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Competition Drives Patient-Centered Care
Competition Drives Patient-Centered Care

Rep. Marsha Blackburn makes the case for competition, including the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, as a key to affordable, accessible, patient-centered care.

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Fixing Our Healthcare System
Fixing Our Healthcare System

Rep. Jim Cooper calls on healthcare industry leaders and providers to share their insights and expertise to help improve care across America.

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Op-Ed: Moving Forward with Healthcare Reform
Op-Ed: Moving Forward with Healthcare Reform

Discussions about repealing, replacing or repairing the ACA continue as legislators from both sides of the aisle grapple with accessibility and affordability. Nashville Medical News is pleased to share the ideas and opinions of two of our U.S. Representatives from Middle Tennessee on the issue.

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TMA Scores a Legislative Win
TMA Scores a Legislative Win

TMA officials say planning will be a little easier for providers going forward with passage of SB 437/HB 498, which revises a number of provisions about how ... and how often ... health insurance entities can make changes to provider reimbursement agreements during the year.

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House Passes Revised AHCA Bill 217-213
House Passes Revised AHCA Bill 217-213

The House has passed the revamped GOP bill by a narrow margin.

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CityHealth Unveils Health Policy Ratings for Largest U.S. Cities
CityHealth Unveils Health Policy Ratings for Largest U.S. Cities

In mid-February, CityHealth released its first round of ratings for public policies impacting health in the nation's 40 largest cities, including Memphis and Nashville.

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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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