The Road Ahead in Healthcare Policy with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

We are honored to be joined this week by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel for a discussion around the evolving healthcare policy landscape. On this episode, he shares his experience to help craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how it has changed over time, and what to expect in the next few years. Join us as Dr. Emanuel predicts healthcare priorities under the Biden administration, gets candid on his regrets during the Obama administration, and relays his conversations with Trump about stalling the ACA repeal.

About our guest: Dr. Emanuel is an expert on the ACA and innovative valued-based care programs. He served as a healthcare reform advisor during President Obama’s administration. He is the author of several must-read books for the primary care workforce including “Prescription for the Future” and “Reinventing American Healthcare”. He also serves as a board member for VillageMD.

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Under a Microscope: Examining Hospital Price Transparency

Heads up! A new rule effective January 2021 takes hospital price transparency to the next level! If enforced, it will open up a new source on hospital charges, and will shed light on some of the most closely held pricing information in healthcare. In this episode, we give a summary of what you can expect to see over the next 1-3 years. We also used our best detective skills to see how some hospitals are adapting to these rules.

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Around the Village: Intern Edition

On this episode of Around the Village, we are highlighting an intern from our VillageMD internship program. Zach Hattig is currently an pre-med undergraduate student at Northwestern University. During his time with VillageMD, he concentrated on a research project with our clinical team. He was identified as an exceptional intern through the program, we are talking with him about his experience, and what he learned throughout his time with us. If you are interested in future VillageMD internship opportunities, listen to the end of the podcast for more details! Or you can email our team at talent@villagemd.com. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com, and you will be entered for a chance to win Working Smarter merch. If you enjoy the podcast, we want your help in spreading the word! Share this episode with your friends and colleagues. We are now available on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcast. Our references and other show notes are on our website: https://vmdworkingsmarter.com/conversations/

Sprinting at Warped Speed: Regulatory Updates

If you think Usain Bolt is fast, you should see how fast the federal government (especially CMS) have been pushing out regulatory changes! Our team has been keeping up with this “Regulatory Sprint”, and we condensed the most significant changes into a manageable summary. In this episode, we provide you a recap of these changes, and discuss what we are expecting to see from the new Biden administration. If you liked this summary, stay tuned for our deep dive episodes that we will be releasing throughout this year.

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Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 2

In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow provide a deeper dive into the simplified documentation requirements for physician office visit coding. Previously, the CMS requirements for medical decision making have been widely criticized by physicians for requiring documentation that is not clinically relevant. CMS reduced the required elements of the Medical Decision Making documentation starting in January 2021. Tune in to learn about these important changes!

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Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 1

At VillageMD Working Smarter, we have been closely watching CMS proposals to reduce the burden of coding and documentation for physician office visits. CMS finalized two significant changes that will impact the primary care workforce in late 2020: 1) a reduction in the number of levels for established patients and 2) simplification of the documentation required to support the level. In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow of VillageMD summarize E&M coding proposal. These changes emphasize value based care and show that it’s a good time to be at VillageMD!

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The Scoop: Medicare Advantage Diagnosis Coding Indictments

Medicare Advantage diagnosis coding remains a high enforcement priority and we’ve seen several developments this year. Our team at VillageMD Working Smarter have been watching these closely, and have prepared a short summary to dish on the details. You may think these only occur with healthcare systems or Payors, but we are starting to see enforcement within the physician practice space. If you are interested in learning what not to do, tune in to our latest episode!

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Tips to Improve Your Social Media Game

Social media can be a powerful tool, but it can be daunting to learn. There are also risks associated with these accounts. In particular for physicians, social media can be a way to communicate with patients, and hear their feedback/comments. On this episode, we are joined by Molly Lynch, who leads Lynch Communications. She shares some guidance on how to best use social media and also how to avoid pitfalls and cringe moments!
 
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Around the Village: Todd Park

We are thrilled to be joined by Todd Park on this episode! Todd is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Devoted Health, which is a Medicare Advantage plan. Todd was formerly the Co-Founder of athenahealth, and served as Chief Technology Officer for President Obama’s Administration for 5 years. Todd is inspirational in his passion to change healthcare, and the way he thinks about serving the customers for Devoted Health. Tune in to hear this engaging conversation!
 
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Direct Contracting Entities Update

You may remember us telling you about the Medicare Direct Contracting Program last year. Direct Contracting is a further iteration of the Next Generation ACO model, and will allow entities to participate in risk agreements directly with Medicare.

Since then, we’ve learned a lot more, and Medicare gave us even more updates this last week! This week, we are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite Smarties, Lucy Sola. Lucy has been involved with our implementation of this program for VillageMD, and she gives us the inside scoop on recent updates in light of COVID-19. Tune in to find out this new information!

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