FHC #101: Sachin Jain on the leadership crisis in American healthcare

Dr. Sachin Jain joins the podcast for the first time to talk about leadership in American healthcare. And his diagnosis is grim.

“In American healthcare, we’ve lost our ethical and moral compass,” Jain says. “We say we’re about one thing and we do other things. And I think we’re all complicit in this leadership crisis because not only do we not acknowledge our own failings, but we also fail to acknowledge the failings of each other.”

Early in his career, Jain held leadership positions in both the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. More recently, he served as president and CEO of the CareMore Health System for five years and is now President and CEO of the SCAN Group & Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.

In this interview, hosts Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl ask Jain to discuss the problem of physician burnout (and how to bring about change at a time of low morale), the AI revolution and the threat of automating clinicians, the failings of American medical education, and much more.

Tune in for the full interview and join the conversation on social media.

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Dr. Robert Pearl is the author of a book about medicine’s invisible yet highly influential physician culture. Check out “Uncaring: How Physician Culture Is Killing Doctors & Patients.” All profits from the book go to Doctors Without Borders.

Fixing Healthcare is a co-production of Dr. Robert Pearl and Jeremy Corr. Subscribe to the show via Apple, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you find podcasts. Join the conversation or suggest a guest by following the show on Twitter and LinkedIn.