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Updated Cholesterol Guidelines Take a Personalized Approach

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released updated cholesterol clinical guidelines in November 2018, taking a more nuanced approach to care over a patient's lifetime.

The 2019 Legislative Agenda

A new governor and many new legislators make 2019 a learning year as the state's top healthcare organizations seek to address a number of old issues and tweak some new solutions unveiled last year.

Clinical

Updated Cholesterol Guidelines Take a Personalized Approach

Updated Cholesterol Guidelines Take a Personalized Approach

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released updated cholesterol clinical guidelines in November 2018, taking a more nuanced approach to care over a patient's lifetime.

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New Rules in Heart Disease

New Rules in Heart Disease

A number of guideline changes and updates warrant more education around statin use and blood pressure monitoring, but local cardiologists say the higher standards are a game changer.

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Heart Monitor

Heart Monitor

Cardiovascular news of note.

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ECMO Program Thriving at TriStar Centennial

ECMO Program Thriving at TriStar Centennial

A TriStar Centennial, a team approach is key to hospital's successful ECMO program.

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CMS Utilizes Dartboard Approach to Modernizing the Medicare Drug Benefit

CMS Utilizes Dartboard Approach to Modernizing the Medicare Drug Benefit

Controlling pharmaceutical prices remains a hot topic, judging from the 6,415 comments received in response to the CMS proposed rule: "Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses."

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TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center Adopts Cerebral Protection During TAVR as Emerging Standard of Care.

TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center Adopts Cerebral Protection During TAVR as Emerging Standard of Care.

Approximately 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure. Roughly, half of these have heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (EF), of whom at least half have some degree of functional mitral regurgitation (FMR).

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Business

The 2019 Legislative Agenda

The 2019 Legislative Agenda

A new governor and many new legislators make 2019 a learning year as the state's top healthcare organizations seek to address a number of old issues and tweak some new solutions unveiled last year.

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Sharing Data, Saving Lives

Sharing Data, Saving Lives

In an increasingly connected medical ecosystem where patient safety, health status improvement, and provider reimbursement are impacted at every point along the continuum, the need to efficiently, securely share data appears to have reached a tipping point.

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A Conversation with LHC Director Molly Vice

A Conversation with LHC Director Molly Vice

Every company should have a succession plan. LHC plays a key role in planning for the next generation of leaders for an entire industry.

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VUSN Ribbon Cutting

VUSN Ribbon Cutting

In late January, officials with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing hosted a grand opening event to celebrate completion of their $23.6 million expansion project that includes technologically advanced classrooms and simulation lab, along with student services offices.

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CMS Proposed New Interoperability Rules

On Feb. 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the following information and links to resources regarding new interoperability rules:

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AMA's Integrated Health Model Initiative Launches First Data Model

Three medical technology companies are first to adopt new data portability model for blood pressure monitoring devices

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PYA Publishes New White Paper: "A Primer on the Direct Primary Care Model: Past, Present, and Future"

PYA, a national management consulting and accounting firm, recently released a white paper that examines the past, present, and future of direct primary care services.

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Wall Street Analysts Make 2019 Predictions at Nashville Health Care Council Event

Wall Street Analysts Make 2019 Predictions at Nashville Health Care Council Event

Major themes from the discussion included M&A activity, drug pricing and the overall strength of the sector. The panelists identified several trends for investors to watch, and all agreed that the push for Medicare-for-all has begun to die down and will not see real movement moving forward.

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Events

Feb. 23: HA Women of Color Breakfast

Feb. 23: HA Women of Color Breakfast

Feb. 23 • 9 am

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Feb: 20 How Safe Are You? Cybersecurity Seminar

Feb: 20 How Safe Are You? Cybersecurity Seminar

KraftCPAs, Kraft Asset Management and Kraft Technology Group invite you to join us to learn practical, simple and non-technical ways to fight back against cyber criminals and become a black belt in cyber defense.

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Mar 2: TEDxNashville: A World of Change, A World of Hope

Mar 2: TEDxNashville: A World of Change, A World of Hope

Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-5pm

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April 4: Dr. Matthew Walker, Sr. Legacy Breakfast

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Profiles

Dr. Ashish Shah: A Heart for Transplant Patients

Dr. Ashish Shah: A Heart for Transplant Patients

Dr. Ashish Shah is the driving force behind the growth and innovation at one of the nation's busiest heart transplant programs.

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March of Dimes Honors 17 Area Nurses

March of Dimes Honors 17 Area Nurses

Now in its ninth year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards recently celebrated 17 outstanding professionals who embody leadership, compassion and excellence.

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Research

Alarming Rise in Obesity-Related Cancers in Young Adults

A new analysis, published in the Lancet Public Health, raises the alarm that the rates of obesity-related cancers are rising in younger and younger adults.

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Grand Rounds

New Provider Stability Law Takes Effect

New Provider Stability Law Takes Effect

A new Tennessee law that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires more transparency and limits changes to reimbursement rates in contracts between health insurance companies and healthcare providers during a contract term.

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Council Taps Schlacter to Lead Fellows, Adds Two

Council Taps Schlacter to Lead Fellows, Adds Two

As 2018 was winding down, the Nashville Health Care Council promoted one and announced two new additions to the team.

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Parker to Lead Medical Affairs for Envision Physician Services

Parker to Lead Medical Affairs for Envision Physician Services

Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP, has been tapped to serve as chief medical affairs officer for Envision Physicians Services. In this role, she will focus on health policy, advocacy, government affairs, leadership development, education and public relations.

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C-Suite Appointments at Envision

C-Suite Appointments at Envision

In other news from Envision Healthcare, the Nashville-based company announced appointments of a new chief financial officer and chief information officer.

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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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South College Nashville Launches OTA Program

South College Nashville Launches OTA Program

Regionally accredited higher education institution continues to expand health care programs

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Wishes Granted

Saint Thomas Medical Partners recently received a Health Disparities Grant award of $8,420 from the State of Tennessee Minority Health Division.

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Ardent Health Services filed initial public offering papers last month in advance of taking the company public. The hospital company, led by CEO David Vandewater, was originally founded as Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 1993 but had sold off its behavioral hospitals by 2005 as the focus turned solely to acute care.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Alexander Looks for Innovation, Asks Council Fellows for Input

Alexander Looks for Innovation, Asks Council Fellows for Input

Sen. Lamar Alexander asks stakeholders and future leaders to weigh in on ways to improve health outcomes, lower costs.

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Alexander: Congress Must Act Soon To Ensure 27 Million Americans Can Continue to Receive Primary Care Close to Home

Alexander: Congress Must Act Soon To Ensure 27 Million Americans Can Continue to Receive Primary Care Close to Home

Says federal government provides over $5 billion a year to 1,400 community health centers that provide American families with access to affordable care

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A Call for Change

A Call for Change

As Tennessee's infant and maternal mortality rates continue t be among the highest in the nation, leaders examine causes and possible remedies.

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