Ep. 138 How Health Care Intermediaries Profit


Marion Mass is a pediatrician in the Philadelphia area where she has practiced in hospital, Emergency Room, delivery room, outpatient, and urgent care settings. She graduated from Duke University Medical School and trained in Pediatrics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been writing about life inside medicine, published in the WSJ, Washington Times, and the Philly Inquirer. She is also co-founder of Practicing Physicians for America, a physician lead organization that advances the interests of practicing physicians. She has written extensively on the role of third party intermediaries in medicine.

Dr. Rupali Chadha is a Board Certified Psychiatric Physician who diagnoses and treats mental illness. She is also Board Certified Psychiatric Physician in the specialty area of forensics. She serves the LA Superior Courts in identifying inmates who are incompetent to stand trial and has also served as a forensic expert in criminal trials. She recently traveled to Washington DC to visit the White House and witness signing of a recent Presidential Executive Order on intermediaries in healthcare.


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White House Executive Order: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-lowering-prices-patients-eliminating-kickbacks-middlemen/

Overview of third parties that suck up most of the health-care dollars: https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/healthpolicy/84795

The rebates that may fuel higher drug prices: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/10/a-bipartisan-opportunity-to-cut-drug-prices/

John Arnold in statnews discusses the role of Pharmacy benefit managers (PBM): https://www.statnews.com/2018/08/27/pharmacy-benefit-managers-good-or-bad/

A detailed look at Group Purchasing Organizations and PBMs: https://practicingphysician.org/scrubs-vs-suits-the-battle-inside-the-nations-hospitals-part-2/

Needle stick story referenced in the podcast: https://nebula.wsimg.com/9e87fe4c7de204baccc77a2bc373daf1?AccessKeyId=62BC662C928C06F7384C&disposition=0&alloworigin=1


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