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HAP Launches "The Curbside Advocate" Podcast

September 27, 2018

Clinicians at Pennsylvania’s hospitals have busy schedules that often can preclude them from getting involved in political action and advocacy. To help connect clinicians with the issues that matter most to their profession, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched The Curbside Advocate, a friendly, peer-to-peer podcast, hosted by Michael J. Consuelos, MD, senior vice president, clinical integration.

The podcast is named after the “curbside consult,” the practice of clinical colleagues having a quick discussion about a patient or topic. It features conversations with clinicians, hospital leaders, and subject matter experts, addressing legislative and regulatory matters, and ways that the clinical community can take a more active role in advocacy. Averaging 10 to 20 minutes in length, each episode is designed to give clinicians the information they need in a short, conversational format.

“In my travels throughout the state, I frequently hear that my colleagues in hospitals just don’t feel like they have enough time to get involved in legislative and regulatory advocacy,” said Dr. Consuelos.

“We launched The Curbside Advocate as a way to reach clinicians while they’re in the car or at the gym, helping to unpack key issues and providing a roadmap for activism.”

The first episodes of the podcast feature a two-part interview with Joe Tracy, vice president, connected care and innovation, Lehigh Valley Health Network. Mr. Tracy and Dr. Consuelos discuss applications for telemedicine, how Pennsylvania stacks up to other states, payment issues, and ways physicians can get involved in telemedicine advocacy.

The Curbside Advocate is available at HAP’s website and through SoundCloud. The first season will publish periodically during the rest of 2018.

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