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Covering Kids

A new study finds higher rates of uninsured children in Tennessee and other non-expansion states.

The Biggest Threats to Public Health

Noted public health expert Dr. William Schaffner shares insights on three of his top public health threats.

Clinical

Amidst Growing Measles Outbreaks, AMA Urges Public to Get Vaccinated

Reminds physicians to discuss the safety and efficacy of vaccines with patients, as well as educate them on health risks associated with not vaccinating children

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Pivotal Clinical Trial Investigates New Technology for Managing Uncontrolled Hypertension

Pivotal Clinical Trial Investigates New Technology for Managing Uncontrolled Hypertension

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The Biggest Threats to Public Health

The Biggest Threats to Public Health

Noted public health expert Dr. William Schaffner shares insights on three of his top public health threats.

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Covering Kids

Covering Kids

A new study finds higher rates of uninsured children in Tennessee and other non-expansion states.

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Severe Asthma Disparities

Severe Asthma Disparities

A recent study found racial disparities in ED usage for severe asthma become statistically insignificant when factoring out socioeconomic elements, paving the way for more emphasis on differences in community than biology.

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Mark Your Calendar for Music City SCALE

Mark Your Calendar for Music City SCALE

The 14th Annual Music City SCALE meeting featuring up to 22 hours of CME for medical practitioners is set for May 9-11 at the Music City Center.

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Public Health Happens in the Community ... Not Just the Clinic

Public Health Happens in the Community ... Not Just the Clinic

Public health continues to lead the way to eliminate health disparities and create a system that focuses not just on the absence of illness but the promotion of wellbeing.

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A New Vision for Safety Net Care

A New Vision for Safety Net Care

After 14 months of study, the Indigent Care Stakeholder Work Team has released their vision for safety net care in Nashville.

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Modern Healthcare & Critical Connections Present Social Determinants of Health Symposium

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Tennessee Launches 'Safe at Home'

Tennessee Launches 'Safe at Home'

At the end of February, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced the introduction of the Tennessee Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program.

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Care Coordination Improves Mental, Physical Health Outcomes

Care Coordination Improves Mental, Physical Health Outcomes

Last month, the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO), which represents 20 community mental health Centers and other non-profit behavioral health care providers, announced results from the first year of the Tennessee Health Link program.

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Clinic to Aid Uninsured Women with Substance Abuse Disorders

Clinic to Aid Uninsured Women with Substance Abuse Disorders

Vanderbilt's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) was recently awarded a $200,000 grant by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to provide increased access to medication-assisted treatment for uninsured women with substance use disorders.

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Nashville MSA Fares Relatively Well in County Health Rankings

Nashville MSA Fares Relatively Well in County Health Rankings

On March 19, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the annual County Health Rankings for 2019.

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April is National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health has announced the theme for 2019 is 'Active & Healthy.'

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VUMC Joins Effort to Stop Spread of Two Deadly Viruses

VUMC Joins Effort to Stop Spread of Two Deadly Viruses

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are participating in a national effort to develop vaccines and other treatments as countermeasures to prevent the spread of two emerging and deadly viruses -- Nipah and Hendra.

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Morgan Mcdonald Named Deputy Commissioner For Population Health

Morgan Mcdonald Named Deputy Commissioner For Population Health

Morgan McDonald, MD, FACP, FAAP, has been appointed deputy commissioner for population health for the Tennessee Department of Health. McDonald had been serving as interim deputy commissioner in this position since October 2018.

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AMA Urges Tech Giants to Combat Vaccine Misinformation

As some technology companies have announced steps to combat the spread of vaccine misinformation, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a letter to the CEOs of six of the country's leading social media and technology companies urging them to ensure their users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically-sound information on vaccines. T

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Vanderbilt-led Research Team

Vanderbilt-led Research Team "Sprints" to Stop Zika Virus

In January scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and colleagues in Boston, Seattle and St. Louis were given an audacious goal to develop -- in 90 days -- a protective antibody-based treatment that potentially will stop the spread of the Zika virus.

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Research

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss Associated With Higher Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in African-American Women

Poor oral health was associated with increased risk of pancreatic cancer in African-American women.

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Profiles

Physician Spotlight: Tackling Health Equity

Physician Spotlight: Tackling Health Equity

Dr. Consuelo Wilkins spends each day working to level the playing field and ensuring equal access to healthcare for Tennesseans

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Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Nashville agency solving isolation, transportation concerns by connecting riders to drivers

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Business

NMGMA: 10 Minute Takeaway

NMGMA: 10 Minute Takeaway

A practice's brand is much more than a logo. David Coppock with POS shares insights on relationship marketing and consistent branding.

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ACHEMT: Healthcare Today & the Future of Surgery

ACHEMT: Healthcare Today & the Future of Surgery

A recent ACHEMT meeting explored the patient experience from the viewpoint of an administrator and surgeon passionate about designing the OR of the future.

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Rohan Installed as ACHE Chairman

Rohan Installed as ACHE Chairman

HCA's Heather Rohan installed as chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Briovation Signs Transatlantic Partnership Agreement

Briovation Signs Transatlantic Partnership Agreement

At the end of March, Nashville-based investment and strategic advisory firm Briovation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three key partners to establish a presence in Greater Manchester and Northern England, in order to facilitate transatlantic investment and acceleration of promising health and healthcare companies.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Kicks off Third Annual HELP4TN Day

Free Legal Advice Clinics Throughout April Help Those in Need

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Centerstone's Research Institute Announces Promotions

Centerstone's Research Institute Announces Promotions

Community-based behavioral health provider Centerstone recently announced two executive promotions for its Research Institute.

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Grand Rounds

Schedule a Blood Donation and Get Safety Information with Amazon Alexa

Red Cross launches three new voice skills, enabling users to access common first aid tips, get notifications for major storms, and schedule blood appointments

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Benefitfocus awards Consociate Health industry-wide recognition for transforming the benefits experience for their customers through data accuracy

Illinois-based Third-Party Administrator (TPA) Consociate Health has been recognized on a national stage for excellence in data accuracy, using key analytics to transform the care management experience.

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Emergency Visits Reach All-Time High

Only 4.3 Percent of Emergency Visits Are Considered Nonurgent, New CDC Data Shows

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BlueCare Tennessee Selects Dungan as CFO

BlueCare Tennessee Selects Dungan as CFO

BlueCare TennesseeSM, the Medicaid subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, recently named Casey Dungan, MPA, vice president and chief financial officer.

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PYA Adds Three new Principals

PYA has announced three new Principals are joining the Firm in first quarter: Brian Fuller, Kathy Greenlee, and Merle Glasgow.

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Blakely Joins Bradley as Healthcare Associate

Blakely Joins Bradley as Healthcare Associate

In late February, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced Derick Blakely has joined the firm's Nashville office as an associate in the Healthcare Practice Group.

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Gresham Smith Expands Healthcare Practice, Welcomes Langlois

Gresham Smith Expands Healthcare Practice, Welcomes Langlois

Nashville-based Gresham Smith has added to the company's healthcare expertise with the addition of Jim Langlois, AIA, LEED AP, as executive vice president for the firm's Healthcare market and Lesa Lorusso as healthcare directorof research and innovation.

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Ascension Saint Thomas Health Announces New Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit

Ascension Saint Thomas Health Announces New Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit

In late February, Ascension Saint Thomas Health announced the opening of their new multidisciplinary Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit located at Saint Thomas West Hospital.

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Regulatory/Compliance

CMS Updates Drug Dashboards with Prescription Drug Pricing and Spending Data

Dashboards further the agency's efforts to increase price transparency throughout the healthcare system and create incentives for lower list prices for prescription drugs

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Alexander, Carper Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administra-tion to Keep Mercury Rule Untouched

Senators say proposed revision jeopardizes rule that has reduced emissions of dangerous pollutant and produced cleaner air

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Reaction to Federal Title X Changes

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Events

Free Legal Clinics Offered Throughout Month Of April

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Healthier Tennessee to Celebrate Third Annual Healthier Tennessee Week April 22-26

Healthier Tennessee to Celebrate Third Annual Healthier Tennessee Week April 22-26

The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness, a nonprofit dedicated to enabling and encouraging Tennesseans to lead healthier lives through its Healthier Tennessee initiative, will host events and activities in support of Governor Bill Lee's proclamation naming April 22-26 as "Healthier Tennessee Week."

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May 18: Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ to Host Directions in Pharmacy® Conference in Tennessee

The meeting will feature nationally and regionally recognized speakers sharing the latest insights into advancements in managing patients with chronic illnesses

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April 23: Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Hold National Alzheimer's & Care-giver Educational Conference in Nashville

April 23: Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Hold National Alzheimer's & Care-giver Educational Conference in Nashville

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May 1: HEALTHCARE HELPINGS - Get The Best Valuation For Your Healthcare Business

May 1: HEALTHCARE HELPINGS - Get The Best Valuation For Your Healthcare Business

We're serving up bites of knowledge - and breakfast! Join us for the latest in our series of presentations on a variety of hot topics affecting the healthcare industry.

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May 3-6: The 2019 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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May 9: The Music City SCALE Meeting

May 9: The Music City SCALE Meeting

The Music City SCALE Meeting is for physicians and clinicians interested in aesthetic medicine. There will be up to 22 hours of CME available for Medical Practitioners.

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May 11: Teen Cancer America Brings Music, Prizes And Philanthropy To Annual

May 11: Teen Cancer America Brings Music, Prizes And Philanthropy To Annual "Party With A Purpose" At Iroquois Steeplechase

Individual Tickets and Group Tables Available for VIP Tent Party

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Tickets On Sale For First Annual Nashville Health & Wellness Fest on June 1

Tickets On Sale For First Annual Nashville Health & Wellness Fest on June 1

Event to showcase 200 exhibits and feature Erin Oprea, Becca Stevens, Paris Goodyear-Brown, among others.

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