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Addiction in the Age of COVID

From residential treatment to telehealth, there's a new normal in addiction medicine.

AACR Releases Landmark Cancer Disparities Progress Report

In September, AACR released a first-of-its-kind report exploring disparities in cancer progress across racial and ethnic minorities, as well as other underserved populations.

Clinical

Sarah Cannon to Present Latest in Blood Cancer Research at the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition

Sarah Cannon announced that 53 abstracts and presentations authored by Sarah Cannon experts have been selected for presentation at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.

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Hot spots identified for colorectal cancer mortality rates among young women

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ONcology Rounds

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Minority Report

Minority Report

All cancers are not created equally. Recent Vanderbilt research show stomach, lung and appendiceal cancers are on the rise and detected later among certain ethnic groups.

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Rounding on Addiction

Rounding on Addiction

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Women and Addiction

Women and Addiction

Prenatal addiction services needed to bridge the gap in addiction, obstetrics

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State of Recovery

State of Recovery

Efforts are underway by TDMHSAS leadership to reach more Tennesseans suffering with addiction through education and recovery initiatives.

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Addressing Opioid Usage in the Hospital Setting

Addressing Opioid Usage in the Hospital Setting

Opioid misuse often traces its roots to medically valid pain management intervention. Increased awareness of addiction has led providers to look for effective alternatives. In the hospital setting, recent studies find Caldolor® might be one such option.

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National Council for Behavioral Health, Qualifacts Look at Shift to Virtual Care

National Council for Behavioral Health and Nashville-based Qualifacts recently released results of a national survey of behavioral health providers on utilizing virtual technology and care.

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Research

Study Shows Drastic Increases in Opioid-Affected Births

The rate of mothers who had an opioid-related diagnosis when delivering their baby increased by 131% from 2010-2017, as the incidence of babies diagnosed with drug withdrawal, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), increased by 82% nationally during that same time period.

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Events

Dec. 28-31: Give blood for patients at the multi-state Nashville Predators Holiday Blood Drive

Dec. 28-31: Give blood for patients at the multi-state Nashville Predators Holiday Blood Drive

Free long-sleeved T-shirt, a Hockey Fights Cancer foam puck and a chance to win a $50 Nashville Predators Locker Room Gift Card for all pre-registered presenting donors Dec. 28-31.

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FRANKTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, PRESENTED BY FIRST BANK, RETURNS FOR THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON

FRANKTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, PRESENTED BY FIRST BANK, RETURNS FOR THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON

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COVID

AHA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN'S COVID RELIEF PLAN

AHA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN'S COVID RELIEF PLAN

America's hospitals and health systems, and our heroic front-line caregivers, applaud President-elect Biden's focus and broad approach in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

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Comcast Joins Community Organizations to Launch  Connected

Comcast Joins Community Organizations to Launch Connected "Lift Zones" in Greater Nashville Neighborhoods

Lift Zones provide safe spaces to help students and families access the internet for school and digital skills building

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COVID Update 1/14

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COVID Update 1/13

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TENNESSEE MAKES RAPID PROGRESS IN VACCINATING HIGHEST RISK POPULATIONS

Tennessee is making great progress in rapidly vaccinating those at highest-risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.

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COVID Update 1/11

With insurrection dominating the news, it was easy for the average American to forget ... for a moment ... where the fight against COVID stands. The U.S. now stands at 22.5 million cases and 375,000 American lives lost to this virus.

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Health Disparities

AHA ANNOUNCES REALIGNMENT TO STRENGTHEN FOCUS ON HEALTH EQUITY AND WORKFORCE STRATEGIES

Joy Lewis Tapped as Senior Vice President for Health Equity Strategies and Robyn Begley Expands Responsibilities

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Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth Hosts Pfizer and Ascension for Conversation on Health Equity

Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth Hosts Pfizer and Ascension for Conversation on Health Equity

Last Thursday, the Nashville Health Care Council and NashvilleHealth hosted "Conversations on Health Equity and Action to Eliminate Disparities: Part Three," the third in a three-part series exploring health inequity and its long-standing threat to business and community growth and vitality.

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New AMA Policy Recognizes Police Brutality as Product of Structural Racism

Physicians, residents and medical students at the American Medical Association's (AMA) Special Meeting of its House of Delegates (HOD) recognized the detrimental public health consequences of violent law enforcement interactions in adopted policy addressing the need for policing reform.

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New AMA policies recognize race as a social, not biological, construct

CHICAGO -- In support of efforts to confront our country's history of racism and injustice, the nation's leading physicians voted to adopt two new policies today recognizing race as a social construct -- rather than a biological construct -- at the American Medical Association's (AMA) Special Meeting of its House of Delegates (HOD).

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AMA Urges Multifaceted Approach to Address Social Determinants of Health

At the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, physicians adopted policies today to address social determinants of health as part of health insurance coverage.

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Profiles

Prescription for Success

Prescription for Success

Stringent opioid guidelines have created a need for proactive prescribing And improved understanding of regulations.

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Regulatory/Compliance

DRUG COMPANIES URGED TO PROVIDE DISCOUNTS TO 340B COMMUNITY PHARMACIES

Yesterday, counsel for the American Hospital Association and the five other national groups and three individual hospital systems that sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over its failure to halt drug company actions that undermine the 340B drug pricing program sent letters demanding that the offending drug companies immediately halt their illegal activities.

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TennCare Block Grant Waiver Approved

TennCare Block Grant Waiver Approved

More than a year after submitting Amendment 42 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a waiver to increase flexibility in the administration of the state's Medicaid program, Tennessee has received an affirmative nod to move forward.

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Alexander: Congress Set to End Surprise Medical Billing

Proposal to protect patients from surprise medical bills and resolve payment disputes between providers and insurers included in government funding legislation that the Congress will vote on this week

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AHA STATEMENT ON FINAL 340B ADMINISTRATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION RULE

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Grand Rounds

ACEP Applauds Removal of X-waiver, Expanding Medication-assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

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Youtube Announces A New Team, Led By Dr. Garth Graham, To Bring More Authoritative, Engaging Health Content To The Platform

YouTube is unveiling a new health partnerships team to address the evolving digital health needs of consumers and the desire for clinicians to be able to communicate beyond the exam room.

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Centerstone Earns Five-Year Reaccreditation from American Association of Suicidology

Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral healthcare, has received a five-year reaccreditation from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) for its Crisis Services line of care.

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Heritage Group Launches $300 Million Oversubscribed Third Fund

Heritage Group Launches $300 Million Oversubscribed Third Fund

Backed by Leading National Healthcare Organizations, Heritage Group Utilizes Strategic Private Equity Investing Model to Address Healthcare's Greatest Challenges

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Nashville's Specialty Dental Brands Garners $107 Million in New Financing

Oxford Finance LLC ("Oxford"), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to healthcare services and life sciences companies worldwide, announced the closing of a $107 million senior credit facility to Specialty Dental Brands ("SDB" or "the Company") a dental services organization headquartered in Nashville, which focuses on pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and oral surgery.

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Onlife Health Honored with Nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness® Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Onlife Health, a GuideWell Company with 23 years of experience in delivering well-being-engagement solutions, today announced it has received the Fall 2020 Nation's Best and Brightest in Wellness® award from the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

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Covenant Physician Partners Announces Goran Dragolovic to Succeed Lew Little as President and CEO

Covenant Physician Partners (Covenant), a rapidly growing physician services company, announced today that Goran Dragolovic will succeed Lew Little as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 11, 2021.

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Integrated Oncology Network Announces Strategic Partnership with Southwest Urology

Integrated Oncology Network Announces Strategic Partnership with Southwest Urology

Cleveland multi-specialty platform pivotal to strategic growth of nationwide networks

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Simplify ASC Acquires PhyBus Revenue Services

Ambulatory Surgery Center operators have a unique hybrid offering to leverage.

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Ascend Federal Credit Union Donates $50,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Ascend Federal Credit Union Donates $50,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Ascend Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee, today announced a donation of $50,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Patsy Powers and Brent Hill to lead Waller's Nationally Recognized Healthcare Industry Team

Patsy Powers and Brent Hill to lead Waller's Nationally Recognized Healthcare Industry Team

Attorneys enhance leadership roles at one of the nation's largest healthcare law firms

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Skylight Health Announces Closing of Tennessee Clinic with $2.2 Million in Revenue and Positive EBITDA

Skylight Health Group Inc (CSE:SHG; OTCQX: CBIIF) ("SHG" or the "Company"), one of the largest multi-specialty healthcare systems in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has closed on the acquisition of Healthcare Resources Management LLC ("HRM") which operates Perimeter Pain and Primary Clinic ("Perimeter") in Cookeville, Tennessee.

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Michael Christie, MD, Receives 2020 AAHKS Humanitarian Award

Michael Christie, MD, Receives 2020 AAHKS Humanitarian Award

Michael Christie, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Southern Joint Replacement Institute and TriStar Centennial Medical Center, was awarded the 2020 Humanitarian Award from the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

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VUMC Acquires Tennova's Shelbyville and Tullahoma Hospitals from CHS and is Now Partnered with Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville Hospital

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BlueCross Foundation Providing $1.75 Million to Tennessee Food Banks

BlueCross Foundation Providing $1.75 Million to Tennessee Food Banks

$5 million given this year to address food insecurity issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic

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emids Taps Industry Veteran Sriraman Nagarajan to Lead Life Sciences Business Unit

emids Taps Industry Veteran Sriraman Nagarajan to Lead Life Sciences Business Unit

emids, a leader in digital engineering and transformation solutions to the healthcare industry, today announced the appointment of Sriraman Nagarajan as President of its Life Sciences business unit.

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Alzheimer's Foundation of America: Congress Approves Historic $3.12 Billion Appropriation for Federal Alzheimer's Research Funding

As part of its end of year spending package, Congress approved passage of the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, which is expected to be signed by the President, with an additional $300 million designated for Alzheimer's disease research at the National Institutes for Health (NIH)-- bringing federal funding to find an Alzheimer's cure to a total of $3.12 billion.

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Sarah Cannon promotes Melissa Johnson, MD, to Program Director, Lung Cancer Research

Sarah Cannon promotes Melissa Johnson, MD, to Program Director, Lung Cancer Research

Sarah Cannon announced the promotion of Melissa Johnson, MD, to Program Director of Lung Cancer Research. In her new role, Dr. Johnson will lead the lung cancer clinical trial portfolio across the Sarah Cannon network.

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Very Real Help Announces Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Very Real Help (VRH), a company developing a novel mental health application, announced today a $206,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to use their groundbreaking peer-support mental health platform as a clinical research tool to improve treatment for individuals living with opioid use disorder.

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THE HUFF PROJECT DONATES $35,000 TO VANDERBILT-INGRAM CANCER CENTER

THE HUFF PROJECT DONATES $35,000 TO VANDERBILT-INGRAM CANCER CENTER

Gift to Help Fund Development of Lung Cancer Education Tool by VUMC Physician

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