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Reforming Healthcare Reform
Reforming Healthcare Reform

The Senate has now weighed in on their version of ACA 'repeal and replace.' Will it fare better with public sentiment than AHCA has so far?

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ProviderTrust Helps Employers Keep Compliant by Monitoring Who Isn't
ProviderTrust Helps Employers Keep Compliant by Monitoring Who Isn't

ProviderTrust monitors employees post-hire to keep companies out of hot water.

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Track & Follow Up on Your Tests

Missed or delayed diagnosis is one of the most often litigated allegations in medical malpractice.

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July 2017 NMGMA: Ten Minute Takeaway
July 2017 NMGMA: Ten Minute Takeaway

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

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CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018

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Attention Now Turns to the Senate for Healthcare Reform

On May 15, the American Medical Association (AMA) urged Senate leaders to keep in mind patients at risk of losing their insurance coverage. "Significant changes to the ACA or Medicaid program potentially threaten the ability for millions of Americans to obtain and retain coverage. It is these citizens, constituents, and patients who should be at the center of this debate," wrote AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD.

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Part 1: What the H?

Part 1 of a 3-part series on the H-words that rule healthcare privacy and security. Parts 2 & 3 are available online through the Nashville Medical News blog.

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Tennessee Patient Stability Coalition Applauds Proposed Rx Benefits Legislation

The Tennessee Patient Stability Coalition, a coalition of 17 leading patient and provider groups is voicing support for a bill that would require commercial health plans honor the terms of their prescription coverage plans for the duration of the contract year. The group said the legislation, known as the "Reliable Coverage Act" (SB 991/HB 960), would protect consumers by preventing prescription coverage reductions outside of the open enrollment period.

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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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Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes
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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We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less
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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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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