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Episode 12: Population Health and Homecare with Elliott Wood of Medalogix

  •   Podcast
  •   7/27/2016
  •   Tripp Matthews, Elliott Wood

Elliott Wood of Medalogix joins the podcast to talk about his recent article/blogpost on the term "Population Health" and what that REALLY means in the Home Care space.  We learn about his journey to Medalogix, and spend lots of time talking through the fascinating and visionary company that is Medalogix.  Elliott is a Nashville native, with a degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University, then two semesters of graduate work in clinical psychology – then left to join HealthStream because of his love of data/analytics.  Left for Medalogix because of Dan Hogan.  Medalogix is 6 years old.  Founded by Dan Hogan.  Takes data from Home Health providers nightly, looks at patterns and predictive models to help Home Health agencies.  Currently focused on different products to best leverage that data. 

During our conversation, we lament the overuse of industry buzzwords (while using them ourselves, shamefully), but how to use these industry terms correctly when educating our collective audience.  My children make noise in the background.  His definition of how Medalogix defines it is how to keep Home Health Agencies patients, their average daily census, from getting readmitted to the hospital. 

A quick discussion of an early misstep, or failure at Medalogix has turned into a burgeoning success relative to how to actually use the data that they are collecting and analyzing about Home Health agencies.  I like how he talks about providing "action" to their customers rather than simply providing "value."  Elliott gives us some success stories with their products Bridge and Touch. And I love their goal of driving better Clinical Conversations between caregiver and patient. 

We also touch on a sensitive topic about our country's, our society's approach to end-of-life care. 


Episode 11: Ronnie Smith, MD

  •   Podcast
  •   7/6/2016
  •   Tripp Matthews, Ronnie Smith

What an enjoyable conversation with Ronnie Smith, MD, of Vidalia, GA.  This podcast is not just an exploration in to Dr. Smith's career as a physician and entrepreneur, but also a philsophical expose in prejudices. 

Ronnie is a country doctor - by his own declaration.  And he has the drawl to back it up!  But while many, if not most, in today's society would hear this Southern man talk and prejudge him with all of the requisite 'Southern' tropes, to spend time with Ronnie is to be in the presence of genius.

We learn about his upbringing in Cochran, GA, why he wanted to become a physician, and the path he took to get where he is today.  We learn of the many 'firsts' that Ronnie can claim relative to medical procedures, as well as his brilliantly simple approach to providing care to his patients.  That simplicity has not only served his patients well, but also been the catalyst for the formation of several companies in the healthcare space.

His motto is Healthy, Happy Patients.


Episode 5: Exclusion Screening

  •   Podcast
  •   5/4/2016
  •   Tripp Matthews, Ashley Hudson, Erin Archer

In this very educational episode, Erin Archer of Exclusion Screening, LLC and Ashley Hudson of Liles Parker PLLC educate me on Exclusion Screening - both the company and the Requirement. We discuss the difference between Exclusion Screening and a background check; what constitutes an exclusion; the perils of employing an excluded individual; and which individuals should be screened.

This conversation is a great primer for the webinar scheduled for late June, which will be led by these two attorneys.

This engagement was so informative that we are going to add this as a monthly podcast episode entitled "Legally Blonde" which will cover all aspects of Legal matters throughout the healthcare industry.

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InBoxing: ACOs - Promising First Step or Unicorns?

  •   Article
  •   3/5/2016
  •   Tripp Matthews

On January 15th of this year, Nathan Hope made a blogpost on MyHomecareBiz’s website. It is an interesting and informative article about the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. The status and evolution of ACO models are topics that can strongly divide opinion amongst the different segments of the Healthcare Continuum.