Executive Interview Podcasts
 
Modern Healthcare Online regularly conducts interviews with the industry’s movers and shakers. In our exclusive executive interview podcasts, hear what they have to say about the events shaping healthcare.

For more information on the Executive Interview podcast series, please contact Chief of Editorial Operations Merrill Goozner at 312-649-5439 or mgoozner@modernhealthcare.com.

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Best Practices | Diversity in the boardroom
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014
Good CEOs know their boards should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, but many boards don't. Retired CEO Alan Channing explains how Chicago's Sinai Health System recruited minority trustees.
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DaVita's CMO Nissenson on Medicare renal ACOs, improving care
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014
Dr. Allen Nissenson, CMO for Denver-based DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, says his organization believes in the ACO approach and plans to take part in coming Medicare accountable care pilot programs, though there are concerns about financing and regulation.
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Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak on the jump to Ireland
By Modern Healthcare | August 02, 2014
Omar Ishrak, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based devicemaker Medtronic, discusses his company's purchase Ireland-based surgical supplier Covidien. Under the deal, Medtronic will move its headquarters to Dublin, joining a wave of companies shifting their head offices to countries with lower corporate tax rates, which has sparked anger in Washington. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Jaimy...
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Ascension CEO Anthony Tersigni on accountability, integrity
By Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2014
Anthony Tersigni, CEO of St. Louis-based Ascension, talks with Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Harris Meyer about his system's recent integrated delivery partnership with CHE Trinity Health, its growth strategy, his management style, and issues related to Catholic healthcare doctrine.
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TransforMED CEO Bagley on the growth of the medical-home model
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014
TransforMED CEO Dr. Bruce Bagley discusses the growth of the medical-home model, emerging outcomes data and how primary-care physicians are doing when it comes to implementing health information technology. He spoke with Maureen McKinney, Modern Healthcare's editorial programs manager, at the annual meeting of the American College of Physician Executives in April.
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CHI CEO Lofton outlines the ideas behind the deals
By Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014
Catholic Health Initiatives CEO Kevin Lofton, who has run the $11.3 billion, 74-hospital system since 2003, explains the strategic thinking behind CHI's recent acquisitions and its pursuit of horizontal and vertical integration.
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Former AHA Chair Teri Fontenot on ACOs, abortion
By Modern Healthcare | June 28, 2014
Teri Fontenot is president and CEO of Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., discusses ACOs, the controversy over abortion access in her state and how a women's hospital can improve care for low-income women.
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AMA President Dr. Robert Wah on Medicare, health IT, 'Star Trek'
By Modern Healthcare | June 28, 2014
Dr. Robert Wah, the new president of the American Medical Association, shares his vision for health IT and his hopes for legislation on Medicare's SGR formula for doc pay. He also shares what 'Star Trek' character Dr. Leonard McCoy means to him.
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Dr. Bob Wachter on the risks and rewards of going digital
By Modern Healthcare | June 21, 2014
Patient-safety expert Dr. Bob Wachter shares his views about the good and the bad of healthcare going digital, the challenge of reducing diagnostic error rates, and the relationship between meaningful-use standards and clinical quality. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Maureen McKinney.
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Texas Health Resources CEO Hawthorne on reporting the good and the bad
By Modern Healthcare | June 14, 2014
Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources tells about his system's decision to publicly report its quality measures, its ACO experiences, what his board will be looking for in choosing his successor, and his personal plans after he steps down.
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HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson on EHRs, Part D and staffing
By Modern Healthcare | June 07, 2014
HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson, the agency's chief watchdog for fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, outlines his priorities in investigating the use of EHRs, billing in Medicare's prescription drug program and his office's changing budget for staffing.
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ACPE CEO Dr. Peter Angood on physician integration
By Modern Healthcare | June 07, 2014
Dr. Peter Angood, CEO of the American College of Physician Executives, examines the benefits of having physicians in the C-suite, strategies for physician integration and how the ACPE and its target membership have evolved over the years.
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Dr. Joe Selby discusses PCORI's clinical research network, privacy
By Modern Healthcare | May 24, 2014
Dr. Joe Selby, executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, discusses PCORI's clinical research network, concerns about data privacy and security, and how PCORI plans to disseminate findings from the research it funds.
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Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel Allison discusses merger, reform
By Modern Healthcare | May 17, 2014
Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Joel Allison discusses the challenges of merging Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, and Scott & White Healthcare in Temple. He also addresses Obamacare and population health in his interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Melanie Evans.
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AMGA's Donald Fisher on big data, legislative goals
By Modern Healthcare | May 10, 2014
Donald Fisher, president and CEO of the American Medical Group Association, discusses his group's initiative promote high-performing health systems, its new consulting arm, its use of big data to help provider systems improve patient outcomes and its legislative agenda. Fisher spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks.
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CHI's Michael Rowan on expansion plans, Obamacare, insurance moves
By Modern Healthcare | April 26, 2014
Michael Rowan, chief operating officer and one of two new presidents of Catholic Health Initiatives, discusses CHI's expansion plans, why it has two presidents, its experience with the Obamacare exchanges and its growing push into the insurance business. See an edited version of the discussion here.
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FTC's Markus Meier outlines agency stance on ACOs, mergers, pay-for-delay
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014
Markus Meier, assistant director for healthcare enforcement in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, outlines the agency's view on accountable care organizations, hospitals' M&A activity, and drugmakers' play-for-delay tactics.
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WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish on ACA insurance enrollment
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014
WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish discusses how the ACA's open enrollment period turned out for the insurance giant and what the public might expect in the months ahead in an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare editor Merrill Goozner.
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Dignity Health CEO LLoyd Dean discusses how his background shaped his outlook
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014
Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean, one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Minority Executives, discusses how his background shaped his views on healthcare in an interview with reporter Steven Ross Johnson.
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Podcast: Merritt Hawkins President Mark Smith on physician employment by hospitals
By Modern Healthcare | April 05, 2014
Mark Smith, president of staffing firm Merritt Hawkins, discusses the continuing shift of U.S. physicians into hospital employment, which specialties are making the shift more rapidly and why that is happening.
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Podcast: Tenet execs Fetter and Pitts discuss merger with Vanguard
By Modern Healthcare | March 29, 2014
Tenet Healthcare Corp. President and CEO Trevor Fetter and Vice Chairman Keith Pitts discuss the company's merger with Vanguard Health Systems in an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare editor Merrill Goozner.
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Podcast: Dr. Lee Sacks on curbing costs with better outcomes and service
By Modern Healthcare | March 15, 2014
Dr. Lee Sacks, chief medical officer at Advocate Health Care in Illinois, discusses his system's clinical integration program, healthcare reform and Medicare cuts in an interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Jessica Zigmond.
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Podcast: Dr. Otis Brawley on redefining cancer
By Modern Healthcare | March 08, 2014
Dr. Otis W. Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, discusses the definition of cancer and how the disease is over-treated and under-treated in an interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Sabriya Rice.
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Billy Ocasio on building community connections to a revive a Chicago hospital | A Modern Healthcare Podcast
By Modern Healthcare | February 15, 2014
Billy Ocasio, board chairman at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago, is Modern Healthcare's 2014 Trustee of the Year honoree for large hospitals. He joined the board at a time when the hospital, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, a largely Puerto Rican community, was in danger of closing its doors and needed new leadership. He played a critical role in the search process for a new CEO,...
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Harold Walker on restoring a community's faith in its small hospital | A Modern Healthcare podcast
By Modern Healthcare | February 15, 2014
Harold Walker, board member and former board chairman at McDowell Hospital in Marion, N.C., is Modern Healthcare's 2014 Trustee of the Year honoree for small hospitals. During his tenure on the board, including stints as vice chair and chair, he played a critical role in the search for a new CEO, but most importantly he led a financial and reputational turnaround at the hospital. For years,...
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Debbie Dudley Branson on governing a safety-net system in peril | A Modern Healthcare podcast
By Modern Healthcare | February 15, 2014
Debbie Dudley Branson, who chairs the board of managers at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, is Modern Healthcare's 2014 Trustee of Year for not-for-profit health systems. She led the board through a particularly challenging time for the organization, after the CMS cited Parkland for quality-of-care deficiencies, requiring it to complete a corrective action plan or face the loss of...
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Podcast: Cancer Treatment Centers of America CEO Gerard van Grinsven
By Modern Healthcare | February 15, 2014
Gerard van Grinsven was named president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a privately owned five-hospital healthcare company. In an interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks, Van Grinsven describes his unusual career path from luxury hotels to healthcare, explains the company's recent move from a Chicago suburb to Boca Raton, Fla., and responds to criticisms of its...
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Podcast: Delvecchio Finley
By Modern Healthcare | February 08, 2014
The American College of Healthcare Executives chose Delvecchio Finley, the 36-year-old CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, as its 2014 Young Executive of the Year. Listen to Finley tell the story of how he switched his focus from medicine to administration and advanced quickly to take the helm of the Torrance, Calif., hospital at a dire time in its history.
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Podcast: Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center
By Modern Healthcare | January 11, 2014
Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, discusses his system's quality-improvement and cost-reduction work with Modern Healthcare reporter Andis Robeznieks.Virginia Mason is the subject of a new book by management consultant Paul Plsek.
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Podcast: AHRQ Director Richard Kronick
By Modern Healthcare | January 04, 2014
Newly appointed AHRQ Director Richard Kronick explains the agency’s mission and priorities for 2014 in an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare reporter Maureen McKinney.
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Testimonial

"I would like to commend you for the informative audio-cast featuring Wayne Sensor, CEO of Alegent Health. His comments were inspirational and enlightening to those of us in healthcare dedicated to empowering consumers through technology. We appreciate the insights shared by way of this excellent audio-cast."

Carol R. Selvey, MHSA, FHIMSS
Principal, Healthcare
The Revere Group

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