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WebTalkRadio.net HostThink of everything you’ve always wanted to say to those faceless, nameless healthcare providers and insurance CEO’s. Well, meet Fred, a former healthcare CEO himself, who pretty much agrees with everything you have to say. All too aware of the challenges we all face in the future, he has strong, new ideas for how to get things fixed – and a keen sense of urgency about doing it. You’ll want to hear this.

 

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Adventures In Healthcare Reform – A Lot More in Healthcare Needs Reforming

Fred gives examples of what’s wrong in our current healthcare crazy quilt, patchwork of healthcare purveyors, providers, and the patients who are on the receiving end. Bariatric surgical banding is recommended at lower body mass weights by (guess who) the bariatric surgeons. The FDA must decide, but higher costs won’t factor into it. Also bad […]

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Adventures In Healthcare Reform with Fred Malphurs

Fred Malphurs spent thirty-seven years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the retired CEO of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System in Gainesville, Florida, and a retired Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Having transferred thirteen times, been on three long-term details and served in the VA Central Office in Washington on three different occasions, Fred has been exposed to the inner working of health care delivery as well as the political administration in the executive branch. He is the author of My Life in the VA: Lessons in Leadership.

His career spans from the impact of returning veterans from the Viet Nam War to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the course of serving in the VA, Fred received numerous awards during his career, including the two highest: Presidential Rank, at both the meritorious and distinguished levels. Medical Centers under his direction have twice received the VA’s highest award for quality, the prestigious Carey award. As a network director, the network under Fred’s leadership twice received the VA’s highest award for quality, the Kizer award, in addition to being recognized many times for having the best practices in a wide variety of administrative and clinical areas. He has published in health care periodicals, given media interviews and appeared on television in the course of his career.

Married, he has six grown children, two cats, and a Chihuahua

 

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  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – A Lot More in Healthcare Needs Reforming Fred gives examples of what’s wrong in our current healthcare crazy quilt, patchwork of healthcare purveyors, providers, and the patients who are on the receiving end. Bariatric surgical banding is recommended at lower body mass weights by (guess who) the bariatric surgeons. The FDA must decide, but higher costs won’t factor into it. Also bad news from urology, cancer care, ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Further Commentary on the sorry state of US healthcare Fred talks about Atul Gawande. best selling author of books on healthcare, the latest of which is The Checklist Manifesto. Gawande states that 40 % of the US population doesn’t receive healthcare and the US is closing in on spending 20% of its entire economy on health care. Other topics:health insurance premiums have surged 41 ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Week 1049 Week 1049
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Fred Talks About Healthcare Reform, ER’s and More! Focused more than ever on the need to improve healthcare and healthcare reform, Fred talks about the need to keep the current law and strengthen it to get lower costs, create a true high performance health care system, and a consistently high quality system of care. For example, a recent article published in Health Affairs ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Raves, but More Rants Re: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Fred talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly in current health care debate. Teed off by all the misinformation, threats, and ignorance up on display nationally in the recent elections, he tells how the good of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the health care reform law requires insurers ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Information Technology for Healthcare and YOU! Health care providers have wasted billions of dollars in buying health care software, computer systems, consulting contracts, and most don’t have a complete electronic medical record, Chris Couie tells us why and how that effects your health insurance costs. His book, The IT Handbook for Business, tells how to manage information technology costs. EMR (Electronic Medical Records) are the future ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Been in an Auto Accident or Know Someone Who Has? Listen UP! Dr. David Sussman, Orthopedic Surgeon, talks about the health and legal considerations for those involved in auto accidents in an entertaining and enlightening way. The dangers of disability compensation lead some victims into a disability focused life rather than to full recovery. Health care reform so far doesn’t address any of the policy and ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – What Everyone Should Know About Women’s Breasts Jan Janzen, author of Breast Health Exposed, talks about what every woman must know about her breasts. Jan says that healthy breasts don’t get cancer. Jan is a speaker, educator and entrepreneur whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer. She talks about the five myths about breast health and the ten secrets that your doctor will never tell you ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Healthcare: Who is in charge? Nobody Fred Malphurs talks about the miscellaneous factoids that reveal a compelling story about his three categories of factoids: 1. No one is actually in charge, 2. It’s not that the right hand knoweth no what the left is doing. Its an octopus and none of the tentacles know what any of the other tentacles are ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Protect Your Privacy AND Take Control of Your Med Info! Jacqueline Klosek, attorney and author, talks about how people can protect their privacy and security while taking control of their medical information. She tells us about the risks and advantages of personal health records. Health privacy is put at risk by social networking sites and possibly effects one’s relations with their employer. Her book, Why ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Who’s Advocating For Your Health? Check out caremanager.org Tina Lipscomb, RN, tells us all about case management. Case managers, Registered Nurses or Social Workers, coordinate care for patients across the spectrum of healthcare, including acute, chronic, long term care, hospice, palliative care, home care, etc. Faced with a new and serious diagnosis, talk to a care manager. Want to support better quality and ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Unbreak Your Health: Show me the Alternatives! Alan Smith, author of Unbreak Your Health: Your Map to the World of Complimentary & Alternative Therapies, talks about his own journey to better health. Told by Mayo Clinic specialists that there was nothing they could do for his pain, Alan refused to accept it and began his personal mission of healing himself and spreading ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Sick of Doctors?: Then Do Something About it! Lorene Burkhart’s book, Sick of Doctors? is a prescription for patient empowerment. Lorene discusses what she has learned from her own patient/physician experiences and offers valuable resources for building your own personal health care record and wants you to record every visit and every test. She places appropriate concern about the patient/pysician encounter, especially what ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – David Blender, Hypnotherapist, Puts Us Into a Trance! David Blender, an accredited hypnotherapist, talks about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Clinical hypnosis is used to reduce anxiety, eliminate chronic pain, improve performance in competitive sports, increase confidence and creativity, reduce fear of dentistry or surgery, eliminate fears, control bad habits, improve job performance and memory, stop smoking, eliminate insomnia, hasten medical recovery and much more!
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Diagnosis: Cancer; What’s the caregiver to do? Joni James Aldrich talks about lifelines to W-I-N against cancer. Joni’s book, The Saving of Gordon, tell the story of her husband’s battle against cancer, the mistakes made, the lessons learned and her resolve to provide others with the tools needed to have a fighting chance against cancer. 4,000 people in the US are given a ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Dr. Ira Williams tells us why US health care system is MISDIAGNOSED! Dr. Ira Williams is interviewed. Dr. Ira’s Book, Misdiagnosed: Why Current Health Care Change is Malpractice offers keen insights into the failures of regulation and control of the quality of health care. Dr. Ira thinks that the US health care system has been developed like a weed patch with no master plan. Agencies set up ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Vicki Kind, bioethicist, talks CAREGIVER’S MAKING CHOICES Vicki Kind talks about the caregiver’s path to compassionate decision making. The choices made should reflect the patient’s wishes for the kind of care and caring that they want for themselves when a high level of care is needed such as after a stroke or at the end of life. The caregiver’s experience is about ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – The VP of the diabetesresource.com details its benefits Landileigh Nelson, the Vice President of the diabetesresource.com talks about the benefits of the on-line, one stop shopping, information loaded website. The all encompassing resource offers a free newsletter. Nelson talks about her diabetic condition which requires $300 worth of drugs per month and how health care reform provides great assistance to diabetics through ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Taking Care of An Aging Relative? Looooong Term Care! eCareDiary.com is a one stop shopping center designed to to make coordination of care and sharing of information easy for caregivers. John Mills and Susan Baida are the co-founders with their own experiences as caregivers that led them to create eCareDiary as a means to help caregivers simplify their own situations by providing the tools and ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Author Christian Wilde Tells All About Stem Cell Therapies Christian Wilde discusses stem cell therapies and the ongoing FDA trials for catastrophic diseases like heart disease, heart failure, MS, diabetes,stroke, back injury and more. His books, Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair and Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke are both highly acclaimed. Wilde also discusses tumeric, an over the counter dietary supplement ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Dennis Torkko of Santal Solutions talks about biotech Dennis Torkko, President and Co-Founder of Santal Solutions, talks about OmSanA, the leading dual-purpose dietary supplement for maintaining both blood sugar and cholesterol levels. OmSanA is clinically proven and is a next-generation dietary supplement derived from a unique plant that grows in India and has been a natural folk medicine there since 5000 BC. Torrko also ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – A Chiropractor, Dr. Mark Cochran, Talks About Wellness & MORE Dr. Cochran’s book, Oby’s Wisdom: A Caveman’s Simple Guide to Health and Well-being, gives the advice that we all have the ability to heal from within, and provides a fresh, sensible and practical approach to nutrition, exercise, wellness, spirituality and living. Dr. Cochran’s own story is inspiring and empowering. It is a tale of the ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Dr. Flyer Talks About A Better Model for Health Care Dr. Brian Flyer, an internist in private practice in Los Angeles, talks about how he changed his practice from an HMO driven factory-like assembly line to a practice dedicated to a limited number of patients who have direct access to him, on-time and unhurried office visits. He offers pre-paid primary care. For a small monthly fee, ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Telemedicine Delivers Physician Care Anytime, Anywhere Glenn Hammack, President and Board Chair of NuPhysicia, talks about telemedicine. NuPhysicia operates telemedicine methods developed and proven through serving hundreds of thousands of patients around the world. The technology uses face-to-face telemedicne, connecting doctors and patients via two-way video. Providing expert specialty care from oil rigs to isolated rural areas, telemedicine has arrived in ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Everything that Physicians Do Has a Cost/Benefit Ratio! Melvin Kirschner, MD, explores the issues and controversies of medical practice in his new book, All Medicines are Poison. A retired family physician, Dr. Kirschner’s title is taken from his first medical school class in pharmacology. The professor said, “I am here to teach you how to poison people.” After a pause, he added, “without killing ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – What Elephant in the Exam Room? Wayne Liebhard, MD, author of Elephants in the Exam Room, talks about the importance of the patient’s role in driving up the cost of health care. Dr. Liebhard’s book, Elephants in the Exam Room, addresses health care policy, the real drivers of expensive health care, the major factors that influence the high cost of health ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – A Healthcare Townhall at facebook.com/bulbstorm Matt Simpson, Marketing Manager, Bulbstorm, talks about the ideas submitted in Bulbstorm’s town hall challenge. With over 300 ideas submitted and over 6,000 visitors, Bulbstorm considered the townhall a success and has set up another contest. No ideas, no problem, rate the ideas, share and comments on other’s ideas and possibly win prizes. The first winner’s ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Risk Management Or Risky Management? David Mair, Chief Operating Officer of China Connection Global Healthcare, talks about the importance of risk mangement in healthcare, business and the Olympics. Examples abound of bad risk management in Wall Street, the oil company BP and good risk management: the swine flu epidemic. The need to do more health care reform to reduce total ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Elder Care Rage. Its Worse Than You Thought! Jacqueline Marcell entertains us with her story about caring for her aging parents. Jacqueline went from one or two phone calls per week to check up on her parents to a 24/7 living Hell with her parents! This happened in a few short weeks. Both parents were eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She wrote the book, ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Lawyer Has NEVER Sued a Doctor! Albert Stark, a trial attorney in New Jersey, talks about his career providing representation to people with brain and spinal cord injuries or burns. His book, Insider Secrets to Winning Your Personal Injury Battle: A Seasoned Trial Lawyer Reveals All, tells the story of seriously injured people as they navigate the legal system and what ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – iTriage: Critical Information for YOUR Health Emergency Dr. Wayne Guerra talks about iTriage, healthcare information software developed by Healthagen to provide patients with critical, actionable information for consumers via smart phones, PC’s and web devices. Federal Chief Technology Officer Anesh Chopra recently was briefed on this free application that lets patients get to the most appropriate point of care, info on thousands of ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Vaughn Stelzenmuller Talks Healthcare Reform Vaughn Stelzenmuller, a retired Kodak engineer, entrepreneurship consultant and writer, offers his views on health care reform as a motivated and analytic consumer. Vaughn’s strategy in the last two-three years before he reached medicare eligibility was to max out his Health Savings Account and buy insurance with a $5,000 deductible, but with complete catastrophic coverage. ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – What Did the Doctor Just Say? Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Consultant and Patient Advocate, Lynn Parker talks about her book, What Did The Doctor Just Say? Lynn teaches patients to make well informed heatlhcare decisions that are right for them and tells them how to avoid patient errors. She discusses the fact that medical errors are the 5th leading cause of ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Exploring the Global Healthcare Connection Increasingly, individuals and familes are exploring alternatives to the traditional approaches to heatlhcare delivery in the US. Healthcare reform doesn’t address the alternative approaches like concierge or retainer healthcare or global treatment alternatives. Listen to Ruth Lycke, the CEO of China Connection Global Healthcare, describe her personal journey after a stroke.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Waking Up Blind, A Case Study Dr. Tom Harbin is interviewed. Tom is the author of the remarkable book, Waking Up Blind: Lawsuits Over Eye Surgery: The Shocking Story of Blinded Eyes and the Hospital Politics that Allowed It. The book is intensively researched and documented and speaks to quality of care, patient safety, the high cost of medical mistakes, the ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Your Personal Healthcare Counts Too! Metabolic fire! Dr. Barnet Meltzer’s positive, enthusiastic message of permanent weight loss, optimal health, anti-aging, integrative medicine and clinical nutrition empowers and challenges listeners to get right with their own health. Visit his website, www.MakeTime forWellness.com Dr. Meltzer’s says that health care reform should beabout what we can we do to incentivize wellness.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Public Health Needs Support Too! Art Cooper, retired county health department director talks about what the county health departments do: H1N1 (swine flu), vital statistics (deaths, births, disease incidence reporting), disaster preparedness, communicable diseases including sexually transmit- ted disease, childhood immunizations and multi-drug resistant TB. Due to government budget deficits, health depts are being cut.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Orthopedic Surgeon For Heatlhcare Reform! Dr. Craig Brigham of the OrthoCarolina Spine Center talks health reform. He says that spine surgery costs about five times more in the US than any other industrialized country. The fact is there is so much money to be made in the over treatment of back problems that there is little incentive to change the ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Move Baby, Move! Fred interviews Meranda Varnado, creator of the nationally recognized music based, chair-aerobics program Move Baby, Move! Meranda has extensive experience both teaching and choreographing aerobic exercise routines. She developed the Move Baby, Move! DVD to help ease her own pain since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2003. Her goal: Help older adults maintain their independence.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – The Healthcare Reform Debate: Helping or Hurting? Campaigning against healthcare reform my be risky business for politicians and pundits. Everyday, in nearly everyway, healthcare delivery in this country is deteriorating. By the time of the Congres- sional elections, the decline and fall of heatlhcare may be so evident that those who have campaigned against healthcare reform will find themselves in a polarized and indefensible position.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Healthcare, Its a No Fault Thing The host talks of his desire to interview or discuss or dialogue with people from the front lines of health care; employees or patients. Email him at FLMalphurs@gmail.com This show talks with a insulin dependent diabetic with a severe hearing loss. In the prime of life, no drugs or alcohol, and not overweight, his personal ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – The Healthcare Summit and Medical Schools The heatlhcare summit may be a prelude to not much or seriously reform health care, but it won’t do much to stop the rising cost of health care or stop the healthcare cutbacks at some hospitals or program closures. At the same time, the US is funding $150 million for the Ross Medical Schoool in ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Really, Health Care Reform in Massachusetts? The host talks about health care reform in Massachusetts (MA) and the recent US senate election, much ballyhooed as a sign of Republican strength. A powerful issue in the election was health reform. MA voters bragged that they already had health care reform, but the dirty little secret is that MA health care costs are ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Health Insurance Rate Hikes STINK! The host analyzes the rate increases in California announced last week by Anthem Blue Cross. The company says the rates are necessary because THEY ARE LOSING CUSTOMERS and that requiring everyone to buy health insurance would solve this problem. But, the co. had higher profits, lower payouts for consumer’s care, paid more for their own ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Our Health Insurance Sucks! The host Interviews a clinical psychologist who talks about the high cost of drugs, the high cost of his recent angioplasty and how much his health insurance has gone up this year. He talks about the Canadian Medicare System and points out its deficiencies and advantages.
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Drug resistant TB, A Big Public Health Issue Public Health Needs Reform Too Multi-drug resistant TB and extensively drug-resistant TB are powerful infectious diseases on the rise in the US. A single case is discussed which ended up costing US taxpayers $5 Million! The infected individual was a Peruvian in the US legally. Our States and the Federal need serious health care reform for our public health. Testing ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Overview of Show with Commentary Health Care Reform Requires Reform Health care reform pending in Congress will not reduce the cost of healthcare. Introducing Fred Malphurs who used to be a faceless, nameless healthcare bureaucrat and his show, Adventures in Healthcare. Fred talks about his book, My Life in the VA: Lessons in Leadership and describes the component parts of his show: Interviews and commentary ...
  • Adventures In Healthcare Reform – Raves, but More Rants Re: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Fred talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly in current health care debate. Teed off by all the misinformation, threats, and ignorance up on display nationally in the recent elections, he tells how the good of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the health care reform law requires insurers ...