altitude sessions podcast

elevated health economy viewpoints delivered every other week (warning: graphic language is occasionally used)

altitude sessions 003 - whistle pig-influenced thinking on the importance of good managers and why it's time to re-examine your product & distribution strategies

by brian melanson

Did we have to bring the Fyre Festival debacle into this episode? Yes, we sure did. It’s a great case in studying the difference between leadership and management. We kick off the episode by drawing this distinction – along with why management isn’t the dirty word people think it is these days. Leader-oriented companies that don’t have the right balance of capable management to back up visionary thinking turn into sailboats ready to tip over with the first major wind gust. Kind of like the Fyre Festival, right? It’s also high time to challenge your thinking regarding the role of product innovation & distribution in healthcare. The importance of these functions should be growing within all of your companies as these sleepy sciences are waking up. You (yes, you) need to be leading this awakening. For fun, and under the influence of Whistle Pig, we also bring in references from “Demolition Man” to compare Amazon to Taco Bell. We move on to summarize current distribution thinking with an emphatic “bleh” while #ElevatingYourHealthcareThinking by asking you if your company is “Primed” to meet the needs of the “digital natives” that are becoming a key demographic for your success. Strap in & enjoy the ride. If you have a premium subscription (all dig.in base, dig.in plus (+) or 4mul8 members), once you are logged into your profile, you can click here to see detailed show notes & links for this episode

altitude sessions 002 - universal healthcare politics & why the employer insurance model does not scale

by brian melanson

Is it really time to start talking about Presidential politics for 2020? With a growing field of Democratic hopefuls already pushing their versions of universal healthcare, it sure is. It feels like 1993 all over again. Is the employer insurance model to blame? We think it shoulders some responsibility. This episode delves into long-held assumptions about the coverage model that supports over 150 million Americans. Is this approach the best way forward for leading us out of the affordability crisis given it helped us get into it? It may be a good way to drive pockets of innovation, but will this framework ever help the country achieve true healthcare cost sustainability? Maybe solving for the country as a whole is not the right lift. It could be that we need to be solving for our specific communities in the future. Listen in to hear our thoughts & then let’s debate. Two minds are always better than one. We end this show with a discussion on if you are a growth mindset leader. Does your organization build the box that your team plays within, or do you foster a culture that sees limitless opportunities even in the face of intense challenges? Buckle up. We’re just getting going. Thanks for stopping by to #ElevateYourHealthcareThinking.  If you have a premium subscription (all dig.in base, dig.in plus (+) or 4mul8 members), once you are logged into your profile, you can click here to see detailed show notes & research for this episode

altitude sessions 001 - individual market & learning to ride your horse

by brian melanson

This first podcast examines the latest results from the ACA marketplaces now that 2019’s significant enrollment period is closed. We examine the impact of healthcare on politics in these coming months (because who isn’t talking about politics these days). There is a concept called competitive federalism that we love, so that’s discussed with some thinking about how we might create closer state-based partnerships to solve for forthcoming healthcare issues. There’s also this massive expansion in how we view distribution underway. The real distribution models undergoing change have nothing to do with enrollment and eligibility for insurance products. This activity may (key phrase: “may”) actually pull both the pre- and post-purchasing sides of healthcare together. We begin to explain why during the show. And, of course, how could a Wyoming-based company leave out a reference to a horse in our first podcast? We couldn’t, but there’s a lesson in there that sets up to be good career advice for all of you health economy trailblazers. Sit back & get elevated. It’s Altitude Sessions time! If you have a premium subscription (all dig.in base, dig.in plus (+) or 4mul8 members), once you are logged into your profile, you can click here to see detailed show notes & research for this episode