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The Health Disparities Podcast, From Movement is Life. Conversations about health disparities with people working to eliminate them.

This podcast highlights disparities evidenced in common chronic conditions featured in the “vicious cycle” (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, mental health) and musculoskeletal/arthritis conditions, with emphasis on disparities and how social determinants of health impact these conditions and their management.

Is unconscious bias Healthcare’s “dirty little secret”?

To be human is to have bias and all are likely to be part of a disadvantaged group but some groups have more disparities than others. Two orthopedic surgeons take the lid off one of medicines "dirty little secrets", discussing ways in which unconscious bias towards race, ethnicity, gender, class and condition results in better outcomes for some than others. Unless physicians can recognize and tackle their own unconscious biases, they may continue to be out of sync with their patients, and the nation will be sicker for it. With Professor Mary O’Connor and Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason.
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Can the “Equality in Medicare and Medicaid Treatment Act” protect human dignity?

Law Professor and bioethics expert Frank McClellan's new book focuses on the importance of human dignity in healthcare. In this podcast he explores how the evolution of health systems has driven an agenda of cost-containment and shifted the burden of financial accountability, often compromising care management and widening disparities for the most vulnerable groups of patients. A new act aims to protect patients by requiring that the consequences of new payment models are researched and adjusted for by CMS, helping to build health equality across race, ethnicity, gender and geography. With policy expert Bill Finerfrock.
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The Unintended Effects of Bundled Payments on Health Disparities

An orthopedic surgeon's perspective on health disparities. Dr Mary O’Connor believes that new outcomes-based payment models such as bundled payments are exacerbating health disparities by ignoring the huge variance in circumstances for patients, and forcing providers to exclude more complex patients. In the real world, patients are getting very different care because of their race, gender, location and economic means, and some patients are squeezed out of the system completely through a process of "cherry picking and lemon dropping". Health inequities are widening as a result. Is risk-adjustment - incorporating social determinants - part of the solution?
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The Health Disparities Podcast, From Movement is Life

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