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Op Ed: Tennessee Health Organizations, Practitioners Speak Out About Senate Tax Bill's Impact on Tennesseans' Health
Op Ed: Tennessee Health Organizations, Practitioners Speak Out About Senate Tax Bill's Impact on Tennesseans' Health

Tennessee representatives of several major health organizations held a teleconference today to warn that tax reform proposals currently moving through Congress could hurt the health care of millions of Americans and raise costs for families with serious medical needs.

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Op Ed: Congress Should Work Together to Regain Healthcare Momentum
Op Ed: Congress Should Work Together to Regain Healthcare Momentum

The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been put aside, at least for now.

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Karen Springer

Alexander: Hardworking Tennesseans - Not Insurance Companies- Are the Ones Hurt By Congressional Inaction on Cost-Sharing Payments
Alexander: Hardworking Tennesseans - Not Insurance Companies- Are the Ones Hurt By Congressional Inaction on Cost-Sharing Payments

According to the Wall Street Journal, "those who don't get premium subsidies under the 2010 law may be responsible for the full brunt of steep rate increases"

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Reducing the Risks of Addiction One Prescription at a Time
Reducing the Risks of Addiction One Prescription at a Time

"Prevention is preferable to cure." These words are part of the modern Hippocratic Oath, which guide my work and the work of my fellow physicians across our state. Today we are facing a crisis that demands a preventive solution: prescription painkiller abuse.

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Op Ed by Andrea D. Willis, M.D.

Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes | Healing Arts Scope of Practice Task Force, Scope of Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, APRN, TMA, Tennessee Medical Association, Physician Supervision, TNA, Tennessee Nurses Association, John Hale, Carole Myers
Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes

Former Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell commissioned a Scope of Practice Task Force to change the conversation and the players in the ongoing debate about the need for and value of physician supervision of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state. The 12,612 APRNs in Tennessee include 9,717 Nurse Practitioners (77.0 percent of the total), 2,564 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (20.3 percent), 193 Certified Nurse Midwives (1.5 percent), and 138 Clinical Nurse Specialists (1.1 percent).

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Op Ed By Carole R. Myers, PhD, RN

We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less | Healing Arts Scope of Practice Task Force, Scope of Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, APRN, TMA, Tennessee Medical Association, Physician Supervision, TNA, Tennessee Nurses Association, John Hale, Carole Myers
We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less

Tennessee Public Chapter 1046 created an equally balanced task force of advanced practice nurses and practicing physicians to "make recommendations to the general assembly for the improvement of Tennessee residents' health by providing access to quality and cost effective care." The group first met in June 2016 and, after several meetings and other deliberations, will issue a few recommendations to the General Assembly for legislators to consider in 2017.

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Op Ed By JOHN W. HALE, JR., MD

Physicians, APRNs Having Varying Views on Scope of Practice Issue  more

Governor: Low-Income Cancer Patients and Survivors Need Continued Access to Meaningful Health Insurance

Alternative Medicaid Financing Proposals Could Have Damaging Impact for Cancer Patients and Survivors Who Depend on the Program for Care

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As Healthcare Evolves, We Must Address Challenges - and Preserve Our Progress

An important Open Enrollment deadline is quickly approaching. Tomorrow, December 15, is the last day to apply on HealthCare.gov for healthcare coverage beginning January 1, 2017.

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Op-Ed: The Journey Continues | Saint Thomas Health, Karen Springer, Medical Mission, Healthcare Access, Ascension Health
Op-Ed: The Journey Continues

Access in Tennessee & Other Non-Expansion States

Just after sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 24, hundreds of Tennesseans - parents and children, friends and neighbors - began forming a line around the block to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. It's a gigantic space where Elvis Presley once played. Some people camped out all night to be among the first, while others waited patiently throughout the day. They were not there to see a famous rock n' roll musician, however - they were there to see a healthcare provider. For many, it was the first time they had been to the doctor in years.

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by KAREN SPRINGER

Op-Ed: Addressing Avoidable Malpractice Claims Risk

When physicians reflect on the U.S. medical malpractice system, some throw up their hands declaring the unfairness of it all. Many assert the drivers of claims are challenging patients, practice specialty ("Everyone in my field gets sued."), or "those lawyers."

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By GERALD B. HICKSON, MD

Op-Ed: Tennessee Considers Bold Plan to Replace Medical Malpractice System, Reduce Healthcare Costs for Consumers

The fall brings tough news for families who live on a budget, and it may be even worse this year as consumers return to work to discover that health insurance options for 2017 will come with an astounding price tag.

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By CHARLES R. EVANS, FACHE

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