Modern Practice Podcast

Modern Practice is your curbside consult with top clinicians from around the country. This exciting podcast series features medical experts sharing their ideas and approaches for the latest strategic trends and clinical challenges. Hosted by Dr. Tom Villanueva and brought to you by the Vizient Medical Leadership team.

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3 days ago

As patients take on more of their medication costs through higher deductibles and coinsurance, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) are becoming more and more crucial to the process. PBMs are key to determining the medications available to patients and what patients have to pay for them. Yet, there can be an alternative to PBMs, and on this episode, we explore how health care organizations can find alternative solutions for skyrocketing drug costs, solutions that are at the level of the individual patient and the provider and not at the macro level taken by PBMs.
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Guest:Priyesh Patel, PharmD, MBAVice President and General Manager, AllumaVizient
 
Show Notes:
[01:07] Addressing skyrocketing drug costs – the Alluma solution
[02:04] Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs)
[03:07] 75% of Vizient member organizations are self-employed insurers (8M lives)
[03:51] Health care workers are not healthy
[05:21] PBMs are not health providers – they manage lives at a macro level
[06:42] Working at a clinical level
[09:55] Complex issues around new, complex drugs
[11:21] Controversy around PBMs: the extravagant profits and the rebate issue
 
Links | Resources:
 
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
Priyesh Patel’s email: priyesh.patel@allumaco.com
“PBM Impact on Employers & Risk to Health Systems” (Alluma white paper):
https://www.allumaco.com/news/whitepaper-pbm-impact-on-employers-risk-to-health-systems
 
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Recap of the year, Part 2

Thursday Jan 19, 2023

Thursday Jan 19, 2023

The past couple of years revealed issues that had to be faced and glaring needs that hac to be addressed. On this episode, Tom continues his review of the issues and challenges of the past year and what we can do to improve on them.
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:23] Increase of addiction, suicides and accidental overdoses
[01:34] Addiction treatment needed
[02:30] Resilience revealed
[03:22] Doing more with less and using better documentation processes
[04:45] Community is essential
[05:09] If you don’t make time for your wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness
[07:02] Be kind to one another and ourselves
 
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To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
 
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Recap of the year, Part 1

Friday Jan 13, 2023

Friday Jan 13, 2023

Nearly three years ago, COVID-19 struck and changed the healthcare landscape. It created issues but also pushed issues to the surface that needed to be addressed. On this episode, Tom recaps the issues and challenges of the past year and what we can do to face them and make improvements.
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior Principal, Clinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:54] The use of masks
[02:23] Vaccines
[03:37] Booster fatigue is common
[05:09] Be kind to yourself
[06:10] Not everyone is treated equally in healthcare
[07:47] Take mental health seriously – anxiety has nothing to do with character
 
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To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
 
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Thursday Jan 05, 2023

This final episode of a three-part series on clinical quality focuses on documentation and the impact correct documentation can make on improving care. Also featured is a discussion on what needs to happen in the future to improve quality.
 
Guest speakers:Angela Hunt, RN, MBA, CCDSPrincipalClinical DocumentationVizient
 
Rick May, MDSenior PrincipalClinical Quality ImprovementVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:38] Documentation requires critical thinking
[01:37] Providers and documentation
[05:25] What needs to happen in the next few years
 
Links | Resources:
 
Advance clinical operations and quality (Vizient)
Click Here
 
AHA Leadership Roundtable: The Future of Health Care Quality (Aug 3, 2022)
Click Here
 
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Thursday Dec 29, 2022

This episode continues a three-part series on clinical quality: why it is still elusive and what practices and organizations can do to overcome the massive challenges around quality improvement. This program focuses on those challenges but also the benefits in the drive toward quality in health care.
 
Guest speakers:
Angela Hunt, RN, MBA, CCDS
Principal, Clinical Documentation
Vizient
 
Rick May, MD
Senior Principal, Clinical Quality Improvement
Vizient
 
Moderator:
Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Senior Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality
Vizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:38] Issues affecting quality
[01:37] Documentation issues – not just finance
[02:55] Thinking differently – prime importance of quality, reduced patient days
[05:06] Other benefits
[06:11] Effect on private payers
[07:07] Workforce – a brewing catastrophe
 
Links | Resources:
Advance clinical operations and quality (Vizient) Click here
AHA Leadership Roundtable: The Future of Health Care Quality (Aug 3, 2022) Click here
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Angela Hunt: angela.hunt@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Rick May: rick.may@vizientinc.com
 
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Thursday Dec 22, 2022

Since the publication of “To Err Is Human” over 20 years ago, focus on healthcare quality has intensified. Yet, progress has been halting at best, with hospital-acquired conditions, medication errors, and many other issues still prevalent. This episode begins a three-part series on clinical quality: why it is still elusive and what are recommended actions that clinical practices and organizations can take to attain quality improvement.
 
Guest speakers:Angela Hunt, RN, MBA, CCDSPrincipal, Clinical DocumentationVizient
 
Rick May, MDSenior Principal, Clinical Quality ImprovementVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior Principal, Clinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[01:22] The status of clinical quality today
[02:49] The impact of the workforce shortage
[03:42] Areas of concern
[04:54] Process and training issues
[05:43] The impact of financial issues
[08:06] Clinical documentation issues
 
Links | Resources:
Advance clinical operations and quality (Vizient) Click Here
AHA Leadership Roundtable: The Future of Health Care Quality (Aug 3, 2022) Click Here
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Angela Hunt: angela.hunt@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Rick May: rick.may@vizientinc.com
 
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Thursday Dec 15, 2022

This episode of our award-winning podcast finishes the three-part series on the various drug shortages occurring today and what organizations and practices can do about them.
 
Guest speaker:Mittal Sutaria, PharmDSenior Vice PresidentContract and Program Services, PharmacyVizient
 
Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPSSenior PrincipalPharmacy SolutionsVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:40] Challenges of dealing with China and the impact of COVID
[03:14] Partnerships to help providers deal with shortages
[07:12] Months of disruption
[07:40] Employing different sourcing strategies and building inventory
[08:38] Recommendations for next steps and a new alliance
[10:00] Need for enduring management to minimize shortages
 
Links | Resources:
“The one thing you need to know about drug shortage stewardship” (Vizient, Oct 25, 2022): Click Here
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Sutaria: mittal.sutaria@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Lucio: steven.lucio@vizientinc.com
 
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Thursday Dec 08, 2022

On this episode of our award-winning podcast, we continue our series on the various drug shortages occurring today and what organizations and practices can do about them.
 
Guest speaker:Mittal Sutaria, PharmDSenior Vice PresidentContract and Program Services, PharmacyVizient
 
Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPSSenior PrincipalPharmacy SolutionsVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:33] Challenges dealing with shortages
[01:58] Using shortages as a care opportunity
[04:06] “Anticipatory purchasing”
[06:16] Problem knowing where drugs originate
[08:44] Originating drugs in the US and Europe: pros and cons
 
Links | Resources:
“The one thing you need to know about drug shortage stewardship” (Vizient, Oct 25, 2022): Click Here
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Sutaria: mittal.sutaria@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Lucio: steven.lucio@vizientinc.com
 
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Friday Dec 02, 2022

For a long time, drug shortages have made a tremendous impact on clinical practice, but now, because of the pandemic and its aftermath, those shortages are acute. This new series will cover the various shortages that are occurring today and what we can do about them.
 
Guest speaker:Mittal Sutaria, PharmDSenior Vice PresidentContract and Program Services, PharmacyVizient
 
Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPSSenior PrincipalPharmacy SolutionsVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior PrincipalClinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[01:20] Shortages have expanded beyond drugs
[02:20] Shortages occurring today
[03:40] The “Swiss Cheese” approach to addressing shortages
[06:00] COVID
[07:02] Why recovery from shortages takes time
[07:56] Causes of shortages
 
Links | Resources:
“The one thing you need to know about drug shortage stewardship” (Vizient, Oct 25, 2022): Click here
To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Sutaria: mittal.sutaria@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Lucio: steven.lucio@vizientinc.com
 
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Wednesday Nov 23, 2022

After a short hiatus, by and large, during the COVID outbreak, influenza is returning, with severe outbreaks in South America and other areas. This episode updates this situation and examines the preventions and treatments best for combating the flu.
 
Guest speaker:Stacy Lauderdale, PharmD, BCPSSenior Director, Drug InformationVizient
 
Moderator:Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHMSenior Principal, Clinical Operations and QualityVizient
 
Show Notes:
[00:53] The return of the flu
[01:44] Children and the immunity debt
[02:04] Flu vaccine choices
[04:50] Tamiflu and other flu treatments: indications, dosages, comparisons
[07:35] Tamiflu side effects
[08:05] When to use Tamiflu – treatment and prophylaxis
[09:40] Tamiflu, vaccines and pregnancy
[10:25] Contraindications
[11:33] Final thoughts: getting ready for flu season
 
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To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com
To contact Dr. Lauderdale: stacy.lauderdale@vizientinc.com
 
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