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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, June 17, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Anthem joins CivicaRx’s division to bring lower-cost generic drugs to pharmacies. The first patient receives the controversial newly approved Alzheimer’s medicine. And some research finds vaccine mixing holds promise.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Some states lift nearly all pandemic restrictions as vaccination rates reach the 70 percent threshold. Humana deepens its push into home care with another acquisition. And a charity buys up nearly $300M in medical debt.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A judge tosses out the case challenging Houston Methodist’s vaccine mandate. HCA Healthcare trauma centers are charging patients up to 10 times more than other trauma centers. And more than 1M individuals bought coverage on Healthcare.gov since February.

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Reforming quality reporting by focusing on the metrics that matter

Reforming quality reporting by focusing on the metrics that matter

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, CEO and co-founder of Aledade, discusses how quality reporting for physicians has become time-intensive and no longer commensurate with incentives. He tells us the whole system is in need of “radical surgery”.   

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

After blowback, UnitedHealthcare delays its policy of not covering emergency department visits it deems unnecessary. Datavant and Ciox Health announce plans to merge.  And Biogen’s newly approved Alzheimers has a huge price tag.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The heart rate, sleep and exercise data Apple devices capture can now be sent to your electronic health record. Hospitals start enforcing vaccine mandates and penalties for non compliance. And the pandemic has changed how we use the emergency department.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Retail giants Amazon and Walmart go head to head with competing pharmacy offerings. UnitedHealthcare will start denying emergency department claims if it deems a past visit to the ER nonemergent. One for-profit and one nonprofit medical school look to expand in Montana.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

One Medical is acquiring senior-focused primary care company Iora Health. The FDA approves the first Alzheimers drug in 18 years. And Colorado Children’s Hospital is so overwhelmed with pediatric mental health patients, last month it declared a state of emergency. 

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

Now that vaccinated Americans are out and about, get ready for those seasonal viruses to make a comeback. Physician Assistants vote to change their title. And Dr. B promised to match leftover vaccine doses to recipients, but it’s unclear the service actually helped any patients get shots. 

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Companies are offering free baseball tickets, beer, flights with vaccines. Democrats are trying to find a federal work-around to expand Medicaid in holdout states. And a UK telemedicine company is buying up large numbers of doctors in the US.

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