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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

This is a podcast that answers the question, "what should we have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb's cycle?" This is a practical guide for practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve in any and all aspects of our lives and practices. Physician and non-physician experts are interviewed on a wide range of topics to help us with personal and professional development.
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Jul 28, 2021

Dr. Jeff Bailet is president and chief executive officer of Altais, a subsidiary of Blue Shield of California. Altais was formed to help physicians and their practices reduce administrative burden, spend more time with patients, and improve access to quality, affordable health care. Dr. Bailet has more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience having served as executive vice president of Blue Shield of California’s Health Care Quality and Affordability division, executive vice president at Aurora Health Care and President of Aurora Health Care Medical Group and CMO of PacMed Clinics, a multispecialty medical group in Seattle.

He also currently chairs the federal Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Like me, he’s a board-certified otolaryngologist having completed residency at UCLA and holds a master of science with concentration in Environmental Health.

Given his breadth of leadership experience, we discuss how he arrived there, advice he’d give up and comers and then broader questions like where he’d like to see change about the US healthcare system and why physicians need a seat at the table. We also talk about trends physician practices, why smaller practices are good for patients, and what to look for if you’re considering merging with a larger practice or selling your practice.

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