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VillageMD’s Working Smarter vodcasts distill the avalanche of legal information down to the key points that matter most to you and your practice. Short, engaging, and directly relevant to daily work, these episodes give you the information you need to navigate and succeed in value based care.

VillageMD’s Working Smarter vodcasts distill the avalanche of legal information down to the key points that matter most to you and your practice. Short, engaging, and directly relevant to daily work, these episodes give you the information you need to navigate and succeed in value based care.

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United States

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VillageMD’s Working Smarter vodcasts distill the avalanche of legal information down to the key points that matter most to you and your practice. Short, engaging, and directly relevant to daily work, these episodes give you the information you need to navigate and succeed in value based care.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Road Ahead in Healthcare Policy with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

4/7/2021
We are honored to be joined this week by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel for a discussion around the evolving healthcare policy landscape. On this episode, he shares his experience to help craft the Affordable Care Act (ACA), how it has changed over time, and what to expect in the next few years. Join us as Dr. Emanuel predicts healthcare priorities under the Biden administration, gets candid on his regrets during the Obama administration, and relays his conversations with Trump about stalling the ACA...

Duration:00:34:25

Under a Microscope: Examining Hospital Price Transparency

3/24/2021
Heads up! A new rule effective January 2021 takes hospital price transparency to the next level! If enforced, it will open up a new source on hospital charges, and will shed light on some of the most closely held pricing information in healthcare. In this episode, we give a summary of what you can expect to see over the next 1-3 years. We also used our best detective skills to see how some hospitals are adapting to these rules. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:15:32

Around the Village: Intern Edition

3/3/2021
On this episode of Around the Village, we are highlighting an intern from our VillageMD internship program. Zach Hattig is currently an pre-med undergraduate student at Northwestern University. During his time with VillageMD, he concentrated on a research project with our clinical team. He was identified as an exceptional intern through the program, we are talking with him about his experience, and what he learned throughout his time with us. If you are interested in future VillageMD...

Duration:00:12:09

Sprinting at Warp Speed: Regulatory Updates

2/10/2021
If you think Usain Bolt is fast, you should see how fast the federal government (especially CMS) have been pushing out regulatory changes! Our team has been keeping up with this “Regulatory Sprint", and we condensed the most significant changes into a manageable summary. In this episode, we provide you a recap of these changes, and discuss what we are expecting to see from the new Biden administration. If you liked this summary, stay tuned for our deep dive episodes that we will be releasing...

Duration:00:20:10

Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 2

1/27/2021
In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow provide a deeper dive into the simplified documentation requirements for physician office visit coding. Previously, the CMS requirements for medical decision making have been widely criticized by physicians for requiring documentation that is not clinically relevant. CMS reduced the required elements of the Medical Decision Making documentation starting in January 2021. Tune in to learn about these important changes! You can find the...

Duration:00:21:47

Office Visit Coding Simplified for 2021: Part 1

1/20/2021
At VillageMD Working Smarter, we have been closely watching CMS proposals to reduce the burden of coding and documentation for physician office visits. CMS finalized two significant changes that will impact the primary care workforce in late 2020: 1) a reduction in the number of levels for established patients and 2) simplification of the documentation required to support the level. In this episode, Erdest Jenkins and Doctor John Torontow of VillageMD summarize E&M coding proposal. These...

Duration:00:15:40

The Scoop: Medicare Advantage Diagnosis Coding Indictments

12/16/2020
Medicare Advantage diagnosis coding remains a high enforcement priority for CMS and OIG and we’ve seen several new developments this year. These cases have some things in common, and a picture is emerging of critical elements that providers should know. Tune in for a summary of the key details, including some best practices and conversely some things to avoid. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com,...

Duration:00:16:17

Beyond Patient Portals: Information Blocking Rules

11/4/2020
“This rule is widely seen as a game changer that will have far reaching effects on how information is accessed, exchanged, and used….” – The National Law Review. The information blocking rules, which take effect in 2021, are the biggest regulatory change related to sharing patient information since the passage of HIPAA. These rules will allow patients to view their information in third party applications of their choice. In this episode, we summarize these changes, and indicate the steps...

Duration:00:16:52

Tips To Improve Your Social Media Game

8/19/2020
Social media can be a powerful tool, but it can be daunting to learn. There are also risks associated with these accounts. In particular for physicians, social media can be a way to communicate with patients, and hear their feedback/comments. On this episode, we are joined by Molly Lynch, who leads Lynch Communications. She shares some guidance on how to best use social media and also how to avoid pitfalls and cringe moments! Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:18:17

Around the Village: Todd Park

7/29/2020
We are thrilled to be joined by Todd Park on this episode! Todd is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Devoted Health, which is a Medicare Advantage plan. Todd was formerly the Co-Founder of athenahealth, and served as Chief Technology Officer for President Obama’s Administration for 5 years. Todd is inspirational in his passion to change healthcare, and the way he thinks about serving the customers for Devoted Health. Tune in to hear this engaging conversation! Thank you to all of...

Duration:00:17:50

Direct Contracting Entities Update

6/18/2020
You may remember us telling you about the Medicare Direct Contracting Program last year. Direct Contracting is a further iteration of the Next Generation ACO model, and will allow entities to participate in risk agreements directly with Medicare. Since then, we’ve learned a lot more. Medicare gave us even more updates this past week! This week, we are thrilled to welcome one of our favorite Smarties, Lucy Sola. Lucy has been involved with our implementation of this program for VillageMD,...

Duration:00:13:14

Primary Care In the Time of Corona

5/28/2020
During this pandemic, our Village Medical front line clinical workers have shown great tenacity, dedication, and commitment to their patients. We wanted to honor their work by interviewing some of our shining stars in our different markets across the country. They tell us what it has been like, what gives them hope, and what has been challenging in these times. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com,...

Duration:00:13:45

It's Raining Regs

5/13/2020
We were inspired by The Weather Girls for our first episode back since the COVID-19 pandemic started. We have seen a torrential downpour of regulations and guidance from the government. in the last few months It truly feels like it's "Raining Regs"; everything from $2 trillion in stimulus money through the CARES Act to Telemedicine regulation changes. In this episode, we explore the changes that impact primary care physicians. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them,...

Duration:00:09:55

Miles To Go: New Healthcare Transparency Rules

3/4/2020
If you are wondering why we are quoting Robert Frost when discussing a CMS rule change, it’s because of the broad sweeping impact of the proposed rules for healthcare pricing transparency. If this becomes law, it will be an earthquake…..but there are miles to go before we will actually see this change. Rather than stopping by the woods on a snowy evening, we sat down with one of our experts Susan Zook, Founder of Mason Street Consulting, to discuss all the details. (And generally to see if...

Duration:00:13:50

Changing Chicago Primary Care with Dr. Perlmuter

2/26/2020
We are always wondering how primary care medicine has changed over time. We think talking with physicians directly about their experiences is the best way of figuring this out. On this episode of Around the Village, we sit down with Dr. Perlmuter a primary care physician who has been practicing medicine in Chicago for 31 years. Tune in to hear his thoughts about primary care and how his practice has been positively affected by VillageMD. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we...

Duration:00:06:31

CBD Oil: Helpful Supplement or Harmful Substance?

2/19/2020
In a surprising turn of events, the FDA released a consumer advisory warning about the potential harmful effects of CBD. CBD is available now at every corner store, but these products are not approved by the FDA. On this episode, we are joined by VillageMD’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Clive Fields. He explains what he advises patients about these types of supplements and the science behind this FDA advisory notice. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send...

Duration:00:14:03

The Barbara Streisand Effect: Dealing with Negative Online Reviews

2/5/2020
Pop quiz: Imagine a patient just left you a terrible online review on Yelp. What do you do?! We are joined by one of our experts, Amanda Skerski, who is VillageMD Vice President of Marketing and Communication. We will walk you through what you can do, what you shouldn't do, and some practical tips……and what Barbara Streisand has to do with all of this! Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening to sharon@villagemd.com, and you...

Duration:00:09:58

The Ultimate Guide to Checking Nursing Home Abuse

1/22/2020
Heads Up! CMS is now reporting incidents of abuse and neglect at nursing homes. Your patients and their families can see this report, and probably have some questions! We are joined this week by Andrea Osborne, VillageMD Vice President of Post-Acute Care. In a few short minutes, Andrea tells us what we need to know about this new tool and how it can be used to inform/answer patients. Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a picture of you listening...

Duration:00:11:59

Talking Tech with Mike Roberts

1/17/2020
We know our listeners are always interested in learning about the technology that transforms primary care! On this episode of Around the Village, we sit down with Mike Roberts, VillageMD’s Chief Technology Officer. The docOS program built by his team put VillageMD on the map as a tech focused healthcare start-up. Tune in to hear about Mike’s vision for docOS and what is coming next from our Technology team! Thank you to all of our loyal listeners, or as we call them, Smarties! Send us a...

Duration:00:11:00

2020 Changes in Physician Payment

1/8/2020
These CMS changes to the physician fee schedule are more good news for primary care! In this episode, we are joined by several special guests to walk us through these changes. We focus primarily on the codes that will significantly impact primary care physicians. All references and handouts are available on our website: https://vmdworkingsmarter.com/conversations/ Thank you to all of our listeners for your comments and feedback. We love hearing from you! We are now available on Apple,...

Duration:00:16:38