Navigating the Healthcare System: Education, Empowerment, and Advocacy for All with Dr. Dennis Deruelle & Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni

Original Air Date Wednesday, Septemer 2, 2020 

Have you ever been given an out-of-network medical bill you thought was covered by your healthcare plan?

Did you jump through hoops to try and resolve it only to learn it wasn’t covered because you were traveling? Navigating our constantly-changing modern healthcare model takes resolve and is not for the faint of heart. To unlock the secrets and get tips right from the source, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two doctors who work to simplify the system for the public. Dr. Dennis Deruelle uses football as the overarching theme in his book, Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine, to untangle the sometimes convoluted healthcare system. And, men’s health expert, Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni unpacks the confusing world of prescription medication.

Dr. Dennis Deruelle — Strategies for Navigating Healthcare:
  • Dr. Deruelle describes the overarching principles of the five different types of healthcare plans in North America. [2:48]
  • Healthcare options for Gig economy workers and solopreneurs. [5:57]
  • The free My Doc Replay app was designed to help patients and their families to fully understand a doctor’s instructions. [16:07]
  • Strategies for making the most out of a health plan. [19:34]
  • Tips for troubleshooting unexpected medical bills and costs. [23:23]
  • Why healthcare should be a shared decision-making process between doctor and patient. [26:38]

Dennis P. Deruelle M.D., F.H.M., is the Executive Director of Hospital Medicine with American Physician Partners (APP) based in Nashville, TN. With over 20 years in practice, he comes to the rescue with a nonpartisan explanation of healthcare law. He uses simple football terms to help you understand how to navigate our new healthcare.

Book: Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine


My Doc Replay Website

Dr. Deruelle on Facebook

Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni — A Path Toward Better Healthcare:
  • Unpacking the evolution of prescription drugs cost. [31:47]
  • Why prescription drugs have different costs depending on the zip code you buy them in. [35:29]
  • Understanding the quality of the drugs applicable under certain card programs. [38:57]
  • The challenges of creating a vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus. [46:20]
  • How the COVID-19 virus differs from the seasonal influenza virus and how vaccines are distributed. [53:28]
  • Taking personal responsibility for your health is key in staving off illness. [57:33]


Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni has enjoyed a career spanning  40+ years as a practicing clinical pharmacist. An advocate for better health services and resources to enhance the health of boys and men, he has held faculty appointments at both Columbia University and Belmont University. He has authored over seventy peer-reviewed and general media articles in healthcare and health policy.


Mens Health Network Website

@MensHlthNetwork on Twitter

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