Ask the Experts Video Series

The Impact of Health Care Reform on Practicing Physicians

(Posted February 2018)

Dennis Scanlon and Anthony Agostini, DO, Interventional Cardiology Center of Amarillo, L.L.P. discuss the impact of health reform and new payment models on practicing providers, the differences between allopathic and osteopathic medicine, and offer advice for students entering the medical field.


Community-Engaged Research in the Penn State Context

(Posted December 2017)

Dennis Scanlon and Jennifer Kraschnewski, co-chair of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community-Engaged Research Core discuss community-engaged research, why it is important, where it is happening at Penn State, and how to learn more about it.


Health Care’s Response to Sexual Assault in Underserved and Rural Communities

(Posted July 2017)

Dennis Scanlon and Sheridan Miyamoto discuss the new Sexual Assault Forensic Examination and Training (SAFE-T) Center, which will focus on improving access to quality forensic sexual assault care for adult and adolescent victims in underserved communities.


Flipping the Traditional Medical School Training Model

(Posted May 2017)

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Jeffrey Wong, MD and Morgan Decker, Medical Student Design Partner to discuss an innovative medical education program at Penn State.


Making Cancer Care Patient-Centered

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Ray Hohl, MD, Director, Penn State Cancer Institute to discuss cancer care, including progress made in the field, making care “patient-centered,” and coordinating research efforts.


Insurance Design (V-BID) A Provider's Perspective on Value-Based Insurance Design

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Mark Fendrick, MD, Professor and Director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID), to understand the concepts of V-BID and ‘clinical nuance,’ and to gain a perspective on how V-BID is being put into practice.


A Purchaser's View on Achieving the Highest Quality Care at the Best Price

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Kate Farley, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF), to understand their work and to seek a purchaser's perspective on obtaining value for dollars spent, as well as to explore the implications of federal and state policy on the work of the PEBTF.


Navigating insurance regulation during health care reform

Dennis Scanlon discusses the realities and challenges of regulating the insurance industry during the complexities of health reform, delivery system redesign, and new payment models with Teresa Miller, Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Collaborating in Pennsylvania's healthcare arena: Promoting transparency, delivery system redesign, and payment reform

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Keith Kanel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), to understand Pennsylvania's healthcare landscape and the keys to healthcare reform: transparency, delivery system redesign, and payment reform.


Challenges Facing Rural Health in Pennsylvania and the United States

In our inaugural conversation, Dennis Scanlon speaks wih Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), to try and understand the challenges stakeholders and the population at large are facing in the rural health care arena. Dr. Scanlon’s goal is to find out what is being done to address the problems, and ultimately, how researchers might design collaborative research efforts to try to assist those working on rural health care issues.