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The Simpler Healthcare podcast presents a unique opportunity for healthcare leaders to hear from industry experts on the benefits and challenges of implementing Lean Enterprise Transformation and achieving breakthrough outcomes.

Meet the Experts

John Gallagher started his lean journey nearly 25 years ago. As a Simpler Innovation Practice Executive Coach, John works with c-suite and executive leadership to continuously improve the cost, quality, and delivery of healthcare.

Dr. George Palma joined Simpler as Medical Director after having invested 34 years in the medical industry. Since joining Simpler, Dr. Palma has worked with dozens of healthcare clients in achieving high levels of physician engagement in the Lean transformation and in providing executive support.

Featured Episodes

Episode 9: MACRA: What It Is - and What It Means for Physician Practices - 10/10/2016

Join Dr. Palma as he discusses the new law and what it changes for healthcare management — with a focus on the elements of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and its pros and cons.

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Episode 8: Big Data - 10/10/2016

Thank you for listening to this episode of The Simpler Healthcare Podcast. I’m here again today with Dr. George Palma, and we’re going to talk to you about a topic that gets talked about a lot, and that’s big data.

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Episode 7: Observations from the Population Health Colloquim - 09/29/2016

Today once again I’m here with Dr. George Palma. Today we’re gonna talk about an opportunity he had recently to attend the population health colloquium in Philadelphia.

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Episode 6: Preventing Physician Burnout through Lean - 09/29/2016

Welcome to the podcast today. Today I’m talking with Dr. Paul DeChant, who’s the former CEO of Sutter-Gould Medical Foundation, and also a senior advisor and executive coach for Simpler Consulting.

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Episode 5: A Conversation About Palliative Care - 04/13/2016

John Gallagher and Dr. George Palma tackle the tough subject of palliative care. Why are we so hesitant to talk about it? How does it fit into the overall continuum of care? What can healthcare providers do to get patients more involved in palliative care decisions?

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Episode 4: Evaluating the Success of the Value-Based Payment Model - 04/13/2016

The goal of the shift to value-based payments is to help healthcare organizations achieve the IHI Triple Aim. But is it working? John Gallagher and Dr. George Palma discuss the challenges of moving to a value-based system, and how a Lean perspective can help hospitals and health systems improve — regardless of the payment model they use.

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Episode 3: The Growing Threat of Retail Medicine - 04/13/2016

Retail medicine is here to stay, and traditional healthcare organizations need to understand the threat that poses to their businesses. In this episode, John Gallagher and Dr. George Palma discuss the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to retail medicine to examine how the healthcare industry must change in order to compete.

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Episode 2: Overcoming the Barriers to Effective Population Health - 04/13/2016

What is individual health? What is population health? What does effective population health management look like? John Gallagher and Dr. George Palma explore the answers to these questions and investigate the four major barriers healthcare organizations face in providing quality population care.

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Episode 1: ACOs: A Successful Experiment? - 04/13/2016

John Gallagher and Dr. George Palma talk about the progress being made by accountable care organizations (ACOs), from both a financial and a quality perspective. They break down the five main indicators that ACOs are succeeding in achieving the IHI Triple Aim, and discuss how Lean management can give healthcare organizations the agility to adapt to constant changes.

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