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

Jun 3, 2021
Today’s podcast features how Esperanza Health Centers - a federally qualified health center in Chicago – has worked to keep their community healthy throughout the pandemic.
May 27, 2021
In this podcast marking Mental Health Awareness Month, Shane McGuire, CEO of Columbia County Health System in Dayton, Wash., discusse
May 26, 2021
In this podcast, Nancy Maldonado, CEO of the Chicano Federation (and affiliate member with AHA’s strategic partner UnidosUS), shares how the organization provided critical leadership in the San Diego community during the pandemic.
May 21, 2021
In this podcast, Rochelle Archuleta, director of post acute care policy for the AHA, is joined by Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, and Jaeson Fournier, chief executive officer at Community Care, about their collaboration to develop a successful mass vaccination campaign targeting the Latino community in the Austin, Texas.
May 19, 2021
The AHA presents the Foster G. McGaw Prize annually to recognize hospitals and health systems that are leading the way through innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.
May 19, 2021
On this podcast AHA offers part one of two podcasts on rebuilding maternity services at a critical access hospital. Cristen Page, M.D., executive dean of UNC School of Medicine and Jeff Strickler, CEO of Chatham Hospital UNC Health Care, Siler City discuss the strategic need and clinical case for maternity services at this small, rural community.
May 11, 2021
Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives, and Robyn Begley, CEO of American Organization for Nursing Leadership and chief nursing officer and senior vice president at the AHA, discuss the role of nurses in achieving health equity, screening for social needs and advocating for policy change.
May 5, 2021
In this Members in Action podcast featuring maternal and child health efforts, Aisha Syeda, program manager at the AHA speaks with Kelsey Kyle, a RN care manager at St. Peter’s Health and her community partner, Brie MacLaurin, a nurse and the executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, the Montana Coalition, Inc.
May 3, 2021
This is the second installment of podcasts about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—otherwise known as CMS—and their Hospital Star Ratings Program. Last time we heard from Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley, who lead AHA’s work on policy regarding quality of care, CMS had proposed several changes to the Star Ratings Methodology. Since then, the agency has finalized some—but not all—of those changes.
Apr 29, 2021
Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System developed and implemented a framework connecting clinicians with laboratory professionals, which improved collaboration, removed process waste, improved patient outcomes and resulted in process efficiencies.