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The FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies brings you great healthcare news analysis and discussion each week from industry experts who know their way around politics, economics, and a doctor’s office. Questions about payor issues, Medicaid expansion, or the No Surprises Act? We’ve got you covered. New episodes drop every Wednesday morning.

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The FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies brings you great healthcare news analysis and discussion each week from industry experts who know their way around politics, economics, and a doctor’s office. Questions about payor issues, Medicaid expansion, or the No Surprises Act? We’ve got you covered. New episodes drop every Wednesday morning.

    Ep. 88 - 20 years of Fulcrum Strategies

    Ep. 88 - 20 years of Fulcrum Strategies

    This week on the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, Ron Howrigon and Matthew Handley take a look back at the last 20 years of Fulcrum Strategies.  They discuss why Ron left his employment with the payers and began working with physicians and what has changed in the last twenty years.  They also take a look at what might change in the future.

    Listen to the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies wherever you listen to podcasts and have every episode delivered to your email by subscribing at www.FLATLINING.net.

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Our firm has helped over 5,000 physicians in groups of all sizes and specialties across the country to significantly improve their contract language and reimbursement rates, strategically plan for the future, and achieve business success.  Learn more at FSDOC.com.

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    Ep. 87 - Mr. Witty goes to Washington: Analysis on the Change Healthcare cyber attack hearings

    Ep. 87 - Mr. Witty goes to Washington: Analysis on the Change Healthcare cyber attack hearings

    This week on the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, Ron Howrigon and Matthew Handley break down testimony from the Congressional hearings about the Change Healthcare cyber attack.  On May 1, UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty was in the hot seat as senators and representatives grilled him on the impact to patients and providers.  Ron and Matthew break it down in a way that is easy to understand and help you know how it impacts you.

    Listen to the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies wherever you listen to podcasts and have every episode delivered to your email by subscribing at www.FLATLINING.net.

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Our firm has helped over 5,000 physicians in groups of all sizes and specialties across the country to significantly improve their contract language and reimbursement rates, strategically plan for the future, and achieve business success.  Learn more at FSDOC.com.

    • 30 min
    Ep. 86 - The next big thing in multiple sclerosis treatment (with John Scagnelli, MD)

    Ep. 86 - The next big thing in multiple sclerosis treatment (with John Scagnelli, MD)

    On today’s episode of the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, President and CEO Ron Howrigon and Matthew Handley talk to John Scagnelli, MD, about multiple sclerosis.  This disease has no known cause and no known cure, but there have been some incredible advancements in treatment over the past few decades.

    Dr. Scagnelli specializes in Multiple Sclerosis and Adult Neurology at Raleigh Neurology’s Durham and Raleigh offices. Dr. Scagnelli received his BS in Human Development from Cornell University in 2002. He earned his MD from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in 2006. He then completed his Neurology Residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. Following this he was awarded a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Fellowship to study the clinical care and research of patients with multiple sclerosis and related disorders at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Scagnelli is a member of the National MS Society and the American Academy of Neurology. 

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Our firm has helped over 5,000 physicians in groups of all sizes and specialties across the country to significantly improve their contract language and reimbursement rates, strategically plan for the future, and achieve business success.  Learn more at FSDOC.com.

    • 33 min
    NEXT WEEK: John Scagnelli, MD discusses treatment advances for multiple sclerosis

    NEXT WEEK: John Scagnelli, MD discusses treatment advances for multiple sclerosis

    Next week on the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, President and CEO Ron Howrigon and Matthew Handley are joined by John Scagnelli, MD of Raleigh Neurology.  They will be discussing multiple sclerosis, a devastating disease with no known cause and no known cure.  But there is hope.  Recent research has created new advancements in treatment.  You won’t want to miss this episode of the FLATLINING Podcast.  Subscribe now wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Our firm has helped over 5,000 physicians in groups of all sizes and specialties across the country to significantly improve their contract language and reimbursement rates, strategically plan for the future, and achieve business success.  Learn more at FSDOC.com.

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    Ep. 85 - ER docs go on strike in Detroit

    Ep. 85 - ER docs go on strike in Detroit

    On today’s episode of the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, President and CEO Ron Howrigon and Matthew Handley discuss some of the most pressing topics affecting physicians and their patients.  

    In this episode, they discuss:
    •    UnitedHealth Group admits they paid the ransom for the Change Healthcare cyber attack
    •    The Justice Department sets up an online portal for people to report anti-competitive healthcare practices
    •    Emergency Medicine physicians in Detroit strike against their private equity backed employer

    Tune in to hear more about how these topics affect patients and physicians alike.

    Articles mentioned in this program:
    UnitedHealth CEO to testify before House subcommittee May 1 - Becker's Payer Issues
    Feds launch portal for reporting anticompetitive healthcare deals - Becker's Payer Issues
    Contracted doctors, physician assistants at Ascension St. John go on strike - The Detroit News

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Our firm has helped over 5,000 physicians in groups of all sizes and specialties across the country to significantly improve their contract language and reimbursement rates, strategically plan for the future, and achieve business success.  Learn more at FSDOC.com.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 84 - Economy watch: UHC loses $1.4 billion in Q1 and California introduces $25/hr minimum healthcare wage

    Ep. 84 - Economy watch: UHC loses $1.4 billion in Q1 and California introduces $25/hr minimum healthcare wage

    This week on the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies, Matthew and Ron discuss the news that UnitedHealth Group posted a $1.4 billion loss in quarter 1 of 2024 following the Change Healthcare cyber attack.  They talk about whether or not providers should care about news such as this.
    Then, they discuss a new law going into effect in California that ups the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 an hour.  There could be some very dramatic setbacks to healthcare quality, access, and affordability. 

    Listen to the FLATLINING Podcast from Fulcrum Strategies wherever you listen to podcasts and have every episode delivered to your email by subscribing at www.FLATLINING.net.

    Articles mentioned in this program:
    UnitedHealth posts $1.4B loss in Q1 following Change cyberattack - Becker's Payer Issues
    California health workers may face rude awakening with $25 minimum wage law - KFF Health News

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    Fulcrum Strategies is a health care consulting firm specializing in payer contract negotiation and strategic planning for physician practices.  Learn more about what we can do for your practice at fsdoc.com.

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