The Doctor's Lounge Radio Show

Hosted by Dr. Hal Scherz and Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak

Real doctors from the front lines of medicine engage the man-made crisis in American Healthcare. Hal Scherz, MD FACS (Pediatric Urologist) and Michael J. Koriwchak, MD, Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgery) airs The Doctor's Lounge on America's Web Radio on Thursdays at 8:00 am Eastern.

"Every hospital has a private area where Doctors go to get a cup of coffee and get together to talk amongst themselves to discuss medical and health care matters... This show is a window into the private conversations doctors have that impact your world."

A Virtual Debate

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 From CNN to Contentious Nominee Hearings

Michael Koriwchak, MD

The past weeks have seen a contentious health care debate on CNN and an interrogation style HHS nomination process.

Dr. Michael Koriwchak is hosting a special virtual debate and virtual nomination process this week by engaging the tough questions from a doctor’s perspective on the front lines of medicine.

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Repeal! Now What?

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Trump & Congress Deal with Repeal

Brian Hill, M.D.President Trump took a first step toward repeal of the ACA with an executive order that made a clear statement of intent:

Section 1. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) …

Host Dr. Michael Koriwchak will look at the reaction from a few segments of the medical community and give us an update on some encouraging news coming out of Johns Hopkins regarding workflow efficiencies arising from applying health IT.

The latter half of the show will revisit a few segments from Dr. Chuck Webster on a recent show where they discuss innovating IT workflows.

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Disrupting Health Care

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DPC transforming the landscape

Brian Hill, M.D.Direct Primary Care is gaining popularity across America- both with primary care doctors and patients. Over 4400 doctors are participating in some type of DPC practice.

This model which takes insurance out of the primary care space, gives doctors more flexibility in caring for their patients. By limiting the number of patients in their practice, they can spend more time with their patients, see them more often if needed, and concentrate on keeping them healthier.

This model actually costs patients less than the  traditional insurance based 3rd party payment system. DPC is a good start in bending down the healthcare cost curve and putting more control of healthcare decisions back where it belongs- in the hands of patients with the good counsel of their doctors. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Dr. Brian Hill joins me in the Doctor’s Lounge to explain the scope of the problem and share the solutions that he thinks are necessary to disrupt and transform healthcare.

Hill is a full time practicing urologist and has been an activist in healthcare reform for over a decade. Along with two other Docs 4 Patient Care doctors (Hal Scherz & Jeffrey English), he has created a healthcare delivery model called HIP-Nation. As the President & Medical Director, he has used the DPC concept as the foundation for a broader healthcare ecosystem which includes specialists, ancillary services, and technology. This may be the next step in the transformation of the American healthcare system. He will describe this concept and share his thoughts about where we are failing and where we need to go.

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IT in Post-ObamaCare World

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Innovating IT Workflows

Chuck Webster, M.D.Prolific blogger Chuck Webster, M.D. steps into the Doctor’s Lounge this week to discuss IT and Business Process Management.

His blog, Wareflo.com, is a one stop library of content that addresses the implementation of IT in all areas of health care.

Host Michael Koriwchak, M.D. will continue the discussion of health care IT workflows in a post Obamacare world.

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The Future of Health Care

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The Trump Administration, HHS, and Congress

Dr Hal Scherz hosts a special episode of the Doctor’s Lounge where he personally unpacks the first sixty days after the Inauguration.

A key campaign promise for President-Elect Donald Trump was to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  Work is about to begin.

Dr. Scherz will explore several larger principles – how do you lower cost systemically?  How do you empower patients and doctors?

Tune in for the future of health care.

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Charging the Hill

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GA Senator on the ACA & Health Care Policy

 In case you missed it with the holidays – an important Doctors Lounge:

Georgia State Senator Judson Hill (R-Dist 32) returns to the Doctor’s Lounge.

Hill has long been a advocate for DPC style health care delivery at the State level.

Join host Michael Koriwchak, MD as they talk about the ACA and the free market approach to health care policy.

Senator Hill hopes to fill the large shoes of long time friend of D4PCF, Representative Tom Price, who has been chosen to lead the Department of Health & Human Services.  If approved by the Senate, the 6th District of Georgia will become vacant and Georgia will hold a special election.

 

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The Free Market Forces on Health Care

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The Beginning of Post-ObamaCare 

Sally PipesLong time friend of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, Sally Pipes returns to the Doctor’s Lounge to discuss all things health care.

Pipes is the president of the Pacific Research Institute, a free market think tank.

Pipes recently published an editorial in Forbes.com to debunk the myths of the defenders of ObamaCare and clear the field for honest debate.

From the goal of universal coverage to the myth that coverage means care, Sally Pipes is cutting through the hyperbole to facilitate a real debate over how to do the most good.

The editorial in Forbes is worth a read here.

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The Business of Health Care

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Two Guest Special

Don LeeHost Mike Koriwchak invites two business leaders serving the health care community into the Doctor’s Lounge.

Don Lee hosts #hcbiz – a blog, weekly tweet chat and talk show that takes a practical look at The Business of Healthcare.

Randall OatesIn the second segment, Randall Oates, the developer of SOAPware – a EHR provider (among many other services for the health care industry) – steps into the Doctor’s Lounge to round out our business episode.

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Light at the End of the Tunnel?

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Business Consequences of ObamaCare

Alfredo OrtizThe president of the Job Creators Network steps in to the Doctor’s Lounge to discuss the impact of ObamaCare on business.

Now, with the sea change in Washington, DC coming, is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Alfredo Ortiz is the President and CEO for the Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe the best defense against bad government policy is a well-informed public.

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The Godfather of Free Market Medicine

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Up Front Pricing for Surgery

G. Keith Smith, M.D.G. Keith Smith, M.D. has long been known as the guy “lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness” in American medicine.

His famed Oklahoma Surgery Center posts its prices up front for all to see.  Patients travel from around the world able to fly in, stay in hotel accommodations, and get a needed surgery for less than staying home and going through traditional third party payer systems.

Smith steps into the Doctor’s Lounge fresh off speaking to our DPC conference in October.  Smith has been shaking up the system for years – often through his vlog, worth a follow.

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