Episode # 89 – Wait! The Origin of Virtual Primary Care was Born the Day After the Birth of the iPhone? Meet Dr. Jay Parkinson the Original Creator and a Pediatrician Who Grew Sherpaa and Now as a Principal at Crossover Health Serve Up Primary Care and More at Amazon, LinkedIn and More at Their Places of Business.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Jay Parkinson, Chief Designer at Crossover Health. Here they discuss what inspired him to create a virtual primary care platform. They dive into how it combined the scalability and accessibility of telehealth with the continuity found in traditional primary care and enables their primary care doctors to manage 95% of the conditions a traditional office-based primary care doctor can manage. They look at how the platform has grown and evolved over the years and what difficulties they faced along the way. Jay also looks towards the future of not only his platform, but healthcare as a whole.

Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, founded Sherpaa in 2012 and developed a wide employer and retail member base across the United States. Sherpaa is the leading provider of asynchronous communication between patients and providers. A driven entrepreneur, Jay’s background in the healthcare industry includes being partner at The Future Well, and Founder and CMO of Hello Health. He completed his Preventative Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins, and his Pediatric Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York. Jay has earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and Penn State Medical School.

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Episode # 88 – Dr. Trent Talbot Overcame his and his Grandfather’s “Irreversible” Conditions by Deep Diving into Non-Traditional Solutions. Hear how The MediSearch Institute was born.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Trent Talbot. Trent is the Founder of The MediSearch Institute. Here they discuss how Trent and his grandfather both suffered from chronic conditions for which they thought were untreatable. Trent discovered that through serious research into a patient’s entire medical history and talking to experts from multiple specialties all over the world, patients with even the most confusing and difficult diagnoses can find solutions. He created The MediSearch Institute to help these kinds of patients. Primary care docs, specialists, and hospitals do not always have the bandwidth or resources to do a deep dive in to these complex kinds of cases. The MediSearch Institute meets with these patients and uses its broad network of experts to offer solutions, treatments, and hope. Trent discusses some of the success stories of his company, and how happy patients are when issues they never thought were solvable have been solved.

Trent is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honor Medical Society inductee, and a Board Certified Ophthalmologist.

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Episode # 87 – Marshall Allen of ProPublica is as Respected as Healthcare Journalists Come. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer, He Exposes the Egregious Behavior of the Bigs. Learn What Drives Him Here.

In this episode Ron chats with brilliant healthcare journalist, Marshall Allen. Here they do a deep dive into the insights Marshall has gained into some of the shadier practices in the healthcare industry from his journalistic work. Marshall talks about what inspired him to leave his career as a pastor and become an investigative journalist. Marshall talks about his series from 2018 – 2019 called “The Health Insurance Hustle” which focused on the rising costs and absurdities of health insurance in America. Ron and Marshall also debate whether the CEOS of major health systems are deserving of multimillion dollar a year salaries and discuss things potential ideas for topics that Marshall can write about in the future.

Marshall Allen investigates why we pay so much for health care in the United States and get so little in return. He is one of the creators of ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard, which published the complication rates for about 17,000 surgeons who perform eight common elective procedures. Allen’s work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for work at the Las Vegas Sun, where he worked before coming to ProPublica in 2011. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a master’s degree in Theology.

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Episode # 86 – Dr. Clive Fields of VillageMD and Walgreens Agreed to a Billion Dollar Partnership in July. 500-700 Clinics Over 5 years. Meet the Visionary Who is Taking Primary Care to the Next Level.

In this episode, Ron chats with Dr. Clive Fields, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at VillageMD. Here they discuss Clive’s career and how VillageMD was founded with the sole purpose of helping independent physicians succeed in the transition from fee per service to value-based care. They also look at how COVID-19 has changed the primary care landscape and where value-based care fits in the pandemic era and beyond. Clive explains the importance of the new partnership between Walgreens and VillageMD, and much more.

As Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of VillageMD and an esteemed practicing physician, Clive Fields, M.D., is transforming the way today’s patients and physicians experience health care. Dr. Fields helped create VillageMD in 2013 to enable progressive physician groups, independent practices and health care organizations to move toward a primary care-led, high-value clinical model with improved quality, exceptional patient experiences and lower costs. Under Dr. Fields’ co-leadership, VillageMD has grown from an initial practice of 13 physicians to a partnership with more than 2,500 physicians across seven states who are responsible for approximately 500,000 lives.

Dr. Fields has demonstrated a passion to deliver value-based care throughout his medical career. His dedication and contributions culminated in his receiving the 2018 Robert Graham AAFP Physician Executive of the Year by the American Academy of Family Practice’s (AAFP). He has also been consistently named one of Houston’s “Top Doctors” by H Magazine and Texas Monthly. In the early 1990s, prior to beginning VillageMD, Dr. Fields initiated and served as president of Village Family Practice, which became one of the largest primary care groups in Houston and was recognized for its quality of care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Despite his leadership roles and commitments, Dr. Fields makes patient care his ultimate priority. He sees patients weekly and serves on staff at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, The Methodist Hospital and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Fields also functions as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at both Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Houston. An active member of the AAFP, he is a regular contributor on health care topics for leading publications including Forbes, Health Data Management and the Houston Chronicle. Dr. Fields received his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School and his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Episode # 85 – Mark Henderson Leary is an EOS (Entrepreneur Operating System) Ninja who can Help you Take your Practice Back with Tools, Scorecards, and Systems That Just Make Sense.

In this episode Ron chats with Mark Henderson Leary, an Entrepreneurial Operating System expert. Here they discuss how EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) works as a system of tools to help businesses run better and more efficiently. It focuses on areas such as: having all of the leadership at an organization on the same page, having a healthy and functioning team, creating a culture of honesty and accountability, and more. Mark explains the scorecards and key metrics he uses to track the teams and team members to ensure that they are achieving the desired results through the correct behavior. He also discusses how EOS works in the world of healthcare organizations.

Mark Henderson Leary is an expert business growth strategist, focusing on culture, mission, and process. He started, bought, and sold multiple businesses and now spends his time helping business owners avoid the mistakes he made and skip right to the successes.

Mark believes in three things as a leader:
– Building people up
– Leading by example
– The leader’s heart is a servant’s heart

Companies count on Mark to teach them how to:
– Create tangible and measurable growth strategy
– Ensure the people in the business are as effective as they can be in a unified and intentional culture
– Simplify complex business problems that can be easily understood and solved

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Episode # 84 – Wait! Dr. Anand Mehta was the First Medical Director at Walmart Health’s Pilot Clinic in Dallas, Georgia. Hear How They Offer Transparently Priced Affordable Care for What Might Someday be Their 2 Million Daily Customers.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Anand Mehta, Medical Director for the Flagship location for Walmart Health in Dallas, GA. Here they do a deep dive into the new Walmart Health and Wellness model. They offer Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health, Optical, Hearing, Labs, Imaging, and Pharmacy all in one location. Anand talks about the significance of having all of those services in one convenient location at a low cost. This model could be a good way to encourage patients with chronic conditions who do not seek healthcare services frequently enough to utilize them more often.

Dr. Anand Mehta is dedicated family physician who is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY where he attended SUNY Buffalo. He later graduated Medical School from Kasturba Medical College, India. His residency was completed at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. Dr. Mehta then worked for the hospital group before moving to Georgia in 2014.

Since the move to GA, Dr. Mehta worked as a solo family physician for WellStar Health System for five years in Roswell, GA. His most recent position was as a Medical Director of Walmart Health in Dallas, GA. Dr Mehta and his team were able to make the very first Walmart Health in the nation a growing success.  During this time, he has created a reputation for himself as a caring and compassionate provider.

Dr. Mehta takes the time to listen to the needs of his patients.  He is an extrovert known to make people laugh, is empathetic, kind and welcoming, with extensive medical knowledge. His character is spoken highly by patients, both in New Jersey and in Georgia.

He has received remarkable patient satisfaction scores, coupled with providing exceptional care to his patients. He is known to his former coworkers and employees as a great team leader, always lending kind words, a smile and strives to provide hispatient’s ultimate care.

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Episode # 83 – Over 91 Million Americans Have a Rare Condition or Genetic Disorder that Lands Them in the Cracks and Crevices of Misdiagnosed Care. Today, They can Have a Graphic Timeline Thanks to Katie McCurdy of Pictal Health.

In this episode Ron chats with Katie McCurdy, the Founder of Pictal Health. Here she discusses her journey with her own autoimmune disease and how it inspired her to create Pictal Health. Her platform enables patients to share invisible symptoms, mental health issues, and other complex health problems with their families and providers. She also talks about success stories that patients have had using the platform.

Katie is a designer, autoimmune patient, and founder of Pictal Health. She created a new way for patients with complex health issues to tell their stories visually – so they feel heard and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment. Prior to founding Pictal Health, Katie designed products and services for diverse healthcare companies and organizations. She lives, skis, hikes, and eats chocolate in Burlington, VT.

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Episode # 82 – Which COVID-19 Test is the Best? Here is a Tour de Force. Meet Dr. Amy Altman, a Former DOD Consultant for Biodefense with a PhD and a Master’s in Microbiology, Now at Reliant Immune Diagnostics as its Chief Operating Officer. She has answers.

In this episode Ron chats with Dr. Amy Altman. Amy is the COO of Reliant Immune Diagnostics. Here, they dive into world of COVID-19 testing. They discuss the three different main types of testing along with the pros and cons of each, how testing has evolved throughout the pandemic, antibodies, and more. They also look at how the coronavirus is an RNA virus as opposed to a DNA virus, and what the difference is.

Dr. Altman joined Reliant Immune Diagnostics in April 2018 and is currently the Chief Operations Officer. She has over 20 years of experience in the medical device and life science industries with a demonstrated history of innovation and successful product launches. As COO, she is responsible for driving excellence and performance in research and development, product development and commercialization and business development to drive cutting-edge performance and revenue. Prior to joining Reliant, Dr. Altman spent 10 years at Luminex Corporation building and managing adjacent business for the company as Vice President, Biodefense and Protein Diagnostics, where she developed and commercialized FDA cleared diagnostic assays and biological detection assays for biodefense applications. Prior to Luminex, Dr. Altman was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton providing science and technology consulting to clients in the US Department of Defense.  Dr. Altman received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Microbiology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University in 2000.

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Episode # 81 – Nora Belcher Founded the Largest e-Health Alliance in the Country and Speaks the Recent Truth and Lessons a Pandemic Teaches about Digital and Telehealth.

In this episode Nora Belcher, the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, joins the show again. Here she does a deep dive into telehealth policy. Telehealth has changed significantly since her last time on the show. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused telehealth policy to change at a very rapid rate. It has also cause telehealth usage to skyrocket across Texas and the Nation. She also talks about the future of telehealth policy. She also looks at the future of telehealth as a whole and how it could be utilized in more of a whole health model or remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic care.

Nora is the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that she started in 2009 to give health information technology stakeholders a voice in public policy.  The Texas e-Health Alliance serves as the state’s leading advocate, from local communities to the national level, for the use of information technology to improve the health care system for patients. She is widely considered to be one of the state’s leading experts in telemedicine, having worked on the issue for over 20 years in a variety of roles.  During the most recent Texas legislative session, Ms. Belcher led the coalition that passed SB 1107, which was a significant step in opening up the Texas market for full use of telemedicine. Ms. Belcher holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and owns a hardcover first edition of Game of Thrones.

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Episode # 80 – Jeanne Teshler, CEO of Wellsmith has “Run the Three Minute Mile” by Reversing Type 2 Diabetes 30% in Several Clinical Trials.

In this episode, Ron chats with Jeanne Teshler, CEO of Wellsmith. Here, they discuss how Wellsmith works as a digital health platform. The platform enables people to make smart decisions regarding their health. It also provides doctors with important data to give them insights into how to best treat their patients. Jeanne talks about the importance of getting doctors to be cheerleaders for a whole health model and the difficulties with this in a fee for service payment model. Jeanne encourages healthcare consumers to take control of their own health and her goal is to provide them with the tools to do so.

Jeanne has pioneered innovative solutions over the past 25 years to address complex challenges in consumer products, technology and healthcare industries, during times of rapid change and uncertainty. Jeanne’s latest venture, Wellsmith, is a consumer centric solution that leverages technologies to provide real-time power, insight and control to consumers and their care providers to continuously improve quality of care, improve outcomes and reduce costs. Jeanne is a highly sought-after speaker and panelist for consumer and medical conferences in the US and abroad.

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