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Expanding Evidence-Based Care for Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association is on a mission to ensure care professionals have access to evidence-based training to ensure those with dementia receive quality care across all settings.

The Seven Steps of Revenue Cycle for a Healthcare Practice

Revenue cycle management tracks patient revenue from the initial encounter with the healthcare system to payment of balance. Getting the seven steps of revenue cycle right helps providers avoid missteps that are costly to the...

Patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt First in World to Receive New Investigational Gene Editing Therapy

A 9-year-old patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is the first in the world to receive an investigational gene editing therapy for Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA), a rare genetic disorder diagnosed at b...

Nashville Predators and American Red Cross score with multi-city, record breaking blood drives Aug. 9 - Aug. 13

Pre-registered donors will receive a Nashville Predators Foam puck and will be entered into a drawing for an American Red Cross logo puck signed by current Nashville Predators player for each drive

Clinical

AACR Establishes New Cancer Evolution Working Group

AACR Establishes New Cancer Evolution Working Group

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the formation of its seventh and newest scientific working group, which will be dedicated to supporting cancer evolution research.

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Global Dementia Cases Forecasted To Triple By 2050

New analysis shows a decrease in prevalence due to education countered by increase due to heart health risk factors

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Blackburn, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Protect Access to Breast Cancer Screenings

U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act of 2021, a bill to preserve coverage for routine breast cancer screening for women beginning at age 40.

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Alzheimer's Association Welcomes CMS Announcement of National Coverage Determination Analysis on Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

On behalf of all those living with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, and their families, we appreciate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) thoughtful consideration on coverage considerations for monoclonal antibodies targeting amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, including aducanumab, which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Expanding Evidence-Based Care for Dementia

Expanding Evidence-Based Care for Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association is on a mission to ensure care professionals have access to evidence-based training to ensure those with dementia receive quality care across all settings.

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Patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt First in World to Receive New Investigational Gene Editing Therapy

Patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt First in World to Receive New Investigational Gene Editing Therapy

A 9-year-old patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is the first in the world to receive an investigational gene editing therapy for Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA), a rare genetic disorder diagnosed at birth.

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VUMC Joins National Effort to Improve Disease Prediction in Diverse Populations

VUMC Joins National Effort to Improve Disease Prediction in Diverse Populations

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will participate in a new federal initiative aimed at improving the use of polygenic risk scores (PRS) to predict complex diseases in diverse populations.

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16th Annual SCALE Returns Live to Music City

16th Annual SCALE Returns Live to Music City

Music City SCALE returns to a live event in a new location.

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FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

FDA Approves Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

On June 7, the Food & Drug Administration approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) to treat Alzheimer's patients, making it the first new drug approval for a disease impacting more than six million Americans in almost 20 years.

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Business

CUMBERLAND PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS 2.5M PATIENT DOSES DELIVERED, NO PRODUCT RECALLS, NO FDA ISSUES IN 2020

CUMBERLAND PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS 2.5M PATIENT DOSES DELIVERED, NO PRODUCT RECALLS, NO FDA ISSUES IN 2020

The company's 2020 sustainability report highlights its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities

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Mobile Mentor Named Winner of Microsoft's 2021 Partner of the Year for Modern Endpoint Management

Mobile Mentor Named Winner of Microsoft's 2021 Partner of the Year for Modern Endpoint Management

Mobile Mentor announced they have been awarded the 2021 Global Partner of the Year Award for Modern Endpoint Management.

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HCTec Acquires Talon Healthy IT Services

HCTec Acquires Talon Healthy IT Services

Healthcare IT firm adds industry-leading help desk service company to portfolio of solutions

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The Seven Steps of Revenue Cycle for a Healthcare Practice

The Seven Steps of Revenue Cycle for a Healthcare Practice

Revenue cycle management tracks patient revenue from the initial encounter with the healthcare system to payment of balance. Getting the seven steps of revenue cycle right helps providers avoid missteps that are costly to the bottom line.

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Key Strategies to Reduce Claim Denials

Key Strategies to Reduce Claim Denials

Claim denials can be complicated at most and confusing at best. Conquering the rules and regulations of medical billing and coding is one of the biggest challenges in the fight against denials and clean claim submissions.

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AHA STATEMENT ON EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COMPETITION

Today's executive order is expansive, establishing an all-of-government effort to promote competition across many sectors of the economy. With health care, the executive order targets drugs costs and commercial health insurance plans, and hospitals and health systems as well, among others.

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Concert Genetics Releases Comprehensive Genetic Test ID System

Coding Key to Order Accuracy, Reimbursement

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Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Announces Two Years of Inductees

Both 2021, 2020 Classes to be Inducted into the Hall of Fame this October

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Research

AACR Foundation Announces FIFTY for FIFTY Campaign to Commemorate the National Cancer Act's 50th Anniversary

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Foundation announced its FIFTY for FIFTY fundraising and awareness campaign in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act.

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Events

Aug. 13: Join us for

Aug. 13: Join us for "Sleeves Up! College COVID Callout"

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August 5: Community Action Network Luncheon

August 5: Community Action Network Luncheon

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Connectus Health To Offer Physicals, Immunizations To Pediatric And Adolescent Patients In July And August

Connectus Health To Offer Physicals, Immunizations To Pediatric And Adolescent Patients In July And August

Any Child or Adolescent to Receive Care, With No Additional Costs, Regardless of Insurance Coverage or Availability

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Indycar Driver Conor Daly To Share His Personal Diabetes Story And Race Go-Karts With Local Youth On Wednesday, August 4th

Music City Grand Prix driver living with Type 1 diabetes is sharing an inspirational message to kick off race weekend

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Nashville Predators and American Red Cross score with multi-city, record breaking blood drives Aug. 9 - Aug. 13

Nashville Predators and American Red Cross score with multi-city, record breaking blood drives Aug. 9 - Aug. 13

Pre-registered donors will receive a Nashville Predators Foam puck and will be entered into a drawing for an American Red Cross logo puck signed by current Nashville Predators player for each drive

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So many things to do and so many places to go

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TDH, COMMUNITIES PARTICIPATING IN RED SAND PROJECT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human Trafficking Awareness Week is July 25-31, 2021

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The Nashville Culinary & Cocktails Experience to be Held on October 21st to Benefit March of Dimes

The Nashville Culinary & Cocktails Experience to be Held on October 21st to Benefit March of Dimes

Nonprofit Fundraising Initiative to Host Unique Chefs Event at The Bell Tower to Raise Much-Needed Funds for Moms and Babies in Need

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Today: Cancer Hasn't Stopped. So Neither Have We.

Today: Cancer Hasn't Stopped. So Neither Have We.

Cancer Patients and Survivors from Around the State to Hold Virtual Cancer Action Day

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Working together to promote Nashville

Working together to promote Nashville

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COVID

Using Patients' Allergy History as Screening Tool for mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Works Well: Study

A report of more than 23,000 health care workers and employees at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine shows that a risk stratification screening mechanism for potential allergies to the vaccine worked exceedingly well as the vaccine program rolled out in December 2020.

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Using Patients' Allergy History as Screening Tool for mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Works Well: Study

A report of more than 23,000 health care workers and employees at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine shows that a risk stratification screening mechanism for potential allergies to the vaccine worked exceedingly well as the vaccine program rolled out in December 2020.

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CDC Updates Mask Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated

CDC Updates Mask Guidance for the Fully Vaccinated

As anticipated, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention updated mask guidance on July 27 to recommend fully vaccinated individuals begin wearing masks again indoors in public spaces if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

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Women to Watch Class of 2021

Sponsors

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Lucinda (Cindy) Baier

Lucinda (Cindy) Baier

President, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member | Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.

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Shindana L. Feagins, MD

Shindana L. Feagins, MD

Medical | Feagins Medical Director Group, PLLC

Chairwoman | Hospital Authority Board of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County

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Erika Hamilton, MD

Erika Hamilton, MD

Director, Breast Cancer & Gynecologic Cancer Research | Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Partner | Tennessee Oncology

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Christi Throneberry Henry, PharmD

Christi Throneberry Henry, PharmD

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Clinical Solutions Pharmacy

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Gretchen Purcell   Jackson, MD, PhD

Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD

Vice President & Chief Health and Science Officer | IBM Watson Health

Associate Professor | Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Sharon W. Reynolds

Sharon W. Reynolds

President & Chief Executive Officer | DevMar

Products, LLC | DevMar Global Healthcare Solutions, LLC

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Nicole Schlechter, MD, PhD

Nicole Schlechter, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer | Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

President | Nashville Academy of Medicine

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Pamela Sessions

Pamela Sessions

Chief Executive Officer | Renewal House

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Suzy Sonnier

Suzy Sonnier

Vice President of Strategy & Development | UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee

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Abby Trotter

Abby Trotter

Partner | Hall Strategies

Executive Director | Life Science Tennessee & BioTN

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Jennifer Weaver, JD

Jennifer Weaver, JD

Partner | Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, PLLC

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Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD

Executive Director | Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Ingram Professor of Cancer Research | Department of Radiation Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Profiles

A Natural Leader

A Natural Leader

Nashville physician Dr. Ryan Mire to head nation's largest medical-specialty society.

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Fueling the Future of Healthcare Automation

Fueling the Future of Healthcare Automation

Nashville newcomer DARVIS bringing innovation in hospital automation

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Health Equity

Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Between Black and White Women Has Narrowed Over Three Decades

Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Between Black and White Women Has Narrowed Over Three Decades

Black women still have twice the rate of breast cancer death than their white counterparts

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Gene Variant Linked to Unnecessary Bone Marrow Biopsies in African Americans

Gene Variant Linked to Unnecessary Bone Marrow Biopsies in African Americans

Findings show how using genetic data could reduce a racial health disparity

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AMA Adopts New Policy to Increase Diversity in Physician Workforce

AMA Adopts New Policy to Increase Diversity in Physician Workforce

Furthering the American Medical Association's (AMA) commitment to racial justice and equity within the medical profession and society as a whole, and building on the recent release of its strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity, the AMA adopted policy during the Special Meeting of its House of Delegates this week aimed at improving the diversity of the physician workforce.

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AMA Adopts Guidelines that Confront Systemic Racism in Medicine

Guidelines for health care organizations provide direction on effective anti-discrimination policies

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World Premiere of 10 short films about Black Mental Health and/or Immigrant Mental Health

Art With Impact is premiering 10 new, five minute films that address mental health in Black and/or Immigrant communities at VOICES WITH IMPACT 2021, an online festival for films and ideas around underrepresented topics related to mental health, June 21-25, 2021.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Supreme Court Rules Against Texas-Led Challenge to ACA

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Blackburn, Colleagues Secure Amendment to Invest $17 Billion in National Laboratories and DOE Facilities

In executive session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led the passage of an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act to invest $17 billion in Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and User Facilities.

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National Organizations Weigh in on Restoring Anti-Bias Protections

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Medical Groups Urge CMS to Walk Back ACO Quality Overhaul

Medical Groups Urge CMS to Walk Back ACO Quality Overhaul

Letter Signed by Eleven Organizations to Biden Administration

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Grand Rounds

Faith Family Cuts Ribbon on New Facility

Faith Family Cuts Ribbon on New Facility

Faith Family Medical Center (FFMC) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new 17,000-square-foot building.

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AIHM Scholarships for October Session

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health & Medicine, a 1000-hour hybrid program for clinicians who aim to become leaders in integrative health and medicine, has expanded its program and is accepting applications for October 2021.

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NHC Acquires Outstanding Interest in Caris Healthcare

In June, Murfreesboro-headquartered National Healthcare Corporation, a national leader in senior care, acquired the remaining interest in hospice and palliative care provider Caris Healthcare, L.P. from Norman C. McRae and McRae Investment Company, LLC.

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Select Medical, Ascension Saint Thomas Enter Joint Venture

Select Medical and Ascension Saint Thomas recently announced a joint venture partnership to expand critical illness recovery hospital services, licensed as long-term acute care, in the Nashville and surrounding communities to meet the growing needs of chronic, critically ill patients.

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Connectus Health Offers Free Back-to-School Services

Connectus Health Offers Free Back-to-School Services

Through the end of August, Connectus Health is offering physicals and immunizations with no out-of-pocket costs to prepare children and teens to return to fall classes.

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LifePoint Health to Acquire Kindred

In late June, Brentwood-based LifePoint Health entered into a definitive agreement with Kindred Healthcare to acquire the Louisville-based specialty hospital company.

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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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Centerstone Promotes Two, Hires One

Centerstone Promotes Two, Hires One

Centerstone has announced the promotion of two clinicians to the executive leadership team for the organization's regional operations in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.

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Council Announces Board

Council Announces Board

The Nashville Health Care Council recently announced the appointment of the organization's 2021-22 board of directors, effective July 1. David Dill, president and CEO of LifePoint Health, has begun a two-year term as board chair.

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Richardson Tapped as Ardent COO

Richardson Tapped as Ardent COO

Ardent Health Services has appointed Terika Richardson to the position of chief operating officer. In her new role, she will oversee the operations of Ardent's 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care across six states.

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Vibativ® Shown to Help Treat Secondary Bacterial Infection in COVID-19 Patients

Vibativ® Shown to Help Treat Secondary Bacterial Infection in COVID-19 Patients

In late June, Nashville-based Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. released a series of case reports showcasing the effectiveness of Vibativ® (telavancin) in treating secondary bacterial infections in COVID-19 patients - particularly those with other significant health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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Red Cross: Emergency need for donors

Red Cross: Emergency need for donors

Shortage continues this summer due to increased demand for blood

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Community Health Systems, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

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Lirio Launches Precision Nudging™ Solution for Well Visit Adherence

Rochester Regional Health (RRH) a Leader in Encouraging Women's Well Visits

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BlueCross Foundation Accepting Proposals for New BlueCross Healthy Place Projects

BlueCross Foundation Accepting Proposals for New BlueCross Healthy Place Projects

Government entities and nonprofit groups can apply for funding Aug. 1-31, 2021

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Envision Healthcare Radiologists Harness Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Care Quality, Patient Experience

Envision Healthcare, a leading national medical group, today announced that its radiologists are successfully leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance clinical evaluations and the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care.

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U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Requires Overhaul, Says Expert Committee Convened by Business Group on Health

Multistakeholder Forum Shares Market- and Policy-Reform Recommendations That Will Ensure Transparency, Affordability, Access

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Ardent Health Services Appoints Lumsdaine Chief Financial Officer

Ardent Health Services Appoints Lumsdaine Chief Financial Officer

Ardent Health Services announced the appointment of Alfred Lumsdaine as chief financial officer (CFO), effective August 30, 2021.

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MYWOUNDDOCTOR Receives Equity Investment From Claritas Capital

Infusion to accelerate sales growth and capabilities to improve quality of wound care

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AHLA Publishes the First Edition of Vaccine Mandates in the Health Care Workplace: A Legal Analysis for Employers

The American Health Law Association (AHLA) publishes Vaccine Mandates in the Health Care Workplace: A Legal Analysis for Employers.

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