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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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Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

As vaccine mandates go into effect hospitals and nursing homes worry staffing shortages will get worse. There are renewed calls for more oversight over Medicare Advantage plans. And the FDA  recommends seniors and adults with underlying medical conditions should get COVID booster shots.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

HCA Healthcare expands into fast-growing Utah. The official American death toll from the COVID pandemic has now surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic. And with seniors spending hundreds of dollars on dental and hearing care out-of-pocket, expanding Medicare to cover these benefits is hugely popular.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Amid booster shot limbo, decisions are falling to doctors. With insurers rolling back COVID waivers patients are getting big bills. And Walgreens acquires a majority stake in specialty pharmacy company Shields Health.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Intermountain Healthcare plans to merge with Colorado-based SCL Health. Pfizer says its vaccine elicited a strong immune response in 5-to-11-year olds. And health apps need to tell consumers if their data was exposed.

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Carrum Health democratizes the center of excellence model for smaller employers

Carrum Health democratizes the center of excellence model for smaller employers

Although the center of excellence model has been around for years, it has been mainly used by mega-employers. San Francisco-based Carrum Health is making this more accessible to smaller companies through its digital marketplace that connects self-insured employers with a network of providers. 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

As booster debate intensifies in the US, the UK moves forward with its rollout. Hospitals are under pressure to add psychiatric beds. And Buzzfeed News traced the ivermectin as a covid treatment craze back to a questionable study out of Argentina.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

As COVID becomes endemic, we need to learn to live with the virus. The federal government accuses Aetna of operating ghost networks to secure Medicaid contracts. Medicare Advantage plans support adding dental, vision, and hearing benefits to traditional Medicare as long as they get higher payments.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Hospitals continue to postpone non-emergent surgeries to preserve capacity for COVID patients. Stimulus dollars and government programs helped keep Americans out of poverty last year. And top vaccine regulators say there’s not enough evidence for booster shots.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hospitals react to Biden’s new vaccine requirement for healthcare workers. New transparency rules are released for air ambulance companies and insurers. And nursing homes prescribe antipsychotic medications to far more residents than reported.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Biden Administration plans to release another $25 billion in provider relief funding. Spreading false information about covid vaccines could cost physicians their license. And physician groups in Texas say the state’s new abortion law interferes with their ability to practice medicine.

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