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The Business of Health Care: June 12, 2018

Host Jeff Voigt is joined by John Blanchard (CEO, MD, Private Physicians Management), John Cullen MD (President-elect, American Academy of Family Physicians), and Mason Reiner (Co-Founder, CEO, R-Health) on the Tuesday, June 12, 2018 edition of The Business of Health Care.

Air Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

John Cullen, John Blanchard, and Mason Reiner

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: John Blanchard, John Cullen MD, Mason Reiner

Featured Guests

John Blanchard

CEO, MD, Private Physicians Management


John A. Blanchard, M.D. is a practicing Direct Primary Care (DPC) physician and CEO of Private Physician Management L.L.C., which is the management company for SALTA Direct Primary Care, Premier Private Physicians, and Victors Care.

Dr. Blanchard is recognized as an expert and national leader in the Direct Primary Care and concierge medicine movement. He speaks and lectures nationally, advocating for the improvement of health care quality and service through a direct financial relationship between physicians and their patients. He is the co-founder and Past President of the American Academy of Private Physicians. Dr. Blanchard is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians in the specialty of Family Medicine. He has staff privileges at William Beaumont Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield. He completed three years of postgraduate residency training and served as chief resident at Troy Beaumont Hospital. He graduated with clinical honors from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1996, and he graduated with honors from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in human physiology. He is a member of Legatus, a Catholic business owners association whose mission is to be ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace. He is also a member of The Knights of Columbus. Dr. Blanchard enjoys hiking, hunting and fishing with his sons Collin and Evan. He and his wife Julie enjoy traveling and spending time together boating on Lake St Clair.

About Private Physician Management

Private Physician Management provides operating and management services to SALTA direct primary care, Premier Private Physicians, and Victors Care. Private Physician Management is a national leader in establishing, running and growing direct primary care practices. PPM enters into a management services agreement with academic medical centers and health systems to open and run their concierge medicine program. PPM also contract directly with self-insured companies to open near or onsite direct primary care offices to care for their employees. Direct Primary Care (DPC) offers people of all age’s unrestricted access to comprehensive, preventive, acute, and chronic illness care for one low monthly membership fee. DPC limits the number of patients cared for by each physician to 1/3 of a traditional doctor’s office. The practice does not exclude anyone for preexisting conditions and offers 60- minute same or next day no-wait appointments, and direct access to the patient’s private physician 24/7 by cell and email. Studies show the Direct Primary Care model gives patients and employers access to exceptional care, while saving up to 20 percent on comprehensive health care costs when bundled with a lower premium insurance plan. For a low monthly fee, SALTA is a great way for employers and individuals to improve medical access and quality while decreasing cost. For more information, please visit saltadirect.com, premiermd.com, victorsCare.org
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John Cullen MD

President-elect, American Academy of Family Physicians


John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Valdez, Alaska, is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. As AAFP president-elect, Cullen advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Cullen has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 21 years. Cullen works in a small group practice and is director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center.

He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching for more than 18 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care. He is an associate clinical professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

From 2007 to 2013, Cullen served on the Alaska State Medical Board. During this time, he also served on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has visited several states to evaluate their rural health care systems and critical access hospitals.

A member of the AAFP since 1994, Cullen has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Committee on Awards, the Commission on Government and Advocacy, the Commission on Chapter Affairs and the Commission on Member Services. Prior to his election to the board, he served as both delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Cullen has also served on the AAFP’s Working Group on Rural Health and the AAFP’s task force on emergency medicine. He is the co-author of the AAFP’s position paper on emergency medicine entitled, “Critical Challenges for Family Medicine: Delivering Emergency Medical Care – ‘Equipping Family Physicians for the 21st Century.’”

At the state level, Cullen is an active member of the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians. He has held numerous leadership positions, including president and president-elect.

Throughout his career, Cullen has received several awards. In 2010, he was a finalist for the AAFP’s Family Physician of the Year award. He received the Alaska AFP’s Family Physician of the Year award in 2008.

Cullen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Cullen completed his residency at the Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program in Modesto, California, in 1994. Cullen is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Twitter – @AAFP
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Mason Reiner

Co-Founder, CEO, R-Health


Mason Reiner is the Co-Founder & CEO of R-Health, a leader in value-based care delivery. R-Health transforms primary care from a siloed transactional model focused on volume to a refreshing new paradigm that empowers enduring doctor-patient relationships and continuity of care. R-Health’s combination of clinical expertise and technology provides patients with consistent access to their personal doctor, while achieving significant cost savings for employers through clinically integrated care delivery and innovative data analytics. R-Health currently has over 40 primary care practices in its network of Direct Care and ACO practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Mason is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the National Direct Primary Care Coalition, the leading industry organization advancing the Direct Care model around the country, and is a sought after speaker on various aspects of the Direct Care model.

Mason is a serial entrepreneur, drawing on broad and successful experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and start-up company executive. He has launched and managed growth-stage companies across multiple industries, including renewable energy, information technology, real estate, and healthcare.

Mason is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar, a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and a consultant and researcher at Wharton’s Snider Entrepreneurial Center. He currently serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Greater Philadelphia.
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