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Can we rescue the expensive, cumbersome, and increasingly patient un-friendly healthcare system we have here in the U.S? Yes. To hear the details about how to do it, listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast with Dr. Steven Goldstein. www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.By Dr. Steven Goldstein
 
Enhancing Population Health Approaches After Covid - 19. On this edition of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein, will discuss the reversals in preventative care the American public experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic and what we can all do to stay healthier, and possibly live longer by re-committing to prevention as part of …
 
Even in the year 2021 the more things change, the more they stay the same. By that I am referring to the off-label prescription options doctors have always had that are still controversial when it comes to the ongoing global Covid 19 pandemic. Off-label prescribing is when a physician gives a drug that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ha…
 
The new administration, like all of them, has plans for Americans and their healthcare. On this edition of the podcast Dr. Steven Goldstein, who founded the Houston Healthcare Initiative, will get us all better acquainted with what those proposals are and explore other possible ways for how healthcare can be fixed.…
 
Access to and paying for healthcare is a topic that Dr. Goldstein talks about a lot on the podcast and this one is no exception. But in this case access to primary care is a matter of the number of doctors who choose to pursue primary care as a career. Pay for those roles is lower than it is for most specialists. A lower number of primary care doct…
 
On this edition of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, Dr. Steven Goldstein describes UnitedHealthcare’s try at reducing emergency room claim payments by retroactively ruling that some emergencies were not really emergencies at all. The consequences of this could put patients in jeopardy. Listen to learn how this could affect you. And visit …
 
How To Hack Your Health Savings AccountIn this installment of the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast, respected neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein, will explain the often-overlooked benefit known as the Health Savings Account. The Health Savings Account or HSA is a type of savings account that is u…
 
In the market for a new doctor? Wondering why you even need a primary care physician? There are lots of ways and reasons. Listen to the Houston Healthcare Initiative podcast with Dr. Steven Goldstein to get all the best information from an actual, practicing medical doctor. To learn more visit www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.…
 
The amount of people who were and remain unemployed because of the Covid-19 pandemic remains high. Since most individuals get their health insurance with their jobs, those same folks are also in need of medical coverage. On his regular podcast, Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative Dr. Steven Goldstein has immed…
 
How Some Hospitals Are Balking At These New Rules And One That Is NotThis week respected Houston based neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein will discuss the price’s patients are charged by doctors and hospitals. Specifically, on the new rules about healthcare price transparency. Specifically, on the new rules about healthcare and price transparency. Wh…
 
A healthcare company blessed with lots of money, high tech abilities and really smart people will close up the end of January. Of course, this was Haven, the joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan-Chase. Its purpose was to use the leverage of its tens of thousands of employees and its expertise in technology to improve the he…
 
Those with an interest in reforming the healthcare industry will be very interested in the topic of this podcast as respected neurologist Dr. Steven Goldstein tells us all about how some very large organizations tried and failed at reforming their employee health insurance. This is a story about an organization that was called Haven. When it was fo…
 
The Case for Healthcare Reform in Unsettled TimesThat times are unsettled was never truer than in 2020 and 2021 will start out that way. But in an unsettled time with so much of the nation’s attention turned to medical care, could it be the time to really push healthcare reform and what might that reform look like? Americans remain in the midst of …
 
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 Dr. Steven Goldstein
 
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…
 
?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. …
 
Agile’s emergence as a global movement extends beyond software development. Agile’s popularity is driven by the discovery that its benefits are not isolated to software developers. Among other things, Agile enables people in organizations to master continuous change, make smaller mistakes earlier on a smaller scale, and engage customers at the deve…
 
On August 9, 2016 Delta Airlines experienced a computer network shutdown that caused the cancellation and/or delay of flights for three days. Can Agile project methods be used to repair a network and infrastructure with major components that are decades old? Ryn Melberg has the answers. For more information about Ryn, go to www.rynmelberg.com.…
 
This week on The Guardian Podcast Ryn Melberg brings us all up to speed on the biggest mobile app game in history that is of course Pokémon. What are the potential cyber security vulnerabilities players are opening themselves up to? What other real world crimes could befall players? What can Pokemon Go enthusiasts do to protect themselves? Ryn has …
 
This week on The Guardian Podcast With Ryn Melberg, Ryn helps us know whether Agile is a good fit for organizations and the individuals who work inside those organizations. The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg is the only program of its kind devoted to Agile, Scrum, SAFe and governance. To learn more got to www.rynmelberg.com.…
 
This week Ryn talks with Ross Clanton about Dev-Ops and Agile. Ross Clanton is an accomplished leader with over 16 years of IT experience in the retail industry. Ross is a DevOps enthusiast whose mission is to drive LEAN principles and extensive automation across technology service delivery. He has broad experience in IT operations, engineering, se…
 
This week on the podcast Ryn does the interview with guest Paul Ellarby as they discuss the need for and types of leadership for an Agile Transformation. Paul and Ryn share a lot of common experiences in this area. Paul is from the Scrum Alliance and has over 20 years experience in the information technology field. Among many other things, Paul is …
 
This week during the interview segment we swing back to the world of Agile. To know where we are in terms of current project management methods and where we are headed there is no better way than to review where we have been with a brief review of the history project management? Did you know that project management dates all the way back to the pyr…
 
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