Now is the Time to Engage the Next Generation of Providers

From sharing the finer points of frog dissection to construction of a new greenhouse for hands-on learning, Meharry students, faculty and staff are reaching out to the community to spark interest in the health sciences as par...

Vanderbilt Leading NIH Study of Clinical Trial Inefficiencies

Vanderbilt is leading the charge in clinical trial trouble shooting.

Profiles

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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Now is the Time to Engage the Next Generation of Providers

Now is the Time to Engage the Next Generation of Providers

From sharing the finer points of frog dissection to construction of a new greenhouse for hands-on learning, Meharry students, faculty and staff are reaching out to the community to spark interest in the health sciences as part of MeharryNOW.

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Business

National Rural Health Day Celebrates the Power of Rural America

National Rural Health Day Celebrates the Power of Rural America

One in five Americans - 62 million people - live and work in rural areas. State Offices of Rural Health, other state and rural healthcare providers, industry partners, and agencies across the country will observe National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

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AMA Wraps Interim Meeting

AMA Wraps Interim Meeting

The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has wrapped the 2016 interim meeting in Orlando. During the Nov. 12-15 meeting, the organization adopted a number of new policies and resolutions.

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Amplion Study Finds Patients Might Not Be A Nurse's Only Important Customer

Amplion Study Finds Patients Might Not Be A Nurse's Only Important Customer

There's an entirely new customer in today's patient care mix that nurses must address in their efforts to deliver a high quality patient experience. But new technology may hold the key to addressing the challenge.

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New Gallup, Healthways Research Shows Positive Impact of Active Living Environments

Nashville-based Healthways, a Sharecare company, and leading management consulting firm, Gallup, have released new research assessing active living factors within large and mid-sized communities across the United States.

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Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust?

The recently released 10th Annual ReviveHealth Trust Index™ surveyed hospital and health system executives, practicing physicians, and health plan executives to assess the confidence level between providers and payers.

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PATH Act, State Laws Bring Significant Change to 2016 Taxes

PATH Act, State Laws Bring Significant Change to 2016 Taxes

The flurry of activity by state and federal legislators in 2015 brought many significant tax changes to be aware of as you prepare 2016 taxes.

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Events

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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TAMHO 2016 Annual Conference

TAMHO 2016 Annual Conference

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration and attendance is open to all behavioral health agencies, professionals, public policy makers, advocates, vendors, anyone interested in advancing behavioral healthcare in Tennessee.

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Dr. Mark Lynn To Offer Patients $1 Eye Exams

Dr. Mark Lynn To Offer Patients $1 Eye Exams

Visionworks Running Exam Promotion through December 24th

Dr. Mark Lynn, owner of Dr. Mark Lynn and Associates and over 85 Visionworks offices in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Indiana will begin their annual $1 eye exam promotion at all Nashville area locations starting on Sunday, November 27th. The offer runs through December 24th, 2016.

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Save the Date for TAMHO 2016

The Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) is preparing for their annual conference, which is scheduled for December 13-14 at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott Hotel in Williamson County.

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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

American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society Announce New Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infections

American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society Announce New Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Surgical Site Infections

Newly released guidelines for the prevention, detection, and management of surgical site infections (SSIs) issued by the American College of Surgeons and the Surgical Infection Society provide a comprehensive set of recommendations clinicians can use to optimize surgical care and educate patients about ways to contribute to their own well-being.

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Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow

Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015. This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.

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Early Study Finds Antibody That 'Neutralizes' Zika Virus

Early Study Finds Antibody That 'Neutralizes' Zika Virus

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have isolated a human monoclonal antibody that in a mouse model "markedly reduced" infection by the Zika virus.

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Vanderbilt Leading NIH Study of Clinical Trial Inefficiencies

Vanderbilt Leading NIH Study of Clinical Trial Inefficiencies

Vanderbilt is leading the charge in clinical trial trouble shooting.

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Suicide Watch

Suicide Watch

With the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of a provider should be preventable, behavioral health specialists have set a goal that is both audacious and aspirational.

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TriStar, Maury Regional File Behavioral Health CON

TriStar, Maury Regional File Behavioral Health CON

In October, TriStar Health and Maury Regional Medical Center filed a Certificate of Need application with the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for a freestanding inpatient behavioral health services facility to be located in Columbia, Tenn.

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Research

Experimental Insecticide Explodes Mosquitoes, Not Honeybees

Experimental Insecticide Explodes Mosquitoes, Not Honeybees

In a new study, Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, Ph.D., Ohio State entomologist Peter Piermarini, Ph.D., and colleagues report an experimental molecule that inhibits kidney function in mosquitoes and thus might provide a new way to control the deadliest animal on Earth.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Sen. Alexander on House passage of 21st Century Cures

The House has passed by an overwhelming margin -- 392-26 -- legislation called 21st Century Cures, a bill that Senator Alexander helped write and has been working on for 2 years.

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Alexander: House Passes "Most Important Legislation of the Year" by an Overwhelming Margin, 392 to 26

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act, by an overwhelming vote of 392 to 26:

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Sen. Alexander Statement on Senate Passage of ECHO

Sen. Alexander Statement on Senate Passage of ECHO

Legislation cosponsored by Alexander designed to help improve collaboration among rural doctors and specialists in other areas so doctors can better serve their patients.

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Grand Rounds

Adamsplace Breaks Ground On New Memory Care Center

Adamsplace Breaks Ground On New Memory Care Center

AdamsPlace broke ground on a new 13,469 square-foot Memory Care Center Tuesday morning. The new center will expand its Assisted Living services, according to Buckley Winfree, administrator.

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TractManager Appoints Trace Devanny Chief Executive Officer

TractManager, the leading provider of powerful healthcare strategic sourcing and compliance application suites announced that it has named Trace Devanny Chief Executive Officer of the company. Devanny will advance the continuing growth of the knowledge-based and system solutions TractManager supplies to over 3,000 hospital and provider clients.

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BlueCross Adds Hearing Benefits for Seniors in 2017

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee intends to help the large number of seniors who suffer from hearing loss by offering high-quality, affordable hearing benefits in its 2017 Medicare Advantage plans known as BlueAdvantage℠.

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Tennessee Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

Tennessee Dentist Installed as American Dental Association Trustee

William Roy Thompson, D.D.S., a dentist practicing in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was recently installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Thompson's installation took place in Denver, Colorado, at the ADA's 157th Annual Meeting.

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Bradley Welcomes New Intellectual Property Attorney

Bradley Welcomes New Intellectual Property Attorney

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Timothy L. Capria has joined the firm's Nashville office as an associate on the Intellectual Property team. He previously was with Patterson Intellectual Property Law.

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Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler to Combine

Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler to Combine

The law firms of Baker Donelson and Ober|Kaler have announced plans to combine. The combination, which has been approved by the leadership and shareholders of both firms, is anticipated to take effect January 1, 2017.

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Tennessee Hospital Association Honors 24 Award Recipients at Annual Meeting

The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) recognized 24 individuals with Awards of Excellence during its 78th Annual Meeting at the Omni Nashville Hotel this week.

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Greenspoon Marder Announces Further Expansion with Addition of Intellectual Property Practice, Opening of Office in Nashville

The law firm of Greenspoon Marder announced recently the opening of an office in Nashville and the launch of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. The firm's Intellectual Property practice will focus on patent and trademark strategies, registrations, portfolio management, licensing and litigation both domestically and internationally.

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