Policy in Plainer English

Policy in Plainer English

www.plainerenglish.org
A podcast explaining health care policy in bite-sized chunks. Episodes explain commonly misunderstood terms and concepts in health care policy, in about 10 minutes. Hosted by Helen Labun, Director of Vermont Public Policy at Bi-State Primary Care Assoc…


Telehealth in the Time of COVID-19 - Season Finale
Jun 28 • 30 min
We’re wrapping up our special series on telehealth with a conversation with Georgia Maheras of Bi-State Primary Care Association, where we hit on some of the highlights of what we discussed over the season.A few items referenced in this conversation…
Transportation and Telehealth
Jun 22 • 15 min
This episode starts where we probably would have started a telehealth series in normal, non-COVID-19 times … looking at telehealth as one of the tools available to help overcome transportation-based barriers to accessing health care. Chris Towne, of…
Telehealth and Global Budgets
Jun 9 • 16 min
Here we check back in on a topic from Season One - global budgets. You may remember this as the final phase of our journey into value-based payment reform. But if this is the first time you’ve heard that phrase, never fear - we give a quick recap at the…
Telehealth and Provider Consultations
Jun 2 • 13 min
In this episode we’re joined by Katie Marvin, MD, from Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV) and Jennifer Fenn, NP, from Northern Tier Center for Health (NOTCH) to talk about provider-to-provider connections through telehealth.One thing…
Teledentistry
May 26 • 12 min
At the end of last week, Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health authorized dental practices to start accepting non-emergency patients for the first time since the COVID-19 emergency began. Because of its aerosol generating procedures and…
Telehealth Reimbursement & COVID-19 Part Two
May 16 • 13 min
Our second episode on Telehealth Reimbursement during COVID-19 looks at the systems used to set payment for telemedicine services. If you want more details on evolving Medicare telehealth billing guidance in response to COVID-19, see this video from…
Broadband for Telehealth
May 14 • 10 min
This episode tackles broadband deployment in Vermont and telehealth in approximately ten minutes… obviously, we don’t include everything. Below are some links to help you learn more. We thank Clay Purvis and Rob Fish of the Vermont Department of…
Telehealth and the Telephone Epilogue - CCM
May 5 • 9 min
In an epilogue to the Telehealth and the Telephone episode (which got a little long on us) we present this quick look a specific program used by FQHCs and other practices, the Medicare Chronic Care Management Program. It’s useful to consider because of…
Telehealth and the Telephone
Apr 28 • 16 min
This episode of Policy in Plainer English tackles Telehealth and the Telephone, with Dr. Audrey Von Lepel (NOTCH) and Dr. Adam Greenlee (Community Health Centers of Burlington). We thank Northern Counties Health Care for supporting this series. For all…
Telehealth Reimbursement & COVID-19
Apr 22 • 8 min
As foreshadowed in the previous episode, we can’t go much further into exploring telehealth during COVID-19, and its prospects for being available after COVID-19, without discussing reimbursement. So here we dip our toes in.If you want to do more than…
Telehealth Special Series - Intro
Apr 21 • 7 min
Around the beginning of March, life got very busy in the health care world. Producing episodes of Policy in Plainer English was not top of the to-do list. At the same time, responding to the COVID-19 crisis is a pivotal moment in health care and an…
HPSAs (Health Professional Shortage Areas)
Feb 17 • 5 min
Luca Fernandez, from the State Office of Rural Health and & Primary Care, which is within the Vermont Department of Health explains HPSAs - a particular term you’ll hear come up the moment you dip a toe into the waters of health care workforce…
Bonus: Telemedicine vs. Telehealth
Feb 9 • 4 min
In this mini-episode we pause for a moment to describe the difference between telemedicine and telehealth. Yes, there’s a difference. Yes, it’s confusing.
Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Jan 11 • 9 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Dr. Anje Van Berckelaer of Battenkill Valley Health Center about Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Find links to all the episodes at…
Community Health Needs Assessments
Nov 13, 2019 • 10 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Dan Bennett of Gifford Health Care about Community Health Needs Assessments. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.orgBackground…
Attributed Lives
Oct 28, 2019 • 11 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Alicia Cooper about the one denominator to rule them all, Attributed Lives. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.orgBackground…
Welcome to Payment Reform
Sep 19, 2019 • 21 min
In this extended episode, Helen Labun and Georgia Maheras of Bi-State Primary Care Association provide an introduction to the topics covered in our “Payment Reform” series of episodes. Find all the episodes at www.plainerenglish.org
Global Budgets
Sep 17, 2019 • 11 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Lawrence Miller about global budgets and their place in healthcare payment reform. Find links to all the episodes at…
HCP LAN APM Framework
Sep 17, 2019 • 9 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Ena Backus about the HCP LAN APM Framework, which maps a path through payment reform. Find links to all the episodes at…
UDS
Aug 27, 2019 • 10 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Heather Skeels about UDS, a data set used to track the performance of certain types of primary care providers (and which offers some insight…
Risk Corridors
Aug 11, 2019 • 10 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Michael Costa about adding downside risk to ACO contracts with risk corridors. This is an important step in moving through different phases…
The Health Care Advocate Vs. Paperwork
Jul 24, 2019 • 12 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: an interview with Amelia Schlossberg and Marjorie Stinchcombe about navigating the paperwork associated with Medicaid and Medicare enrollment. Find links to…
Total Cost of Care
May 3, 2019 • 8 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: Total Cost of Care with Sarah Lindberg. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.orgBackground music is by FesliyanStudios.com
VHCURES
Apr 30, 2019 • 9 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: VHCURES, with Sarah Lindberg. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.orgBackground music is by FesliyanStudios.com
Bonus: SIM Grants
Apr 19, 2019 • 4 min
In this mini-episode of the Policy in Plainer English podcast, Georgia Maheras explains what the SIM Grant is and why Vermont is awesome. Access all of our episodes at PlainerEnglish.org Background music by FesliyanStudios.com
ACO (Accountable Care Organization)
Apr 18, 2019 • 10 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: ACO’s, with Kate Simmons. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.org Background music is by FesliyanStudios.com
Green Mountain Care Board
Apr 10, 2019 • 9 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: the Green Mountain Care Board, with Robin Lunge. With bonus atmospheric effects of an icy rain outside with wind that throws the ice chunks against the office…
All-Payer Model
Apr 7, 2019 • 9 min
Policy in Plainer English explains basic concepts in Vermont’s health care policy. This episode: the All-Payer Model, with Lawrence Miller. Find links to all the episodes at plainerenglish.org Background music is by FesliyanStudios.com