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Announcing Season 2

Hi, I’m Senator Bill Frist, and I want to thank you for listening to the first season of “A Second Opinion.” Whether you’ve listened to all or some of the episodes, or if you’re tuning in for the first time - I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support and the support of our sponsors. I also [...]

A Second Opinion with Jeff Goldsmith

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode, we're joined by health care futurist, Jeff Goldsmith. Jeff Goldsmith is president of Health Futures, Inc., and national advisor to Navigant Healthcare. For over a decade, Jeff was a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago on health services management and policy. He is one [...]

Bipartisan Support Building Vaccines For A Global Future

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is experiencing the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak on record. As of November 4, the World Health Organization reports 3,274 cases of Ebola (3,157 confirmed & 117 probable) and 2,185 deaths. They list 1,054 survivors and patients still under care. The number of new cases reported each week has been [...]

A Second Opinion with McArthur VanOsdale

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode I'm excited to be joined by my friend, healthcare entrepreneur and myNEXUS CEO, McArthur VanOsdale. McArthur VanOsdale started myNEXUS, a technology driven care and benefit management service that enables individuals to live healthier lives in their home. Their mission is to be the leader in health resource optimization. myNEXUS has [...]

Facebook’s Newest Effort, Preventive Health, Will Change Healthcare

This August I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Freddy Abnousi for my podcast, A Second Opinion, to discuss how the tech companies of Silicon Valley are looking to solve our healthcare challenges. Freddy is an old friend, a practicing interventional cardiologist, and the head of healthcare research at Facebook. About three years [...]

A Second Opinion with Aaron Gani

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode we have Aaron Gani, CEO and co-founder of BEHAVR joining us. Aaron Gani is the founder and CEO of BEHAVR, which creates digital therapeutics for behavioral health through the unmatched psychological power of virtual reality. He's on the cutting edge of creating innovative, consumer centered, technological solutions to some of [...]

A Second Opinion with Justin Lanning

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode I'm excited to have Justin Lanning, founder and CEO of 180 Health Partners joining us. Justin Lanning is a social entrepreneur and dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the national opioid crisis. He started and serves as CEO of 180 Health Partners, a Nashville based company that prevents babies [...]

A Second Opinion with Paul Ketchel

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode we have Paul Ketchel, founder and CEO of MDsave joining us. Paul has always had a tireless passion for creating solutions to problems. And it came as no surprise to me when he came up with the unique, the value-based bundled approach of MDsave, the world's first transactional healthcare marketplace. [...]

The New Patient Experience: Better Care by Caring Better

The Beryl Institute defines Patient Experience as “the sum of all interactions, shaped by an organization’s culture, that influence patient perceptions across the continuum of care.” In short, how do people feel during and after interacting with their healthcare? Though the idea of “patient experience” has existed since the earliest days of healthcare, only recently [...]

A Second Opinion with Sam Quinones

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode I'm excited to share a recent event where award-winning author and journalist, Sam Quinones and I sat down before a live audience to discuss the massive opioid epidemic in America. Sam Quinones is a journalist, story teller and author of the enthralling book, Dreamland: the Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. [...]

New Data on Vaping Deaths

New research published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine sheds some light on the recent vaping deaths. Seventeen cases examined by Mayo Clinic show lung damage similar to chemical burns from toxic fumes or even mustard gas. In these 17 cases, 70% had a history of vaping marijuana or cannabis oils; 30% didn’t. [...]

The Missing Piece of Change in Healthcare

There’s a glaring absence in our nation’s sprint to fix healthcare. Ironically, the buzz words change, disruption and transformation are everywhere. In fact, a whole sub-culture – the change agents – has sprouted from this collective industry focus on transformation. An army of disruptors (and MBA holders), they proclaim to slay the dragons of inefficiencies, rising costs and unpredictable outcomes [...]

A Second Opinion with Emily Evans

Presenting Sponsors: Emily Evans is the Managing Director of health policy for Hedgeye Potomac Research, serving as a translator and tour guide for investors seeking to read the tea leaves coming out of Washington, D.C. She previously spent 20 years financing healthcare facilities in the tax exempt sector for J.C. Bradford and Avondale Partners. In [...]

A Second Opinion with Jeff Patton

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode, I'm excited to have Dr. Jeff Patton of OneOncology joining us. Dr. Jeffrey Patton is the president of physician services at OneOncology, a rapidly growing nationwide partnership of independent community oncologists, serving patients in the communities in which they live. Dr. Patton serves as CEO and chairman of Nashville based [...]

A Second Opinion with Josh Umbehr

Presenting Sponsors: Welcome to A Second Opinion podcast where we are rethinking American health. I'm your host Senator Bill Frist. To make sense of all the dynamic perspectives in healthcare, you need a trusted source engaging at the intersection of policy, medicine, and innovation. You need A Second Opinion, a podcast where it all comes [...]

Answering the “What Will this Cost Me” Question

People should be able to view cost information that reflects what they will need to pay for health care services. Providing consumers with meaningful and actionable information about the cost and quality of medical services is critical to better health care decision-making. What information is most helpful to consumers? Consumer research shows clearly that people [...]

A Second Opinion with Cara James

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode, I'm excited to have Dr. Cara James of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services joining us. But before we get started, I wanted to thank our sponsors. A Second Opinion is powered by Tivity Health, lifestyle brands that transform healthy living for adults through nutrition, fitness, and social connection. [...]

Innovation: We can’t do what we can’t define

“Innovation is key to solving America’s healthcare problems.” So ran a 2017 headline on a major news media site. The article went on to point out that we need new technology, drugs, models of care delivery, and data analytics to fix our healthcare system and make people healthier. In fairness to the author, the article [...]

Senator Bill Frist MD on The Change Healthcare Podcast

Senator William Frist, a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, has launched a new podcast called A Second Opinion. The podcast's mission: rethinking American healthcare. We invited Sen. Frist to join Deanne Kasim, Senior Director of Federal Health Policy Strategy at Change Healthcare, to discuss healthcare innovation, policy, technology, [...]

Flavors are for Candy not Nicotine

3 steps the FDA can take to keep kids from flavored vapes Just as youth cigarette smoking fell to their lowest point in decades, a stunning increase in e-cigarette use among America’s youth threatens to create a new generation of young people addicted to nicotine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent National Youth [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr Marty Makary

Presenting Sponsors: Dr Marty Makary is a New York times bestselling author, Johns Hopkins gastrointestinal surgeon and professor of health policy. His newest book, The Price We Pay, is out this week and has been called the big short of American medicine. Marty's research has led to actionable solutions that reduce waste and over treatment, [...]

How to Cut Premiums by a Third and Expand Access to Coverage for Millions

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies believe everyone should have access to healthcare coverage, no matter who you are or where you live. Since its implementation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made insurance coverage available to millions who previously were uninsured, and 90 percent of Americans now have health coverage. But the marketplace for [...]

Social Connections Key to Longevity in Rural America

In 2018, the second annual Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging focused specifically on the impact of social isolation among seniors.

A Second Opinion with Darin Gordon

Presenting Sponsors: Today we're joined by Darin Gordon, one of the most preeminent experts on the Medicaid program in the country, having served as the nation's longest serving director of a state Medicaid agency effort. For 10 years, Darin ran Tennessee's TennCare, an $11 billion healthcare enterprise that provides Medicaid services to over 1.5 million [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle

Presenting Sponsors: I'm excited to be joined by Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, co-founder and CEO of Iora Health. If you haven't heard of Rushika or Iora Health yet, you will. He designed a new model of primary care delivery that challenges the core assumptions of US healthcare and produces better health outcomes at a lower cost. [...]

Taking the Surprise Out of Medical Bills

What are surprise medical bills and why do they happen? A surprise medical bill is an unexpected bill a consumer receives from an out-of-network doctor after receiving services at a facility the patient chose because it is in his or her health plan’s network. In these cases, the patient does not know or cannot control [...]

A Second Opinion with Freddy Abnousi, M.D.

Presenting Sponsors: We often hear about how the tech companies of Silicon Valley are looking to solve our health and healthcare challenges. And we're lucky to have with us Facebook's Dr Freddy Abnousi. Freddy is doing just that type of work. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist and has a unique role as a physician [...]

Milken Institute Global Conference on Social Determinants of Health

In April, Tivity Health CEO Donato Tramuto joined a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference on the social determinants of health. “An Ounce of Prevention: New Prescriptions for Healthy Longevity,” explored the role of fitness, nutrition and social engagement in maintaining good health and aging with vitality.

Surprise Bills: Separating Myths From Facts

Surprise bills can have a crippling effect on consumer finances. They occur when patients receive care at a medical facility that is in their health insurance plan’s network, but some clinicians – such as those providing emergency room care or anesthesia – are not in that network. The patient does not know or cannot control [...]

Voices from Rural America

In 2017, Tivity Health launched the Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging to explore challenges and opportunities that are unique to older adults aging in rural areas. Tivity Health interviewed a group of seniors in rural Maine on what its like to age in a rural community.

A Second Opinion with Aneesh Chopra

Presenting Sponsors: Aneesh Chopra is best known as our nation's first U.S. Chief Technology Officer, serving from 2009 to 2012. During his time in the White House, President Obama said, "Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, [...]

A Second Opinion with Senator Lamar Alexander

Presenting Sponsors: Senator Lamar Alexander is a two term governor of Tennessee, a former US Secretary of Education under George H. W. Bush and today chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. This is the Senate committee that has jurisdiction over the majority of federal health policy. Lamar is an enigma in today's political [...]

A Second Opinion with Toby Cosgrove

Presenting Sponsors: I'm excited to kick off our inaugural episode today with one of the smartest minds in healthcare, Dr. Toby Cosgrove. But before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsors. A Second Opinion is powered by MEDHOST, a trusted EHR for healthcare facilities. We're also brought to you by the Blue Cross [...]

To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected: Why U.S. Should Lead on Global Health (TEDMED)

View Sen. Frist’s TEDMED talk here: A life-changing story has been missed by the media and the general public. But it will be highlighted in the history books in future generations. The story is that for less than 1% of our federal budget, the United States since 1990 has led the world in reducing […]

Ending AIDS requires US investment (The Hill)

A new study reinforces the opportunity at hand to end the AIDS epidemic. The study found that of 1,000 couples with one partner receiving treatment to suppress HIV, there were zero cases of transmission to the HIV-negative partner. These findings offer new proof that, if appropriate resources and implementation of treatment combined with intensive primary […]

Bill Frist TED Talk: Delivering Peace Through Global Health Policy

Former Senate Majority Leader and surgeon Bill Frist believes that having a healthy society helps to ensure a stable society. In his work as a legislator and a doctor, Bill found that medical care was a foundation on which he could build peace and trust.  From his work healing people living amidst the violence and […]

How Changing Tobacco Laws Can Save Thousands Of Lives, Billions Of Tax Dollars (Forbes)

FORBES | Today we have a massive and growing public health challenge that is substantially shortening the lives of millions, negatively impacting the health of our children, and adding an astounding $170 billion in health care costs to our nation annually. Unknown to most, it has been for years the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. […]

Understanding The Burning Platform Of Health Care Spending Growth (Health Affairs)

HEALTH AFFAIRS | In January, we were honored to co-chair the inaugural meeting of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value. This diverse group of 22 health care leaders has come together to stimulate a national discussion about whether we should—and how we could—constrain what feels like runaway health care spending. An […]

A New Model Of Community Care: Aspire Health And Transforming Advanced Illness Care (Forbes)

FORBES | For loved ones with advanced illness such as cancer or heart disease or with severe symptoms from a chronic illness, especially in the last year or so of life, what we desperately want is for them to seamlessly receive high quality, compassionate care at home that keeps them comfortable and free from pain […]

Virtual Reality Isn’t Just For Gamers Anymore; It Will Change Your Health (Forbes)

FORBES | I’ve got one big idea that can change your health. But first some history. Heart transplants were once rare. When I was training to be a heart transplant surgeon at Stanford, at every opportunity I would go to the operating room to observe and study my mentor (and the “father of heart transplantation”) […]

AI can help tame America’s exploding healthcare costs (Financial Times)

US healthcare costs are soaring: total spending is projected to reach $5.7tn by 2026. But the debate in Washington remains stuck on the subject of who should pay for care rather than addressing why it is so expensive in the first place: a lack of productivity gains. Productivity — which measures output per unit of […]