Taking the Pulse: a Health Care Podcast

Taking The Pulse

Health care is one of the fastest evolving industries and its complexities can be difficult to keep up with, let alone navigate. Join attorneys from the Nexsen Pruet Health Care Practice Group, with co-host Heather Matthews, for Taking the Pulse: a Health Care Podcast, a new weekly series that takes a current look at one of the Carolinas' largest industry sectors.

All Episodes

On episode 78, Bart Strickland, VP of Provider Services and Health Systems, and Shannon Hudson, Director of Health Care Regulation, join Matthew and Heather for a deep dive into the No Surprises Act. We cover implementation, what plans are included and excluded, the details on covered services, and much more. Tune in now for everything you need to about the No Surprises Act!

Nov 30

18 min 5 sec

Joining us again is Representative Murrell Smith, an attorney and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for an update on COVID-19’s continued impact on the Statehouse. We discuss the State’s 2022 legislative outlook, including the DHEC restructuring bill, the Affordable Care Act, and hospital consolidation. Tune in now for Murrell’s insights on health care law in South Carolina!

Nov 16

23 min 47 sec

Nexsen Pruet employment and health care lawyers Nikole Mergo and Jennie Cluverius join Matthew and Heather to navigate the whirlwind of new issues and changes in State and Federal laws affecting employers since the pandemic began. We dive into managing risk, requiring tests, the vaccinate mandate, and exemptions. Listen now for their insights for employers on all things vaccines and more. *This episode was recorded on 11/5/21 and some information may have changed as the laws continue to shift. If you would like recent updates regarding these topics, visit www.nexsenpruet.com.*

Nov 9

18 min 13 sec

On episode 75, Heather and Matthew are joined by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Vice President of Engagement, Rozalynn Goodwin. Rozalynn has been a force in the community advocating for quality and accessible health care with SCHA for years, and shares her insights on the Affordable Care Act and rural health care and as well as her personal story of loss with COVID-19. Tune in to hear from a South Carolina health care leader now!

Nov 2

25 min 4 sec

This week, Heather and Matthew speak with Dr. Patel and Dr. Naidu, practitioners and leaders of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates, a medical practice that promotes both physical and emotional wellbeing for patients diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Kashyap and Dr. Naidu share their deep knowledge of cancer care, explain their holistic approach, and discuss their dedication to positioning patients at the forefront of their battle against cancer. Tune in to learn about Carolina Blood and Cancer Care’s unique practice now!

Oct 26

29 min 5 sec

For episode 73, our hosts chat with Dr. Sarah Allen, the founder, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of The Skin Clique, a growing company comprised of physicians and nurse practitioners who see patients from the comfort of their own home. Dr. Allen describes her innovative medical group and how they help patients look and feel their best, their effective business model, trends in aesthetic medicine, and more! Tune in now.

Oct 19

20 min 39 sec

Joining us again is Mako Medical COO Josh Arant, who first sat down on Taking the Pulse at the beginning of the pandemic. Josh and our hosts discuss how the diagnostic lab has continued to rapidly expand and innovate to meet the demands of COVID-19 testing, what the Mako team has accomplished over the past 1.5 years, and what they will continue to do to help serve countless communities and schools. Tune in to episode 72 now!

Oct 12

18 min 12 sec

Joining Heather and Darra from We Are Sharing Hope, Dave DeStefano and Kristine Neal dive deep into organ and tissue donation on episode 71. As South Carolina’s federally designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), their non-profit facilitates life-saving organic and life-enhancing tissue donation across the State. Dave and Kristine describe specific donor needs, conveying the benefits of donation to the public, and much more. Tune in now!

Oct 5

18 min 9 sec

On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Foster Jordan of Charles River Laboratories, which provides products and services to help expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of novel drugs and therapeutics. We have a lively conversation about health care and patient safety – including how horseshoe crabs right here in South Carolina contribute to keeping injectable pharmaceuticals and medical implants safe. Tune in now!

Sep 28

18 min 50 sec

What does a medical practice that operates without the constraints of insurance look like? Dr. Cory Annis, the founder of Unorthodoc, sits down with Heather and Matthew to discuss how her practice provides patients with affordable, relationship-driven health care through the Direct Primary Care model. Dr. Annis explains her improved physician-patient relationships, monthly membership fees, and the future of the DPC model. Tune in now to learn more about this game-changing health care trend!

Sep 21

22 min 45 sec

Bon Secours St. Francis President Matt Caldwell joins Heather and Matthew for episode 68 to discuss how the Upstate of South Carolina is battling the Delta Variant, a low vaccine rate, and burnout in medical professionals. A veteran of hospital leadership, Matt also dives into trending health care issues such as Certificate of Need, value-based care, and hospital provider consolidations. Tune in now!

Sep 14

26 min 50 sec

On episode 67, Heather and Darra are joined by Stuart Barber, the Director of Senior Living at Charleston based architecture firm McMillan Pazdan Smith. Stuart focuses his work on environments for seniors and discusses the relationship between design and the quality of life for adults residing in senior living facilities. We also dive into how COVID has affected senior care, the future of design for senior facilities, and more. Tune in now!

Sep 7

20 min 25 sec

South Carolina criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Debbie Barbier joins Heather and Matthew to discuss her 25 years of experience in both state and federal courtrooms. She shares her thoughts on cases and legislation impacting the health care industry including COVID relief fraud, her methods when working on health care related cases, and much more. Tune in to episode 66 now!

Aug 31

21 min 22 sec

Joining Heather and Darra from Prisma Health, Dr. Kevin Walker, a pain medicine specialist and anesthesiologist, and Doug Furmanek, Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services, dive deep in to the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. They share first-hand accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the incidence of opioid misuses in South Carolina, ways the medical community can reduce opioid reliance, and much more. Tune in to epsiode 65 now!

Aug 24

30 min 32 sec

On episode 64, Heather and Nexsen Pruet health care attorneys Matthew Roberts and Nikole Mergo sit down with Tod Augsburger, the President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, a 557 bed nonprofit hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. As the delta variant surges throughout the nation, Tod shares his insights on how Lexington Medical Center and the Lexington community has battled COVID since 2020, as well as health care trends like consolidation, pricing, and certificate of need. Tune in now for Tod’s first-hand account of leading a health care system during a global pandemic.

Aug 17

29 min 12 sec

Matthew and Heather welcome back Sam Konduros to discuss his new role as President and CEO of KOR Medical. KOR Medical is a recently launched health innovation company that plans to set the standard in the arena of personalized, clinical cannabis to benefit patients suffering from diseases like epilepsy and cancer and to help alleviate the nationwide opioid crisis. Tune in now and learn more about this exciting South Carolina based company!

Aug 10

17 min 46 sec

Dr. Ada Stewart, a physician at Eua Claire Cooperative Health Center, returns a year after first joining Heather and Darra on the podcast to give us an update on how the pandemic has impacted her work and patients. Dr. Stewart shares the details of her experience as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians during a tumultuous time, her service to underserved communities in South Carolina, and the rise of the Delta variant. Tune in now!

Aug 3

20 min 41 sec

South Carolina Representative Kambrell Garvin of District 77 joins Heather and Darra to discuss Legislative initiatives helping the Palmetto State recover and thrive post-pandemic. Representative Garvin also provides insights on the health care issues impacting his District, challenges in the education system, and vaccinations in SC. Tune in to epsiode 61 now!

Jul 27

22 min 21 sec

For our 60th episode, political journalist Meg Kinnard of the Associated Press joins us to share her fierce and focused fight against stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer. Meg discusses the personal details of her journey, including what she has learned about the health care system, how she continues to work, stay active, and spend time with her family, as well as her important story of detection. Tune in now for this informative conversation about self-examination, self-advocacy, and more.

Jul 20

24 min 42 sec

Our guest this week, Dr. Caughman Taylor, has spent nearly 4 decades dedicated to improving the lives of children in South Carolina. As the senior medical director at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Taylor shares his insights with Tina and Matthew on the benefits of a freestanding Children’s hospital and what sets Prisma Children’s hospital apart. Tune in now!

Jun 29

25 min 5 sec

On episode 58, Allendale County Hospital CEO Lari Gooding joins Tina and Matthew to discuss the county-owned, non-profit hospital that has been serving Allendale and Hampton counties for nearly 70 years. We dive into the difficulties of rural health care, strategic partnerships and that help provide and expand health care services, and vaccinations in rural communities. Listen now!

Jun 22

21 min 18 sec

This week, Tina and Darra welcome Dr. Graham Adams, CEO of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, a statewide non-profit dedicated to improving health care in rural and under-served communities. They chat about the challenge of health care providers remaining viable while serving rural communities, how the SCORH addressed the pandemic, and the future of rural hospitals. Tune in now!

Jun 15

23 min 30 sec

Randy Covington, award winning television news journalist and Director of Special Projects and Newsplex at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, joins Heather and Matthew for episode 56 of Taking the Pulse. As a television veteran with nearly 30 years of experience, Randy shares his thoughts on the unparalleled media coverage during the pandemic and the dramatic changes taking place in the industry. Tune in now!

Jun 8

26 min 9 sec

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and women in the United States? To get some insight into colon cancer’s widespread impact on Americans and other digestive issues, Heather and Darra welcome renowned Gastroenterologist Dr. March Seabrook. He shares important information about colon cancer, including brand new screening recommendations, as well as discusses reflux, indigestion and heartburn and what lifestyle and genetic factors can impact these conditions. Tune in now!

Jun 1

19 min 51 sec

For epsiode 54, Heather and Darra chat with Hope Barber, the owner of one of South Carolina’s favorite restaurants, Bowens Island. They dive into how COVID has drastically changed the restaurant industry, including shut downs, staffing shortages, masking, vaccinations, and much more! Tune in now to hear from this long running, family-owned restaurant.

May 25

20 min 18 sec

Current trends in the health care industry could soon create dramatic changes in how health care is provided and delivered. Matthew and Heather welcome this week’s guest, PYA Principal Orlando Alvarez, to get his insight on pressing issues like consolidation, value-based care, downside risk, consumerism, tech use with rural providers, and much more. Listen now!

May 18

22 min 29 sec

For international nurse’s week, Heather and Darra sat down with two health care heroes who have been serving on the frontlines of the pandemic in rural South Carolina at McLeod-Loris Hospital. Layla Soles and Kaila Bonnett share their challenges, successes, and overall experience of caring for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. Tune in now for their first-hand accounts.

May 12

17 min 39 sec

The rapid changes and complexities of the healthcare industry can be difficult to follow. This week’s guest, Kevin Locke, leads a national health care consulting practice with decades of experience advising his clients on evolving trends in the industry. Tune in to hear Kevin, Matthew, and Heather take a deep dive into the most important trends impacting healthcare such as provider consolidation, the shift from volume based care to value based care, and much more. Listen now!

May 4

27 min 34 sec

For our 50th episode, Heather and Darra sat down with Reverend Stacy Lawton, an unsung COVID hero who serves as a Clinical Staff Chaplain at MUSC. Reverend Lawton shares the details of how COVID has drastically changed her job, the challenges of administering support to patients under COVID protocols, and how hospital chaplains are maintaining their own energy and mental health. Tune in now!

Apr 27

20 min 9 sec

This week, Heather and Matthew chat with Dr. Steve Skinner of the Greenwood Genetic Center, a nonprofit that provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic lab testing, and much more. We dive into how the center has evolved over the past four decades, the unique services they provide, and the future of genetic testing and research. Tune in to epsiode 49 now!

Apr 20

22 min 45 sec

With heart disease causing nearly 655,000 deaths in the United States each year, cardiovascular health has never been more important. Dr. Brent McLaurin, a skilled cardiologist and Medical Director of an internationally acclaimed research program, joins Heather and Darra to talk all things heart health. Tune in to episode 48 to learn about Anderson Heart, cardiac trends, and how COVID-19 infections may impact a patient’s cardiac health in the long term.

Apr 13

12 min 25 sec

For this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew chat with Carl Humphries and Dr. Heather Leisy from HopeHealth, a Federally-Qualified Health Center providing care to patients across multiple South Carolina counties. We discuss HopeHealth’s unique structure, the range of services they provide to more than 50,000 patients, and the future of community health centers post-COVID. Listen now!

Apr 6

20 min 51 sec

On episode 46, Heather and Matthew welcome back South Carolina’s epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss the vaccine rollout in South Carolina. They dive into vaccine phases, efficacy, safety, strains and much more. Tune in now to hear from an expert in all things regarding the pandemic!

Mar 30

24 min 42 sec

This week, Heather is joined by co-hosts and attorneys Matthew and Darra for a deep dive into the most important topics impacting the health care industry in the Carolinas and beyond. Listen now for their insights on pressing issues that providers and health care professionals need to know, from shifts to value-based care and price transparency to the continued growth of telehealth.

Mar 23

24 min 10 sec

On our latest episode, Heather and Darra welcome Dr. Hugh Durrence, a physician who has been working non-stop to help his community fight COVID-19. We dive into his greatest challenges over the past year, how Liberty is providing the vaccine as a family practice, and his designation by the Board of Medical Examiners to help develop the Protocol for Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists. Tune in now for Dr. Durrence’s insightful perspective!

Mar 16

20 min 12 sec

On episode 43, Heather and Matthew welcome AnnMargaret McCraw to the studio, a health care reform advocate and CEO of Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery. AnnMargaret shares her passion for creating meaningful health care reform as well as her insights on cost transparency, ensuring quality care, and telehealth services. Listen now! Midlands Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery website: https://surgerycenteratmidorthoneuro.com/

Mar 9

25 min 41 sec

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster joins Heather and Matthew on episode 42 to discuss the ongoing struggles of his personal fight with COVID and the many challenges of leading a department during the pandemic. Tune in to hear Sheriff Foster’s insights and the details of his ordeal now.

Mar 2

22 min 1 sec

This week, Heather and Matthew are joined by a leader in the infectious disease community, Dr. Krutika Kuppalli of MUSC. Dr. Kuppalli, a COVID-19 expert witness to the United States Congress, provides her perspective and shares her vast knowledge on vaccine timelines and effectiveness, new COVID variants, super spreader events like the super bowl, and much more. Tune in now!

Feb 23

17 min 16 sec

On epsiode 40, Heather and Darra are joined by Dr. Kyle Guyton, a Pediatrics Specialist and Co-Owner of SouthernMed. We dive in to how his practice has changed during the pandemic, his participation in a COVID vaccine trial, and his views on in-person and virtual learning as a Lexington School District One board member. Tune in now!

Feb 16

23 min 31 sec

Joining Heather and Matthew for episode 39 is John Carrington, the Founder and CEO of ZVerse, a South Carolina 3D printing company taking the PPE industry by storm. John discusses how he quickly pivoted ZVerse to meet the demands of the pandemic and became a critical supplier of face shields. Tune in now to hear ZVerse's success story, the latest on PPE and more!

Feb 9

16 min 7 sec

For episode 38, Heather and Matthew welcome back our first ever guest: Thornton Kirby of the South Carolina Hospital Association. As President & CEO of SCHA, Thornton has been helping lead the health care industry and SC during the pandemic. Tune in to hear his unique insights on everything from supplies and hospital capacity to the possible salvation on the top of everyone’s mind- the vaccine. Listen now!

Feb 2

21 min 32 sec

On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Jed Suddeth of Suddeth Health Care Solutions and Dr. Mac Knight of the Coker Group. As heads of numerous health care businesses throughout their careers, Jed and Dr. Knight have been at the forefront of creating innovative health care reform to decrease costs and build a more value based care delivery platform. Tune in to learn about their important efforts to help patients by improving the health care system now!

Jan 27

25 min 16 sec

Joining Heather and Darra to kick off season 2 of Taking the Pulse is Mako Medical VP of Operations Steve Hoover. We dive in to how the diagnostic lab has rapidly expanded to meet the demands of COVID-19 testing since we last spoke to Mako in July, news on the new COVID variant in the United States, the current vaccine roll out, and much more. Tune in now!

Jan 19

16 min 36 sec

On episode 35, Heather and Matthew chat with Lauren Sausser, an award winning health care journalist and features editor for The Post and Courier. They discuss how COVID-19 has impacted journalism, Lauren’s recent COVID coverage, and the role of the media during the pandemic and ongoing vaccination roll outs. Tune in now for more!

Jan 5

14 min 51 sec

This week, Heather and Matthew are joined by the Free Medical Clinic Executive Director Freddie Strange, a life-long health care worker known for his hands-on care and leadership. We discuss how the Free Medical Clinic provides high quality health care to South Carolina’s working poor as well as the pandemic’s impact on the non-profit and those they serve. Listen now!

Dec 2020

17 min 1 sec

Heather and Darra welcome back South Carolina’s epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell to discuss the pandemic’s continued stronghold within South Carolina. They cover rising COVID cases throughout the state, virtual and in person schools, vaccine timelines and distributions, and more. Tune in to hear from an expert in all things regarding the pandemic now!

Dec 2020

24 min 6 sec

On this week’s episode, Heather and Matthew welcome Lara Hewitt of the South Carolina Hospital Association and Andy Hartung of Self-Regional Healthcare. As heads of a state-wide healthcare association and a medical center, Andy and Lara have been on the frontlines of ensuring that SC healthcare systems have been safe and prepared during the pandemic. Tune in to hear about the impact of unexpected healthcare partnerships, PPP procurement, the future of the vaccine in the palmetto state, and much more!

Dec 2020

21 min 30 sec

This week, Tina and Matthew are joined by Brian Morris, President of Fulcrum Risk Solutions, a full service brokerage firm dedicated to providing holistic risk management and insurance strategies to their clients. We discuss how Fulcrum assists medical practices and other employers as well as COVID-19’s impact on risk management, insurance, benefits and more- listen now!  

Dec 2020

22 min 54 sec

On episode 29, Tina and Darra speak with Dr. Addison Livingston,  the owner of Hawthorne Pharmacy and Medical Equipment, a local drugstore that has been serving the midlands for nearly 70 years. We dive in to how the pharmacy sector has evolved in response to COVID-19, the clinical care side of the industry, emerging trends, and much more. Listen now!

Nov 2020

17 min 33 sec

This week, Tina and Matthew sit down with South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield executives Matt Shaffer and Dr. Shawn Stinson to discuss how the state’s largest health insurance provider has weathered the pandemic. We cover long-term changes to the industry, innovative strategies to assist the community, and much more- tune in now!

Nov 2020

22 min 50 sec