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Should you just accept that Healthcare and Insurance Companies Will Always Do What They Want? No matter which party’s reforms are adopted the public will be unhappy. What’s the solution? Walk Away From Traditional Insurance. To learn more, listen in and visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.By Ryn Melberg
 
Do we really have any chance of meaningful change for an industry that all but regulates itself? Or should we just resign ourselves to healthcare and insurance companies doing and charging what they want with little if any restriction on them? Here with what is a more optimistic point of view is respected Houston based neurologist and founder of th…
 
Is it possible to get good health insurance coverage in 2021 and save money on treatments, prescription drugs and the policy too? The answer according to Dr. Steven Goldstein, founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative and respected neurologist, is yes. Learn more about this and issues like it at www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.…
 
A group of U.S. doctors known collectively as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons or the AAPS recently sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for limiting use of hydroxychloroquine, and the right to prescribe hydroxychloroquine as an off-label treatment for the Coronavirus/Covid-19 virus. But there is a larger issue here that w…
 
On this special edition of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, author Gerald Posner discusses the history of the pharmaceutical industry and his new book "Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America." This book describes the history of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and how we and they got to the place we are now. Among many…
 
On August 23, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration’s announced a decision to grant blood plasma treatment for Coronavirus/Covid-19 patients with a fast-track authorization for its emergency use as a treatment for hospitalized COVID patients. This “emergency use authorization” triggered an outcry from scientists and doctors, who said the decision w…
 
On the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, Dr. Steven Goldstein describes how articles published and later retracted in both the "Lancet" and the "New England Journal of Medicine" contributed to confusion and misunderstanding of hydroxychloriquine and the possibility of its use to help treat Coronavirus/Covid-19. To see more visit www.houstonhea…
 
What are the reasons prices for prescribed medicine here are far higher than they are in Canada? Is there a good reason or any reason? Add to this the recent federal government action to bring U.S. drug prices close to or on par with their costs in Canada. To make sense of this, please listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast. And visit …
 
This week Dr. Steven Goldstein will take a deeper dive into a court decision that requires hospitals to reveal private negotiated rates with insurers starting this coming January 1, 2021. Plus, he will provide more insight into how hospitals decide what and how much to charge us, and man is that a story. To learn more go to www.houstonhealthcareini…
 
If the stress and anxiety associated with the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic were not enough, people who must go to doctors, clinics or hospitals, because of the virus or anything else, may also be more likely to receive a nasty surprise in the form of a much higher than expected bill. This bombshell applies even to those who have insurance and foll…
 
The end of the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis may be several weeks away, but the end will come and change is likely. What about the healthcare industry will change and what will go back to what it was before? Dr. Steven Goldstein shares his opinions and insights on this latest podcast. To learn more, please visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.…
 
There are few tragedies that surpass bankruptcy, particularly one caused by medical bills. You leave the hospital, recover enough to return to work and discover the costs of your treatment are more than you can ever afford to pay. But the debt does not end at the hospital exit.The costs of health care are much more enmeshed in people’s lives than j…
 
This week our conversation is right out of the headlines, and that is Medicare for All. There are pros and cons for it and here to help us make sense of it all is respected neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein. To learn more about Dr. Steven Goldstein and issues that affect the health and spending of people like you, please go to www.houstonhealthcarei…
 
Earlier this year both houses of congress were debating legislation that would end practices that led to surprisingly large and unexpected hospital bills. It seemed that passage was all but done. But over the summer, special interests — specifically hospitals and the private-equity-backed companies that have largely taken over their emergency rooms…
 
Who is behind all those ‘government rate setting ads’ and what should the public know about them or do differently? For that matter, what exactly are they advocating? In his latest podcast, respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative CO-OP, Dr. Steven Goldstein discusses the intent behind those government rate setting ads…
 
With so many different parts to the whole health insurance debate, this week noted Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein will take one piece of it and that is the pre-existing condition. If you want to learn more about the Houston Healthcare Initiative CO-OP please visit the web site at www.…
 
Patients may go to the hospital designated as in network by their insurance, but the doctors who treat them may not be part of that network. This is one of the main reasons for big bills even among those who have health insurance. Patients rarely have any say about who treats them, especially in the case of accidents where they are incapacitated. T…
 
What You Buy? Cost Control Of Healthcare. When looking for the best health insurance, it is a good idea to consider what are you buying and what value does it deliver. According to Dr. Steven Goldstein of the Houston Healthcare Initiative the highest costs of diseases caused by lifestyle are the most expensive and the most preventable. To learn mor…
 
On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn returns to her discussion with Ralph Ward who recently published, "Board Seeker: Your Guidebook and Career Map into the Corporate Boardroom." Among other things, they discuss how boards recruit members, and what boards are looking for in candidates. To learn more about this and other top…
 
On this edition we return to a favorite topic of the podcast and it is that of cyber security. Our guest is Marcus J Ranum who is a well known consultant in the field. Marcus is an expert in cyber security with a very impressive background that goes way back to the early 1990’s. He came to Ryn's attention when she read an article he wrote entitled …
 
Why did Toys R Us fail? Was it the fault of Private Equity (P.E.) firms or was there more to it? The answer to this and other questions about the role of private equity firms are the subject of the latest edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg as she welcomes Ron Jost to the podcast. Mr. Jost is the vice president of acquisition/banking d…
 
On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn discusses cyber security with Jason Tashea. Jason is a writer with the "ABA Journal" and is writing a year long series on this important topic titled Digital Dangers. To read more visit the ABA Journal Digital Dangers website at http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/cyber/.…
 
On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, David Hussman joins Ryn to discuss all things chaos, including "Chaos Day". David is well known for his web site and location in Minneapolis both called DevJam. David is a busy man with an extremely active mind and Ryn discusses some of his most recent breakthroughs on the show. To learn mor…
 
On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn discusses how an organization and some very creative people are harnessing the power of open source code and chaos to manufacture cutting edge security technology. Aaron Rinehart is Chief Enterprise Security Architect at Optum and he has something called ChaoSlngr that sounds really inte…
 
?Mark A. Langley of PMI; Are You Working on the Right Things?Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of Project Management Institute (PMI) is on this edition of The Guardian Podcast With Ryn Melberg. Ryn and Mark discuss ‘project agility and creating greater value.’Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of Project Management Institute, or PMI, joins Ryn on …
 
In this edition of the Guardian podcast we will be talking with David Hussman. David is someone I know and worked with before and am very happy he is with us. Among other things, David now leads a company he founded called DevJam (http://devjam.com). But he is also involved with another effort called Product Agility, and founded Agile Twin Cities. …
 
On this edition of the Guardian Podcast we welcome someone Ryn has wanted to talk with for a long time, Mr. Alex Yakyma. Alex is known for his expertise in Lean, Agile and Scaled Agile. That alone warrants our attention. Alex also describe what he calls his. “remedy the industry's broken mindset that prevents it from being Lean and Agile.” To learn…
 
The 2015 hack of Ashley Madison and any possible lessons appear lost on most Fortune 500 companies with Equifax the most recent and dangerous. While this is a challenge with ‘coding’ there is more to it than binary code. Ryn "The Guardian" Melberg discusses the issue of cyber security and how to make policy and procedural changes to prevent hacks t…
 
On this edition of the Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn talks with Stephen Townsend of the Project Management Institute or PMI as they are also known. Steve is the Director, Global Alliances & Networks at the Project Management Institute and spoke to Ryn directly from the Agile Alliance Conference in Orlando, Florida about the upcoming releas…
 
On this edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn talks with Joel Traugott. Joel is a self-described digital marketing geek with a love of data-driven marketing and a flair for building and optimizing traffic and revenue. Joel loves to teach others about marketing, and show the power of optimization to clients and others. To learn more …
 
Nothing says put up your dukes like a boarding call. And with summer vacation season here, airline seats getting smaller while passengers stay the same shape or get bigger, it seems likely that more fisticuffs will be in the offing. There are lots of reasons for this behavior and not all of them are near-biological. Airlines could and should recons…
 
On the podcast today we will meet and talk with Mario Moreira. Mario is an Enterprise Agile consultant and Master Agile Coach at Vistaprint who focuses on company success. Mario is a Certified ScrumMaster, a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), and a Value Flow Quality (VFQ) Educator. He coaches and educates executives, management, and distributed t…
 
Ryn 'The Guardian' Melberg talks with Wes Copeland about his organizations' experiences with user stories, Kanban and stand up meetings. Wes is the executive director at the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences, where their spring art festival called 'CenterFest' is in the planning stages. It is a good example and testimonial about how the t…
 
Corporate culture is one of those topics that gets written and talked about a good bit and with good reason. Implementing and maintaining an Agile culture and an Agile learning culture are both very challenging. Inside a learning culture employees have to be willing to keep up with what is new and how that newness impacts their performance and cont…
 
Ryn The Guardian Melberg had not talked about security and governance on her own podcast for a while, though she has on other radio programs, so it is high time for her to do so again here.While it might be hard to believe that after all the media exposure regarding hacking and personal security that a company would be as careless as this one was a…
 
This week on The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn talks with well known author and management expert Jurgen Apello. Among a lot of topics, Ryn and Jurgen discuss his latest book, "Managing for Happiness" available from Amazon. For information on the book click here: http://amzn.to/2lpwnKw. To learn even more, visit Ryn on the web at https://r…
 
This week Ryn will be talking with Moira Alexander of CIO Magazine. Moira is the founder and president of the Lead-Her-Ship Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in business, IT and project management for small to large businesses in the U.S. and Canada. She writes often about project management and Agile is one of the topics that she oft…
 
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