Season 2

Dec. 28, 2021

The Politics of Healthcare in 2022

For the chronic disease community, 2022 is set to be a major year of health policy. On this episode, Republican and Democrat poli…

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Dec. 21, 2021

Non-Medical Switching Hurts Patients

A doctor knows their patients’ needs best. But too often, insurance gets in the way. In an effort to lower costs, insurers someti…

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Dec. 17, 2021

How to Fight an Unfair Medical Bill

Have you received an unfair medical bill? You’re not alone. Many patients have faced high bills that are simply incorrect, or eve…

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Dec. 10, 2021

Rare Disease + the Fight for Funding

Today’s medical research and development creates the cures of tomorrow. But it requires immense amounts of funding to develop saf…

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Dec. 3, 2021

Build Back Better + Chronic Illness

The Senate faces a race to the end of the year with a mountain of healthcare policies on its plate. Taking center stage is the Ho…

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Nov. 23, 2021

Holiday Special: How to Design Better Health Insurance

Half of individuals with health insurance are covered by their employer. If you are in this group, this episode is a must-listen.…

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Nov. 19, 2021

Antibiotics: What You Need to Know

Cold and flu season is here. If you are immunocompromised, respiratory infections pose an even greater risk. Antibiotics are a co…

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Nov. 12, 2021

Red, White, and Vet Health

This Veteran’s Day, hosts Terry and Dr. Bob explore potential federal policies to improve healthcare for U.S. veterans. Congressw…

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Nov. 5, 2021

Patient Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Hosts Terry and Dr. Bob catch up with patient advocates following their virtual meetings on Capitol Hill. Patients Rising Now Pat…

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Oct. 29, 2021

Biomarker Testing for Better Treatments

No two patients are the same, so often care teams can’t predict a treatment outcome from one patient to the next. That’s where bi…

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Oct. 22, 2021

The False Promise of Current Drug Pricing Reforms

Congress promises to lower drug prices. But patients won’t see any cost savings at the pharmacy counter. We sort through the fact…

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Oct. 15, 2021

Chronic Disease + the Next Pandemic with Scott Gottlieb

COVID-19 continues to put the most vulnerable at risk, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. At its peak, it fi…

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Oct. 8, 2021

Congress + the Debate Right Now Over the Cures of Tomorrow

Patients depend on the research and development cycle to produce innovative, life saving medicines for rare and chronic condition…

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Oct. 1, 2021

Patient How-To Guide: Health Policy Advocacy

Numerous health policies are under debate in Congress. As Senators and Representatives hash out drug pricing legislation and more…

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Sept. 24, 2021

Biosimilars Can Lower Costs

As Congress continues to debate solutions to lower healthcare costs, biosimilars are a promising option. But uptake of biosimilar…

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Sept. 17, 2021

Lawmakers and Chronic Disease Patients

President Biden outlines a new COVID-19 strategy, the U.S. Senate returns to Washington, and the House of Representatives debates…

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Sept. 10, 2021

Direct Primary Care: Can Subscription Models Save You Money?

Want greater access to your doctor at a lower price? It’s possible through direct primary care. This healthcare solution allows p…

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Sept. 3, 2021

Ovarian Cancer: What Women Need Congress to Do

What can Congress do to aid in the fight against ovarian cancer? If reauthorized, Johanna’s Law would increase funding for ovaria…

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Aug. 27, 2021

Pediatrician on Delta + Back to School

Kids across the country are headed back to school. But as the Delta variant spreads, what should families living with chronic dis…

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Aug. 20, 2021

How Drug Patents Work

What’s the purpose of a patent? In the pharmaceutical industry, it helps manufacturers reinvest in new research and development t…

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Aug. 13, 2021

Rising Costs of Health Insurance

Premiums, deductibles, and copays continue to rise as insurance companies grow fat through mergers and monopolies. Host Terry Wil…

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Aug. 6, 2021

Pink Socks + Accelerated Approval for Drugs

The Delta variant, a breakdown of the FDA’s accelerated approval process, and how pink socks are bringing together patient advoca…

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July 30, 2021

Balanced Approach to Opioids

Opioid overdoses are rising as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In 2020, overdose deaths rose by 30%. However, many chronic disea…

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July 23, 2021

Alzheimer’s Drug Debate

The high price tag for a new Alzheimer’s drug has fueled the ongoing drug price debate. But will patients really pay sticker pric…

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July 16, 2021

Take Control of Your Health Data

Access to all of your health data - MRIs, screenings, and lab results - could be right at your fingertips. COVID-19 put healthcar…

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July 9, 2021

Is Your Medical Equipment Safe?

Patients depend on safety and accuracy of medical equipment. If they’re improperly repaired, it could derail a patient’s healthca…

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July 2, 2021

Legal Issues with Cancer

Doctor’s visits, tests, procedures and therapies are just one part of a healthcare journey. Knowing and understanding the laws th…

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June 25, 2021

Crash Course: FDA Advisory Committees

Drama continues to unfold following the FDA’s controversial approval of a new Alzhiemer’s treatment. Members of the FDA’s advisor…

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June 18, 2021

Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients + Caregivers

A new FDA-approved drug for Alzheimer’s signals a breakthrough in innovation for patients and caregivers, but has raised doubts f…

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June 11, 2021

How to Humanize Healthcare

Following a pandemic that exposed disparities, and failures to patients with chronic disease, now is the time for lawmakers and t…

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June 4, 2021

Don’t Be Fooled By Some Supplement Ads

Can you tell the difference between an advertising claim and research-backed statistics? For chronic disease patients who take su…

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May 28, 2021

Looking for help with Allergies + Asthma?

More than 60 million Americans live with allergies or asthma. COVID-19 brought much needed attention to lung and respiratory chal…

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May 21, 2021

Fighting for Mental Health Help

Demands for mental and behavioral health services are on the rise. These services represented nearly half of all telehealth claim…

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May 14, 2021

Patents and Accelerated Approval for Drugs

When it comes to saving a buck, rare and chronic disease patients are too often put on the chopping block. Accelerated approval d…

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May 7, 2021

Don’t Stifle Medical Innovation!

Patients rely on access to a broad range of innovative and effective medications to find a treatment option that best suits them.…

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April 30, 2021

Organ Transplants and Financial Strain

April is Donate Life Month, and we examine many challenges facing organ transplant recipients. Amidst the physical and emotional …

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April 23, 2021

Inside the FDA with Dr. Woodcock

The FDA’s Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock brings listeners inside the FDA. While the agency’s hands are full with a global…

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April 16, 2021

My Life is Worth It!

The most effective treatments are often out of reach for patients. Big news came from the FDA announcing the approval of CAR-T th…

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April 9, 2021

Why Your Care Costs So Much

You may have seen Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon Dr. Marty Makary all over the national news this week, and he also joins the Pat…

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April 2, 2021

Making Lupus Treatments Accessible

We conclude our series on lupus with a trip to the doctor’s office, where rheumatologist Dr. Mark Box delves into the clinical si…

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March 26, 2021

Living with Lupus

This week, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) deliberates the fate of insurance coverage for patients with lup…

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March 19, 2021

Guide to Disability Claims

When a chronic condition prevents you from working, you might find yourself filling out a disability claim. But what happens when…

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March 12, 2021

How to Start Tiny Habits for Better Health

If you have trouble adhering to your medication regimen or know you need to eat healthier, but are overwhelmed, tiny habits may b…

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March 5, 2021

New Efforts to Prevent Colon Cancer

COVID-19 has caused people to delay important cancer screenings and medical appointments. Coupled with the rising rates of colon …

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Feb. 26, 2021

Barriers to Rare Disease Treatments

Rare Disease Day is February 28. New and exciting medical innovations and drug therapies for rare disease abound, but accessing t…

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Feb. 19, 2021

Promoting Diversity in Science

Minority communities are underrepresented in healthcare leadership roles. By dismantling systemic barriers, the entire healthcare…

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Feb. 12, 2021

How Prescription Apps Can Help You

Digital tech became a major healthcare tool during the pandemic. And AI-powered prescription drug apps are leading the charge in …

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Feb. 5, 2021

Vaccines + Health Equity

Underserved communities are at higher risk for COVID, but they’re getting vaccinated at a slower pace. How do we correct a health…

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Jan. 29, 2021

Medicare Drug Pricing in DC

Congress may soon revisit legislation to tackle the high costs of prescription drugs under Medicare. But drug pricing is never a …

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Jan. 22, 2021

When Might You Get the COVID-19 Shot?

Vaccine distribution is off to a rocky start. While some states are exceeding expectations, others continue to lag behind. This w…

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