Advancing Health Podcast

Advancing Health is the American Hospital Association’s podcast series. Podcasts will feature conversations with hospital and health system leaders on a variety of issues that impact patients and communities. Look for new episodes directly from your mobile device by using SoundCloud. You can also listen to the podcasts directly by clicking below.

Latest Podcasts

Jul 6, 2022

During the past two years, the health care field has been focused on fighting COVID-19…as it should be. Yet at the same time, another crisis surges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that shows synthetic opioid fatalities rose by an unprecedented 55% during the pandemic – from September 2019 - September 2020. And according to a national survey conducted in 2020 by the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, only 23% of hospitals have an opioid stewardship program. In this episode, Marie Cleary-Fishman, vice president of clinical quality at the American Hospital Association is joined by Dr. Holly Geyer, internal medicine practitioner sub-specialized in addiction medicine at Mayo Clinic. The discussion: what to do about the surging number of overdose deaths during the pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Geyer will share the importance of establishing an opioid stewardship program no matter the size of your practice, and essential steps, tools and tips to achieving success.


Jun 29, 2022

Recently, families across the nation are struck with a shortage of infant formula, causing ripples of misinformation. Though efforts to alleviate the current recall on infant formula, and related supply chain issues are in the works, many mothers and families are still struggling to feed their infants. The lack of support resources and the rise in prices have also contributed to the stress families are facing. Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives sits down with Dr. David Paul, Service Line Leader of Woman and Children at ChristianaCare and Kristy Anderson, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center to discuss ways their organizations educated and worked with families to identify alternate formula options, and mitigated misinformation. They will also share steps hospitals are taking to manage such instances better in the future. For any hospital needing either normal formula or specialty formula, reach out to Abbott Nutrition at For latest information on formula supply and tips, visit


Jun 23, 2022

CMS's Hospital Quality Measurement and Value programs have shaped the hospital field and given patients information to inform their care for over 15 years. But a once in a lifetime pandemic has had a profound impact on how those programs operate. On today's podcast, we'll discuss what happened with these critical programs during the pandemic and where CMS can go from here. Joining this [Special Edition] podcast to discuss is Akin Demehin, Senior Director of Quality and Patient Safety Policy with AHA. This podcast was recorded live at the AHA Annual Meeting.

Jun 22, 2022

Hospitals have accelerated the development of their innovative telehealth programs during the pandemic. In this Members in Action podcast, Julia Resnick, director of strategic initiatives at the AHA, is speaking with Thomas Harris, Jr., Executive Vice President of Operations at Gillette Children’s in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They will be discussing how Gillette Children’s virtual rehab program has enabled them to better serve their patients.

Jun 17, 2022

Dr. Leon D. Caldwell, Senior Director, Health Equity Strategies and Innovation, in the Institute of Diversity and Health Equity at the AHA, sits down with Dr. James Min, CEO and Co-founder of AHA Associate, Cleerly, as well as Dr. Richard Chazal, Senior Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Institute at Lee Health System. Dr. Min and Dr. Chazal are at the forefront of a new population-based, precision heart care approach that is transforming the historical approach to cardiovascular care by treating the actual disease instead of symptoms. Together, they discuss how this new standard of care ultimately impacts health equity.


Jun 15, 2022
Leading care teams through COVID-19 has been a challenge unlike any other.
Jun 10, 2022
Strategy. Transformation. Both are integral to today’s most successful health care planning agendas and associated initiatives.
Jun 8, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the health care workforce.
Jun 1, 2022
Pregnant women around the country faced uncertainty upon the arrival of COVID-19.
May 27, 2022
Between 2011 and 2015, the number of children presenting to the ED for behavioral health concerns at Rady Children’s Hospital increased by 500%.
May 26, 2022
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and it is an opportunity to reflect on the generations of Asian Americans who have enriched America’s history and celebrate the nearly 20 million Asian American individuals who are instrumental to our country’s future success.
May 24, 2022
Increases in consolidation and alignment between commercial health plans and pharmacy benefit managers have resulted in a series of business practices designed to steer patients to insurer-affiliated pharmacies and away from patients’ longstanding providers to the detriment of patient care.
May 20, 2022
Join us to hear how Loyola University Health System’s new laboratory approach during the COVID pandemic was able to broaden communication and collaboration between clinicians and hospital leadershi
May 13, 2022
Medicare Advantage or MA Plans are another way for beneficiaries to get Medicare Part A and Part B coverage delivered through private insurance companies.