In his fifth decade as physician, healthcare executive, educator and infectious disease/cancer researcher, Dr. Stephen Schimpff is one of the world's foremost experts on healthcare. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which includes the world's preeminent trauma center, an NCI certified cancer center, and one of the country's largest kidney transplant programs. The Medical Center admits nearly 40,000 patients per year, mostly for complex tertiary care, and employs more than 5,000 people with a budget of over $1 billion. Dr. Schimpff also is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he teaches residents and fellows in oncology and infectious diseases and is a former professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
His healthcare books and videos are linked in the Resources page.
Dr. James C. Tinsley is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and is fully Licensed with the state of Virginia. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute With Distinction in Academics 1986 with a BS in Civil Engineering and an Army Scholarship. He then went to Duke University with full tuition paid and a teaching assistanceship. He graduated Duke University in 1988 with a MS in Civil Engineering (Structures) and a published thesis in the American Society of Mechanical of Mechanical Engineers. He then served 2 years active duty in the US Army in (West) Germany, 4 years in the US Army Reserve, and left with an Honorable Discharge. After working and saving money as a Civil Engineer he decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a Physician. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2000 and completed his Family Physician Residency via the Medical College of Virginia (Hanover Family Physicians) in 2003 as Chief Resident.
He practices medicine at Lighthouse Direct Primary Care
Michael is a full-time Professional Photographer and Explorer of Ideas.
As far as photography, he loves working with businesses and telling their unique stories. They almost are the embodiment of the Hero's Journey; the classic tale changing an ordinary world into something extraordinary and overcoming defeat along the way. He loves shooting indoors, outdoors, in the wild, on the beach, in the Studio, or anywhere your journey takes us.
He's also a healthcare consumer and we're following his journey as he deals with America's broken healthcare system.
Michael's website is chilejam.com
His podcast: www.anchor.fm/chilejam
A growing movement of physicians are heading “Back to the Future” as they rediscover their purpose in life while providing far better care for their patients. Happier, less stressed, and having more time feels great. And that's just physicians. Patients are far happier too. But the story goes to the heart of what medicine is and how it's changed over the years.
Dr. Aimee Ostick of Health and Healing Direct Primary Care in Woodland Hills, CA joins Hunter to share her backstory and talk about why she and her peers are looking backwards to go forward toward better patient care. In Dr. Ostick's case, it might be part of her DNA.
She and her fellow DPC physicians are the pointy head of healthcare's spear by putting real care back in healthcare, and with profound effects.
They also explore why businesses in LA are slowly discovering how providing far better care lowers overall healthcare costs while increase productivity and employee attitudes.
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Dr. Fisher has served at numerous teaching medical centers throughout his career. He was a consultant nephrologist in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the Medical Director for the Free Clinic in Kalamazoo from 2007 until it closed in 2010. He graduated from Tufts University with a major in chemical engineering, and with distinction from George Washington University School of Medicine as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
He is the author of three books:
In Defiance of Death: Exposing the Real Costs of End-of-Life Care
A free e-book: The Ten Questions Walter Cronkite Would Have Asked About Health Care Reform
And, Understanding Healthcare: A Historical Perspective.
Addiction recovery expert, Dr. Molly Rutherford from Bluegrass Family Wellness DPC in Crestwood, KY, joins Hunter with her frontline perspective on the Opioid Crisis and addiction. She answers the key question of what any solution must include to help 21-million Americans fighting addiction. Dr. Molly also addresses gateways to drug addiction, and what she worries about most for her children, something all families should take note of.
There’s also mention of a family secret, which helped Hunter avoid smoking cigarettes from an early age. A free copy is available by subscribing to the Winning Healthcare Food Fights Newsletter.
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Dr. Molly’s great book recommendations are listed on the Resources page.
American healthcare isn't known for great customer service. More like inconvenience. Dr. Paul Thomas thought differently and started Plum Health DPC in Detroit, MI. He learned a secret from other physicians. Changing the business model so his practice could focus on customer service and care. Along the way, he wrote one book and now helps other physicians looking for a better way to provide great patient care.
Dr. Thomas went the never crowded extra mile too. He opened Plum Health DPC in the Corktown area of Detroit, instead of Grosse Pointe. Every day, he and his team provide proof old-fashioned American ingenuity is alive and well. They are putting the Wow back into care by giving great customer service.
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His book: Direct Primary Care: The Cure for Our Broken Healthcare System
Founder of Priority Care in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Jones did her residency at the Carolinas Medical Center after medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board certified in family medicine.
Driving her passion for care, Dr. Melissa Jones of Priority One PC, in Charlotte, NC, understands that practicing the art of medicine requires a relationship.
Over 15 years of practicing medicine, she cares for patients using medical science, but that’s only part of the story. Like many of her peers, she’s fighting back against a systematic destruction of her profession by opening her new practice using the new standard of medical care excellence—Direct Primary Care.
How does she know it’s successful? A very high Hug-ability Factor.
Great care isn’t that complex. In fact, it’s a lot simpler than people believe. Find out why and more.
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Twila Brase is president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a national patient-centered organization established more than 20 years ago in Minnesota to support health care choices, individualized patient care and medical and genetic privacy. She is author of the award-winning book Big Brother in the Exam Room: The Dangerous Truth About Electronic Health Records, which was published in July 2018.
Her efforts led to a federal law requiring parental consent for research using newborn DNA, a national campaign exposing HIPAA as a data-sharing rule, and created a free- market, direct-pay initiative, The Wedge of Health Freedom (JoinTheWedge.com) and Patient Toolbox (PatientToolbox.org), an easy to use toolkit for patients to understand their options and maintain control over their treatment decisions.
She also initiated a campaign to separate Medicare enrollment from access to Social Security benefits, a campaign supported by more than 44 free-market organizations nationwide. This request was successfully included in President Trump’s Medicare Executive Order signed on Oct. 3, 2019. Senior citizens will now have the option to voluntarily opt out of Medicare without being forced to lose their Social Security benefits, starting April 1, 2020.
Her “Health Freedom Minute” is heard weekdays by more than 5 million listeners on more than 800 radio stations in 47 states. She provides testimony at state legislatures, meets with members of Congress and health care policymakers, tweets @twilabrase, conducts original research, speaks around the country and has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Fox News, Nature, NBC Today, Politico, Science, THE HILL, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Modern Healthcare named her #75 on their 2009 “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” list. Twila Brase was selected as one of 18 leaders to participate in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Quality Summit, which met three times at the end of 2019. Their discussions will soon be used to provide the president of the United States with a roadmap for restructuring federal quality measurement programs.
Pamela Wible, M.D., is the founder of the ideal medical care movement. In 2004, fed up with left assembly-line medicine, Dr. Wible held town hall meetings where she invited citizens to design their very own ideal clinic. Open since 2005, Wible’s innovative model has sparked a populist movement that has inspired Americans to create ideal clinics and hospitals nationwide.
Pamela Wible’s ideal clinic model is now taught in medical schools and undergraduate medical humanities courses and is featured in the Harvard School of Public Health’s newest edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration, a textbook examining major trends with the potential to change the dynamics of health care.
Dr. Wible is author of Amazon’s top-rated Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind. She is also coauthor of two award-winning anthologies: Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change with Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and other visionary women and Optimism: Cultivating the Magic Quality that Can Extend Your Lifespan, Boost Your Energy, and Make You Happy Now with Jimmy Carter, Steve Jobs and other world leaders.
When not treating patients in her community clinic, Dr. Wible devotes her time to medical student and physician suicide prevention. Her articles on physician suicide have been picked up by major news outlets such as The Washington Post and her pioneering work on ideal medical care and physician suicide aired on a special 2014 primetime segment on America Tonight. Dr. Wible has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.
An inspiring leader and educator of the next generation of physicians, Dr. Wible has been awarded the 2015 Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association.
Dr. Wible offers any medical school student or physician her support at: