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What is Gist Healthcare Daily?

Gist Healthcare Daily is a health policy and business news podcast. Each weekday morning, we will release episodes to help you get caught up on the latest headlines in less than 10 minutes. We will bring you news, context, and commentary from our team and other industry experts.

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Alexandra Olgin leads production of Gist Healthcare's podcast and supports production of the Weekly Gist. A former public radio healthcare reporter, she helps Gist launch new ways of telling stories and bring insights to members and a broader audience.

Prior to joining Gist, Alexandra spent six years working at public radio stations in Charlotte, Charleston and Phoenix. She covered regional and national healthcare business and policy stories and could be heard on national NPR programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Thursday, October 28, 2021

LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare are spinning off a new hospital company. Merck signs a licensing deal to let companies countries produce its antiviral covid pill. And health systems are starting new ventures to compete with electronic health record giants.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Elementary school kids are one step closer to getting COVID vaccines. Utah hospitals call on people to donate unused crutches amid supply shortages. And two new players launch pharmacy benefit managers.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Today an FDA panel is deciding whether to recommend Pfizer’s covid vaccine for young kids. Northeastern states pass new laws limiting nursing home profits. And several states reject bids to expand advanced practice providers’ scope of practice.

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The investor landgrab for physician practices

The investor landgrab for physician practices

In the final episode of our series exploring investor acquisitions of physician practices, we’ll look at the hospital-based physician market, including emergency physicians, hospitalists, and anesthesiologists, which private equity firms started rolling up in the early 2000s. 

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021

As Democrats pare down their social spending package some healthcare benefits are on the chopping block. Pediatric providers declare a national mental health emergency for kids. And Amazon Care is expanding to five more cities.  

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ahead of regulatory approval, the Biden Administration lays out plans to distribute COVID vaccine plans to young kids. The FDA kicked off the process of making hearing aids available over the counter. And more than 30,000 Kaiser Permanente employees authorized a strike.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Where will healthcare workers who refuse to get vaccinated work after mandates are implemented? Despite warnings that ivermectin doesn’t help treat COVID, overseas generic drug makers are making big bucks off the medication. And UnitedHealthcare launches a virtual-first primary care plan.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Instead of spotlighting the importance of the local public health officials, the pandemic has led to a public backlash against them. Large health systems are joining forces to lobby for hospital-at-home waivers to become permanent. And Walmart enters the employer-sponsored coverage market.

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Will current physician practice rollups meet a different fate from those of the 90s?

Will current physician practice rollups meet a different fate from those of the 90s?

Some have warned that the rapid growth of PE-backed practices is reminiscent of the rise and fall of physician practice management companies of the 1990s. In the second part of our series about the impact of private equity investment in physician practice on the healthcare market, we’ll hear from Peter Kindrachuk, a former PhyCor executive, on how today’s trend compares to what happened back then.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Walgreens moves further into care delivery and launches a new health division. The FDA’s vaccine panel recommends Moderna booster shots. And the agency authorizes its first e-cigarette, but only the tobacco flavor.

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