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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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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Medicare beneficiaries used 6000% more telehealth in 2020 than pre-pandemic. While the attention is on Omicron, Delta is what hospitals are still worried about right now. And Physicians Assistants’ recent title change to Physician Associates isn’t sitting well with doctors.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Monday, December 6, 2021

President Biden will require private insurers to pay for at-home covid tests. CVS and Microsoft expand their partnership to digitize and personalize care. And a tale of two states that expanded Medicaid with dramatically different outcomes.

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The UK turns to boosters to stave off a Omicron driven surge

The UK turns to boosters to stave off a Omicron driven surge

As omicron cases are identified across the globe, countries are scrambling to prevent a surge in cases. Germany, Greece, and Austria are imposing restrictions on the unvaccinated. The US and UK are turning to booster shots. Earlier this week British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he plans to make boosters available to all adults by the end of January. In this episode, Maya Kroth reports from London. 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

A new ruling extends the pause on healthcare worker vaccine mandates nationwide. The first case of the omicron variant is found in California. And we recap the Supreme Court arguments in the case challenging whether Medicare can cut drug payments to some hospitals.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Las Vegas jury finds UnitedHealthcare has been underpaying TeamHealth physicians in Nevada. The CDC is searching for cases of the omicron variant in the US. And HCA Healthcare expands its Florida footprint.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

President Biden says the omicron variant is a cause for concern but not panic. A judge temporarily blocks the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. And an experimental treatment appears to have cured a man of Type 1 diabetes.

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Supreme Court to hear case challenging Medicare cuts to 340B

Supreme Court to hear case challenging Medicare cuts to 340B

Medicare reimburses hospitals that buy drugs at discounts less than hospitals paying full price. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether that’s legal. In this episode, hospitals say profits from this 340B program used to fund charity care and specialty pharmacy programs are now at risk.  

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A jury rules finds CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed opioids. The Biden administration releases $7.5 billion in relief funding for rural providers. And consumers are dealing with a patchwork of telehealth coverage.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

All the single-use PPE is creating a huge medical waste problem. Two private equity firms buy AthenaHealth. And there’s a small window for patients to get the benefits from the new coronavirus antiviral pills.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Monday, November 22, 2021

The CDC clears booster shots for all adults. The House passes the $1.75 trillion spending plan which includes several healthcare reforms. And physicians accuse a large Lasik eye surgery chain of pressure to boost volumes.

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