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Dr. Tony Iton on Why Your Zip Code is More Important Than Your Genetic Code in Predicting Long-Term Health

Presenting Sponsors: For our August 10th episode, Senator Frist sits down with Dr. Anthony Iton, who clearly and precisely explains why your zip code – not your genetic code – is the single biggest predictor of long-term health.  When it comes to health, place matters, and where you live often indicates your economic status, access [...]

Dr. Tony Iton: Why Zip Code Says More About Your Health Than Genetic Code

Presenting Sponsors: Anthony Iton is Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, where he oversees the organization’s 10-Year, multimillion-dollar statewide commitment to advance policies and forge partnerships to build a healthier California.  Dr. Iton, who holds a medical degree from Johns Hopkins and a law degree and a Master’s of Public Health [...]

Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald on How to Build Trust and Compassion in Times of Upheaval

Presenting Sponsors: For our August 3rd episode, Senator Frist sits down with former Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, who shares some powerful leadership lessons, including how you build trust and compassion in times of upheaval. When asked about the challenges we are facing in our healthcare system, Secretary McDonald said, “I think the VA is [...]

Former VA Secretary Bob McDonald on Leading in Crisis

Presenting Sponsors: Robert McDonald served Procter & Gamble for 33 years with the last four as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Following his career at P&G, Bob was named Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Obama in 2014, taking the helm of an organization in crisis.  An Army veteran and graduate of West Point, [...]

Dr. Sarah Chouinard on Transforming Rural Care to Better Meet Local Needs

Presenting Sponsors: For our July 27th episode, Senator Frist sits down with rural health expert Dr. Sarah Chouinard, who shares the startling reality of what clinicians experience on the ground in rural communities, and how care can be transformed to better meet local needs. Dr. Chouinard discusses the special character of rural providers, noting how, [...]

Dr. Sarah Chouinard Spotlights Rural Health Solutions

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Sarah Chouinard is a rural health expert and Chief Medical Officer at Community Care of West Virginia, a federally qualified health center operating 17 outpatient clinics and 50 school-based centers across 9 counties in central West Virginia. She recently served as National Faculty for CMS’s Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, and was previously [...]

Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld on LGBTQ Health

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld is a senior associate dean, tenured professor of anesthesiology and director of the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment” at the Medical College of Wisconsin - a $470-million statewide health philanthropy. He serves on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, and is a combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan. For [...]

Drs. Ruth Shim & David Williams: Racial Inequities in Health and the Science Behind How We Solve Them

Presenting Sponsors: Our country is at a historic crossroads: the global coronavirus pandemic has laid bare our country’s racial disparities and inequities in health and healthcare, and the death of George Floyd and other events have sparked a national social justice movement. At A Second Opinion, we seek to better understand how race, structural racism, [...]

Bill Lucia, Chairman, President & CEO of HMS: It Starts with the Data

Presenting Sponsors: Bill Lucia is the Chairman, President & CEO of HMS, which provides a broad range of payment accuracy and population health management solutions for healthcare systems – saving billions of dollars annually and helping consumers lead healthier lives. Bill began his career in the life insurance industry, and will share why he made [...]

Larry Van Horn, PhD on Price Transparency and the Economics of COVID-19

Presenting Sponsors: Professor Larry Van Horn is a renowned expert and researcher on health care management and economics at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He serves as Executive Director of Health Affairs and Founder and Director of the Center of Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt. Larry is an advisor to the [...]

Ken Misch, MEDHOST President on the future of rural healthcare

Presenting Sponsors: Ken Misch is the President and Chief Financial Officer of MEDHOST, a healthcare technology company focused on providing robust Electronic Health Records designed to meet the special and specific needs of rural and community health systems. Today, Medhost is a partner to over 1000 facilities in 49 states. And in our discussion today, [...]

Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger CEO on the Hospital System of the Future

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Jaewon Ryu is President and CEO of Geisinger, a health system that includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. One year into leading this forward-thinking health system, Dr. Ryu shares with us their latest cutting edge innovations, how they are leading [...]

Martin VanTrieste, CEO of Civica Rx, on ending generic drug shortages

Presenting Sponsors: Martin VanTrieste is the President and CEO of Civica Rx, a groundbreaking, non-profit pharmaceutical company that’s innovatively working to address our nation’s generic drug shortages.  For years, our domestic drug manufacturing and supply chains have eroded, resulting in shortages of anesthetics, antibiotics, cancer drugs, even sterile IV fluids necessary for delivering nearly every [...]

COVID-19 Fiscal, Monetary & Health Policy Implications: Part 2

Presenting Sponsors: On June 9th, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and the Center for Health and Wellbeing for our second virtual COVID-19 discussion on the “fiscal, monetary and health policy responses and implications for the economic outlook.” You can hear Part 1 of our discussion in [...]

Dr. Dean Ornish, the Father of Lifestyle Medicine on Reversing Chronic Disease, Alzheimer’s

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Dean Ornish is considered the father of lifestyle medicine, pioneering programs that can reverse life-threatening illness with a combination of a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, meditation and therapy. Dean and I have known each other for over 40 years, dating back to our time together at Massachusetts General Hospital. Then, Dean’s ideas [...]

Dr. Julie Gerberding, former CDC Director on vaccines and preparing for the next pandemic

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck.  She is a vaccine and infectious disease expert who served as former CDC Director under President George W. Bush during my tenure in the Senate.  There she led the CDC in responding to HIV/AIDS, SARS, West Nile Virus, and H5N1 [...]

Dr. Sarah Homitsky on redefining women’s perinatal mental health care

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Sarah Homitsky is the medical director for the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Homitsky specializes in Pregnancy-Related Depression, and the Center is one of the few places in the country to offer intensive mother-baby outpatient treatment for postpartum depression. Additional resources [...]

Dr. Judy Monroe, CDC Foundation CEO on how public-private partnerships eradicate disease

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Judy Monroe is the President and CEO of the CDC Foundation. There, she mobilizes philanthropic and private sector resources to support CDCs critical health protection work, managing hundreds of programs across the United States, and in more than 130 countries. The first part of our conversation that you're about to hear occurred [...]

American Heart Association’s Dr. Eduardo Sanchez on Heart Health & COVID

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Eduardo Sanchez is the Chief Medical Officer for prevention at the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Dr. Sanchez previously served as the Texas Commissioner of Health and has had advisory roles with the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, and the [...]

Matt Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on our Nation’s Vaping Crisis and COVID

Presenting Sponsors: Matthew Myers is president of the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leader in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. Matt and I worked together on tobacco control when I was in the senate. Now he's turned his attention to the vaping [...]

Spotlight on Lake Nona Medical City, FL – A Master-Planned Community Centered on Wellness

Presenting Sponsors: For this episode we’re doing something a little different.  We’re taking you on the ground to Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida.  First proposed in 2005, the city was built from the ground up with a new first-class medical school as its anchor - the UCF College of Medicine.  Since that time [...]

The effects of loneliness and social isolation With Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. She is a loneliness and social isolation expert whose research focuses on the longterm health effects of social connections. And she has made the remarkable finding that being socially isolated carries the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes [...]

COVID Update with Dr. Eric Topol, World-Renowned Physician-Scientist

Presenting Sponsors: Senator Frist talks to Dr. Eric Topol, Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, on how COVID affects the heart, when we might see an effective treatment, and the role AI and data can play in beating this virus.  Voted Most Influential Physician Executive in a national poll conducted by Modern [...]

Senator Frist joins Larry King on PoliticKING

Presenting Sponsors: Last week I joined my longtime friend, Emmy-award winning television host Larry King to talk COVID, the 2020 Presidential election, and my pandemic prediction from 15 years ago. Our interview aired on his show, PoliticKING, which you can find on Hulu and Ora TV.  New episodes air every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30pm [...]

Dr. Joe Coughlin, MIT AgeLab Director Explains Why “Old Age is Made Up”

Presenting Sponsors: Today I’m joined by the innovative Dr. Joe Coughlin – the founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. Recognizing that our society hasn’t adapted to meet the needs of our growing older generation, the MIT AgeLab was created as a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs [...]

Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare CEO on growing $5mm company to $2bn

Presenting Sponsors: Today I'm joined by Susan Salka, CEO AMN Healthcare Services. The largest healthcare staffing company in the nation. Susan joined AMN when it was just 18 employees. Rising through the ranks, she now runs this $2.5 billion company that leads the nation in placing nurses, physicians, and other healthcare personnel. She's also an [...]

A Case for Public Health Infrastructure with Brian Castrucci, CEO of de Beaumont Foundation

Presenting Sponsors: Brian Castrucci is the President and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on improving health at the community level by investing in tools, partnerships, policies, and the public health workforce. Brian is an award-winning epidemiologist who shares with us why it is vital to invest in our public health [...]

Alan Levine, CEO of Ballad Health on Reimagining Rural Healthcare

Presenting Sponsors: Alan Levine is the President and CEO of Ballad health, the innovative integrated healthcare delivery system that serves 1.2 million people in 29 rural counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwestern North Carolina, and South Eastern Kentucky. Alan is a longtime friend who is re-imagining our nation's approach to non urban and rural [...]

HHS’s Will Brady on Interoperability, Innovation, and Deregulation

Presenting Sponsors: Today I’m by joined by Will Brady, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a long title, but what it means is that Will is at the center of the major policy decisions being made in our [...]

COVID-19 Update: Dr. Marty Makary, Public Health Expert on Testing, Treatments, & Restarting Elective Care

Presenting Sponsors: You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with my good friend Dr. Marty Makary, New York Times bestselling author, John Hopkins surgeon and brilliant researcher; and Dr. Larry Van Horn, a healthcare economist, professor at the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management and advisor to the White House. [...]

Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade: Rethinking Health Benefits Solutions

Presenting Sponsors: Rajeev Singh is the CEO of Accolade, the market leading personalized advocacy and population health solution for employers health plans and health systems. He was also the co-founder of Concur, the global leader in travel and expense management. Rajeev Singh:                Employers in this country cover 170 million people. They have the purse strings [...]

COVID-19 Update: HCA CMO Dr. Jon Perlin

Presenting Sponsors: You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with my good friend Dr. Jon Perlin, HCA Healthcare’s President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer; and Dr. Larry Van Horn, a healthcare economist, professor at the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management and advisor to the White House. We [...]

COVID-19 Update: Infectious Disease Expert Dr. William Schaffner

Presenting Sponsors: You are about to hear a discussion I’m having on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. William Schaffner, an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist and public health expert with Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Dr. Larry Van Horn, a healthcare economist, professor at the Vanderbilt Owen School of Management and advisor to the White [...]

Dean Kamen, Renowned Inventor & Engineer: Transforming Care by Doing the Impossible

Presenting Sponsors: Dean Kamen, a friend with whom I've worked on global health issues for two decades, is a world renowned inventor and engineer, whose inventions have literally changed the way we live. In health, he invented the first drug infusion pump, now used and literally every hospital in America. He pioneered water purification systems, [...]

COVID-19: Fiscal, monetary and health policy responses

Presenting Sponsors: On April 2nd, A Second Opinion joined with the Princeton University Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies and the Center for Health and Wellbeing to host a virtual COVID-19 discussion on the “fiscal, monetary and health policy responses and implications for the economic outlook.” I was joined by Jessica Metcalf, Assistant Professor of [...]

Exclusive COVID-19 Webinar

Presenting Sponsors: Thursday, April 2 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. ET Presenters:   Alan Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Bill Dudley former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and now Senior Research Scholar at the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies  Jessica Metcalf, Assistant Professor for EEB and WWS Disease modeling and [...]

Strategies for Good Mental Health During Covid-19

Presenting Sponsors: Today I’d like to share some thoughts about something each one of us is feeling … and that’s anxiety. As we track the spread of COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus, change is coming rapidly, right now. It’s hard to keep up with the latest news, the most up-to-date numbers, and the most recent [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Michael Abramoff

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Michael Abramoff is the founder and executive chairman of IDX Technologies, the artificial intelligence diagnostic company that became the very first company in any field of medicine to get FDA approval for completely autonomous artificial intelligence. His remarkable instruments can independently analyze images of the retina for early signs of diabetic eye [...]

Take Heart – Americans’ Sacrifices Are Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Presenting Sponsors: As you all know, our world, our nation, our state and our communities are going through unprecedented times.  The Covid-19 virus has ravaged through nations and is testing their resolve across the globe. These are difficult times for sure… and the impact is being felt by all, regardless of who you are and [...]

What is the status of drug development for COVID-19?

Presenting Sponsors: People are asking me what I think about the experimental and investigational therapies that might possibly help us turn the tide in the war against the novel coronavirus. The one mentioned by the President yesterday in his press conference is chloroquine. Chloroquine is not FDA approved to be used for the current novel [...]

COVID-19 and Equity

Presenting Sponsors: A few days ago I said, “social distancing and sheltering in place, though necessary and lifesaving for many, created intolerable hardship for others.” I ran into Rich Besser, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson, and here’s what we talked about. While I have advocated publicly that we ALL stay at home to slow [...]

Senator Frist Answers Questions on COVID-19 Testing

Presenting Sponsors: Many have written asking about testing. Should I get tested for COVID-19? Well I begin by saying I will give you the answer for today, but the answer changes day to day as the disease spreads and accelerates nationwide. Why? Because We have in America a critical shortage of tests, so we can’t [...]

The Best Thing Everyday Americans Can Do to Fight Coronavirus

Presenting Sponsors: USA Today: The best thing everyday Americans can do to fight coronavirus? #StayHome, save lives By Senator Bill Frist, Andy Slavitt, and 14 other healthcare leaders | USA Today | March 15, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic seemed so far away just weeks ago. No one likes to be isolated and sit at home [...]

America’s public health infrastructure needs consistent funding

Presenting Sponsors: Roll Call: America’s public health infrastructure needs consistent funding By Senator Bill Frist, Senator Tom Daschle, and former FDA Commission Andrew von Eschenbach | Roll Call | March 14, 2020 As our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, we have once again become aware of the critical importance of our state and local health [...]

Senator Frist’s Response to President Trump’s Comments on Reopening Country by Easter

Presenting Sponsors: President Trump said today in a town hall meeting he would love to have the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”  Here is the way I’m looking at it … President Trump is absolutely correct in delineating there are two tracts we must act on, balancing daily the human [...]

A Second Opinion with Ann Mond Johnson

Presenting Sponsors: Today's episode focuses on telemedicine and telehealth. Today's pandemic with staying at home and sheltering in becoming the new norm across America has catapulted telemedicine to the top of the healthcare delivery system. It provides convenient and rapid and affordable access to healthcare doctors and nurses. Our guest today is Ann Mond Johnson, [...]

We May Have 72 Hours To Solve The COVID-19 Protective Equipment Shortage

Presenting Sponsors: Forbes: We May Have 72 Hours To Solve The COVID-19 Protective Equipment Shortage By Senator Bill Frist, MD | Forbes | March 20, 2020 I write today to describe an urgent issue that must be addressed by federal leadership in the next 72 hours. In conversations this week with two highly respected leaders [...]

A Second Opinion with Victor Dzau, MD

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Victor Dzau is the president of the National Academy of Medicine, the independent, congressionally chartered organization originally created to advise the federal government and advance the wellbeing of the US population. Today, the National Academy's mandate is much broader. It includes members from across the globe and partners with organizations worldwide to [...]

8 Takeaways from China’s COVID-19 Response

Presenting Sponsors: On March 13th, I had a call with three Chinese doctors who are currently leading the coronavirus response in China, organized by my good friend Li Lu. Here are eight takeaways from the most experienced physician-leaders in the world addressing today’s crisis. Early control of local transmission depends on rapid diagnosis and hospitalization [...]

Coronavirus Q&A

Presenting Sponsors: Senator Frist answers some of your most asked questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus). What does it mean that WHO called this a pandemic? For a novel infectious disease like COVID-19, a pandemic is declared by the WHO when it has judged that community spread, which is when individuals in a community become infected but [...]

A Second Opinion with Brent Shafer

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 [...]

Special Episode: Coronavirus with Dr. Wenhong Zhang

Presenting Sponsors: Today on A Second Opinion, we bring you our fifth special episode on the Coronavirus. In times of crisis, it's critical to learn from those with the most experience and in today's episode we do just that. We bring you trusted information from Dr. Wenhong Zhang, the leading Chinese physician who has successfully [...]

Special Episode: Coronavirus With Dr. Anne Schuchat

Presenting Sponsors: Today on A Second Opinion, we bring you our third special episode in our continuing series of providing the most up to date coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus. This is important information you can use today directly from the most trusted source, the CDC. I'm your host, Senator Bill Frist. We're joined [...]

A Second Opinion with HCA’s Dr. Jon Perlin

Presenting Sponsors: Today I sit down with my good friend, Dr. Jon Perlin, President of Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare. For something a little different for us, Jon interviews me in a wide-ranging discussion touching on electronic health records, the 2020 election and its implications for healthcare, how coronavirus changed the [...]

A Second Opinion with Seema Verma

Presenting Sponsors: Seema Verma is the Administrator for CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She oversees the federal agency that provides vital healthcare programs to over 100 million Americans. There, she is aggressively pushing regulatory change to reduce administrative burdens on providers and improve transparency and outcomes for patients. I'm your host, Senator [...]

Nashville Business Journal: Senator Frist on how businesses should prepare for the coronavirus

Read full article from Nashville Business Journal: WHAT TO DO NOW Dr. Bill Frist and other Nashville experts give their advice for how your business can, and should, prepare for the coronavirus. In April 2003, a delegation of U.S. senators led by then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist arrived in Beijing and checked into a [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Anand Parekh

Presenting Sponsors: Today's episode is brought to you by Medhost, a trusted EHR for healthcare facilities. And now I'm excited to be joined by my good friend, Dr. Anand Parekh, who serves as chief medical advisor for the Bipartisan Policy Center. We've worked together since he joined the BPC in 2015, formulating policies related to [...]

A Deep Dive on Coronavirus: Outbreak Tracker and Additional Resources

Former CDC Director Tom Frieden – an infectious disease and global pandemic expert – joins Senator Frist for a special update on the coronavirus crisis and how we can prepare for COVID19 here at home. Dr. Frieden tells ASO listeners, “This is not stoppable. This is going to spread to many countries, for many months [...]

Special Episode: Coronavirus with Dr. Tom Frieden

Presenting Sponsors: Today, on A Second Opinion, we bring you our third special episode in our continuing series of providing up to date, real-time coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID19 – a global crisis that has come to the United States. We are joined by Dr. Tom Frieden,  Director of the [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Craig Garthwaite

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 [...]

Special Episode: Bipartisan Rx for America’s Health Care

Presenting Sponsors: I’m here today broadcasting from the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, where we are releasing a major report that has been three years in the making.  For listeners who may not familiar with the BPC, it is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from [...]

Special Episode: Solving the Rural Healthcare Puzzle

Presenting Sponsors: Our panel and discussion are organized by the Nashville Health Care Council, the premier healthcare membership association with nearly 300 members here in Nashville, and the Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington DC based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health security and opportunity for [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr David Cutler

Presenting Sponsors: This is our third episode of a special four part series where we share insights and predictions from our nation's leading healthcare economists. Today, I'm excited to be joined by the brilliant Doctor David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics in the Kennedy School of Government [...]

Special Episode: Coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Jay Butler

Presenting Sponsors: Today on A Second Opinion, we bring you our second special episode in our continuing series of providing up to date coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus. I'm your host, Senator Bill Frist. There is no better example of the critical importance of bringing together policy, medicine and innovation to address and ultimately [...]

Special Episode: Coronavirus Update from Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Presenting Sponsors: Today, on A Second Opinion, we bring you a special episode outside of our regular Monday show schedule to provide up to date coverage on the 2019 novel coronavirus. I’m your host, Senator Bill Frist.  There is no better example of the critical importance of bringing together policy, medicine, and innovation to address [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Sherry Glied

Presenting Sponsors: Today I'm joined by my friend, Dr. Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Sherry has had a brilliant career conducting health care research and actively creating federal health policy and I'm excited to have her with us today. Before her role as Wagner School [...]

A Second Opinion with Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D.

Presenting Sponsors: Today, we kick off the first of a special four-episodes series where we share insights and predictions from our nation's leading healthcare economists, including from the minds behind the individual mandate and Massachusetts Romneycare. Today, I'm joined by renowned health economist, Dr. Mark Pauly, the Bendheim Professor at the Wharton School of the [...]

A Second Opinion at emids

Presenting Sponsors: For today's episode, we're doing something a little different. I was recently joined by Paul Fipps, the Chief Digital Officer of Under Armour and Gyre Renwick, Vice President of Lyft Business. We sat down before a live audience in Nashville, at the sixth annual emids, that's E-M-I-D-S, emids Healthcare Summit, to discuss the [...]

A Second Opinion with James Capretta

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode, I'm joined by my good friend James Capretta, a healthcare entitlement and physical policy expert who currently holds the Milton Freedman chair at the DC based think tank, the American Enterprise Institute. Jim began his career by serving for 16 years in senior positions in the executive and legislative branches [...]

A Second Opinion with Matt Eyles

Presenting Sponsors: In today's episode I'm excited to have Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance plans, known as AHIP, the national trade association of health insurance providers. Matt has more than two decades of healthcare experience in the private sector and in government. He's led teams at Fortune 200 healthcare companies in [...]

A Second Opinion with Mary Grealy

Presenting Sponsors: In A Second Opinion we engage with the leading minds in healthcare at the nexus of medicine, policy and innovation. In the current series of four episodes we're hearing from four leading women in healthcare. As president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, Mary's organization serves as the exclusive forum for the nation's most [...]

A Second Opinion with Dr. Margaret Hamburg

Presenting Sponsors: In A Second Opinion we engage with the leading minds in healthcare at the nexus of medicine, policy, and innovation. In the current series of four episodes, we're hearing from four leading women in healthcare. In today's episode we have with us my good friend and colleague, Doctor Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized [...]

A Second Opinion with Shirley Franklin

Presenting Sponsors: In A Second Opinion, we engage with the leading minds in health care at the nexus of medicine, policy and innovation. In the current series of four episodes, we're hearing from four leading women in health care. In today's episode, I'm excited to be joined by Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta [...]

A Second Opinion with Anne Schuchat, MD

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 together. In [...]

Best of Medicine

Welcome to A Second Opinion podcast where we are rethinking American health. I'm your guest host, Dr. Kavita Patel. Now you might be surprised to hear a new voice this week, but like you, I've been following Senator Frist podcast throughout the entirety of the first season and I have really enjoyed reacquainting myself with [...]

The Best of Policy

Welcome to A Second Opinion podcast where we are rethinking American health. I'm your guest host, Dr Kavita Patel. Now, you might be surprised to hear a new voice this week, but like you I've been following Senator Frist's podcast throughout the entirety of the first season and I have really enjoyed reacquainting myself with [...]

The Best of Innovation

Now, you might be surprised to hear a new voice this week, but like you, I've been following Senator Frist's podcast through the entirety of this first season. I have really enjoyed reacquainting myself with colleagues and learning new perspectives from leaders on the cutting edge of healthcare policy, medicine, and innovation. A little bit [...]

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nR3SaaRpq8 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 […]