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Second Annual TriMED Conference Set for September
Second Annual TriMED Conference Set for September

It's almost time for the second annual TriMED Healthcare Education Summit, which brings together key statewide organizations across multiple medical specialties for two days of insightful programming.

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Behavioral Health Rounds
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New Legislation Addressing the Opioid Crisis
New Legislation Addressing the Opioid Crisis

As the latest session of the Tennessee Legislature drew to a close, new laws were passed impacting the prescribing of opioids, particularly in regards to 'opioid naïve' patients.

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March 6: Doctor's Day on the Hill

On March 6, members of the Tennessee Medical Association spent time with members of the Tennessee General Assembly to discuss key legislative topics impacting physicians and the healthcare community. TMA's Day on the Hill gives physicians a chance to share their expertise with lawmakers who make important public policy decisions affecting the delivery of healthcare in Tennessee.

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Doctors Aim for Another Big Year on Capitol Hill
Doctors Aim for Another Big Year on Capitol Hill

With the 2018 legislative session in full swing, TMA is ready to advocate on behalf of its more than 9,000 physician members.

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TMA, AMA Study Touts $29 Billion Economic Impact of Physicians on Tennessee
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Taking the Bull by the Horns
Taking the Bull by the Horns

Like most states, Tennessee is facing an opioid crisis. TMA President Nita Shumaker, MD, discusses a number of efforts to stem the epidemic.

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Op Ed: Patients First, No Matter what Hat You Wear
Op Ed: Patients First, No Matter what Hat You Wear

When asked how I manage wearing the different hats of pediatrician and president of the Tennessee Medical Association, the state's largest professional organization for doctors, my answer is always the same. It's all about the patients.

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TMA Announces 2017 Leadership Election Results

In March, Tennessee Medical Association, the state's largest professional organization for physicians, announced results of its 2017 Leadership Elections. TMA members have chosen a new President-Elect and filled several positions on the TMA Board of Trustees and Judicial Council.

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TMA Scores a Legislative Win
TMA Scores a Legislative Win

TMA officials say planning will be a little easier for providers going forward with passage of SB 437/HB 498, which revises a number of provisions about how ... and how often ... health insurance entities can make changes to provider reimbursement agreements during the year.

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Doctors' Day on the Hill Draws Record Crowd
Doctors' Day on the Hill Draws Record Crowd

A record number of physicians and other healthcare advocates took part in the Tennessee Medical Association's Day on the Hill on Tuesday in support of better state healthcare policies.

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Physicians, APRNs Having Varying Views on Scope of Practice Issue
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We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less
We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less

Tennessee Public Chapter 1046 created an equally balanced task force of advanced practice nurses and practicing physicians to "make recommendations to the general assembly for the improvement of Tennessee residents' health by providing access to quality and cost effective care." The group first met in June 2016 and, after several meetings and other deliberations, will issue a few recommendations to the General Assembly for legislators to consider in 2017.

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Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes
Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes

Former Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell commissioned a Scope of Practice Task Force to change the conversation and the players in the ongoing debate about the need for and value of physician supervision of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state. The 12,612 APRNs in Tennessee include 9,717 Nurse Practitioners (77.0 percent of the total), 2,564 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (20.3 percent), 193 Certified Nurse Midwives (1.5 percent), and 138 Clinical Nurse Specialists (1.1 percent).

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Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes
Keys to Unlocking Better Patient Outcomes

Former Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell commissioned a Scope of Practice Task Force to change the conversation and the players in the ongoing debate about the need for and value of physician supervision of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the state. The 12,612 APRNs in Tennessee include 9,717 Nurse Practitioners (77.0 percent of the total), 2,564 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (20.3 percent), 193 Certified Nurse Midwives (1.5 percent), and 138 Clinical Nurse Specialists (1.1 percent).

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We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less
We Need More Collaboration in Healthcare, Not Less

Tennessee Public Chapter 1046 created an equally balanced task force of advanced practice nurses and practicing physicians to "make recommendations to the general assembly for the improvement of Tennessee residents' health by providing access to quality and cost effective care." The group first met in June 2016 and, after several meetings and other deliberations, will issue a few recommendations to the General Assembly for legislators to consider in 2017.

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Physicians, APRNs Having Varying Views on Scope of Practice Issue

The Healing Arts Scope of Practice Task Force, which was convened by Public Chapter 1046 to discuss access to care including delivery by the appropriate healthcare professional, often found Tennessee's advanced practice nurses and physicians on opposite sides of the issue.

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Legislative Priorities of Key Health Associations
Legislative Priorities of Key Health Associations

Despite the uncertainty that comes with a changing administration at the federal level, work moves forward at the state level for the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Tennessee Nurses Association. Below is a snapshot of priorities and plans for 2017. Additional information is available on each of the statewide organizations' websites.

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Providers, Lawmakers Working to Curb NAS.
Providers, Lawmakers Working to Curb NAS.

The prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Tennessee has increased more than tenfold in the past decade, and providers and lawmakers alike are taking note. A drug-withdrawal syndrome that most commonly occurs after in-utero exposure to opioids, NAS has been diagnosed in more than 600 Tennessee infants since Jan. 2016.

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