Season 1

Dec. 29, 2020

Pro-Patient Agenda Revealed

Congress and the new Biden White House are ready to hit the ground running in 2021. So we’re here to make sure patient needs are addressed and included in upcoming legislation. On this episode, Terry outlines the Pro-Patient ...

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Dec. 22, 2020

Patients Hurt by Most Favored Nation Rule

The Most Favored Nation Rule will take effect on January 1st. It’s bad news for Medicare infusion patients and providers, but there’s still time to stop it. The rule makes it financially impossible for medical practices to of...

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Dec. 18, 2020

Navigating Legal Hurdles

Navigating the legal issues that come with a cancer diagnosis is challenging. From employer discrimination to financial toxicity, legal consultation provides much-needed peace of mind and guidance. Shelly Rosenfeld makes her ...

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Dec. 11, 2020

What Will Biden Do for Patients?

As President-elect Joe Biden makes his health team picks, we discuss what patients may expect out of a new Democratic Administration and increased Republican seats in the U.S. House. We bring policy experts from both sides o...

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Dec. 4, 2020

Can Politicians Work Together for You?

Can Republicans and Democrats work together to help the chronic disease community? Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan predicts what healthcare challenges may benefit from bipartisan support in the new year. Plus, he o...

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Nov. 24, 2020

Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

In the wake of Alex Trebek’s passing, we take a look at the state of pancreatic cancer treatments and care. Julie Fleshman, CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, gives insights into the increase in treatment options. P...

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Nov. 20, 2020

How Precision Medicine Can Help You

Precision medicine is revolutionizing cancer care. Dr. Razelle Kurzrock highlights how personalized treatments improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Plus, it’s enrollment season! Get the information you need for Medic...

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Nov. 13, 2020

Patient Victory for Price Transparency

Power to patients! A new price transparency rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow you to see exactly what you’re paying for. Terry and Dr. Bob discuss the rule that will require private insurer...

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Nov. 6, 2020

How PBMs Profit at Your Expense

As a heated election season wraps up, Terry and Dr. Bob examine the latest results and what they mean for patients and federal healthcare policy. Dr. Madelaine Feldman discusses tactics used by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs...

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Oct. 30, 2020

Your Access to Gene Therapies

Gene therapies can be lifesaving for many patients. But accessing them can be a challenge of its own. Terry and Dr. Bob discuss the private sector’s work to improve accessibility with Biotech executive John Crowley, who share...

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Oct. 23, 2020

Vaccine Misinformation

States have begun to release their vaccine distribution plans, and President Trump and Biden spent the final debate sparring over the vaccine delivery timeline. The media says conflicting things. What should you believe, and ...

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Oct. 16, 2020

Improving Drug Safety

Drug pricing continues to make the news, so we’re revisiting our conversation with Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA about bringing drug manufacturing back to the U.S. Hear how American-made drugs might lower costs and improve ov...

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Oct. 9, 2020

Can You Get Trump’s COVID Care?

President Trump’s apparent quick and successful battle with the COVID-19 virus should set the standard for care that all Americans should receive. Terry and Dr. Bob look at how the White House is grappling with spreading infe...

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Oct. 2, 2020

RBG Spot + Healthcare’s Future

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain with a Supreme Court vacancy. Terry and Dr. Bob discuss protections for preexisting conditions, and Congressman Michael Burgess speaks on the need for price transparency and ...

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Sept. 25, 2020

2020: Year of the Patient

Cancer research may yield a potential COVID-19 therapeutic. Dr. Bob interviews Dr. John Rothman of Tyme Technologies about the promising preclinical studies for a new therapeutic. Plus, Kate speaks with Michelle Whitlock, a t...

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Sept. 18, 2020

The Vaccine Finish Line

The finish line for the vaccine race is just around the corner. Terry and Dr. Bob react to vaccine developments and respond to ICER’s recent attacks. Plus, the second part of our interview with Dr. Robert Popovian gives us th...

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Sept. 11, 2020

What Goes Into Drug Prices

Get an inside look into the drug supply chain and the factors that impact your bill at the pharmacy counter. Dr. Robert Popovian, VP of Government Relations at Pfizer, joins Terry to discuss how benefit design and rebates imp...

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Sept. 4, 2020

Chronic Disease in the Workplace

In celebration of Labor Day, we look at a business that is empowering the chronic disease community. Kate interviews Keisha Greaves, founder of the clothing brand Girls Chronically Rock. Plus, Terry and Dr. Bob discuss a pote...

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Aug. 28, 2020

Finding Cures Faster

The lives of chronic and rare disease patients depend on the progress of medical discoveries. Dr. Gary Michelson explains how investment in innovative, high-risk research will improve patient outcomes. Plus hear from Lindsey ...

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Aug. 21, 2020

Calculating the Value of Patient Lives

ICER’s pricing models assess the value of a drug and whether your life is worth paying for it. Health economist Dr. Paul Langley explains how ICER’s recommendations devalue patient lives and create barriers to accessible trea...

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Aug. 14, 2020

Adapting to COVID-19 Risks

With a vaccine still months away, Americans with chronic disease are adapting to life with COVID-19. Dr. Paul Offit returns to discuss the status of a vaccine and living with the risk of infection. Terry and Bob consider scho...

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Aug. 7, 2020

Accessing Your Health Records

Patients deserve easy access to their medical records. With digital healthcare solutions on the rise, new companies are providing patient-centric solutions to gather, own, and share personal health data. Dr. Bob speaks with S...

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July 31, 2020

Trump Acts to Lower Rx Prices

President Trump’s recent executive orders are a move to lower prescription drug prices for patients. But what changes should patients expect to see? We talk to the former lead health advisor to President Trump, Katy Talento, ...

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July 24, 2020

The Push for Better Outcomes

Value-based healthcare models are a way to improve patient outcomes and lower the cost of care. Dr. Bob speaks with former FDA and CMS chief Dr. Mark McClellan, who says the pandemic has shown the benefits of value-based care...

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July 17, 2020

Cures 2.0 + Upcoming Healthcare Policies

Despite interruptions due to COVID-19, Congress continues working to address health disparities, chronic disease, and relief for coronavirus. Terry interviews Congressman Fred Upton, co-author of the 21st Century Cures Act, t...

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July 10, 2020

How Personal Tech Changes Outcomes

Can technology improve healthcare, even without the in-person relationship? Telemedicine has seen an explosion of utilization due to the pandemic. On this episode, we explore the countless new technologies that are changing h...

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July 3, 2020

Prescription Price Transparency

At the pharmacy counter, patients are often surprised by mysterious high costs, due to pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). These middlemen lead to inconsistent and unclear prices, making it difficult for chronic disease p...

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June 26, 2020

Inequality in Healthcare

COVID-19 has hit minority populations particularly hard, delivering a wake-up call to healthcare policymakers. How can we change the system to help marginalized communities get access to the care they need? Dr. Bob speaks wit...

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June 19, 2020

Accessible Rare Disease Treatments

Patients with rare diseases may soon have better access to treatments. A second installment to the 21st Century Cures Act is in the works that would make improvements to telemedicine and digital health regulations. Find out w...

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June 12, 2020

Safer + Cheaper Drugs

Made in the USA: The return of drug manufacturing to the U.S. could help improve drug safety, cost, and accessibility for patients with chronic disease. Dr. Janet Woodcock is director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation a...

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June 5, 2020

Denied Access to Treatment

A victory for patients in Oklahoma as the state bans a discriminatory healthcare metric. Quality-adjusted-life-years (QALYs) are used by numerous insurance companies to block coverage based on disability or age. Two mothers o...

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May 29, 2020

Your Patient Data

Higher quality care at lower prices might be possible. Some companies are harnessing the power of anonymous, patient data to improve patient protocols and replace pharmacy benefit managers. Dr. Bob sits down with two leaders ...

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May 22, 2020

Exposing Hidden Health Costs

What will this cost? It’s the big question when it comes to healthcare, and it’s often impossible to answer. Health care policy expert David Balat explains how transparent pricing models put patients in control of their healt...

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May 15, 2020

The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

The nation is focused on development of a COVID-19 vaccine. And there’s conflicting information from all sides. For those with chronic illnesses, a vaccine will be even more critical if they hope to return to offices and cli...

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May 8, 2020

Pricing Patient Lives

Health economist Dr. Paul C. Langley explains the faults in ICER’s price calculations. Dr. Bob discusses his antibody test for COVID-19, and Kate speaks with a mother whose son passed away due to insulin rationing. Guest: Pau...

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May 1, 2020

Last in Line: Chronic Illness

Many patients with chronic illnesses have had their treatments delayed or postponed as healthcare shifts its focus to COVID-19. Lifesaving procedures for the chronically ill have been put on the back burner. How does the heal...

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April 24, 2020

Restoring the Patient Voice

Restaurant menus list their prices. So why not hospitals? Unfortunately, patients usually don’t know the cost of their procedure or medication until they get the bill. Getting access to hospital pricing is also just as diffic...

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April 17, 2020

How to Avoid Drug Shortages

COVID-19 has brought global attention to the fragility of the medical supply chain. For those with chronic illnesses, drug shortages and access to medication often are lifelong battles. As the coronavirus spread begins to slo...

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April 10, 2020

New COVID-19 Treatments

Medical supply chains that transport medications for chronically ill patients are at risk of shutting down due to COVID-19. And for those that have contracted the disease, getting access to clinical trials is not an easy proc...

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April 3, 2020

COVID-19 Epicenters

As coronavirus continues to spread across New York City, other virus hot spots are emerging across the country, including Detroit and New Orleans. These epicenters are seeing a surge in coronavirus patients but lack the medic...

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March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Treatments

Both the federal and state governments have begun turning to the private sector for solutions to supply tests, masks, and other necessary materials for fighting COVID-19. The private sector may also have potential coronavirus...

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March 20, 2020

COVID-19 and Supplies

Fears of shortages of critical health supplies like hospital gowns, masks and drugs are a big topic on every media channel. Public health leaders are concerned about reports healthcare professionals are running short of the p...

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March 13, 2020

Coronavirus and Chronic Disease

What does coronavirus spread across the country mean for the 10 million Americans who are immuno-deficient? While COVID-19 poses a risk for the elderly, it is also concerning for Americans suffering from underlying chronic he...

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March 6, 2020

Biosimilars: What You Need to Know

Price: one the of largest barriers to medical treatment and accessible medicine. As many patients struggle to afford the high price tags at the pharmacy, there might soon be a solution. As more biosimilars enter the commercia...

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Feb. 28, 2020

How Insurers Double Dip with Copay Accumulators

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services are about to put a rule in place that allows insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to get paid TWICE for some of your prescriptions. This policy is called “the copay accumulator,”...

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