Healthcare

Bonus: Stop the Kick-backs! with Dr. Marion Mass

Dr. Marion Mass is a practicing pediatrician who is also a physician advocate and healthcare activist. She is driven to take back medicine for patients and the medical profession. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on dangerous deficiencies within the US healthcare industry. At the center of these deficiencies are Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which are healthcare intermediaries that increase costs and create drug and supply shortages. Although GPOs and PBMs don’t produce or distribute a single product or provide direct care to a single patient, they control nearly 90% of the pharmaceutical supply chain. These middlemen amass huge profits because they enjoy government-mandated safe harbor protections at the expense of physician practice needs, sound medical decision-making, and patient choice. 

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The Gracious Leader: Janet Smith Meeks, MBA, BBA

The author of Gracious Leadership: Lead Like You’ve Never Led Before, Janet Meeks has devoted four decades of her professional life to the healthcare and financial services industries. During the course of her career, she honed a leadership philosophy that transformed organizations by emphasizing positive corporate cultures, accountability, and something called the “Head-Heart Connection.” In this podcast Janet shares the story of her journey.

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The Philanthropist: Dr. Steven Reich

In this interview we’ll meet Dr. Steven Reich, an orthopedic spine surgeon with a busy practice in central New Jersey.  In addition to his private practice, Dr. Reich has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson University Medical School where he particularly enjoys working with medical students.  He has also been politically active for many years and was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the New Jersey Commission on Spine Injury Research, which he also served as chairman. It was in that capacity that Dr. Reich testified before the U. S. Congress.

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The Exec: Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN

In this podcast, I talk with Jerry Mansfield, the first executive level leader for nursing and patient experience at Medical University of South Carolina, a Magnet-designated hospital for four consecutive years (2015-2019), Jerry is directly accountable for the practice of nursing (more than 2,000 FTEs) and establishing the strategic direction for patient care experience and engagement across all care delivery sites. By blending operational detail with sound strategy he creates innovative care delivery models, projects, and programs.

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The Mentor: Dr. Duncan McRae, Jr.

Dr. Duncan McRae began his education in medicine and surgery as a teenager at the side of his father, a surgeon in McRae, Georgia.  After completing his education at Vanderbilt University and University of Virginia, he began a successful career as a general surgeon In Montgomery, Alabama.  Although teaching was not part of his original plan, he now finds himself as Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Montgomery Regional Campus.  We’ll talk about that evolution from practitioner to mentor in this episode of Rx for Success.

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