About the show

There is so much information out there – news, opinions, ideas, you name it – but health care leaders just don't have the time to sift through it and figure out what to do. Making sense of it all is how Advisory Board can help. Host and seasoned researcher Rachel Woods talks with industry experts to break down the issues on your mind and offer recommendations on what to do next – each week, in 30 minutes or less.


  • Episode 12: Financial impact series: Ambulatory Surgery Centers

    May 14th, 2020  |  18 mins 14 secs
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    Continuing “Financial Impact” series on how Covid-19 is impacting the financial health of various players in health care. Megan Director, who has years of experience researching service line strategy joins Rae to talk about the impact COVID-19 is having on Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and why it is different than other parts of the industry.

  • Episode 11: [Quick update] Financial impact series: Hospitals

    May 12th, 2020  |  7 mins 47 secs
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    Rachel brings back Christopher Kerns to give a brief update on the financial impact of Covid-19 on hospitals.

  • Episode 10: Financial impact series: Payers

    May 7th, 2020  |  17 mins 53 secs
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    Rachel is joined by Rachel Sokol, who leads research specific to health plans at the Advisory Board, to discuss the financial impact that payers and employers are experiencing in the wake of Covid-19.

  • Episode 9: It's Nurses Week. Why this year must be different

    May 5th, 2020  |  21 mins
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    Rachel is joined by Carol Boston-Fleischhauer, Chief Nursing Officer at Advisory Board about nurses week, and why the typical approach to celebrating nurses fall's short of what's needed…

  • Episode 8: Reopening for business part two: Ambulatory practices

    May 1st, 2020  |  18 mins 59 secs

    Rachel is joined by Daniel Kuzmanovich to talk about how ambulatory practices should think about resuming in-person visits and what steps they will need to take in order to reopen.

  • Episode 7: Financial impact series: Hospitals

    April 30th, 2020  |  12 mins 54 secs
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    Rachel looks at the financial impact of Covid-19 on hospitals through the lens of their revenues, operations, and what's ahead beyond the pandemic.

  • Episode 6: Reopening for business? Here's what you need to know

    April 27th, 2020  |  20 mins

    Rachel is joined by Shay Pratt to talk about how hospitals should think about reopening for non-Covid-19 procedures (and where they should start).

  • Episode 5: Are large health systems faring better with Covid-19?

    April 24th, 2020  |  22 mins 3 secs

    Rachel invites Emily Connelly to discuss the concept of systemness and how large health systems and standalone hospitals are faring with Covid-19.

  • Episode 4: Leading through a crisis

    April 22nd, 2020  |  27 mins 13 secs

    Rachel Woods chats with Craig Pirner, an Advisory Board expert on leadership, to unpack what leaders can do to more effectively lead their people and organizations through this stressful and emotional time.

  • Episode 3: The perception of government's role in health care

    April 17th, 2020  |  19 mins 3 secs
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    Rachel and Christopher Kerns discuss how Covid-19 could change the Presidential election in November and the government's role in health care beyond it.

  • Episode 2: How Covid-19 is transforming telehealth now and in the future

    April 15th, 2020  |  32 mins 58 secs

    Rachel Woods consults with Advisory Board's go-to technology and telehealth expert John League to understand how the Covid-19 virus has changed how providers and patients are using telehealth today, and what he thinks telehealth’s tomorrow might look like.

  • Episode 1: Ramping up hospital capacity in the Covid-19 era

    April 10th, 2020  |  17 mins 16 secs

    Rachel (Rae) sits down for a candid conversation with Advisory Board's Covid-19 expert, Christopher Kerns. They discuss the challenges surrounding ramping up hospital capacity, and what leaders need to be thinking about in the next two weeks – and over the next two years.