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Modern Healthcare's Beyond the Byline

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Modern Healthcare's Beyond the Byline is where reporters and editors offer behind-the-scenes perspectives to help listeners better understand healthcare business news and how it's reported.

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Roe v. Wade ruling compromises patient safety

June 29th, 2022

12:16

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Safety and Quality Reporter Mari Devereaux overview states' reactions to the abortion law …

Behavioral health startups draw record level of investment

June 9th, 2022

17:34

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Deputy Editor of Digital Health Business & Technology Gabe Perna talk about the wave …

Roe v. Wade upheaval poses legal and ethical dilemmas

May 18th, 2022

11:56

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Rules and Regulations Reporter Maya Goldman talk about the confusing patchwork of state …

Ketamine and psilocybin present new pathways for mental healthcare

April 19th, 2022

16:30

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Safety and Quality Reporter Lisa Gillespie talk about the regulation, or lack thereof, of …

Health equity is a cornerstone of new rural payment models

March 30th, 2022

12:37

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Rules and Regulations Reporter Maya Goldman talk about the potential of new payment …

Providers accuse staffing agencies of price gouging

March 16th, 2022

12:18

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Politics Reporter Jessie Hellmann talk about state legislation that aims to cap the rates …

Hospitals facility fees spur ethical debate

March 2nd, 2022

19:57

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Senior Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about whether hospitals should notify patients …

UnitedHealth Group COVID-19 vaccine reimbursement policy draws congressional investigation

February 9th, 2022

15:17

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper discuss Nona's reporting on UnitedHealth Group shortchanging providers on COVID-19 vaccine reimbursements, which spurred a …

Medicare Advantage companies' lofty valuations draw skepticism

January 26th, 2022

13:11

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik,  Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper and Senior Finance Reporter Tara Bannow discuss the investment and valuation surrounding the $350 billion Medicare Advantage …

New COVID-19 guidance tests hospitals' infection control protocol

January 13th, 2022

12:18

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Post-acute and Staffing Reporter Ginger Christ discuss how hospitals and their workers are reacting to recent CDC guidance that aims to mitigate staffing …

Smart knee implant tests uncharted territory

December 15th, 2021

16:24

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Technology Reporter Jessica Kim Cohen talk Zimmer Biomet's smart knee implant, the first …

Feds ramp up scrutiny of private-equity backed healthcare providers

December 1st, 2021

14:15

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Senior Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about private equity firms' interest in …

Democrats take punitive approach to sway Medicaid expansion holdout states

November 17th, 2021

12:04

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Politics Reporter Jessie Hellmann talk about Democrats' latest attempt to get states to …

COVID-19 pandemic reinforces rural hospitals integral role

November 4th, 2021

15:25

Modern Healthcare Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper and Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik talk about rural healthcare and strategies to stabilize small community hospitals. 

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CommonSpirit Health charts path forward without Lloyd Dean

October 19th, 2021

14:09

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Senior Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about the evolution of CommonSpirit Health, one …

COVID-19 vaccine mandates test hospitals' culture

October 6th, 2021

19:30

Modern Healthcare Senior Operations Reporter Alex Kacik, Post-acute and Staffing Reporter Ginger Christ and News Enterprise Editor Jeffrey Young talk about how providers are tackling COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their …

Whistleblower claims that Aetna inflated provider network in 13 states

September 22nd, 2021

13:01

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper discuss a recently unsealed qui tam lawsuit alleging that Aetna lied about its pediatric primary care network to win Medicaid …

New debt collection strategy raises legal, ethical questions

September 2nd, 2021

16:24

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about a company that connects patients with social …

Google Health restructures after Cerner poaches top exec

August 25th, 2021

15:16

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Technology Reporter Jessica Kim Cohen talk about what the Google Health reorganization …

Trans community faces healthcare access hurdles

August 11th, 2021

15:34

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Safety and Quality Reporter Lisa Gillespie discuss access to care for the trans community. 

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Private equity investors target primary care

July 28th, 2021

15:58

Modern Healthcare Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow talk about primary-care practice mergers and acquisitions and why private equity firms are investing in the sector.

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Gun violence prompts preventative intervention

July 14th, 2021

15:44

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Technology Reporter Jessica Kim Cohen talk about how some hospitals are viewing gun …

Adulhelm and other high-priced drugs shift prescription purchasing patterns

June 30th, 2021

12:35

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper discuss why more Americans are bypassing their insurance coverage at the prescription counter. 

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Inefficiency dooms hospital mergers, Modern Healthcare analysis shows

June 16th, 2021

11:14

Modern Healthcare Politics and Policy Fellow Matti Gellman and Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik discuss Modern Healthcare's analysis that …

Private equity's interest in healthcare draws congressional scrutiny

June 2nd, 2021

13:44

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Politics Reporter Jessie Hellman discuss why Democrats want more information about the …

Flurry of hospital deals reshape Atlanta healthcare market

May 19th, 2021

14:48

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow discuss how a string of hospital transactions have reshaped the Atlanta-area healthcare market.  

-Piedmont Healthcare to add seven …

How one health system leapfrogged safety ratings hurdles

May 5th, 2021

15:29

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Safety and Quality Reporter Lisa GIllespie discuss the latest batch of the Leapfrog Group's hospital safety ratings.

-One-third of participating hospitals score 'A' …

How fee-for-service can mute population health gains

April 21st, 2021

16:12

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow discuss how fee-for-service payments can handcuff the financial …

Kids’ unchecked mental health needs pose long-term consequences

April 7th, 2021

15:02

Modern Healthcare Public Health Reporter Steven Johnson and Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic compounded systemic shortfalls in behavioral healthcare.  

-Stressing the already …

Biggest health systems made more money in 2020 despite COVID-19 spikes

March 24th, 2021

15:02

Modern Healthcare Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Finance Reporter Tara Bannow discuss how COVID-19 has impacted health systems' finances.

-Hospitals posted higher profits in second half of 2020 even as COVID cases …

Upcoding could explain why hospitals are increasingly billing for the most complex treatment

March 10th, 2021

16:14

Modern Healthcare Rules and Regulations Reporter Mike Brady and Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik discuss the latest data suggesting that …

Insurers are betting on virtual-first plans as COVID-19 shifts care pathways

February 19th, 2021

15:46

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Insurance Reporter Nona Tepper discuss insurers’ latest quarterly results and their …

How residents’ stories shape our coverage of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in nursing homes

February 5th, 2021

15:23

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Post-acute and Staffing Reporter Ginger Christ talk about Ginger's interviews with nursing home residents and why most were eager to get vaccinated. 

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Regulators aim to boost value push with fraud and abuse law updates

January 22nd, 2021

14:51

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Rules and Regulations Reporter Michael Brady discuss the latest updates to the Stark …

Verifying information on the chaotic COVID-19 vaccine rollout

January 8th, 2021

12:30

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Health Policy and Politics Reporter Rachel Cohrs discuss the reporting and information …

How healthcare supply chain struggles contribute to employee burnout

December 18th, 2020

13:54

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik and Safety and Quality Reporter Maria Castellucci discuss how some of healthcare’s supply chains broke during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how that has upped the …

Covering race and diversity in the healthcare industry

December 4th, 2020

14:46

Modern Healthcare Politics and Policy Reporter Rachel Cohrs spoke with Public Health Reporter Steven Ross Johnson about his coverage of issues of …

How telehealth utilization has impacted investor-owned company earnings

November 20th, 2020

14:30

Modern Healthcare Hospital Operations Reporter Alex Kacik spoke with Modern Healthcare Technology Reporter Jessica Kim Cohen about the rise of …

What the 2020 election means for the healthcare industry

November 6th, 2020

13:51

Modern Healthcare Safety and Quality Reporter Maria Castellucci spoke with Modern Healthcare’s D.C. team Michael Brady and Rachel Cohrs about …

Texas COPA law may pave the way for more hospital M&A

October 23rd, 2020

14:18

Texas regulators approved the sale of three hospitals via a Certificate of Public Advantage law, despite scrutiny from federal overseers. Modern …

Blues Clues: Mining Data on Insurers' Pandemic Profits

October 9th, 2020

13:28

This episode features a data-driven analysis of Blues insurance companies' profits by Modern Healthcare Insurance Reporter Shelby Livingston. …

Fact or Fiction? Checking CMS Claims on COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

September 25th, 2020

12:51

This episode features a data-driven fact check story by Modern Healthcare Post-Acute Care and Staffing Reporter Ginger Christ. Here's a link:

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

September 11th, 2020

11:48

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Modern Healthcare's Beyond the Byline podcast. Here are the stories mentioned in this episode:

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