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Legislative Insight From US Congressman Earl “Buddy” Carter of Georgia
April 3, 2024

Another great episode with a someone that brings a very unique perspective, US Congressman Buddy Carter of Georgia’s first district. Rep. Carter has worn many hats from Pharmacist to business owner, mayor of a suburban town, and for the last 12 years, as the US Representative from Georgia’s largest district. What is such a perspective from someone outside our industry and the work he sees is necessary to improve healthcare in such a thriving suburban town that currently cannot meet the needs of its residents. A great conversation with US Congressman Buddy Carter.

Keys to a Successful CIN With Our Own Jason Crosby
March 27, 2024

To respond to the challenges of health care reform, many health care providers are joining with others to form Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs). Jason will help clear up the vague three letter acronym, CIN. We’ll talk through what a Clinically Integrated Network is exactly, why you should look into joining one, and how they can fit into your provider strategy.

Beyond The Stethoscope: Vital Conversation with SHP can found be found on all podcast apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Amazon.


Replay: Goal Setting Methodology Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s)
March 20, 2024

We are joined by Tyler Barnett and Matthew Nichols, PhD of University Hospitals out of Cleveland OH, where they discuss the popular project and goal-setting framework known as OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results.

As leaders within the Population Health and Analytics team at UH, and training in OKRs, they breakdown the OKR methodology, highlight specific examples of how UH has implemented it and ways that your organization can as well.

Beyond The Stethoscope: Vital Conversation with SHP can found be found on all podcast apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Amazon.

Replay: The Experience Economy | With Scott Regan – Part 1
March 13, 2024

In this episode, Aaron Higgins & Jason Crosby discuss some recent headlines about some recent cyber attack class action lawsuits and the HHS Information Blocking rule taking effect. We start with a replay of our very first episode with Scott Regan, Managing Partner at LeadWorks, LLC, who sat down with us to discuss what the “experience economy” really means for healthcare. Great insight into how best to interact with your patient for a more engaging, loyal, and profitable experience.

Learn more about LeadWorks on their website. Scott Regan can be found on LinkedIn.

Beyond The Stethoscope: Vital Conversation with SHP can found be found on all podcast apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Amazon.


Season 4 Trailer for Beyond The Stethoscope
March 12, 2024

Join Aaron and Jason today as they highlight the upcoming season, interviews, schedule, and a very important question between cohosts.

Then, join us the following day on March 13th as an appetizer for Season 4. We start with a replay of our very first episode with Scott Regan, Managing Partner at LeadWorks, LLC, who sat down with us to discuss what the “experience economy” really means for healthcare.

Great insight into how best to interact with your patient for a more engaging, loyal, and profitable experience.

Unwrapping Healthcare Disruption and Christmas Cheer
December 20, 2023

Prepare to voyage Beyond the Stethoscope with us, as we reminisce on season 3’s highlights and look to season 4’s promising future. From inspiring conversations with awe-inspiring guests to heartwarming news stories and thrilling travel plans, our podcast has been a journey worth reliving. Brace yourselves for an exciting ride through the unchartered territories of the future of healthcare, where disruptors are on the rise and AI, virtual care, and M&A activities are all set to change the game.

This episode, we also put a spotlight on Kroger’s successful model of serving healthcare right where the people are.

Join us in celebrating the spirit of Christmas, reflect, unwind, and soak in the magic of the season. Remember to stay tuned till the end for a special bonus surprise that we promise, you won’t want to miss!

Unraveling the Intricacies of Health Insurance: Rising Costs, Mergers and Strategies: Part 2 of 2
December 14, 2023

Get set to untangle the intricacies of health insurance with us and our esteemed guest, Matt Usher. We promise you a guided tour through escalating out-of-pocket maximums, specialty medication costs, and their implications on the affordability of health insurance plans. We shed light on why employers need to consider alternative plans to lessen the financial strain on employees. Moreover, we analyze the latest shifts in the health insurance industry, such as the Humana / Cigna merger, and what they mean for the future of health insurance in businesses.

Brace yourself for an insightful ride into the pulsating world of health insurance, with a special emphasis on the industry’s recent mergers stimulated by the competitive prescription benefit management market. Tune in and increase your knowledge about how the Biden administration might influence these mergers. We also present invaluable advice for both employers and employees on how to evaluate their plans, comprehend the market they’re dealing with, and become smarter health care consumers. Our discussions on the significance of self-funded arrangements and the power of making informed decisions about where to seek care serve as potent strategies to save money for everyone involved in the plan. This episode is a perfect opportunity to arm yourself with the understanding needed to confidently navigate the health insurance market.

Demystifying Insurance Trends in Small Business: Confronting Healthcare Costs: Part 1 of 2
December 12, 2023

Are you ready to unravel the labyrinth of insurance trends in the small business sector? We’ve got you covered! We welcome insurance broker Matt Usher to our show who shares his knowledge on an array of topics. From understanding premium hikes, exploring alternative solutions for businesses against increasing costs, to the innovative designs like HSA plans in the post-COVID era, we leave no stone unturned. And that’s not all; stay on the line to hear more from Matt on HSA out-of-pocket maximums in our upcoming episode.

As we traverse the complex terrains of healthcare costs, we shed light on how insurance companies master the tightrope walk between profitability and providing quality care. We dissect the budding trend of reference-based pricing and how it could metamorphose employers’ health insurance offerings. In a riveting section, we address the steep cost of specialty medications in employer healthcare. From financial assistance programs to international sourcing, we showcase potential solutions to counteract the soaring costs of specialty medications. This exchange is a crucial one, as we delve deep into the current and future scenarios of healthcare costs and insurance. So, lend us your ears for these vital conversations that promise to enlighten and empower.

Review of the QPP Final Rule for 2024: Part 2
December 7, 2023

A reminder to join Aaron and I for part 2 of our QPP discussion. Aaron will further discuss the MVP program, the new Population Health measure, and other updates with APM’s. He will also share his thoughts on what you need to focus on now to be best prepare and how to best manage throughout the year for maximum benefit.

Review of the QPP Final Rule for 2024: Part 1
December 5, 2023

Are you ready to master the CMS Quality Payment Program changes for 2024? Buckle up as we, your co-hosts Jason Crosby and Aaron Higgins, equip you with the necessary knowledge to navigate these changes. We unpack the crucial amendments, including participation in traditional MIPS, alternative payment models, and the MIPS value pathways. We also delve into the changes that didn’t make the cut, and provide an in-depth understanding of the performance expectations for the four categories of QPP: quality, cost, improvement activities, and promoting interoperability.

As the conversation continues, we shed light on the adjustments to the Promoting Interoperability category for the 2020 MIPS reporting period and introduce you to the MIPS Value Pathways Program (MVP). From the removal of the base and performance score to the introduction of the Promoting Interoperability performance score, and the mandatory Safer Guidelines measure, we cover it all. We also discuss the transformations in the Improvement Activities and Cost categories and how MVP influences traditional MIPS participation. Gain insights on how these changes can be strategically navigated for an optimal performance and a reduced administrative burden.

Confronting the Healthcare Crisis: Physician Burnout and Rise of Cyber Attacks
November 29, 2023

Ever wondered why so many physicians are leaving their profession? What if we told you that 63% of them are experiencing symptoms of burnout and over 117,000 have quit in the past year alone? Join us, your hosts Aaron Higgins and Jason Crosby, as we unpack the harsh realities of physician burnout and the alarming rise in cyber attacks in the healthcare industry. Our conversation takes us on a journey through recent news headlines as we shed light on these issues with a surge of anxiety-inducing statistics. We also explore how technological advancements such as AI could potentially lighten the administrative load on healthcare providers, thereby reducing stress levels and keeping more doctors in the profession.

But the problems don’t stop there. Did you know that an astonishing 88% of healthcare organizations report an average of 40 cyber attacks in the past year? We delve into the costly repercussions of these attacks, highlighting their disruptive impact on operations and potential consequences on patient care. As we sound the alarm on the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures, we also share actionable tips on how organizations can protect themselves. The future of healthcare is a complex web of challenges and opportunities, and we’re here to guide you through it. So, buckle up and stay tuned for our next episode where we’ll dive into the 2024 final rule and its implications on MIPS and QPP. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Reflecting on a Year of Triumphs and Challenges: Gratitude & Anticipations
November 22, 2023

Are you ready to take stock and contemplate gratitude? We’re doing exactly that in the latest episode of Beyond the Stethoscope. Join us, Jason Crosby and Aaron C Higgins, as we muse over the last year – the highs, the lows, the triumphs, and the challenges. We’re sharing our gratitude for our families, the exceptional team at SHP, and you, our dedicated listeners who inspire us to keep going.

As we wind down the year, we’re excited about the enlightening episodes coming your way. We’ll be discussing the QPP Final Rule for 2024 – a topic crucial for those keeping an eye on MIPS. Finally, we’ll conclude the season with a thought-provoking conversation with Matt Usher, SHPs insurance broker. We’ll be addressing the 2024 health plan challenges from the viewpoint of both the employee and employer. This episode will be for everyone who interacts with healthcare. Don’t miss this opportunity for insight and growth on Beyond the Stethoscope. Tune in!

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