In this episode, we introduce Carleen Rogers of Medalogix. Carleen is a caring and earnest person who has spent most of her healthcare career in the Hospice world, and now provides education and consulting. Her passion for hospice comes through as she tells the story of her journey to Hospice care, and shares what Medalogix is doing to help further reduce the stigma of hospice in this country.
Michael Markowitz of TC Services USA joins the podcast in a truly educational episode. He discusses how his company helps agencies take full advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (referred to commonly as WOTC). This incentive pays an employer $2400 per new employee hired - as long as the new employee meets certain criteria. Within the post-acute healthcare industry, Michael figures less than 10% of employers are taking advantage of this credit. We try to figure out why more companies are not doing this, and he has some good insights as to why. He also lays out the internal machinations of how the red tape works, and how his company helps take the scissors to that.
This is a very straightforward topic and something can impact you and your organization today.
Michael's company website: http://www.tcservicesusa.com/
Michael's software website: http://www.wotcsoftware.com
Curaport's website: http://www.curaport.com
In attempt to convert our normal conversations into a podcast episode, my good friend Todd Shannon and I discuss the swirling nature of the Healthcare space.
This week's So What, Who Care? episode brings us Michael Blackstone, MD. Dr. Blackstone is CEO of SutureHealth, a well respected member of the Homecare and Physician Community, and an LSU fan.
Our discussion starts with how he left the business of practicing medicine to become an entrepreneur (see the article about him on our site: ); moves into how his featured product, SutureSign, is fitting an enormous need in the market; then we have a quick detour into the world of Homecare & Hospice Marketing; and then get his take on LSU's upcoming football season (whilst I lament the pending doom and despair as an Auburn Tiger).
Michael is polished and well spoken, whereas I seem to say 'dad gum' alot. Nevertheless, this is a great way to get to know a true up-and-comer in the Post-Acute and Physician Practice space.
In this longer episode of the So What, Who Cares? podcast, I had several engaging conversations at the recent Home Care Association of Florida’s Annual Summit in Orlando. First up in this episode is Bill Dombi, Vice President of Law for the National Association of Home Care (NAHC). Very informative discussion with the leading legal mind in the Home Care space. Then around the 20 minute mark, Leanne Norr, the Communications Director for HCAF, shares what really goes into running a state association and conference – as well as discussing some of Florida’s leading advocacy causes. Around the 37 minute mark, I am joined by Cory Mertz and Joe Falco of Mertz Taggert to discuss the latest trends and information relative to the Merger & Acquisition market. I ask some really dumb questions, but get some smart answers about what goes into selling an agency in today’s market.
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.