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Ask the Experts is a video series where leaders in the industry share their perspectives on key topics affecting health care delivery and policy. The series is designed to reveal where and how important policy and practice topics intersect, and highlight ways in which research can advance that integration.

Housing is Health - Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Dianna Benaknin, MSW, Case Management Consultant, WellSpan Health Ann Kunkel, RN BSN, Senior Director Case Management, WellSpan Health

In this episode, Dennis Scanlon speaks with Dianna Benaknin and Ann Kunkel of WellSpan Health to learn more about WellSpan's interest in addressing social determinants of health. In their discussion, Ms. Benaknin and Ms. Kunkel talk about the impact of housing on health and discuss a number of programs created to address avoidable housing-related hospital admissions.


The Importance of Health Care Transparency

Jessica Altman, Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Commissioner Jessica Altman discusses the importance of transparency in health care and the Pennsylvania Shoppable Care Work Group, whose primary goal is to enhance consumers' ability to shop for health care.


The Opioid Epidemic Impact on Cesarean Sections

Danielle Symons Downs, Professor of Kinesiology & Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Danielle Symons Downs, Professor of Kinesiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State University to discuss her research on cesarean section deliveries and opioid prescribing.


A New Approach to Treating Mental Health Conditions

Thomas Hess, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Genomind

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Thomas Hess of Genomind to learn more about a new approach to treatment and therapy of mental health conditions using genome testing.


The Impact of Health Care Reform on Practicing Physicians

Anthony Agostini, DO, Interventional Cardiology Center of Amarillo, L.L.P.

Dennis Scanlon and Anthony Agostini, DO, 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

Jen Kraschnewski, MD, MPH, Penn State College of Medicine

We speak with Jen Kraschnewski, MD, MPH, in her role as co-chair of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community-Engaged Research Core. They 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

Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD, FNP, RN, Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Nursing

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

Jeffrey Wong, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine

Morgan Decker, Medical Student Design Partner

Dennis Scanlon talks with Jeffrey Wong and Morgan Decker to discuss an innovative medical education program at Penn State.


Making Cancer Care Patient-Centered

Ray Hohl, MD, Director, Penn State Cancer Institute

Dennis Scanlon discusses making cancer care “patient-centered,” and coordinating cancer research efforts with Director of the Penn State Cancer Institute, Ray Hohl, MD.


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

Mark Fendrick, MD, Director of the University of Michigan Center for 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, 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

Kate Farley, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Kate Farley, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund, 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

Teresa Miller, Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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

Keith Kanel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative

Dennis Scanlon speaks with Keith Kanel, MD, 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

Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

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.