Meet the Authors -

Tom Loker & Tim Henning

Tom Loker is a Startup Consultant and Adviser at SYDK.ORG, Angel Investor, Mentor and Adviser at Keiretsu Forum & Venture-Med and an established operations guy with serial successes with startups, transitional companies and turnaround situations. He has had a long career serving in the fields of science, technology and healthcare related industries. He is an active board member in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Tom has written numerous articles in the areas of healthcare, technology, politics and the economy. He is currently the principal author of Health Reform 2.0: Beyond partisan divide lies pragmatic solutions – a whitepaper focused on moving beyond the partisan rhetoric of the ACA (Obamacare) to a simple, efficient, effective, accessible and affordable healthcare system.
He maintains a passion for serving the under-served and has founded, supported and worked in various companies to serve the most fragile among us. Because of his expertise on the business of healthcare, he was invited to conduct multiple congressional briefings on healthcare reform in Congress, meeting with more than 100 congressional representatives. He has been a guest on HuffPost Live to talk about health care issues, and is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic for many groups and events.

Prior to his latest book, "The History and Evolution of Healthcare in America: The untold backstory of where we've been, where we are, and why healthcare needs more reform," Tom published “Delusional Ravings of a Lunatic Mind”—a collection of essays on healthcare, politics and their interaction with the economy, available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and other bookstores.

You can find Tom online at:
Website: http://www.loker.com
Blog: http://tloker.wordpress.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaswloker
Photography: http://www.loker.net

Tim Henning has over 35 years of experience in medical industry both in the Unites States and International markets.

Tim spent over 28 Years in the Medical Device Industry, in Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Oncology, Women’s Health, Surgical Robotics and the Treatment of Vertebral Pathologies.
He was a Senior Executive and Quality Category Leader with the first medical device company to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

Tim then joined a Large Imaging, Radiation Oncology and Women’s Health Provider, providing Services to Hospitals, Physicians and Patients across 23 States.

Tim has extensive background in medical imaging and radiation oncology both from sales and also the provider side. He is a graduate of Parkland College with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

30% of Hospitals have violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act – EMTALA. 4,341 violations have occurred in 1,682 hospitals in the last 10-year period.  What does this startling statistic mean to you and what should you do about it? This episode is focused on yet another reason why our healthcare system is such a hostile environment.

 

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Do you know why Medicare came into being?  Do you know that Medicare & Medicaid were extensions to the Social Security Act of 1935?  Do you know that if you exceed your Medicare benefit payments in claims that the federal government can take your house and assets to recover the debt?  We will cover these facts and more in this episode!

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While roughly 10% of all professions report abusive behavior, the numbers for Healthcare are over 30%.  Healthcare is a hostile environment in more ways than one.  In this episode we discuss the many things that make healthcare a hostile environment.  And, you thought sex, drugs and rock n roll was just for musicians!

 

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Do you know that 50% of doctors initial diagnosis is wrong?  How about the fact that only about 25% of their treatments have an underlying scientific based best practice? Would you be surprised to find out that the vast majority of medications can only be used by about 65% of the population, the rest of us can’t metabolize it?  This episode speaks about why Doctor’s practice of medicine is very dangerous and for the most part why it’s not their fault.

 

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One in four U.S. hospital patients suffer at least one healthcare related injury.  In 1999, 44,000 – 98,000 patients died getting healthcare. By 2013, the number of deaths had risen to 251,000-400,000 patients died. Hospitals are one of the most dangerous places you can go. Getting Healthcare is more dangerous that being a commercial fisherman – the deadliest job on the planet.  Why are hospitals so dangerous and what can we do to protect ourselves? We explore these topics and more in this episode.

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In the last Episode we talked about why what we think about drug prices are often mythical. This episode focuses on Mandatory Government Drug Rebates that are the biggest cause of high drug prices. https://youtu.be/jwr9NDpRIiM

HHS Sec. Azar says he is targeting drug rebates to lower drug prices. Will it work?  In Episode 4 we spoke about the myths surrounding high drug prices. Why what we think we know about high drug prices is wrong and explain the root of the problem – Rebates.  In Episode 5 we discuss these rebates in more detail, how they work, and why the efforts HHS is undertaking will only have a marginal effect on prices.

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With Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s recent announcement that HHS is targeting rebates as one of the reasons for America’s high drug prices, Secretary Azar is the first who has finally identified one of the critical problems in our drug pricing system and why U.S. drugs seem so much more expensive.  Tom and Tim have been arguing this point for many years.  Does the plan go far enough and identify the biggest offenders of the rebate scam?  Tune in the next two episodes to find out.

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One of the reasons our healthcare quagmire is so dangerous is the hostile and predatory nature of competition within the industry. In this episode, Tim and Tom highlight the key issues.

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The current debate about high drug prices and the focus on attacking rebates to Pharmacy Benefits Managers is the right discussion but the approach is wrong, weak and misleading.  Its just expanding the current blame-game to divert the attention from the real problem.  These, so called, high drug prices exist on paper solely due to the hostile and dangerous environment that exist in our American Healthcare Quagmire.

We want to fix our healthcare system! Do you?  It is up to us.  We, the people can do it. Nothing else can.

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