
 
In this week’s Health Care Rounds, John sits down with Dr. Peter Cram, Director of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Sinai Health System in Toronto. John and Peter discuss the similarities and differences between the U.S and Canada in health care delivery. Having trained and practiced in both the U.S. and Canada — and as a leading health …
 
Today on Health Care Rounds, John speaks with Dr. Scott Weingarten, CEO of Stanson Health and former Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He discusses the future of improving patient satisfaction and the prevention of physician burnout with new technology in electronic health records. Dr. Weingarten also touches on…
 
Today, John speaks with Dr. Arshad Rahim, a practicing physician and expert in population health and quality improvement at Mount Sinai Health System. He shares with us critical success factors in population health and value based care, and demonstrates his passion for driving patient quality. Dr. Rahim also speaks on the topics of physician engage…
 
This week, John speaks with Brian Peet, the CEO and Co-Founder of DocCom, a digital platform teaching online communication skills for health care providers, to discuss the barriers in health care communication. Along with Peet, Dr. Christian Annese explains the motivation behind DocCom and reveals the born inspiration behind StatChat, a new applica…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Mark Briesacher, Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive for Intermountain Healthcare and President of Intermountain Medical Group. Dr. Briesacher talks about Intermountain’s core values and explains the critical success factors behind becoming a leading integrated health system in the United States. He also dis…
 
John hosts an intriguing discussion with special guest Chris Cullmann, an expert strategist in digital marketing for health care and pharmaceutical brands, and Head of Digital and General Manager with RevHealth. Cullmann speaks on the demands of EHR systems as well as the wide variety of value concepts in healthcare. Chris’ expression for innovatio…
 
This week John speaks with Dr. David Shulkin, former US Secretary for Veterans Affairs and Chief Innovation Officer for Sanford Health. Dr. Shulkin shares with us his passion for the advocacy of veterans and the importance of public transparency. He speaks on the impact of behavioral health in veterans and shares what he worked on to address this p…
 
If you're like most people, you probably don't know the first thing about perioperative medicine. We didn't either, until John sat down with Dr. Zeev Kain, the founder and president of the American College of Perioperative Medicine. We learned that this emerging field of medicine holds a lot of promise for improving surgical outcomes, lowering cost…
 
It’s the question on everyone’s mind — at least those in health care — what’s wrong with our health care system and how do we fix it? This week, John sits down with Dr. Robert Pearl, host of the popular health care podcast, Fixing Healthcare, for a fascinating discussion. Dr. Pearl was formerly CEO of Permanente Medical Group, one of the largest ph…
 
This week, we close out Season 2 of Health Care Rounds with Dr. Andy Lazris. A board-certified internist, Dr. Lazris’ private practice, Columbia, Md.-based Personal Physician Care, is dedicated to providing individualized and comprehensive care for its patients. We found Dr. Lazris on YouTube where he’s better known as the Running Doc Unhinged. Lis…
 
Other briefs include: Stryker signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wright Medical Group. Amgen will pay $2.7 billion for a 20.5% ownership stake in BeiGene, a research-based, oncology-focused biotech company headquartered in Beijing. The University of Louisville announced that it has completed the acquisition of KentuckyOne Health’s Louisville-…
 
Other briefs include: Insurers will receive $1.59 billion in unpaid subsidies if the federal government follows through on a judge’s order. California’s attorney general put the kibosh on the Adventist-St. Joseph merger. UPMC has begun building a network of hospitals in China. Fifteen drug companies settled an Illinois Medicaid fraud suit for $242 …
 
This week on Health Care Rounds, Darwin Research Group CEO John Marchica sits down with Naomi Fried, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Health Innovation Strategies. Dr. Fried brings a wealth of experience in understanding how companies affect change, from her tenure as vice president of innovation and external partnerships at Biogen to heading up innovatio…
 
In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest events in Biogen, involving their second life for aducanumab. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: California releases its first report on drug pricing, in an effort to improve transparency. Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance is collaborating with Fitbit for at…
 
In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest events in the Sutter Health antitrust trial. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: California releases its first report on drug pricing, in an effort to improve transparency. Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance is collaborating with Fitbit for atrial fibrillation…
 
Everyone says that they are a high-performing organization, but which ones really are? Which health care organizations have proven to deliver better outcomes at lower costs? This week, John sits down with the dynamic Brian Klepper, Ph.D., executive vice president of The Valuation Institute. Brian offers examples of unusually high-performing health …
 
In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the proposed rules to ease restrictions imposed by Stark Law, anti-kickback statute. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health signed an agreement to merge. Walmart is testing new health benefits to help employees receive appropri…
 
Jo Ann Hirth, MD talks with us about some of the most asked about breast cancer topics. Seen as an expert in her field, Dr. Hirth participated in enhanced training and research in chemotherapy and has presented to her professional community. Dr. Hirth is currently serving a two year term as President of the Michigan Society of Hematology Oncology a…
 
In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the latest results from the Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO data, just released last week. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health signed an agreement to merge. Walmart is testing new health benefits to help employees receiv…
 
In this week’s Our Take, we’re covering the antitrust trial for Sutter Health, and implications for future health system mergers. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: Lafayette General Health to merge with Ochsner Health System. CMS finalized a rule for implementing Medicaid DSH payment cuts. Connecticut is worki…
 
Several weeks ago we reported on Capital Rx, a new PBM with a “clearinghouse model” designed to eliminate spread pricing and price variability — and promote greater transparency. This week, John sits down with A.J. Loiacono, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of Capital Rx. Listen in and learn about what’s wrong with pharmaceutical pricing and how A.J.…
 
In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss hospital market concentrations and their association with DOJ investigations and inpatient prices. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here. Other briefs include: Novo Nordisk announced that Rybelsus has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. NUW Medicine, MultiCare Health Sys…
 
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