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On a special edition of 'This Week in Accountable Care' we'll chat with Farzad Mostashari, MD, CEO and Founder of Aledade about the recent announcement of Privia Health and the simultaneous release of results in the Pioneer [ACO] program by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
For some commentary on the significance of the Privia Health announcement, see: 'IPA 2.0 the Preferred ACO Chassis?' and for the CMS release see: 'Pioneer ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says.'
CMS Decision on Proposed Changes to Medicare Part D
1. How have preferred networks affected the business of pharmacy?
2. How aware do you feel pharmacists are of how payor issues affect patients and pharmacies?
3. How do patients react to price fluctuations between $0 copay and the donut hole?
4. What changes would you like to see improved in Part D to help pharmacies and patients?
5. What do you believe are the most impacting NEXT STEPS for Pharmacists & Pharmacy owners on this pressing subject?
Today's #RxChat Pharmacy Podcast is sponsored by technology innovation iMedicare: http://imedicare.com/contact
The #RxChat Pharmacy industry Twitter dicussion was founded by RxWiki and the Pharmacy Podcast Show.
Educate yourselves on how the ESRD Networks and CMS operate and how their main concern is to protect themselves and in doing so it leaves the patients vulnerable to abuse in the dialysis clinics. Now is the time to speak out!
Frank discussions with Dialysis patient's, healthcare workers, doctors and clinics about care issues in Dialysis.
An open forum to help patients and caregivers work together to improve training and the overall health of patients.
Hosted by: Dialysis Advocates LLC
15 years advocating, and consulting within dialysis care.
Today's guest is Dr. Farzad Mostashari, Founder and CEO of Aledade. Our host, Dr. Pat Salber, will be discussing with Farzad the recent news with Aledade since our last conversation with him, which can be found here.
1. The Aledade ACOs (a Delaware ACO and a Primary Care ACO spanning NY, MD, and AR) launched on January 1st.
Aledade Blog on the Approval:
2. In preparation for the ACOs going live, Aledade has instituted two major tech advancements at their practices:
"Outreach," a Patient Engagement Application.
A software platform to notify primary care docs and their staffs when patients are admitted, discharged, or transferred into/out of hospitals and other treatment facilities.
3. Brookings released an "ACO Toolkit"
Dr. Robert A. Bear, is the author of "Sorrow's Reward" -interrelated tales from a fictional dialysis unit. While fictional, the stories are too close to the real day to day, lives of patients, Doctors and families. Dr. Bear, author of over 150 medical articles will discuss his reasons for these compelling stories told through the eyes and thoughts of his fictional characters.
This book is a must read for anyone involved with Dialysis from Doctors, Technicians, Counselors, Patient and their families. "Dialysis Advocates"
After many years in Nephrology as a Physician, Educator and Administrator he began to have questions about how Dialysis Care has evolved. Now that many clinics are run by large "For Profit" companies; are the patients, nursing staff and Doctors better off? What can and should be done to improve dialysis care. What are the responsibilities of patients in their care?
Dori Schatell is Executive Director of the non-profit Medical Education Institute, which conducts research and develops evidence-based educational materials to help people with kidney disease live as fully as possible. She has worked in the renal field for 25 years, during which she has written and edited hundreds of educational pieces for patients and professionals, including the original DOQI anemia guidelines, the Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician, Kidney School, and many others, and directed development of the Home Dialysis Central website. She is co-author, with Dr. John Agar, of the book, Help, I Need Dialysis! and worked with Dr. Agar and Beth Witten to develop a decision aid for dialysis called My Life, My Dialysis Choice.
John Rider will discuss how patients can empower themselves and take charge of their own treatment. His insight will help listeners and callers process the difficulties faced by Dialyis Patients and their family. He presently works with Out Patients at High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, Boston.
John is a past National Advocate for the Commitee of Ten Thousand which deals with the hemophilia community, living with HIV/AIDS and HCV. He helped get national legislation passed and supported litigants in a national class lawsuit.
Show will air Thursday February 11 at 9:00 PM Eastern, 8:00 Central and 6:00 PM Pacific
You can listen on line at: http://blogtalkradio.com/dialysisadvocates or call into the show no earlier than 10 minutes before airtime at:347-857-3961
A discussion with the Wife of patient that after complaining of his level of care and the workers in the clinic, he was terminated for what appears to be trumped up reasons. He has since been blackballed from other clinics in his area; with no clinic to go to he has been forced into HOSPICE.
This appears to be an ongoing problem with DCI, Fresenius and Davita. This patient was a Davita patient. Dialysis Advocates went to their Legal Department and Javier Rodriguez the CEO of Davita. It appears that no one cares at the CEO level; we’ve asked him and the Legal Department to help with this patient. Nothing came from our request to CMS to help this patient who had no appeal and is not allowed to face his accuser.
This is happening much too often in too many clinics where complaining about care or workers leads to retaliation. What if any investigation is done at the clinic level is often poorly done and biased in favor of the worker or clinic. Patients are not allowed to see the results of an investigation nor are they allowed to face their accuser. A patient it appears has to go to legal to clean up a record they are not allowed to see.
We are having too many patients with the same situation Nationwide. One even having to strip down naked before getting dialysis.
Call in and ask questions and our website has other cases in the News Portion. www.dialysisadvocates.com
The Racin' Nation Radio Network is pleased to bring you The #NFB Tweet-Up LIVE from the zMax trailer at CMS!
Join Benny, Darrell, Robyn and Shane as we cover this fun event during this 1 hour special event.
Josh Morrison is a co-founder and Executive Director of Waitlist Zero a non-profit founded by kidney donors, whose mission is to expand support for living kidney donations.
Josh donated a kidney to a stranger in December 2011. He will explain his reason for his donation along with the process and recovery after the gift of his kidney. He and his group are bringing awareness to the lack of funds available to assist in the living donor transplant process.
He was a life sciences attorney at Ropes & Gray, a law firm in Boston, He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Website Foundation Series: Domain Name, Hosting and Site Building
Let's get back to basics with this Foundation Series. I teach many social media classes and website building workshops over the years and many times I get asked some fundamental questions about putting together a website. This 3 Part Series will cover the 3 elements that you need to have a website.
Part 1 Domain Name Selection - Jan. 24th @ 11 am (Podcast will be linked when completed)
We will cover what you need to consider when choosing the domain name for your business website. What options you have if your first choice is taken. Domain names are your virtual business address on the web so let's make them count.
Part 2 Website Building Options - Jan 31st @ 11 am
In Part 2 we will run through the various website building options that are currently available on the market. From turnkey options like Weebly or Wix to Wordpress or Joomla CMS, and E-Commerce in between. There is an option to fit all budgets - really there is!
Part 3 Website Hosting Choices - Feb 17th @ 1:00 pm (Rescheduled Time)
Once you have a website, you need to host the website and Part 3 will cover this topic. In 30 minutes we will cover how to choose your website hosting company. What do you need to consider before you put your website on the web?
An In-Depth discussion with Sigrid Fry-Revere, founder and CEO of Stop Organ Trafficking Now! This 501c non-profit, non-partisan agency is dedicated to removing barriers to living organ donation by communicating relevant scholarly research to Congress. SOTN! is lobbying Congress, to support living donors by removing financial disincentives that form often insurmountable barriers to Americans who wish to donate organs. Besides huge savings for Medicare, the proposed legislation could close the staggering kidney supply and demand gap, improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans waiting for a kidney, strengthen the penalties for illegal organ trafficking, and help decrease exploitation in developing countries.
The efforts of Sigrid and her organization will have a great impact it donations of organs for those with kidney failur.
Dialysis Advocates highly supports their efforts.
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