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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.


Peer Support Makes the Difference in Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Parkview Health of Ft. Wayne, Ind., came in first in AHA’s 2018 Innovation Challenge with bold new thinking about the best way to treat opioid use disorder patients. Its model features peer coaching via a mobile app that is designed to support patients anywhere and in the moment. In this podcast, AHA’s Dr. Jay Bhatt speaks with Parkview Health president Ben Miles about his organization’s approach - and why peer support and encouragement can be such an effective tool in the battle against addiction. Sponsored in part by First American Healthcare Finance, the AHA’s Innovation Challenge is a juried award program to source and spread new ideas and novel approaches for integrated care delivery.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: New Approaches to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 

In the United States, one infant is born every 15 minutes with withdrawal symptoms after being exposed to opioids before birth -- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) -- according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Typically, affected neonates must remain hospitalized, usually in neonatal intensive care units, for monitoring and management of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Hospital length of stay (LOS) for these neonates averages 17-23 days. In this podcast featuring Dr. Stephen Patrick, an attending neonatologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy, discusses how he’s improving outcomes for opioid-exposed infants and women with substance-use disorders and reduced NAS infant’s LOS.

How Health Disparities Data Informs Change

The second installation of the Healthy, Equitable, and Resilient Communities podcast series — which highlights member hospitals and UnidsoUS affiliates working together to address disparities, violence and trauma — is now available. Dr. Arturo Carrillo, mental health and family support manager, St. Anthony Hospital’s Community Wellness Program and Patrick Brosnan, executive director, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, provide learnings and key insights on the importance of driving policy changes in Chicago through their research on mental health care access.

Midland Memorial uses predictive analytics to maximize nurse staffing

To improve staffing capacity, Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX, uses predictive analytics. Hear from two executives, Bob Dent, senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, and Brandi McDonald, director of clinical operations, how the system creates value through higher patient experience scores, lower labor costs, less overtime and higher nurse satisfaction scores.

Disrupting the High Price of Generic Drugs

Civica Rx is the brainchild of hospitals and health systems that formed a collaborative to hold down the spiraling costs of essential generic drugs. How is the plan working out? Civica Rx President and CEO Martin VanTrieste shares an update on the organization’s efforts on a new AHA Advancing Health podcast.

Chairman’s File Podcast: Must-have Capabilities for Tomorrow’s Health Care Leaders

Health care is undergoing tremendous transformation. Among the forces at play is the rise in consumerism — patients taking on increasing responsibility in selecting plans, providers and treatment options — which will require the next generation of leaders to think and adapt in new ways.

On March 9 as part of a panel sponsored by the AHA’s The Value Initiative and Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin and hosted in conjunction with the South by Southwest Festival, AHA Chairman Brian Gragnolati, John Haupert, AHA Board member and president and CEO of Atlanta's Grady Health System, and S. Claiborne "Clay" Johnston, M.D., dean and vice president for medical affairs of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, participated in a discussion on this topic. Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative, moderated the discussion focused on the capabilities and skills needed to lead complex, value-focused health care organizations into the future.

Chairman’s File: Making Health Care More Affordable

Health care affordability is a key issue for consumers, hospitals and health systems. While health care leaders have been tackling the issue head on – redesigning care and implementing operational efficiencies – solving this complex challenge will require us all to think differently and more collaboratively.

On this inaugural podcast on Advancing Health, the AHA’s new podcast channel, you’ll hear highlights from AHA Chair Brian Gragnolati's recent discussion of affordability and value with Maryjane Wurth, AHA executive vice president, and Priya Bathija, vice president of The AHA Value Initiative.

Five Questions with Priya Bathija

AHA's Tom Haederle sits down with Priya Bathija, vice president of The AHA Value Initiative, to discuss the first year of the Initiative and plans for its future.

Discussing the Center for Health Innovation with Lindsey Burghstahler

Tom Haederle discusses the Center for Health Innovation and it new Market Insights series with Lindsey Burghstahler, the Center's vice president of programming and intelligence.

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