21st Century Cures

Calling it a 'Christmas miracle,' U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander discusses the importance of the 21st Century Cures Act.

America's Health Rankings

United Health Foundation recently released the 27th edition of the organization's annual health rankings.

Profiles

Leading by Example with a Work-Life Balance

Leading by Example with a Work-Life Balance

Teladoc CMO Henry DePhillips, MD, says a demanding schedule is even more reason for physicians to stay active.

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Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Inducts Six Industry Trailblazers

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Inducts Six Industry Trailblazers

Several hundred industry leaders recently gathered at Belmont University's Curb Center to honor the second class of inductees into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.

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Bringing Patient-Centered Care Home

Bringing Patient-Centered Care Home

A patient-centered medical home model is coming to Nashville General.

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Business

Statement of TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner on Certificate of Public Advantage For Northeast Tennessee

Statement of TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner on Certificate of Public Advantage For Northeast Tennessee

Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance have asked the state for a Certificate of Public Advantage to allow a merger, which would result in less competition for health care services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

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From the Publishers: New Year's Reflections & Renewal

From the Publishers: New Year's Reflections & Renewal

The New Year always seems to instill a desire to reflect on the past and refocus for the future. Each shiny new January also brings about a resolve to make things better in the coming months ... whether that is to lose 10 pounds on a personal level or deploy innovative measures to address the obesity epidemic gripping Tennessee and the nation.

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Nashville Health Care Council Selects 2017 Fellows

Nashville Health Care Council Selects 2017 Fellows

The 2017 Council Fellows Class has been named.

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2017: A Year of Uncertainty ... and Opportunity

2017: A Year of Uncertainty ... and Opportunity

PwC's Health Research Institute looks at areas of interest to the industry in 2017 starting with the looming questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Healthgrades releases its latest report on hospitals and underscores the variation in mortality and complication rates between high-achieving hospitals and those receiving low marks for quality.

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AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Nix Medicare Part B Proposal

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Nix Medicare Part B Proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the decision to drop a proposal on reimbursement for physician-administered drugs in Medicare Part B. The mandatory, five-year demonstration project would have tested different payment models on outpatient drugs. The decision to scrap plans came after reviewing public comments.

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Events

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia to commemorate National CRNA Week

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during the 18th annual National CRNA Week Jan. 22-28.

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Cupid's Undie Run - Nashville, TN

Cupid's Undie Run - Nashville, TN

Next month, be part of something great. Cupid's is a "brief" fun-run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That's right: party, run (a mile-ish, and at your own pace), party--all in benefit of Children's Tumor Foundation, and all to #EndNF.

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Take to the Stairs and Fight for Air

Take to the Stairs and Fight for Air

If the stairs don't take your breath away, the view from the top of the Fifth Third Center will. The American Lung Association in Tennessee is holding its annual Fight For Air Climb in Nashville on Saturday, February 18, 2017, and they're looking for hundreds of participants to help them in their fight for clean air for everyone!

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Health Care Supply Chain Summit

Join us at the 11th Annual Health Care Supply Chain Summit, taking place January 30-31, 2017 in New Orleans. You will have the opportunity to explore best strategies to optimize your contracting, logistics and value analysis supply chain operations and ensure multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

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Open Enrollment Launch

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment begins Tuesday, Nov. 1 with a festive event to encourage uninsured Tennesseans to get covered and others to re-enroll. Mayor Megan Barry, Tennessee Titan David Bass and enrollment navigation specialists will be at the launch at East Park Community Center. Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31, 2017.

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BlueCross Offers Public Medicare Advantage Meetings

During the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is crisscrossing the state to educate seniors about the healthcare options available to them. A number of dates between mid-October and early December are scheduled at various sites around Middle Tennessee.

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Clinical

America's Health Rankings

America's Health Rankings

United Health Foundation recently released the 27th edition of the organization's annual health rankings.

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TDH Issues Updated Public Health Advisory on E-Cigarettes

In February of 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on electronic nicotine delivery systems. After reviewing a growing body of unbiased, scientific research, TDH is issuing an updated advisory that provides more information and urges current and potential users to understand new evidence of risks associated with e-cigarettes and similar devices.

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Liquid Nicotine for Electronic Cigarettes Toxic for Kids

Liquid Nicotine for Electronic Cigarettes Toxic for Kids

Last month, the Annals of Emergency Medicine reported on the toxic effects to a six-year-old child who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine. The child ingested the product intended for her parents' electronic cigarettes and required immediate emergency medical treatment that included intubation and an overnight stay in a pediatric intensive care unit.

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Healthcare Provider Heal Thyself

Healthcare Provider Heal Thyself

In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among U.S. healthcare workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching a wide-ranging "action collaborative" of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being and resilience.

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Babies Born With Opioid Withdrawal Increasing In Rural Areas

Babies Born With Opioid Withdrawal Increasing In Rural Areas

An increasing number of newborns are being born with drug withdrawal symptoms from opioids in rural areas of the United States as compared to births in urban areas, according to a JAMA Pediatrics study.

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Surgeon General Report Calls E-Cigarette Use by Youth, Young Adults a Public Health Threat

Surgeon General Report Calls E-Cigarette Use by Youth, Young Adults a Public Health Threat

A new report released by the U.S. Surgeon General last month raises public health concerns about e-cigarette use among America's youth and young adults. The first comprehensive federal evaluation on the subject was written and reviewed by more than 150 experts.

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Research

Vanderbilt Investigational Alzheimer's Drug Scheduled for First Study in Humans

Vanderbilt Investigational Alzheimer's Drug Scheduled for First Study in Humans

After a decade of work, Vanderbilt scientists have received the green light to take a novel drug to the next step in humans.

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Regulatory/Compliance

NCPA Members List Top 2017 Political Priorities

DIR fees from pharmacy benefit manager corporations tops the list of concerns for the membership of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

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21st Century Cures

21st Century Cures

Calling it a 'Christmas miracle,' U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander discusses the importance of the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Legislative Priorities of Key Health Associations

Legislative Priorities of Key Health Associations

Despite the uncertainty that comes with a changing administration at the federal level, work moves forward at the state level for the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Tennessee Nurses Association. Below is a snapshot of priorities and plans for 2017. Additional information is available on each of the statewide organizations' websites.

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Physicians, APRNs Having Varying Views on Scope of Practice Issue

The Healing Arts Scope of Practice Task Force, which was convened by Public Chapter 1046 to discuss access to care including delivery by the appropriate healthcare professional, often found Tennessee's advanced practice nurses and physicians on opposite sides of the issue.

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Grand Rounds

TekLinks Acquires Guidant Partners

TekLinks Acquires Guidant Partners

TekLinks has acquired Nashville-based Guidant Partners, an IT planning and management firm that provides IT infrastructure service.

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Saint Thomas Adds Several to Exec Teams

Saint Thomas Adds Several to Exec Teams

Saint Thomas Health has made recent announcements about appointments at the system level and in individual hospitals.

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Sumner Regional Celebrates New Helipad

Sumner Regional Celebrates New Helipad

On Dec. 23, officials with Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and executives from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and LifePoint Health gathered to commemorate the opening of a new helipad on the hospital campus.

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Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Awards, Honors, Achievements

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News from Amedisys

News from Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc., one of the nation's leading home health and hospice companies which has its executive offices in Nashville, recently announced it has closed on the acquisition of Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNALI), a nonprofit organization based in Garden City, N.Y.

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Fisher Named COO of TriStar Skyline Madison Campus

Fisher Named COO of TriStar Skyline Madison Campus

Last month, TriStar Health announced Mark Fisher has been named chief operating officer of TriSar Skyline Madison Campus, the 121-bed behavioral health facility of TriStar Skyline Medical Center, which offers treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues for adolescents, adults and seniors.

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PhyMed Adds Noted Physician Executive to Board

Last month, Nashville-based PhyMed announced the addition of Samuel R. Nussbaum, MD, to the company's board of directors. Nussbaum has extensive expertise across the spectrum of healthcare.

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Healthways, Inc. is now Tivity Health, Inc.

Company says new branding reinforces commitment to fitness and health improvement programs, including the flagship product SilverSneakers

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