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Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are, by definition, difficult. The new Alive SHARE program helps train healthcare providers in the skills needed to navigate hard conversations with patients and families.

The New Face of Opioid Addiction

From businessmen to housewives, today's opioid addicts are in a fight for their lives.

Profiles

The Osher Center: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

The Osher Center: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

Multi-faceted approach to pain management blends old and new therapies at The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt

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Business

MGMA Releases 2017 Regulatory Burden Survey: MIPS Tops the List

The results of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2017 Regulatory Burden Survey reveal there is no shortage of opportunity to reduce regulatory burdens on physician practices.

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Moving Forward on Health Reform

Moving Forward on Health Reform

THA's Craig Becker shares the hospital perspective on healthcare reform and what's needed to maintain access to care across Tennessee.

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Addressing Opioid Addiction in America

Addressing Opioid Addiction in America

Even as the AMA works with physicians and other providers to address opioid addiction, the national epidemic continues to evolve.

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Developing Healthcare Ventures

Developing Healthcare Ventures

On Aug. 17, nearly 250 healthcare industry professionals gathered at the Westin Nashville to attend the "Developing Healthcare Ventures: Investor and Entrepreneur Collaboration" panel, an annual event put on by the Nashville Health Care Council and Nashville Capital Network (NCN.)

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NMGMA: Ten Minute Takeaway

NMGMA: Ten Minute Takeaway

The second Tuesday of each month, practice managers and healthcare industry service providers gather for the monthly Nashville Medical Group Management Association (NMGMA) meeting.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Partners with TN HIMSS and Belmont University to bring HIT Workforce Education to Chattanooga Region

The Tennessee HIMSS Chapter and the Center for Executive Education at Belmont University will partner with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to bring a 14-week certification program to healthcare information technology (HIT) professionals in the Chattanooga region.

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Events

September 22 & 23: Saint Thomas Health Faith Community Nursing Program Hosts Classes For Nurses

September 22 & 23: Saint Thomas Health Faith Community Nursing Program Hosts Classes For Nurses

Classes open to registered nurses in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama

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Sept. 25: Chic Awearness Event Supports Vanderbilt University Medical Center Ovarian Cancer Research

The annual Chic Awearness fundraising event which supports ovarian cancer research at major medical centers, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), will be held Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at Prima Restaurant, 700 12th Ave. South, Nashville.

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Sept. 28: Celebration of Courage 2017 Breakfast

If you haven't made your reservation, it's not too late! RSVP today

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October 5: An Evening Of Education And Discussion On FTD

October 5: An Evening Of Education And  Discussion On FTD

Nashville Frontotemporal Dementia Support Group Invites You To An Evening Of Education And Discussion On FTD featuring Bruce L. Miller, MD.

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Clinical

Increasing Number Of Tennesseans Dying From Drug Overdoses

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015.

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Innovative Meharry Program Helps Mothers with Opioid Addiction

Innovative Meharry Program Helps Mothers with Opioid Addiction

The Rainbow Program at Meharry offers pregnant and postpartum women with substance abuse disorders new hope.

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New Antiviral Drug Inhibits Epidemic SARS, MERS & More

New Antiviral Drug Inhibits Epidemic SARS, MERS & More

A multi-institutional team of researchers has found a new antiviral drug candidate that could treat or prevent a number of potential pandemic outbreaks.

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The New Face of Opioid Addiction

The New Face of Opioid Addiction

From businessmen to housewives, today's opioid addicts are in a fight for their lives.

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Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are, by definition, difficult. The new Alive SHARE program helps train healthcare providers in the skills needed to navigate hard conversations with patients and families.

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Regulatory/Compliance

AMA Urges Congress to Take Swift Action to Retain DACA Program Protections

The American Medical Association sent a letter to Congress on Sept. 5 outlining why DACA is an American healthcare issue and urging legislators to take prompt action to ensure individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status are able to remain in the United States.

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In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

On Sept. 8, 2016 the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published in the Federal Register. By Nov. 16, 2017, providers and suppliers must be in compliance.

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Disaster Preparedness: Are We Ready?

Disaster Preparedness: Are We Ready?

In a world of ever-evolving threats, the officials responsible for a community's health and safety must constantly update, evaluate, prepare and communicate their preparedness plan.

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Research

Vanderbilt Researchers Identify Protein's Possible Role in Chemotherapy Resistance

Vanderbilt Researchers Identify Protein's Possible Role in Chemotherapy Resistance

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have discovered a protein that may lead to a new way to prevent resistance and improve outcomes for patients whose cancers have mutations in the tumor suppressor gene BRCA2.

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Grand Rounds

3+3 = More Primary Care Physicians

3+3 = More Primary Care Physicians

Leaders from Meharry Medical College and Middle Tennessee State University recently signed an agreement to develop an accelerated pathway where aspiring physicians could complete an undergraduate degree and medical degree in six years through a fast-track program with select, high-ability students spending three years at each institution.

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VUMC Partners with Walgreens

Last month, Walgreens and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) announced that a subsidiary of VUMC would operate and provide all clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across Middle Tennessee.

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The Little Clinic Collaborates with Results Physiotherapy

In other retail health clinic news, The Little Clinic, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., has collaborated with Results Physiotherapy to offer patients additional treatment solutions for a wide variety of conditions and injuries with a collective commitment to help patients live pain-free without prescription opioid medications.

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AdamsPlace Opens New Memory Care Unit

AdamsPlace Opens New Memory Care Unit

Last month, AdamsPlace celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for their new 13,469 square-foot Memory Care Center.

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State Epidemiologist Wins National Honor

State Epidemiologist Wins National Honor

Tim Jones, MD, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' Pumphandle Award.

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Saint Thomas Health Files CON for Rutherford County

Last month, Saint Thomas Health filed a Certificate of Need application to expand services in order to meet anticipated healthcare needs of the growing Rutherford County population.

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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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Pal to Lead VICC Cancer Health Disparities Program

Pal to Lead VICC Cancer Health Disparities Program

Clinical geneticist Tuya Pal, MD, has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as associate director of Cancer Health Disparities. Pal also has been named an associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) School of Medicine and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research.

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