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5-22 Daily Update

With key metrics in the green, Mayor Cooper announced yesterday the city would move to Phase II of reopening beginning Memorial Day. Notably, restaurants and retail can ramp up to 75% capacity and live music can return (but only two performers on stage and no dancing at this point). READ MORE

5-20 Daily Update

For the first time, all of Nashville's key metrics are in the green, which indicates a satisfactory status for transmission rate, 14-day new case trend and health system and testing capacities. READ MORE

Sumner Regional Eases Visitor Restrictions

May 19, 2020 - Sumner Regional Medical Center announced today that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities. READ MORE

New Poll Reveals COVID-19's Impacts on African American Communities

Earlier today the African American Research Collaborative (AARC) in partnership with the NAACP and the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine presented new polling detailing the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on African American communities. READ MORE

SERVPRO Launches New Cleaning Program to Support Safe Reopening of America

May 18, 2020 -- The #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO and its network of more than 1,800 franchises across the U.S. today launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a robust cleaning program designed to help the country safely get back to work, back to school, and back to life's daily activities. READ MORE

AMA, physician groups defend ACA gains in new California v. Texas filing

CHICAGO - Amid a global health crisis and in defense of significant coverage gains and key patient protection provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other leading physician organizations today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of California v. Texas. READ MORE

Study to Determine Rate of Novel Coronavirus Infection in U.S. Children

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are leading a nationwide study to determine the rate of novel coronavirus infection in U.S. children and their families. READ MORE

First Horizon National Corp. Provides an Update on Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program

May 08, 2020 -- First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) today announced that First Horizon Bank has helped more than 13,000 small businesses secure loans totaling approximately $2.1 billion through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). READ MORE

Free eBook for Healthcare Providers Highlights Role of Texting for Resuming Operations

May 12, 2020 -- Healthcare providers seeking ways to more efficiently and effectively resume appointments and drive revenue as COVID-19 restrictions ease are invited to download a free eBook discussing the valuable roles text messaging can play in these efforts. READ MORE

WalletHub Study Finds Tennessee with 8th Most Vulnerable Population to Coronavirus

With nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized for coronavirus being at least 50 years old, and around 90 percent having pre-existing conditions, it's important for states with larger vulnerable populations to have greater protective measures. READ MORE

Williamson Medical Center, Community Thank Healthcare Heroes During Hospital Week

In acknowledgement of National Hospital Week May 10-16, Williamson Medical Center is sharing a video honoring their own healthcare heroes and showcasing the strength of a community that has come together in support and perseverance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

FDA Authorizes at-home saliva collection for COVID-19 testing

May 11, 2020--Spectrum Solutions today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the existing EUA200090 awarded to the Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory to now include the at-home collection of saliva samples for COVID-19 testing. READ MORE

5-11 Daily Update

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee, announced he is self-quarantining in Tennessee after a staffer tested positive for COVID-19. The senator isn't showing symptoms and tested negative for the virus last week. READ MORE

5-7 Daily Update

At today's conference, Mayor John Cooper announced the city will enter Phase 1 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville on May 11, which extends the Safer at Home order through the weekend. The city has not maintained two weeks of new case numbers of less than 100. READ MORE

5-6 Daily Update

Metro Nashville

The city's status of key metrics continues to show 'less than satisfactory' for transmission rate and 14-day new case trend, and Davidson County remains under Mayor John Cooper's Safer at Home order through May 8 at this time. READ MORE

AdhereHealth Launches COVID-19 Adherence Solution

May 5, 2020 - AdhereHealth today announced the immediate availability of its new COVID-19 Adherence Solution, an innovative program that combines comprehensive predictive analytics and tech-enabled consumer outreach with home-delivered pharmacy services to support the Coronavirus crisis response. READ MORE

Health Worker Data Alliance: Tracking Emotional, Physical and Occupational Health of Healthcare Workers during COVID-19

May 4, 2020 - A new survey will examine the emotional, physical and occupational experiences of health workers as they contend with the challenges of battling COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. READ MORE

Alexander Statement on COVID-19 Testing for Members of Congress

May 5, 2020 -- United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement: READ MORE

Urgent Team offers two types of Covid-19 testing for individuals and employers

May 5, 2020 - Urgent Team walk-in urgent care centers now offers the antibody test to inform if a person has already had the coronavirus, as well as testing for anyone who has active coronavirus symptoms. The tests are offered at all 25 Urgent Team centers in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. READ MORE

JourneyPure Revolutionizes Addiction Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began dominating the nation's news cycle, there was another epidemic being battled across the nation - addiction. READ MORE

5-4 Daily Update

Metro Nashville The city's status of key metrics continues to show 'less than satisfactory' for transmission rate and 14-day new case trend, and Davidson County remains under Mayor John Cooper's Safer at Home order through May 8 at this time. READ MORE

5-1 Daily Update

Heading into the weekend, Nashville reported 2,832 confirmed cases, an increase of 163 in the 24 hours since Mayor John Copper extended the county's safer-at-home order until May 8. READ MORE

Ascension Saint Thomas announces plans for resuming certain elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures in accordance with state government plans

May 1, 2020 - Today, Ascension Saint Thomas announced plans to begin a phased, measured and clinically led process to resume surgeries for certain elective, non-urgent and medically necessary procedures at its sites of care across Middle Tennessee in accordance with Governor Lee's recent direction to ease social distancing restrictions. READ MORE

Ozark River CEO forgoes extra profits to help protect essential workers

During a time when many companies are raising prices on healthcare and safety supplies used in the fight against the coronavirus, Ozark River Manufacturing, Co. is doing the exact opposite. Rather than taking advantage of the fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozark River Manufacturing has slashed by 50 percent the price of its NSF-certified portable handwashing stations even though demand has doubled. READ MORE

Williamson Medical Center Plans to Resume Elective Surgeries on May 4

April 30, 2020 - Williamson Medical Center (WMC) has announced plans to resume performing elective surgeries on May 4. The announcement is in response to Gov. Bill Lee's decision to lift the suspension of elective surgeries previously in place to conserve resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Elective procedures will reopen in accordance to guidelines provided by the Tennessee Hospital Association. READ MORE

4-30 Daily Update

Breaking; Mayor John Cooper extends Nashville's safer-at-home order "at least" another week. Davidson County to remain under current restrictions until May 8. A release from Metro officials stated, "The order has been extended because the key public health metrics are not stable enough to begin reopening the city safely." READ MORE

AI platform predicts COVID's potential spread in rural Tennessee

April 29, 2020 - Decode Health, a Nashville healthcare tech company that is tracking the spread and prevalence of the COVID-19 virus using its proprietary AI platform, predicts that rural counties near major population centers are likely to be where the second wave of the disease emerges. READ MORE

SURVEY: Nurses Report Fear, Shortages Amid COVID

A new survey from NurseGrid, which is part of Nashville-based HealthStream, sheds light on the experiences of nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Blunt-Alexander "Shark Tank" COVID-19 Testing Plan

April 28, 2020 - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, applauded an announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that it has begun implementing a new public-private partnership to accelerate the development of COVID-19 testing technologies. READ MORE

New Poll: Nearly a Third are Delaying or Avoiding Medical Care Due to COVID-19 Concerns

With some waiting rooms nearly empty, emergency physicians are seeing a worrisome trend play out across the country. Nearly a third of American adults (29 percent) say that they have delayed or avoided medical care because they are concerned about contracting COVID-19, according to a new poll from Morning Consult and the American College of Emergency Physicians. READ MORE

Congressional Tri-Caucus Introduces Landmark Health Equity and Accountability Legislation

April 28, 2020--Today, Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) and the Congressional Tri-Caucus - which represents over half of the Democratic Caucus and includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) - introduced a landmark bill to close health disparities in the United States, entitled the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2020. READ MORE

4-28 Daily Update

April 28, 2020 - Despite rising numbers of cases both the State of Tennessee and Metro Nashville continue to push forward with plans to open. In 89 of the state's 95 counties, restaurants have already been allowed to reopen, with capacity restrictions and guidance on safety measures that should be taken ... but not mandated. Retailers look to reopen tomorrow. Governor Lee also announced elective surgeries can once again be performed beginning May 1. READ MORE

MMC Shares COVID-19 Resources

April 28, 2020 - The wonderful library staff at Meharry Medical College has compiled an outstanding COVID-19 resource to share with the healthcare audience of Nashville Medical News. READ MORE

Front Line Pharmacies Struggling to Pay Unfair Clawback Fees Even While Fighting COVID-19, Says NCPA

April 27, 2020 -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues straining small business independent community pharmacies, 115 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are supporting a bipartisan push to include language permanently prohibiting pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration clawbacks by pharmacy benefit managers in future coronavirus relief packages. READ MORE

Change Healthcare Launches COVID-19 Information Hub to Help Providers and Payers Navigate Administrative, Data, and Financial Challenges

Change Healthcare has launched the COVID-19 Updates and Resources hub, an online source of technology, business, and informational resources to give providers and payers guidance on how to maintain administrative, financial, and operational stability during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Aegis Sciences Corporation Doubles Capacity for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing

April 27, 2020 - Aegis Sciences Corporation, a leading healthcare company that provides clinically innovative medication compliance testing and consulting services to providers, announced expanded capacity to incrementally ramp up to 7,000 tests per day since first making COVID-19 testing available on April 15th. READ MORE

4-24 Daily Update

On Tuesday, Nashville reported 1,936 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number on Friday morning was 2,176, an increase of 240 over the last few days with 32 of those cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. READ MORE

THA Analysis Shows $1 Billion Monthly Loss to Tennessee Hospitals

April 24, 2020 - Tennessee hospitals are experiencing a negative financial impact of approximately $1 billion per month due to the pandemic, according to an analysis conducted by the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA). READ MORE

Mayor Cooper Outlines Roadmap for Reopening

Mayor John Cooper has released a detailed roadmap for how Nashville will reopen the economy based on data. Below is the link to the mayor's full plan and a summary sent out by Metro Councilman Dave Rosenberg (District 35, Bellevue). READ MORE


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