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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients.

Topics on the show include

  • the emergence of precision medicine and breakthroughs in genomics
  • advances in biopharmaceuticals
  • age-related diseases and aging in place
  • using big data from wearables and sensors
  • transparency in the medical marketplace
  • challenges for connected health entrepreneurs

The audience includes researchers, medical professionals, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, solution providers, students, journalists, and investors.

Oct 19, 2022

Dr. Paul Sherman is the Chief Medical Officer of the Community Health Plan of Washington, the only nonprofit managed care organization for Medicaid in Washington state. They have also expanded into offering Medicare Advantage plans and providing a public/private low-cost insurance option for low-income people who do not qualify for Medicaid. Paul is enthusiastic about the new benefits that have been added to provide alternative approaches to healthcare that are less invasive and have better options than opioids for pain management.

Paul explains, "Treatments that we're offering with this new benefit are a package of chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy. So those traditional plans have offered services on a medical necessity or another basis. Still, we're trying to offer them in a much more patient-centered way where it's much easier for them to access it, to access the treatments that are important to them."

"We're starting with those three benefits, but as we work with our members across the state and listen to their needs, we're talking to various populations about what other alternative therapies we should consider offering. We're talking to Native American tribes and our Mexican communities to really understand if there are other treatments that are important to them that we should think about adding to this benefit."

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