Smart Talk

Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

Listen to Smart Talk live online from 9-10 a.m. weekdays and at 7 p.m. (Repeat of 9 a.m. program)

Host: Scott LaMar

Radio Smart Talk: Transforming Health

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 12, 2012 8:59 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, November 12:


Right before our eyes, healthcare in America is changing.  There's no doubt the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is responsible for part of the change but not all of it, and maybe it won't even impact Americans as much as the other modifications.

Right now and much more so in the future, doctors will not treat patients just when they are sick or injured, but are instead establishing relationships between individuals and healthcare providers.

What does the future look like?

On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, witf will launch a broad-based, multimedia project called Transforming Health, that will explore the dramatic changes in healthcare as they are happening.  Some have gone as far as describing it as a revolution that includes the use of healthcare results data, incentives for efficiency, penalties for hospital readmissions, and better coordination of care.

On Monday's program, we'll unveil Transforming Health and describe what's happening in healthcare today.


witf President and CEO Kathleen Pavelko, Dr. Charles Chodroff of WellSpan Health, and Dr. George Beauregard of PinnacleHealth talk healthcare's changing landscape.

Listen to the program:

back to top
  • e man img 2012-11-12 09:53

    I am a retiree with Verizon. Our annual enrollment is in Nov. For me to keep my insurance with Health America, I had to spend an hour on the phone talking to a representative. The new plans did not have either my family doctor or HMO doctor. I have to spend $756 a year to keep my same doctor. I work at Mc Donald's. The full time workers hours are being cut to under 40 hours a week. Therefore they lose their medical benefits. It is cheaper to pay the fine than cover the workers. There is no way you can add 30 million more people to the medical system in a year or two without collapsing the system. It takes about 10 years to get a medical PhD. What about 4 year nurses.
    Nursing schools require PhD, but a nurse with a Master's degree can earn $100,000 a year. The Doctor of Nursing makes only $50,000. You will get rationing and "death panels" under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-12 09:59

    E-mail from Kim:

    "I hope there will be an component to this to encourage ALL people to have well patient appointments, especially for people in their younger years. I am a healthy, active 47 year old and I don't like doctors, so I never really had one that I visited for the well patient visits, and thus had no relationship with a doctor. Then about 18 months ago, I started having weird symptoms. I have visited several doctors who sort of listen to my symptoms, order tests and tell me I am fine. Because they don't know me, they don't know if I am a hypochondriac or someone seeking medications. I now regret that I was so confident in my good health that I did not visit a doctor regularly and establish a relationship. I still suffer these bizarre symptoms, I am tired of explaining my symptoms and getting no response. I don't know what to do and now I just wait for the symptoms to get bad enough that someone will try to figure out what is wrong. At that point my healthcare may get much more expensive than if a little effort were put into a diagnosis and treatment now and possibly prevent the issue from getting worse.

    I have heard of many people with this situation. I hope the programs you speak about will encourage all people to establish a relationship with a GOOD general practitioner so if symptoms arise, a good plan of diagnosis can be established."

  • Betty Healthcare img 2015-02-06 07:45

    Respectfully, the information aired on "Unveiling Healthcare" was not quite correct. Insurance companies contract with hospitals for commonly a "case" rate or a "Per diem" rate. Hospitals are reimbursed after a Utilization Review Process. Medicare Reimbursement can be 50 to 100% lower than a Commercial Insurance. So, for the Hospital to stay financially sound at least 15% Commercial payers are needed. For example, Medicare reimburses a procedure for $600 and Blue Cross $1500. The Hospitals do not set rates for the insured. There is so much more to understanding what I view as the "Three headed" creature of health care that needs Intensive Care.

Give Now

Smart Talk Sponsors


Smart Talk Road Trip Sponsor

Roof Advisory Group Logo

witf's Public Insight Network

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »