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Ep. 38 - What the ruling on TMA 2 means for providers
Feb 8 2023
Ep. 38 - What the ruling on TMA 2 means for providers
This week, Judge Jeremy Kernodle ruled against the Department of Health and Human Services (again) in a lawsuit surrounding the No Surprises Act. The Texas Medical Association and others were plaintiffs in the case and had previously taken the Biden Administration to court over HHS’ creation of the Interim Final Rule. Last year, Judge Kernodle ruled that HHS had not followed proper procedure and effectively tried to re-write the No Surprises Act with their Interim Final Rule.In August 2022, HHS issued a new Final Rule that the Texas Medical Association alleged had the same intent and effect as the original Interim Final Rule. Judge Kernodle agreed. Matthew and Ron break down the lawsuits and explain why this ruling is a win for doctors and providers.Let Matthew and Ron know what you think about the No Surprises Act. Email them at flatlining@substack.com, tweet Matthew (@radioHandley) or Ron (@RonHowrigon), or leave a comment on this post.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pandora, TuneIn, and Audible.Articles mentioned in this program:BREAKING: Providers win in new Texas Medical Association ruling - Ron Howirgon via FLATLINING.netJudge rules on No Surprises Act - Matthew Handley via FLATLINING.net This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net
Best of 2022 - Part 2
Dec 28 2022
Best of 2022 - Part 2
As we wrap up our best of 2022 programs, we want to thank you again for listening to the FLATLINING Podcast this year. Please remember to like and share it so that more people can find it and we can grow this podcast into something spectacular! If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts, be sure to give us five stars!Our second most listened to segment of 2022 was our first episode where Ron and I discussed healthcare economics. Economics has an important role to play in how healthcare is done in the United States and ought to play an important role in how it is reformed.Finally, our most listened to segment of the year was our discussion on Bright Health Group ($BHG ) . How does an insurance company go out of business? And what does that mean for patients and providers?Thanks again for listening to the FLATLINING Podcast and we’ll see you in the new year!Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at flatlining@substack.com, or tweet Matthew or Ron.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pandora, and Audible.The FLATLINING Podcast is now available on TuneIn!Articles mentioned in this program:Healthcare and the Economy - Ron Howrigon in FLATLININGCost and Risk - Ron Howrigon in FLATLINING“If only we….” - Ron Howrigon in FLATLININGThe End of the Beginning - Ron Howrigon in FLATLININGBright exits ACA health insurance marketplaces to stay afloat - STAT This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net
Ep. 31 - Money Money
Nov 30 2022
Ep. 31 - Money Money
This week on the FLATLINING Podcast, Matthew and Ron discuss some healthcare money news. The State of New York now has a law that prohibits home liens and wage garnishing to recoup medical debt. What does that mean for providers and hospitals? And some conservatives are frustrated about $55 million being spent to reduce smoking. Ron thinks this is actually a good investment and will explain why.Matthew and Ron also take a look at some updates to previous stories they broke down on the FLATLINING Podcast including new numbers about cyber attacks in healthcare and more hospitals charging for MyChart messages.You don’t want to miss this episode of the FLATLINING Podcast.Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at flatlining@substack.com, or tweet Matthew or Ron.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Audible.The FLATLINING Podcast is now available on Stitcher and Pandora!Follow Matthew (@radioHandley) and Ron (@RonHowrigon) on Twitter.Articles mentioned in this episode:More health systems charging for MyChart messages - Becker’s Hospital ReviewHealthcare Data Breaches Doubled in 3 Years: Here's Why - Bank Info SecurityNotice of Privacy Incident - Legacy HealthGovernor Hochul Signs Legislation to Protect Patients with Medical Debt - NY.govCDC to Spend $55M on More Tobacco Research - RealClear Policy This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net
Ep. 30 - Medicare Advantage: scam or benefit?
Nov 23 2022
Ep. 30 - Medicare Advantage: scam or benefit?
Former Cigna ($CI ) executive Wendell Potter and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL09) wrote in NEWSWEEK that Medicare Advantage plans scam seniors. Ron and Matthew discuss this and you may be surprised by the answer. Plus, what does a divided government mean for healthcare policy? Is there any bipartisan thing that can get done? Also, you won’t want to miss the discussion on the 340B program and how hospitals rake in profits.Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at flatlining@substack.com, or tweet Matthew or Ron.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Audible.The FLATLINING Podcast is now available on Stitcher and Pandora!Follow Matthew (@radioHandley) and Ron (@RonHowrigon) on Twitter.Articles mentioned in this program:NEW STUDY: 340B Providers Reap Big Profits, Should Be Reformed to Ensure At-Risk Patients Receive Affordable Care - Pacific Research Institute What might the new Congress do on healthcare? - Sally Pipes via the Washington ExaminerWhat Divided Government Means for Healthcare - Eric D. Hargan via RealClear PolicyRepublicans can stand up for patients by lowering out-of-pocket costs - Brian McNicoll via The Washington TimesThree Medical Policies that Need Immediate Changing - Pierre Kory via the Brownstone InstituteHow Medicare Advantage Scams Seniors - Wendell Potter and Rep. Jan Schakowsky via NEWSWEEKCMS to restrict Medicare Advantage TV ads amid high complaints - Fierce HealthcareThe cities with the least competitive Medicare Advantage markets - Becker’s Payer Issues This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net
Ep. 28 - This is not an election episode
Nov 9 2022
Ep. 28 - This is not an election episode
This week’s episode focuses on cybersecurity, healthcare business headlines, and hot takes on daylight savings time. Are hospitals doing everything they can to protect our personal health information? Should HIPPA be reformed? What does Walgreens Boots Alliance’s purchase of VillageMD mean for quality, access, and affordability? And are there health effects from Christmas music and daylight savings time?Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at flatlining@substack.com, or tweet Matthew or Ron.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Audible.Follow Matthew (@radioHandley) and Ron (@RonHowrigon) on Twitter.Articles mentioned in this week’s program:Warner warns of cyberthreats to health care industry - Roll CallWalgreens' VillageMD completes $8.9B deal to combine with Summit Health - Becker’s Hospital ReviewLetter to HHS and DOL on Addressing Commercial Health Plan Challenges to Ensure Fair Coverage - American Hospital AssociationRejoice in the End of Daylight Saving Time - Katherine J. Wu in the AtlanticWhy daylight saving time is worse for your body than standard time - The Washington PostMeasurable health effects associated with the daylight saving time shift - NIH via PubMed.govBah! Humbug! Why shops are already playing Christmas tunes - Sky News This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net
Ep. 27 - COVID-19 information amnesty?
Nov 2 2022
Ep. 27 - COVID-19 information amnesty?
This week on the FLATLINING Podcast, Matthew and Ron take a look at what open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act plans looks like for 2022. Should providers and patients be aware of any changes?Then, virtually all states saw their Medicaid enrollment numbers jump during the COVID-19 pandemic but also saw it drop in 2022. What does 2023 have in store for Medicaid?Plus, should we declare amnesty for COVID-19 mistakes? Should we forgive and forget or should we prosecute (literally or at the ballot box) those who shared bad information (unintentionally) or those in leadership who made bad decisions (unintentionally)?Finally, some Halloween-themed healthcare haikus.Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at flatlining@substack.com, or tweet Matthew or Ron.Subscribe to the FLATLINING Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the iHeartRadio app, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Audible.Follow Matthew (@radioHandley) and Ron (@RonHowrigon) on Twitter.Articles mentioned in this program:Shopping for ACA Health Insurance? Here’s What’s New This Year - Kaiser Health NewsMedicaid Enrollment & Spending Growth: FY 2022 & 2023 - Kaiser Family FoundationTeam Biden’s latest welfare expansion: Medicaid payments for housing, food, even furniture - The New York PostLet’s declare a pandemic amnesty - Emily Oster via The AtlanticA ‘Pandemic Amnesty’? Hell, No - Michael Brendan Dougherty via National ReviewReaders Boo Medical Debt and Viral Threats in Winning Halloween Haikus - Kaiser Health News This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.flatlining.net