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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, June 28, 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Providers report confusion after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Americans’ constitutional right to abortion. Colorado gets federal dollars to implement a public insurance option. And younger nurses are leaving the workforce, driving healthcare workforce shortages.


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More Oregon physicians announce plans to unionize. Are they a bellwether?

More Oregon physicians announce plans to unionize. Are they a bellwether?

This month, two groups of hospital-employed physicians in Oregon filed to join a union this month. In this episode, we hear from some of those doctors, as well as Mollie Skov-Ortega, MD, president of a long-standing hospitalist union.


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Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

A Deloitte analysis highlights the shocking cost of healthcare inequality. Americans are looking to Canada for hope in the fight against ALS. And a new report from North Carolina details how unevenly COVID relief funds were distributed to hospital systems.


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

In the absence of stronger federal consumer protections for medical debt, states consider new measures. The Markup’s investigation reveals that dozens of hospitals inadvertently allowed Facebook to obtain patient information through an embedded tracking tool on their websites. And another hospital deal bites the dust.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A new study finds Medicare could save $3.6B if it bought generic drugs through Mark Cuban’s new pharmacy. Walgreens launches its new clinical trial business. And home health providers are unhappy with Medicare’s planned rate cut.


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A conversation with President of Kaia Health Nigel Ohrenstein

A conversation with President of Kaia Health Nigel Ohrenstein

In this episode, Nigel Ohrenstein, president of the digital musculoskeletal startup Kaia Health says he expects that digital physical therapy will become the default form of physical therapy in the future.


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Friday, June 16, 2022

Friday, June 16, 2022

The FTC is investigating whether Cerebral used deceptive business practices to market its mental health services. Kaiser Health News reports on the quick downfall of two Missouri hospitals purchased by a private equity-backed firm. And hospitals are facing new competition for employees – Amazon. A Gist Healthcare, analysis finds more than a quarter of hospital workers are working jobs that pay a lower median wage than Amazon warehouses.


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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Supreme Court sided with hospitals in a dispute about Medicare reimbursement for medications acquired through the 340B discount program. The FDA’s panel of vaccine experts recommends the agency greenlight covid shots for the youngest kids. And New Jersey RWJBarnabas Health abandons plans to acquire Saint Peter’s Healthcare after the FTC challenged the deal.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

 The AMA takes its strongest stance on reproductive rights during its annual meeting this week. Democrats are urging federal lawmakers to extend insurance subsidies. And HCA Healthcare expands its nursing school with a new campus in NC.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Arnold Ventures is funding the latest spate of consumer and employer lawsuits against hospitals for using market power to raise prices. The CDC lifts the covid testing requirement for international travelers. And the FTC asks UnitedHealth Group for more info about its bid to buy LHC Group. 


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