Advancing Health Podcast

Advancing Health is the American Hospital Association’s podcast series. Podcasts will feature conversations with hospital and health system leaders on a variety of issues that impact patients and communities. Look for new episodes directly from your mobile device by using SoundCloud. You can also listen to the podcasts directly by clicking below.

Latest Podcasts

May 18, 2022

Rural hospitals are community strongholds, serving as the key point of care for nearly 20% of Americans. Beyond providing healing and hope, rural hospitals nationwide are pillars of their local economies, creating essential jobs that support families and community vitality. Many rural communities struggle with health issues that extend beyond their hospital’s walls. Issues such as transportation, housing, employment, food security, economic stability and other social determinants have an impact on the physical and mental well-being of a community. Hospitals are taking the lead to address social determinants as a response to population and community health. On this podcast, we hear from leaders from the Winona Wellbeing Collaborative (WWC) Winona, Minnesota who have combined resources to establish a. community HUB or framework for community-based care coordination.


 

May 13, 2022

Medicare Advantage or MA Plans are another way for beneficiaries to get Medicare Part A and Part B coverage delivered through private insurance companies. MA Plans adhere to the rules set by Medicare to cover beneficiaries, but their benefits are delivered by Medicare approved private companies. MA plans are part of a broader trend towards public sources of coverage, like Medicare and Medicaid, increasingly relying on private health plans to provide or administer their health benefits. Last year 42 % of all Medicare beneficiaries got their. benefits through private MA plans. Enrollment in these plans is growing at nearly 10% per year. There is serious concerns that coverage and patient access are being eroded as a result of health insurer efforts to restrict access and that there is a tremendous burden on health care providers to manage these insurer policies. In fact the HHS Office of Inspector General recently published a report finding that MA plans have exhibited a pattern of denying prior authorization and payment requests that would have covered by original Medicare. These types of denials have raised fears about certain insurer practices, which may impede beneficiary access to medically necessary care. Joining the podcast today to discuss the trends of how Medicare Advantage plans may affect patient care is Michelle Millerick, AHA's Senior Associate Director of Health Insurance Coverage. (Recorded at AHA's Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.)


 

May 11, 2022

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital solutions, including mobile health apps, patient portals and telehealth serve as a critical access point for health care providers to reach patients. However, many individuals have not been able to benefit from these digital solutions. In this podcast, Julia Resnick, director of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives is joined by Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives and Sarah Swank, Counsel at Nixon Peabody. Priya and Sarah will discuss their upcoming article on digital health equity in a special edition of the American Health Law Association Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law. Here, they discuss barriers to access digital solutions and the role of health care leaders, including attorneys, in improving digital health equity.


 

May 3, 2022

1 in 5 children experience a mental illness. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased mental health challenges and suicide risk among children. In this Members in Action podcast featuring maternal and child health efforts, Aisha Syeda, senior program manager at the AHA is joined by Chanda Chacòn, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, NE to discuss the hospital’s investment in establishing a pediatric mental health urgent care center.1 in 5 children experience a mental illness. Though the center is in its early stages, Chacòn shares how the hospital is partnering with multiple sectors of the community to offer resources and services needed to improve the mental health outcomes of children. This podcast is in honor of May 7th’s National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.


 

Apr 26, 2022

Over the past few years every leader of health care organization in the country has had to acknowledge the threat of a cyberattack that has the potential to compromise systems and patient safety. In this podcast, John Riggi, AHA's National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, is speaking with former AHA Chair, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System about best practices for care providers to avoid, plan for, or mitigate cyber threats.


 

Latest

Feb 9, 2022
The hospital at home model of care is emerging as an important strategy to improve value during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Feb 4, 2022
Now that children are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, families are considering how to best keep their children safe and healthy. In this new podcast series, Joining Hands to Build Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, we are speaking with leaders from three national organizations to discuss how to address vaccine hesitancy, specifically in historically marginalized communities.
Feb 2, 2022
Though many children are now eligible to receive the COVID-19, families continue to have questions about how to best keep their children safe and healthy. In this new series, Joining Hands to Build Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, we are speaking with leaders from three national organizations to discuss how to address vaccine hesitancy, specifically for kids in historically marginalized communities.
Jan 31, 2022
Eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has expanded to children, yet families continue to have questions about how to best keep their children safe and healthy. In this new podcast series, Joining Hands to Build Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence, we are speaking with leaders from three national organizations to discuss how to address vaccine hesitancy, specifically in historically marginalized communities. AHA’s Julia Resnick, director of strategic initiatives, moderates today’s podcast. She is joined by Lydia Isaac, Vice President for Health Equity and Policy at the National Urban League. They will be discussing the importance of clear communication and outreach to build vaccine confidence in the Black community. This podcast was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of this resource do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.
Jan 26, 2022
Hospitals and health systems are facing one of the most unique times that the field has ever experienced. They are still managing through the ebbs and flows of the COVID pandemic while developing new strategies and initiatives to assist in their recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Jan 19, 2022
Palliative care is the medical sub-specialty that treats the symptoms and stresses of serious illness.
Jan 12, 2022
Palliative care is the medical sub-specialty that treats the symptoms and stresses of serious illness.
Jan 7, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court today held oral arguments on whether to allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ and Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine mandates to go into effect while appeals are heard in the courts of appeals.
Jan 5, 2022
John Riggi, AHA Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk talks to leaders of two AHA member hospitals who were victims of major ransomware attacks in the Fall of 2020.
Dec 14, 2021
In this podcast, John Riggi, highly decorated veteran of the FBI and Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk at the American Hospital Association talks to two leading experts and colleagues in the field of cybersecurity from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) / U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak, Interim Senior Advisor and Joshua Corman, Chief Strategist.