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A Second Opinion with Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

Feb 19, 2020

Today, we are bringing you a special episode focused on rural health. We're broadcasting from Nashville with a live taping entitled solving the rural healthcare puzzle, national state and provider perspectives. Our panel and discussion are organized by the Nashville Health Care Council, the premier healthcare membership association with nearly 300 members here in Nashville, and the Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington DC based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health security and opportunity for all Americans. I'm joined on today's panel by Dr. Sarah Chouinard, rural health expert and chief medical officer of community care of West Virginia, a system of 17 federally qualified health centers operating across nine counties in rural West Virginia. Alan Levine, president and CEO of Ballad Health, an innovative integrated health care delivery system that serves 1.2 million people in 29 rural counties of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Northwestern North Carolina and Southeastern Kentucky, and Stuart McWhorter, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration and the co-chairman of governor Bill Lee's Health Care Modernization Task Force. Our wide ranging discussion touches on workforce issues, the challenge is rural and non-urban health system space with current payment models, and what on-the-ground conditions continue to see with the ongoing opioid epidemic. Our panel puts forth solutions as well as defines the problems.

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