John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving more than two million Los Angeles County residents. In this episode, host Don Antonucci and John discuss the Medi-Cal landscape and how L.A. Care Health Plan is advancing its mission to make quality health care accessible to vulnerable populations. From measuring quality, recognizing provider performance, and building a pipeline of physicians to funding programs that support housing, recuperative care, and food insecurity, these are just some examples of how L.A. Care Health Plan is integrating social service delivery with health care to improve health outcomes.
Tammy Sun is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Carrot Fertility, a global fertility solution for today’s modern employers, providing flexible financial coverage and expert care navigation across the U.S. and 50+ countries. In this episode, host Don Antonucci speaks with Tammy about what inspired her to launch Carrot Fertility, trends in fertility care and her passion and relentlessness to ensuring fertility care becomes a fundamental part of human health that is inclusive of everyone.
With more than 30 years advocating for employer-sponsored benefits program as President of the American Benefits Council, Jim Klein talks with host Don Antonucci about the current legislative landscape and public policies impacting health care, insights from the Council’s more than 440-member companies, addressing health equity and the need to find common ground to truly transform the health care system.
Peter V. Lee, Executive Director of Covered California, joins host Don Antonucci for a conversation about the importance of meaningful health care coverage, investing in quality health care, and measuring metrics that matter. In this episode recorded in February 2021, Peter shares his perspectives on health care policy, population-based payment models, health disparities and inequities, and opportunities to make substantial progress in making health care affordable and accessible to all Californians.
Christina Farr, Principal Investor and Health-Tech Lead at OMERS Ventures, talks with host Don Antonucci about her journey from journalist to investor. In this episode recorded in January 2021, Christina and Don discuss digital healthcare companies to pay attention to and trends in behavioral health, telemedicine, women’s health, and health equity. Follow Christina Farr on Twitter @chrissyfarr and subscribe to her Second Opinion newsletter for the latest health-tech news on https://ovsecondopinion.substack.com/
Personal experiences with the health care system inspired Dr. Michael Penn, founder and managing partner of Health Equity Ventures to get deeply involved in health care. In this episode, Dr. Penn talks about his journey to a career in science and medicine, and to the launch of his company, which invests in entrepreneurs and organizations that leverage technology and data to accelerate healthcare transformation. Hear Dr. Penn's perspectives on health equity, mental health, embracing the unknowns, and the importance of human-centered thinking and design.
Dr. Tom X. Lee is the founder and visionary behind Galileo, One Medical and Epocrates. In this episode, host Don Antonucci speaks with Dr. Lee to discuss the inspiration and recipe for success behind the companies he founded, his passion for creating businesses focused on solving problems that address health care needs and positively impact society, and his perspectives on technology, value-based care, COVID-19 and opportunities to transform the health care system.
A Dose of Healthcare Policy with Tracy Watts, Senior Partner and U.S. Leader for Healthcare Policy at Mercer
Host Don Antonucci and Tracy Watts, Senior Partner and U.S. Leader for Healthcare Policy at Mercer, discuss what’s keeping employers up at night, important healthcare policies to pay attention to, and the increased need for access to mental and behavioral health, telemedicine, and virtual care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As spokesperson for Mercer on healthcare reform who frequently represents employer interests to policymakers in Washington, DC, Tracy Watts offers guidance on ways employers can advocate and ensure their voice is heard as it relates to healthcare policy.
Host Don Antonucci and Suzanne Delbanco, Catalyst for Payment Reform Executive Director, discuss alternative payment models, virtual care, creating standardized quality measures, and opportunities and challenges to transform health care delivery. Catalyst for Payment Reform is a nonprofit, member-based organization committed to big changes in the health care system with a mission to help employers and other health care purchasers get better value for their health care dollar.
A Dose of Data-Driven Insights with Dr. Carrie Byington, Executive Vice President and Head of University of California Health
At the age of four, Dr. Carrie Byington knew she wanted to be a doctor. Her childhood experience losing family members to undetected and untreated diseases inspired her to improve health outcomes for people in similar situations and has been an essential part of her work ever since. Her passion for science and medicine, along with her resilience and perseverance, has led to a distinguished career dedicated to addressing health disparities and pandemics – from the measles outbreak to the Zika virus and now COVID-19. As Executive Vice President of University of California Health, Dr. Byington joins host Don Antonucci to explore the role that data plays in driving focused interventions, lessons learned from past pandemics, and the most effective ways to transform health care for all.