Episode # 225 – Morris Miller CEO of Xenex is Back Discussing the New FDA Approved Standard of Care, Reducing Infections in Hospitals and More with a Light Striking Robot. Round 3. Another Important Listen.

In this episode, Ron sits down with Morris Miller, Managing Partner at Tectonic Ventures and CEO of Xenex Disinfection Services. Here, Miller shares his insights on the cutting-edge innovations in disinfection technology and the critical role it plays in healthcare setting, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss the challenges and triumphs of leading a company at the forefront of healthcare sanitation, the future of infection control, and how Xenex is revolutionizing the industry with its unique solutions. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in healthcare innovation and technology.

Morris Miller is a managing partner at Tectonic Ventures as well as the Chief Executive Officer at Xenex Disinfection Services. Morris co-founded and provided the initial funding for Xenex, which produces a Robot used to help reduce pathogen transmission in hospitals. Previously he co-founded Rackspace Managed Hosting (NYSE:RAX) (brought private by Apollo for $4.3 billion). Morris also founded Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM, which he successfully sold to Thomson Legal Publishing. Originally from San Antonio, Morris is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Phillips Exeter Academy.

Episode # 224 – Gary Taubes is a National Treasure, Author, and Health Journalist – Wrote “Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals About Diet Insulin and Successful Treatments”. This is a Wakeup Call from Calcified Thinking.

In this episode Ron interviews Gary Taubes, a renowned journalist, author, and Co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. Here Gary dives into his most recent book “Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals About Diet, Insulin, and Successful Treatments”. In this interview Taubes also delves into the controversial world of dietary science, discussing the myths and misconceptions about nutrition that have shaped public perception for decades. He shares insights from his groundbreaking books, exploring the flawed science behind common dietary guidelines and the impact of sugar and carbohydrates on health. This conversation is essential listening for anyone interested in understanding the true science of nutrition and how it affects our well-being.

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of Rethinking Diabetes (2024), The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), published as The Diet Delusion in the UK. Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the first print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).

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Episode # 223 – Meet Ashok Subramanian (CEO) and Dr. Jane Sailer (Medical Director) of Centivo, a High Quality, Well-Coordinated Primary Care Offering Married with Direct Contracts with Fair Priced Providers Leading to 20-30% Savings for Employers.

In this episode of Primary Care Cures, Ron dives into the world of healthcare inefficiency with special guests Ashok Subramanian CEO of Centivo and Dr. Jane Sailer, Medical Director of Centivo. The crux of the issue? The glaring inefficiencies that leave clinicians with only a fraction of the compensation they rightfully deserve while large corporations rake in the majority. As we unravel the intricate web of healthcare economics, we discover how benefits and costs have become unfavorable for everyday Americans. Tune into to learn how these innovators are revolutionizing the healthcare landscape and paving the way for a more equitable and efficient system that puts patients and their well-being at the forefront.

Ashok Subramanian

Ashok Subramanian, Founder/CEO of Centivo, a new type of health plan for self-funded employers is working with some of the largest insurance providers like Mount Sinai, Penn Medicine, Ascension and Cigna to bring affordable, high-quality healthcare to the millions of workers who struggle to pay their medical bills and its all through a curated plan and user-friendly app.

Ashok started Centivo after observing the inefficiency in the healthcare system and lack of free primary care, predictable copays and zero deductibles.The companies that offer Centivo are now paying an average of only $409 per year in out-of-pocket costs, compared to the national average of over $1,600 per year. And employers are saving 21% on total medical costs through Centivo, when compared to industry benchmarks.

Prior to Centivo, Ashok founded Liazon, operator of the nation’s industry-leading private benefits exchange for active employees, and also held positions at McKinsey and Co., a global management consulting firm, where he served as leader of the firm’s healthcare and private equity practices.

Dr. Jane Sailer

Dr. Sailer is the Medical Director and a physician in Centivo’s Virtual Primary Care practice. Jane brings over 25 years of experience in Family Medicine to the practice.

She has spent most of her career practicing in medically underserved settings where she enjoyed building relationships with families and their communities. She has had the opportunity to create and manage two outpatient clinics and has served as medical director of a community health center and a nursing facility.

Previously, Jane served as chief medical officer and sole provider for 2,000 patients at the Rockbridge Area Health Center. She also was the founder and co-owner of Tidewater Family Medicine, where she created and managed the outpatient primary care office. Additionally, Jane was co-owner and administrator for Maury River Family Practice, which brought care to medically underserved areas of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Jane holds an M.D. from The Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

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Episode # 222 – Dr. Harvey Castro was an Adviser to ChatGPT in Healthcare. Will AI Replace the Sacred Trust in Care or Cause Some Other Unforeseen Harm? Will it Replace Radiologists? Where are the Risks. The Easy wins? Will it Embarrass or Enhance Diagnostics and Treatment?

In this episode, Ron chats with AI in healthcare expert, Dr. Harvey Castro. Here, Harvey discusses how AI is currently being used in healthcare and what he thinks some of the most practical uses in healthcare are in the future. He also does a deep dive into how he thinks AI can help supplement physicians by helping them cut down on time in front of a computer and thus spending more face time with patients.  They discuss how AI will impact jobs in the healthcare industry as well as the industry as a whole.

With over 20 years of experience as a physician, entrepreneur, former CEO of a medical health care system and author, Dr. Harvey Castro is passionate about leveraging AI to transform healthcare delivery and outcomes as a Strategic advisor of ChatGPT & Healthcare. He works with healthcare professionals and AI developers to create and implement AI adoption plans, identify innovative AI applications, and drive the integration of AI solutions.

His aim is to bridge the gap between AI technology, healthcare services, and strategic decision-making. He focuses on ensuring the alignment of AI with clinical needs, data integrity, technological compatibility, and staff training. He also shares his insights and vision through his books, publications, and public speaking engagements to increase awareness and inspire action on AI’s transformative potential.

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Episode # 221 – Ali Hashemi, Founder of meta[bolic] and Glucare.Health in Dubai, Has Published Impressive Outcomes Reversing Metabolic Disease Like T2D in 5 Nearby Countries with the Worst Problem Globally.

This episode features Ali Hashemi, the Co-Founder of meta[bolic] and Glucare.Health. Here he does a deep dive into his two companies. meta[bolic] is a hybrid digital therapeutics company that tackles the global metabolic health crisis head-on from a first-principles basis and synthesizes the human and machine in the pursuit of enduring behavior change and lasting outcomes. GluCare is a tech-enabled comprehensive diabetes care platform, incorporating the latest innovations in wearables and IoT devices, ML, and AI to enable its clinicians to be compassionate humans. Ali also dives into how diabetes is a disease of habit and lifestyle and how his platform empowers caregivers to be data-driven coaches in changing human behavior. He also shares the amazing results patients are seeing while using these platforms.

Ali Hashemi is the Co-Founder of meta[bolic] and Glucare.Health and an investor in early-stage ventures at the intersection of health and techno- logy, with a particular focus on the application of deep learning and complex algorithms to solve challenging problems in healthcare. Ali was previ- ously the founder of Amana Healthcare, the benchmark and fastest growing continum-of-care hospital platform in the Middle East, acquired by Mubadala Healthcare in 2018 in what was among the largest deals in regional healthcare M&A. Ali previously founded and led the Middle East Healthcare Practice at Booz & Company, based out of Dubai.

Prior to joining Booz&Co, Ali was a member of the Healthcare Practice and the Private Equity Practice at Bain & Company, based in New York City. Ali studied Medicine and received his MBA concurrently from McGill University. He received a B.S.E. with Distinction from Duke University with a dual major in BioMedical Engineering and Religion and a minor in Chemistry.

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Episode # 220 – John Lufburrow as Chief Revenue Officer of Revive Health has 2M Members at a 98 NPS, 3:1 ROI and Offers Primary Care Virtually Customized with Mental Health, Urgent Care and a Robust Mail Order Pharmacy.

In this episode Ron chats with John Lufburrow Chief Revenue Officer at ReviveHealth. ReviveHealth is a virtual healthcare subscription service that offers online primary care, urgent care, mental health care, pharmacy services and various specialists – all available on demand. Here they discuss the frustration with the current healthcare system and how inconvenient it is for employers, providers, and patients. They also do a deep dive into how ReviveHealth works and the kind of cost savings their clients are experiencing. John also shares some success.

John Lufburrow is a distinguished business executive and visionary leader with a career spanning over two decades in the dynamic world of healthcare. His unwavering commitment to innovation, combined with a deep-rooted passion for healthcare, has solidified his reputation as a transformative force in the industry.  Contributions include several business turnarounds and exponential new business growth at both early development firms and large national organizations.

In his current role as Chief Revenue Officer at ReviveHealth, John Lufburrow leads the charge in growing the company’s cutting-edge healthcare technology solutions and services, with a primary emphasis on virtual care and pharmacy services. Under his visionary leadership, ReviveHealth has positioned itself as a trailblazer in the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare technology growing rapidly to over 2 million subscribers.

Before joining ReviveHealth, Mr. Lufburrow held a series of pivotal executive positions at one of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations. His tenure was marked by several accomplishments in developing, leading, and nurturing sales and marketing teams and organizations.

John’s journey in healthcare has been a testament to his unparalleled dedication to improving patient outcomes, enhancing healthcare accessibility, and fostering growth innovation.

John is well known for his strategic acumen, unwavering commitment to excellence, and an unshakable belief in the power of innovation to drive positive change in the healthcare landscape. His leadership philosophy revolves around fostering a high-performing culture of collaboration, transparency, and development of the individual.

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Episode # 219 – Sandeep Palakodeti MD Started Mishe.co and the Rebel Health Alliance to Eliminate Big Middle Profiteers with Specialists, Surgeons and the Consumer.

In this episode, Ron has a conversation about physician democratization with Dr. Sandeep Palakodeti, the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Mishe.co Health & the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Rebel Health Alliance. Throughout their discussion, Dr. Palakodeti delves into his work with Rebel & Mishe, the goals & missions of the two organizations, how they differ from the typical primary care infrastructure, and much more!

Dr. Sandeep Palakodeti is a practicing internal medicine physician, experienced healthcare executive, and a passionate innovator looking to bring much needed change across our broken American healthcare system. Sandeep is a native of Ohio where he earned his MD and MPH with a focus on population health and physician leadership. He trained in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, followed by a fellowship in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Palakodeti started his career as a hospital-based physician at the storied Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, but soon became disillusioned with our current “sick care” system which focuses so much energy at the end-state of disease, when someone is already suffering significant complications from chronic issues. He then spent the next part of his career as a physician and leader in various value-based organizations. He served as Chief Clinical Design Officer at CareMore Health, a premier risk-bearing organization serving a diverse Medicare and Medicaid population. He also served as Chief Population Health Officer at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, one of the largest health-systems in the country, where he oversaw the Accountable Care Organization (which served over 600k patients) and the self-insured employee plan which covered over 35k commercial beneficiaries.

As an entrepreneur and advocate of startup disruption in healthcare, Sandeep is drawn to the possibilities of reimagining our system through new company formation, and currently serves in two prominent leadership roles, as Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Mishe.co, the first fully-integrated specialty savings plan, and as Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Rebel Health Alliance, a national specialty cloud clinic focused on longevity, wellness, optimization, and metabolic health.

Dr. Palakodeti is a staunch supporter of patients over profits and the need for more courage and creativity in the healthcare space. He currently resides back in Ohio with his wonderful wife, Abigail, their two children, 3 dogs, 10 chickens, and a cat in an idyllic rural setting.

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Episode # 218 – Doug Farrago MD is an OG Pioneer in DPC – Co-Founded DPC Frontier, Two Blogs and 6 Books on the Matter. Calls National DPC – DINO’s. Listen in as We Disagree on Their Values vs Mom and Pop Local DPC.

In this episode, Ron chats with Dr. Douglas Farrago, Author, Keynote Speaker, Retired Medical Doctor and Inventor of the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame and the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Throughout their chat Dr. Farrago and Ron discuss their differing opinions on DPC and where they align as the ‘rebel alliance’ against the status quo of today’s healthcare and insurance systems.

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

Episode # 217 – Welcome back Dr. Mary Talley Bowden Who Fought the FDA. Won. The Texas Medical Board and Houston Methodist. Ongoing. Meet a Heroine to Millions.

This episode features Mary Talley Bowden, Owner of BreatheMD. Here she discusses her recent legal cases with the federal government and Houston Methodist, her experience being deplatformed on social media, Ivermectin, vaccine injury, and more. She also does a deep dive on how she stood up for herself and her patients against the medical establishment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bowden completed her residency at Stanford University and is board-certified in both Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine. In 2003, she moved to Houston and worked with Drs. Kyle McCutcheon and Alasdair Gilchrist at Memorial Northwest Otolaryngology. She specializes in sinus, sleep and allergy disorders and treats both children and adults.

As a mother of four boys, Dr. Bowden has spent many years being on the other side of the doctor-patient relationship. Her frustrations with the traditional medical system inspired her to open BreatheMD in 2019, with the goal to simplify and improve patients’ office visit experiences. To optimize efficiency, she has included multiple therapeutic diagnostic modalities on-site so patients can leave her office with a treatment plan and feeling better. Access to her clinic is easy with ground-level parking and online appointment scheduling. Patients are expected to leave the visit feeling better, with medications and procedures available in her clinic.

BreatheMD is a cash-pay facility, and Dr Bowden has opted out of all insurance plans but keeps her prices fair and transparent.  All prices for clinic appointments and surgeries are listed on our website.  Patients are given an itemized receipt to submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement.  If you are an employer who self-insures, please talk to us – we love working directly with businesses to help them provide affordable high-quality care to their patients.

Dr. Bowden is also interested in research and is currently working to publish her findings from recent COVID-19 testing. For a list of Dr. Bowden’s publications, please click here.

She is on the advisory team of FLCCC and a member of the AAPS.  She recently found the Coalition for Health Freedom, a grassroots effort to bridge 1300+ like-minded health organizations to take collective action.

Episode # 216 – We Finally Get One Medical on the Show. With Nathan Houghton We Learn NPS, Renewal Rates, Pricing, ROI for Employers, Engagement, Physician Retention All Before the Amazon Purchase.

In this episode, Ron is joined by Nathan Houghton, Manager of DPC Solutions at One Medical & the Business Development Analyst for PeakMed LifeCenters. Here, they discuss direct primary care at One Medical, Nathan’s work with PeakMed – a membership-based medical practice with a flat monthly membership for unlimited access to health services, how they are retaining providers & consumers, specific statistics including ROI, and more.

Nathan Houghton has a background in accounting and finance. He has a passion in driving change in the healthcare industry through better access and lower plan costs.

He works with large employers to develop a strategy of incorporating Direct Primary Care into employee benefit offerings.