A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

The goal is to have A Second Opinion be seen as the go to place for learning how to improve health and health care. Together we will have conversations with the health thought leaders, the entrepreneurs, the clinicians, the policy makers, the business leaders, and the consumers— to better understand how we all can improve health and well-being — of ourselves as individuals, of our families — and of our communities. We achieve this through education and engagement at the nexus of policy, medicine, and innovation


November 14, 2022 45 mins

How do we go from creating buildings that are sick – to buildings that are healthy?  We as humans spend 90% of our time indoors, yet we think very little about the health of our indoor environment. 

Dr. Joseph Allen, director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program, wants to change that.  He joins us on the podcast tod...

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Allison Sesso is the President & CEO of RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit established for the sole purpose of reducing the medical debt burdens of low-income individuals across the country. To date, their innovative model has abolished over $7 billion in debt for nearly 4 million people.

Healthcare costs are the #1 cause of bankruptcy for America’s families. In the past five years, ...

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Dr. Marc Harrison is the former President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based integrated health system that is the largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West.  Marc left this role in August to start a revolutionary healthcare platform company with General Catalyst, which is still in its early stages.


Ranked No. 26 on Fort...

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Dr. Ranga Krishnan is the former CEO of the RUSH University System for Health, and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO.  He is a national leader in medical education – known for his efforts to reconceptualize traditional medical classroom learning.  For four years, he served as dean of the RUSH Medical College, and for ei...

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Annie Lamont is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT, where she focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in Healthcare and FinTech. One of the most successful women in venture history, Annie has been featured on the Forbes Midas List, and was named one of the top 10 most influential people in healthcare in 2021 by Modern Healthcare.  

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For today’s show, you’re going to hear an engaging, and wide-ranging, conversation between myself and my friend Dr. James Hildreth. We cover health equity, big data, climate change and the healthcare sector, and takeaways from the recent White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. 


My co-panelist, Dr. James Hildreth, is the 12

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On September 28, 2022, the White House hosted a landmark conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the first of its kind in over 50 years. Previously in 1969, a similar White House conference dramatically shifted and shaped the direction of our nutrition guidelines and federal food support programs. There is hope that this convening in 2022 will lead to the development of a national strategy around our nation’s mos...

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Dr. Randy Wykoff is the Dean of the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, and the founding director of the new Center for Rural Health Research. He is a physician trained in both pediatrics and preventive medicine. His research focuses on the inter-relationship of poverty and health, with a specific interest in how to improve the health status of people living in poor and/or rural areas.

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Dean Rosen is a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. He’s one of Washington's foremost experts on America’s complex health care system--and a master of both the politics and policies that shape it. He has more than two decades of experience developing and advancing health policy initiatives

on Capitol Hill and in the private sector.  



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Chad Pendleton is President of Amerigroup Tennessee, a leading managed care provider of health benefits for Tennessee residents who participate in the state’s Medicaid programs. Chad has more than 25 years of healthcare and executive leadership experience working with payers and providers across Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, commercial and workers compensation insurance product lines. Prior to joining Amerigroup, he se...

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Michael Anderson is CEO of Iowa-based PurFoods, also known as Mom’s Meals.  PurFoods delivers refrigerated, ready-to-eat, medically-tailored meals to any U.S. address. Partnering with over 500 health plans, Medicare and Medicaid plans, and others, PurFoods has advanced health by making nutritious meals available to those in need.  


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Mark Yancy is the CEO of NashvilleHealth, a community collaborative focused on improving the health and well-being of all Nashvillians. A lifelong Tennessean, Mark has led the organization for less than a year, but has already made tremendous progress in bringing together diverse stakeholders to creatively move the needle on population health outcomes. 


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We are joined today by Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator, who gives us a timely update on all things Covid. We discuss the next generation of vaccines and the latest in treatments – including when you should get your booster and what is really behind the “Paxlovid rebound.”

Dr. Jha previously joined us on the podcast on December 13, 2021 in his capacity as Dean of the Brown Un...

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Today we’re bringing you a special, time sensitive episode sharing what you need to know about monkeypox. We’ll discuss the symptoms, the treatments and vaccinations, who’s at risk, and why it’s been declared a public health emergency. 

We’re joined by Dr. William Schaffner, who has been a familiar and nationally recognized face and trusted voice on all matters ...

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Scott Tapp is President and CEO of Trella Health. An Atlanta-based company, Trella provides market intelligence and a CRM platform built for post-acute providers and suppliers organizations, to drive more effective performance and business growth. With market visibility, healthcare organizations can identify the highest-potential referral targets, evaluate opportunities for new markets or services, and monitor perform...

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Dr. Lee Fleisher is the Chief Medical Officer & Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is responsible for executing all national clinical, quality, and safety standards for healthcare facilities and providers, as well as establishing Medicare coverage determinations for services that improve health outcomes. An anesthesiologist by training, he is ...

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Cindy Baier is President and CEO of Brookdale Senior Living, the largest senior living operator in the nation. The $2.8 billion company operates nearly 700 senior living communities and has the ability to serve approximately 60,000 residents through its independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities.


As CEO, Cindy led the company through the l...

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Fay Rotenberg is the President and CEO of Firefly Health, a virtual-first primary care, behavioral health, and specialty care company that has launched a ‘care + coverage’ health plan offering to provide half-priced healthcare that is twice as good, clinically and emotionally. Fay brings extensive, dynamic experience as a Healthcare Founder, CEO, Venture Investor, and Developer.


You’ll wa...

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Today I am joined by Bill Mixon, CEO of National Seating & Mobility, considered North America’s most experienced provider of complex rehabilitation seating, mobility and positioning systems.


Prior to joining NSM, Bill served as President for Universal Hospital Services, and in key leadership roles at Philips Medical Systems.


Bill is passionate about the clien...

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Dr. Kim Williams is a nationally renowned cardiologist who has long advocated for disease prevention through nutrition. He is the incoming chair of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine, and most recently served as the chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and associate dean for faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. He is also a past president of the American College of Cardiology and...

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