Healthcare Strategies

A podcast for healthcare professionals seeking solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s top challenges. Hosted by the editors of Xtelligent Healthcare Media, this podcast series focuses on real-world use cases that are leading to tangible improvements in care quality, outcomes, and cost. Guests from leading provider, payer, government, and other organizations share their approaches to transforming healthcare in a meaningful and lasting way.

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Monday May 15, 2023

Healthcare is at a primary care crossroads, soon to find itself with 100 million people lacking access. That problem is driven in part by a primary care workforce stretched too thin. Nurse practitioners, the majority of whom are trained in primary care, could help fill in that gap, according to April Kapu, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. States will need to reconsider their scope of practice laws in order to let NPs realize their full practice authority and fill in primary care access gaps.

Monday May 08, 2023

Diversity is critically important for the healthcare workforce because it helps ensure that the workforce reflects the communities they serve, which leads to better outcomes for patients and families. In this episode, Nancy Maldonado, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, California, shares how a diverse healthcare workforce brings a range of perspectives and experiences that allow for better communication and understanding between providers and patients of different backgrounds. 

Monday May 01, 2023

The healthcare industry is in crisis mode as staff shortages and burnout reach record highs. Healthcare organizations are striving to maintain an adequate workforce to preserve patient access to care, but leaders must change their recruitment and retention strategies to achieve that goal. Northern Light Health’s SVP and chief people officer Paul Bolin, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, shares how the rural health system in Maine has not only minimized turnover over the last three years but created a diverse team of staff members who stay at the organization.

Monday Apr 24, 2023

Cultivating medical workforce diversity—a key component of health equity—will require upstream efforts at the medical college level. Ideally, medical schools would have a diverse student population that would then create for a diverse hospital or health system applicant pool. Robert Cain, DO, and Helene Cameron, PhD, outline how the American Academy of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is working to create medical workforce diversity at the medical school level.

Monday Apr 17, 2023

Clinician access to advanced care planning documents is key for meeting patients' end-of-life care wishes. However, industry silos can limit interoperability of these documents, leaving providers without crucial information to guide treatment decisions. Maria D. Moen, senior vice president of innovation and external affairs at ADVault, joins the podcast to discuss how the Post-Acute Care Interoperability Project (PACIO) is working to streamline PAC data exchange through FHIR implementation guides.

Monday Apr 10, 2023

The role of the home healthcare nursing workforce expanded during the coronavirus pandemic and became a pivotal part of the healthcare delivery system. Kathy Driscoll, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Humana Inc., offers her recommendations on supporting the home healthcare nursing workforce—both current nursing staff and future home healthcare nurses.

Monday Apr 03, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened a growing mental health crisis among American youth. Atrium Health’s Donnie Mitchem, director of outpatient therapy, and Christine Zazzaro, vice president, facility executive, joined the podcast to discuss how the health system is combating this issue through school-based telehealth programs, which can significantly expand access to behavioral healthcare for children.

Monday Mar 27, 2023

Male infertility is a growing concern that affects a significant number of couples around the world, but unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness and clinical support, infertility is often wrongfully seen as a women's issue. As a result, men may be reluctant to seek treatment. In this episode, Philip J. Cheng, MD, a male fertility specialist and urologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, shares how patients and healthcare specialists can spread awareness and help end the stigma that surrounds male infertility.

Monday Mar 20, 2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools have the power to synthesize data into actionable information. Stephen Friedhoff, MD, senior vice president of health care services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), explains how payers can use these tools to improve care coordination and quality of care.

Monday Mar 06, 2023

Patients with complex conditions including chronic diseases require highly efficient, collaborative treatment from their health insurers and providers. Julie Bietsch, senior vice president of clinical operations at Aetna, and Eric Fennel, vice president of network strategy and value-based solutions at Aetna, describe how Aetna uses care coordination strategies and tools to improve payer-provider partnership in chronic disease management.


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