Healthcare is a multi-trillion dollar industry in the United States, and yet many people are completely unaware of the brilliant people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and their efforts to improve access, lower costs and improve patient outcomes. Welcome to PopHealth Podcast, the show by healthcare professionals that explores the challenges facing the American Healthcare system and the innovative minds looking to solve them and move the industry into the future. We invite thought-leaders and influencers to discuss population health; from elected officials tasked with setting public policy, to clinicians who treat patients in every conceivable condition and social situation, to ground-breaking business leaders who are creating ways to connect and streamline the delivery of care to an ever-growing and diverse nation.
Our hosts, Gavin Ward & Zac Morgan, bring a combined 20 years of heath care and home care experience which allows them to facilitate thoughtful and meaningful discussion on topics including population health, care transitions, readmission prevention, etc. Our goal is to provide listeners with a wealth of knowledge on the issues which affect millions of Americans every day, and a glimpse inside the world’s largest healthcare system.
If you have experience with population health or possess a passion for care transitions and readmission prevention, join us on the PopHealth Podcast! Together, through healthy conversation, we can change and improve the future of healthcare!
Care Coordination Executives Pam Foster (HonorHealth) and Karen Vanaskie (Innovation Care Partners) discuss the relationship between their clinical integrated network and hospital system.
Co-host Gavin Ward and returning co-host Joe Zimmer sit down with returning Guest Karen Vanaskie joins long-time industry partner Pam Foster to discuss the special relationship in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that exists between Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network, and prestigious hospital system HonorHealth. Check out this episode!
Hospital Strategy Insights with Methodist Hospital of Southern California’s Chief Strategy Officer, Cliff Daniels.
Cliff Daniels walks us through the responsibilities of a Chief Strategy Officer at one of the highest rated stand-alone community hospitals in California. Cliff shares about the challenges and strengths of being a stand-alone hospital, Methodist’s involvement in upcoming changes to bundled payment arrangements, and about a brand new, state of the art orthopedic wing[…]
The organization formerly known as CAPG has grown rapidly since we last had CEO Don Crane on the pod. Re-branded as America’s Physician Groups (APG), the organization has expanded their influence nationwide and continued its rapid growth. Ahead of their upcoming national conference in San Diego, Don sits down with the guys to discuss the[…]
DJ Wilson’s experience in government and public policy gave him a unique perspective on how things get done in America and ability to navigate the political environment. Following his time in Washington, he focused those skills on healthcare in America and founded State of Reform to provide consulting services and also put on some of[…]
Charlene Platon, NP, Manager of Advanced Practice at Stanford Health Care Sheds Light on Advance Practice Providers
Charene Platon joins the show to share about the history and growing importance of advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, in our constantly changing healthcare climate. Check out this episode!
Dan Trigub, Regional Vice President at Lyft, Explains how rideshare apps are moving past their millennial reputation
More-and-more these days, it’s getting harder to find people who haven’t taken a trip courtesy of an on-demand rideshare app. But as the once stereotypically “millennial” transportation services continue to grow at a torrid pace, they are beginning to look into other ways their huge cache of drivers and lower costs can transform the way[…]
As our population ages, gerontology is taking a more prominent role in our nation. Leading aging expert and gerontologist Mary Winners discusses the history of gerontology, what it means, and how experts in aging serve as a resource with our aging adults. Check out this episode!
Maureen Feldman of the Social Isolation and Loneliness Collaborative at Motion Picture & Television Fund
The impact of loneliness and social isolation is an often-forgotten issue, and yet it is one that impacts our society more than most people understand. When you consider that social isolation as you age can negatively impact your physical health in the same way that smoking a pack of cigarettes can, you begin to understand[…]
Arielle Burstein, Senior Associate at the Milken Institute, discusses longevity, ageism and the future of growing old
Arielle Burstein, a Senior Associate at the Milken Institute, is focused on research and action to help study and shape a viable solution for our aging population. The institute, a “nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health,” heads research[…]
A former nuclear submarine engineer and leader at General Electric (including in a healthcare division, Gray Miller’s own personal experience with his father’s hospitalization was a catalyst to leverage his expertise in processes and data to assemble group of passionate executives who are experts at eliminating unnecessary testing, admissions, and utilization. Gray shares about his[…]
Gavin Ward – Co-host
Gavin Ward is the first Certified Fellow in Readmission Prevention and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Gavin brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare and homecare space, including assisting in the development of Maxim Healthcare’s senior care, or “companion,” division early on in his career. He currently serves as 24Hr HomeCare’s Regional Director of Strategy and Partnerships, where he works with various hospitals, managed care groups, health systems, and the post-acute community to develop programs to improve throughput (decrease length of stay), care transitions, and readmission prevention through a professional caregiving, non-medical solution. His efforts, including the Hospital to Home™ care transitions programs nominated as a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards, have led to 24Hr HomeCare partnerships with many healthcare organizations which previously had not funded non-medical in-home care, but are starting to now that the right homecare program can bring cost savings and stronger outcomes. Gavin recently joined the Alzheimer’s Association-California Southland Chapter’s Speakers’ Bureau and also serves as an expert panelist moderator for the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in California and Arizona. He received his BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he also enjoyed time on the Westmont Warriors Ultimate Frisbee team. Gavin is married and has two children, ages 2 and 4.
Joe Zimmer – Co-host
Joe Zimmer is Regional Director at 24Hr HomeCare. As one of the leaders of the sales team, Zimmer oversees several Directors of Admissions throughout California, Arizona, and Texas. Joe was one of the company’s first employees, and helped to launch three start-up branch locations in Culver City, Encino, and Walnut Creek. He was also the engineer of the industry-first exclusive contractual partnership with a non-profit Community Based Organization: Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay – a pillar in the SF Bay Area since 1877. He also is a certified readmission prevention fellow through the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative. Fun fact: Joe taught himself how to play the piano at age 3.
Zachary Morgan – Co-host
Zac Morgan began as an Account Manager for 24Hr HomeCare’s Culver City office in 2010, and now serves as Regional Director of Strategy & Partnerships. He was the company’s first Senior Director of Admissions when he led the expansion into San Diego County, and also served two terms as the Chairman of the American Board of Home Care (2014-16). An early employee of 24Hr HomeCare, he helped to create the innovative Hospital to Your Home program and is a Nationally Certified Readmissions Professional. Zac graduated from Loyola Marymount University in LA where he studied both Sports Medicine and Business, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Fun Fact: After graduating from LMU, Zac moved to South Korea where he taught English, science and math while traveling around Asia.
Ryan Iwamoto – Co-host and Producer
Ryan Iwamoto is owner and co-founder of 24Hr HomeCare. As leader of the sales, marketing and business development team, Iwamoto is responsible for developing the overall sales and marketing strategy, execution, and development. He co-founded 24Hr HomeCare’s award-winning Hospital to Your Home™ program that offers a high-touch, low cost solution for hospital throughput efficiency, reducing hospital readmission, and care transitions. The program was named a finalist for the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovations award and the Los Angeles Journal’s Healthcare Leadership Forum & Awards for post-acute care programs. Fun fact: Ryan is a former Eagle Scout with the Bronze Palm.
Scott Tajima – Show Editor/Sound Engineer
Scott Tajima is the Digital Marketing Manager of 24Hr HomeCare. As the Digital Marketing Manager, Scott oversees the promotion and marketing of 24Hr Homecare's website, Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Advertising, and Social Media. Interested in all things involving technology and digital media, Scott also serves as the Show Editor/Sound Engineer for the PopHealth Podcast. Fun fact: Scott’s legal first name is the letter R.