Conversations

Miles To Go: New Healthcare Transparency Rules

If you are wondering why we are quoting Robert Frost when discussing a CMS rule change, it’s because of the broad sweeping impact of the proposed rules for healthcare pricing transparency. If this becomes law, it will be an earthquake…..but there are miles to go before we will actually see this change. Rather than stopping by the woods on a snowy evening, we sat down with one of our experts Susan Zook, Founder of Mason Street Consulting, to discuss all the details. (And generally to see if she would spill the tea about how things are going in DC these days).

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Changing Chicago Primary Care with Dr. Perlmuter

We are always wondering how primary care medicine has changed over time. We think talking with physicians directly about their experiences is the best way of figuring this out. On this episode of Around the Village, we sit down with Dr. Perlmuter a primary care physician who has been practicing medicine in Chicago for 31 years. Tune in to hear his thoughts about primary care and how his practice has been positively affected by VillageMD.

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CBD Oil: Helpful Supplement or Harmful Substance?

In a surprising turn of events, the FDA released a consumer advisory warning about the potential harmful effects of CBD. CBD is available now at every corner store, but these products are not approved by the FDA. On this episode, we are joined by VillageMD’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Clive Fields. He explains what he advises patients about these types of supplements and the science behind this FDA advisory notice.

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FDA Advisory Warning Link

The Barbara Streisand Effect: Dealing with Negative Online Reviews

Pop quiz: Imagine a patient just left you a terrible online review on Yelp. What do you do?! We are joined by one of our experts, Amanda Skerski, who is VillageMD Vice President of Marketing and Communication. We will walk you through what you can do, what you shouldn’t do, and some practical tips……and what Barbara Streisand has to do with all of this!


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The Ultimate Guide to Checking Nursing Home Abuse

Heads Up! CMS is now reporting incidents of abuse and neglect at nursing homes. Your patients and their families can see this report, and probably have some questions! We are joined this week by Andrea Osborne, VillageMD Vice President of Post-Acute Care. In a few short minutes, Andrea tells us what we need to know about this new tool and how it can be used to inform/answer patients.

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Talking Tech with Mike Roberts

We know our listeners are always interested in learning about the technology that transforms primary care! On this episode of Around the Village, we sit down with Mike Roberts, VillageMD’s Chief Technology Officer. The docOS program built by his team put VillageMD on the map as a tech focused healthcare start-up. Tune in to hear about Mike’s vision for docOS and what is coming next from our Technology team!

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2020 Changes to Physician Payment

These CMS changes to the physician fee schedule are more good news for primary care! In this episode, we are joined by several special guests to walk us through these changes. We focus primarily on the codes that will significantly impact primary care physicians.

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References: CMS 2020 Final Rule

Around the Village – Dr. Carpenter

One of the best things about working with VillageMD is the opportunity to share experiences with primary care physicians across the country. In support of this, our Working Smarter team has created a new series: Around the Village. We will be interviewing physicians and VillageMD leaders from around the country and sharing their stories. It was our absolute pleasure to start with Dr. David Carpenter and his wife, Joanne Carpenter, from Humble, Texas. As you will hear, Dr. and Mrs. Carpenter are not only delightful, but their stories are inspiring.  
 
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HOPD Update

Changes are coming fast in Health Law! We did a segment on the changes to Hospital Outpatient Department billing in January 2019. Just like we predicted, various hospitals and organizations filed suit about these changes. We recently got a final ruling and wanted to give our audience an update. This 3 minute overview will summarize what you need to know about the ruling and what changes to expect.

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Can Physicians Promote MA Plans?

With the Medicare Advantage selection season upon us, we know marketing regulations can be confusing for everyone. In this episode, we are joined by Michael Adelberg, an attorney from Faegre, Baker, and Daniels. We provide a summary of how traditional Medicare differs from MA plans, and the dos and don’ts for talking with patients about these plans. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions about this content. We are here to help you stay compliant!

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