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Reflections on Behavioral Health Integration

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FDA Approves Alzheimer’s Treatment, Controversy Ensues
Alzheimer’s disease affects 6.2 million Americans each year so the recent approval by the FDA of Biogen’s drug Aduhelm was met with hope by many patients and their advocates. The approval process used by the FDA, the efficacy data compiled to date, and the expected annual cost of the drug have created a swirl of controversy around the decision.  In this episode of the NextGen Advisors podcast, Graham Brown and Dr. Betty Rabinowitz discuss the drug’s approval and the concerns, hopes and implications it has raised.
14:02
July 20, 2021
A closer look at the SARS-COV-2 Delta variant 
In this episode, the NextGen® Advisors explore the unique characteristics of the SARS-COV2 Delta variant and the reasons that it is posing a challenge to health officials across the world.
18:21
July 9, 2021
How Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers are Leading the Integration of Whole Person Care
Ambulatory practices continue to advance the integration of physical and mental health services.  In this episode, NextGen® Advisors Graham Brown and Dr. Marty Lustick speak with NextGen Healthcare’s government affairs Advisor, Chris Emper to discuss the important role played by Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers and detail recently announced $3B in grant programs from Health and Human Services to advance the integration of these programs at the community level.
16:18
June 25, 2021
The Reintegration of Mind and Body through Whole Person Care
In the wake of the pandemic that impacted the emotional and physical health of both those infected with COVID-19 and those who have so far escaped infection, the concept of whole person care seems to be gaining new momentum.  Over the next few months, the NextGen® Advisors will be publishing several articles on this topic.  Listen to their discussion of whole person care from historical, clinical and policy perspectives.
18:45
June 18, 2021
The Untapped Value of Adjudicated Claims Analytics
There is growing interest in the use of multi-sourced data analytics to support practice’s success in value-based contracts, particularly the use of adjudicated insurance claims. Analysis of adjudicated claims allows practices to gain cost and utilization insights essential for reducing the cost of care while enhancing its quality.  This week’s guest, Jamie Hayslip, senior director for population health solutions with NextGen Healthcare, shares his deep knowledge of adjudicated claims analytics as part of a comprehensive population health strategy.
19:36
May 21, 2021
Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Help Us See the Future of Vision Services?
In this podcast, NextGen® Advisor, Dr. Marty Lustick speaks with Charles Smith, CEO of Comprehensive Eyecare Partners. They discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ophthalmology and its allied fields, what they’ve learned in the past year, and what it means for the future of vision services.
19:35
May 14, 2021
Poll Results Confirm Patients' Demand for Telehealth and Online Healthcare Solutions
Recently, NextGen Healthcare commissioned Harris Poll to conduct a survey of 2,055 adults ages 18 and older in order to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on the ways they received their healthcare and communicated with providers, as well as to gain insights into their experiences and preferences related to telehealth and online healthcare tools. This Advisors podcast is devoted to reviewing the findings and possible implications of the survey results.
20:51
April 30, 2021
Is Violence as Viral as COVID-19?
With so much reported violence on the news, in this week’s podcast the NextGen Advisors discuss a public health perspective on this issue.  Listen to them explore the implications of Dr. Gary Slutkin’s theory that violence is actually a contagious disease, just like COVID-19.   Listen here to learn more about this challenging and fascinating topic.
19:56
April 23, 2021
Community Health Centers Awarded Record $6.1 Billion in Federal Grant Funding
The Biden administration recently announced $6.1 billion in supplemental funding grants to the nation’s federally qualified community health centers (FQHCs). In this episode,Chris Emper, NextGen® Advisor and government affairs expert joins Advisors Graham Brown and Dr. Marty Lustick to discuss the implications and opportunities associated with this unprecedented funding.
21:55
April 16, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Programs: Lessons from Countries Outside the U.S.
Listen to this week’s podcast as the NextGen® Advisors explore the foundations of success in Israel and the United Kingdom’s coronavirus vaccination programs, and identify the obstacles faced by Canada and the European Union which have prevented them from achieving similar results.
22:54
April 9, 2021
Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health: Provider Perspectives
Recently, NextGen Healthcare partnered with XtelligentMedia to conduct a national survey of provider organizations who offer behavioral health and primary care services.  Listen here as the NextGen® Advisors reflect on provider reported experiences and challenges in the journey to whole person care.
13:13
April 2, 2021
Ethical and Professional Implications of Physician Employment and Health Care Business Practices
In this episode, the NextGen Advisors discuss a recent policy paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine written for the American College of Physicians.  The podcast explores the shift to value-based care and physician employment models and looks at how providers balance ethical principles and professional values about the patient-physician relationship.
18:59
March 26, 2021
Understanding the $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Aid Bill and its Potential Impact on Safety Net Practices
This week’s podcast is devoted to a conversation with NextGen® Advisor, Chris Emper about the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021”, that was just passed into law. Emper provides deep expertise and a unique ability to simplify, summarize and analyze even the most complicated pieces of legislation. He reviews components of the bill that pertain directly to the healthcare system as a whole, with special emphasis on the provisions that will impact “safety net” practices like FQHCs, Tribal health clinics and rural health providers.
18:07
March 19, 2021
Challenges in Tracking Vaccinations and new CDC Guidelines for the Vaccinated
In this episode, the Advisors discuss challenges in tracking who has been vaccinated and highlight some of the new guidance released this week from the Centers for Disease Control for those who have been vaccinated.
19:08
March 15, 2021
Review of the Harvard University Football Players Health Study with guest speaker Jo Ann Pugh RN
On this podcast we host a special guest, Jo Ann Pugh, the founder and president of 50 Yard-Line Mom, who joins us to discuss the Harvard University Football Players Health study. Jo Ann is a registered nurse who is on the advisory board of the Harvard University Football Players Health study, and the board of directors of the professional football players mothers’ association. Jo Ann is the mother of Jordan Pugh who played in the NFL as a safety from 2010 to 2015. We invited Jo Ann to talk with us about the ways in which the results of the Harvard study help us understand and resolve the healthcare disparities in our healthcare system as a whole.
26:22
March 5, 2021
COVID-19 and Herd Immunity – Are We Almost There?
In this week’s podcast, the NextGen® Advisors delve into the concept of herd immunity and its implications for getting us to a new normal. Their review and discussion of recent articles in the Lancet and the Wall Street Journal sheds light on our progress in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
17:18
February 26, 2021
Finding the Silver Linings from the COVID-19 Pandemic
he COVID-19 pandemic discussion has often covered the implications and impact of this devastating pandemic.  In this episode, Dr. Betty Rabinowitz guides a conversation with the NextGen® Advisors to identify the silver linings that have come about as a result of the pandemic.
16:32
February 22, 2021
COVID-19: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy
In this episode, the NextGen Advisors discuss vaccine hesitancy related to the vaccines for SARS CoV-2, or COVID-19 and some of the strategies healthcare providers are using with their colleagues and patients to engage in an informed discussion about getting vaccinated.
22:41
February 12, 2021
COVID-19: New Variants and Their Implications
The last few months have seen the identification of a number of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.  In this podcast, the NextGen Advisors discuss the status of vaccination campaigns, the implications of these new variants on efforts to control the pandemic and how pharmaceutical companies and researchers are responding to this challenge. 
17:20
February 5, 2021
Medicaid and Healthcare Disparities: Problem or Solution?
Over the past decade, growth in Medicaid enrollment has outpaced all other sectors.  In this week’s podcast, the NextGen® Advisors discuss the impact of Medicaid on health disparities. Listen here to learn more.
20:19
January 29, 2021
The Biden Administration’s Impact on Healthcare
In this week’s podcast, NextGen’s government policy expert, Chris Emper, joins the conversation to discuss the likely impacts of the Biden administration and the new Congress on the healthcare landscape. Listen now.
20:33
January 22, 2021
Put the Patient at the Center of Your Engagement Strategy: A Webinar Prequel
With so many of today’s chronic health challenges driven by nutrition, physical activity, and stress, the need to effectively support behavior change with patients is greater than ever. As a prequel to a webinar on this topic on Jan. 27, the NextGen® Advisors will discuss various approaches used to help patients change their behaviors to improve their own health status.  Listen now. Register for the upcoming webinar here.
20:15
January 15, 2021
Bidding Farewell to 2020: Healthcare Predictions for 2021
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic had broad and deep impacts across the globe. In this podcast the NextGen Advisors discuss what we’re likely to see play out in the healthcare landscape for 2021. To learn more, listen here.
18:06
January 11, 2021
Mental Health Needs of Healthcare Workers During COVID-19
Recent emergency use authorization of vaccines offer a light of hope to people around the globe as the phase of mass inoculation campaigns begin. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain the resources of healthcare systems and puts thousands of frontline workers at risk under incredibly stressful, exhausting and disruptive circumstances. In this episode, the NextGen® Advisors discuss key challenges facing frontline staff and review measures to protect the mental health of staff who experience psychological injuries, to ensure they are provided with appropriate evidence-based support or care.
19:11
December 18, 2020
How 2020 has Impacted Provider Strategies
Last week the NextGen Advisors and Executives met with healthcare leaders from provider groups across the country to hear about their strategic priorities, concerns and hopes for the future. In this podcast, the Advisors discuss strategic themes that emerged from those meetings.
22:20
December 11, 2020
Challenges in the Development, Production and Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines
In this episode, the NextGen Advisors are joined by James Vesper, PhD, MPH, Director of Learning Solutions for ValSource, former President of LearningPlus and an advisor to the World Health Organization to discuss the anticipated distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. During the podcast, Dr. Vesper discusses some of the unique attributes of the vaccines, as well as the challenges that we will face as we get closer to production and distribution.
17:34
December 4, 2020
U.S. Election Results 2020: How Healthcare May Be Impacted
In this episode, Graham Brown and his colleagues are joined by government affairs expert Advisor, Chris Emper to discuss the recent U.S. Elections and how those results may affect healthcare policy and regulatory matters in the months and years ahead.
15:21
November 20, 2020
How Population Health Risk Algorithms Introduce Racial Bias into Every Day Practice
In this podcast, the Advisors discuss a recent Science magazine article which exposed how commonly used population health algorithms introduce racial bias into many clinical decisions. They review the underlying reasons for these algorithm shortcomings and discuss the ways in which these problems can be mitigated.
16:16
November 6, 2020
What to Expect at the NextGen Virtual User Group Meeting (UGM 2020)
In this podcast the NextGen® Advisors provide a sneak preview of topics they will be addressing during UGM: Nov. 10-12, 2020. Listen now!
18:58
October 30, 2020
Building Bridges Between Dentistry and Medicine to Optimize Patient Outcomes
In this episode, NextGen Advisor Dr. Martin Lustick speaks with NextGen Healthcare’s oral health experts, Carlos Vallecillo and Brian Peterson about the division between oral health (dentistry) and medical health and how these healthcare services can become more integrated through technology and business practices. They discuss how interoperability, collaboration, communication and training for oral health and medical providers are key factors in mending this divide.
22:09
October 23, 2020
Coronavirus and the Flu, Can We Cope with Both?
In their October 12 blog, the NextGen Advisors discussed the CDC report that confirmed the beneficial impact of public health mitigation measures including social distancing and wearing masks. In this episode, the Advisors discuss the impact of the ongoing pandemic overlapping with flu season.
14:23
October 16, 2020
Provider Incentive Programs – Pros and Cons
Health plans employ a variety of incentive programs in an attempt to influence provider behavior. In this podcast, the NextGen® Advisors explore some of those approaches and offer thoughts on the pros and cons of these various strategies.
21:40
October 12, 2020
Could Health Information Exchanges Serve (HIEs) as Utilities?
A recent HIMSS article argues that HIEs have proven to be a critically important public health tool in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in order to achieve their full potential, they need to be converted to state designated utilities. On this podcast, the NextGen® Advisors discuss the benefits and barriers to such an evolution.
20:37
October 2, 2020
Are Providers Ready to Take on $1 Trillion in Risk?
The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stated last year they want to have 100% of providers taking on some downside financial risk by 2025. Currently, less than 20% of Medicare spending is value-based. In this week’s podcast, the NextGen Advisors explore several value-based care and alternative payment models, discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic may serve as an accelerator in the shift to value-based care.
21:10
September 25, 2020
Mental Health, Depression and Suicide in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic
September is Mental Health Awareness month, this week the NextGen® Advisors focus their discussion on mental health issues, and particularly depression, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
19:26
September 18, 2020
New Challenges with COVID-19 testing
PCR is the most widely used diagnostic to test coronavirus, providing a simple yes-no answer to the question of whether a patient is infected. Following on a recent blog explaining some of the statistical concepts behind testing for COVID-19, this week the NextGen Advisors delve into some issues regarding PCR testing and its value to support public health and policy decisions.
16:45
September 11, 2020
Significant Potential Changes in the Proposed CMS 2021 Fee Schedule
In this episode, the NextGen® Advisors are joined by government affairs advisor, Chris Emper to discuss the potential game-changing impact of CMS’s proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule.  Tune in to learn more about how these payment changes could affect your practice’s staffing, workflow, documentation requirements and revenue.
19:36
August 28, 2020
Should Medical Students Be Involved in COVID-19 Response?
In this episode, the NextGen Advisors discuss a recent article from Annals of Internal Medicine on the role of medical students during the COVID pandemic and the recommendation by the American Association of Medical Colleges suggesting medical students should not be involved in any direct patient care activities during the pandemic. Listen to the podcast to hear the pros and cons.
17:23
August 21, 2020
Reflections on Behavioral Health Integration
The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked the critical interplay between mental and physical health, and reinforced the importance of integrating these services to meet the overall needs of patients.  In this podcast,  the NextGen Advisors discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating behavioral health with physical medicine.
15:50
August 14, 2020
COVID-19 vaccine challenge testing, feasibility and ethical considerations
Developing a vaccine for COVID-19 is critical to defeating the virus and ending this terrible pandemic. Unprecedented progress toward a potential vaccine has been made in record time, with many innovative approaches being deployed across the world to achieve this progress.  On this podcast, the NextGen Advisors discuss the significant scientific, logistical and ethical challenges this effort raises.
18:12
August 7, 2020
The Growing Role of Pharmacists in the Practice of the Future
The NextGen Advisors recently published a blog about the growing role of pharmacists in the practice of the future.  On this episode, the advisors discuss the evolving role of pharmacists in relation to ambulatory practice, an evolution that has sped up in certain aspects as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
22:38
August 1, 2020
How Community Health Centers Can Lead the Way in a New Era of Healthcare
In this episode, the NextGen® Advisors discuss key takeaways from a recent webinar with leaders from various community health centers across the U.S. They discuss how CHCs are evolving to meet the needs of their communities and addressing changes in the national healthcare system, as well as rising to the challenges of the current COVID-19 health crisis.
20:34
July 24, 2020
When Two Epidemics Collide: COVID-19’s Impact on the Opioid Crisis
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic was exacting a phenomenal toll on U.S. citizens. Several recent articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine have highlighted the significant problem resulting from the collision of these two epidemics. In this episode, the NextGen® Advisors talk about how the healthcare system can best respond.
13:28
July 17, 2020
Walgreens to open up to 500 full service doctors offices, what impact could this have for ambulatory practices?
Walgreens and VillageMD announced  that Walgreens will be the first national pharmacy chain to offer full-service doctor offices. On this episode, NextGen Advisors discuss the potential impact this disruptive development may have on primary care, FQHCs, and patient-provider relationships. Tune in now to listen.
19:59
July 13, 2020
How Virtual Visits are Changing Care Team Roles
With the sudden emergence of virtual visits and the associated challenges, the NextGen Advisors continue to explore topics relevant to ambulatory care. In this episode, you will find out what all these changes may mean for the future of the medical practice team.
18:10
June 26, 2020
The Pandemic, Are We Really Past the Worst of it?
With the pandemic shifting from front page headlines amidst worldwide demonstrations against racism, NextGen Advisors take a moment to reflect on COVID-19 related issues we are likely to encounter in the months ahead in the new podcast episode.
17:03
June 17, 2020
Insights from Providers on the Future of the Ambulatory Practice
This week’s podcast hosted by NextGen Healthcare’s CMO Dr. Betty Rabinowitz explores insights from recent discussions and polling conducted by NextGen® Advisors with leaders from large ambulatory practices across the United States.  Topics include the current and future role of virtual visits, shifts in practice revenue tied to fee for service, and the potential impact of disruptive market players.
18:22
June 5, 2020
The Impact the COVID Pandemic Has Had on Patients Accessing Routine Care
Hear our experts discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on routine care. With the volume of routine doctor visits still lingering at a 30% drop from previous months, things like yearly physicals, pediatric vaccines, and screenings have all seen a dramatic decrease. How will this affect the future care?
22:28
May 29, 2020
The COVID-19 Impact on Nursing Homes
The NextGen Advisor's podcast this week, hosted by Principal Graham Brown and featuring Dr. Marty Lustick and Dr. Betty Rabinowitz, focuses on the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on nursing homes across the country.
18:31
May 20, 2020
Post-COVID-19: Strategic Implications for Providers
Thus far, NextGen® Advisors blog articles have focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, its impact, and implications for the future of healthcare.  In this week’s podcast, we will discuss how providers may need to reconsider their approach to various strategic themes as we emerge from the current crisis.
20:01
May 15, 2020
The Impact of Legislative and Regulatory Changes from COVID-19 on Healthcare Providers
Join today's host, Graham Brown, Senior Vice President with NextGen Advisors, and Christopher Emper, NextGen's Government Affairs Advisor as they discuss today's topic: the impact of legislative and regulatory changes in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact of those changes on healthcare providers.
22:08
May 8, 2020
A Post COVID Practice
In this week’s podcast, Nextgen Advisors build on their April 29th blog, ”A Strategy Pivot for COVID-19?”, discussing the longer term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for practices.  As providers have made rapid adaptations in response to the current crisis, many are already thinking about what the future may hold as we enter into the “new normal”.
14:48
May 1, 2020
Quality Measurement in Healthcare
Join Graham Brown, Senior Vice President with NextGen Advisors, Dr. Martin Lustick, Senior Vice President with NextGen Advisors, and Dr. Betty Rabinowitz, Chief Medical Officer of NextGen Healthcare for an ongoing discussion about current healthcare topics and challenges. Today's topic: Quality Measurement in Healthcare.
15:23
April 23, 2020