Cancer Drug Studied at SCRI Shows Big Promise

A novel therapy first used at Sarah Cannon Research Institute is changing the prognosis for relapsed blood cancer patients. ...Read More


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Kraft Healthcare Leads Cuban Trade Mission | Kraft Healthcare Consulting, KraftCPAs, Scott Mertie, Healthcare Trade Mission, Cuba, Cuban Healthcare, Caroline Young, Dr. Bill Frist, Polyclinic, Latin American School of Medicine
Kraft Healthcare Leads Cuban Trade Mission | Kraft Healthcare Consulting, KraftCPAs, Scott Mertie, Healthcare Trade Mission, Cuba, Cuban Healthcare, Caroline Young, Dr. Bill Frist, Polyclinic, Latin American School of Medicine
Scott Mertie, CHFP, CMPE
Kraft Healthcare Leads Cuban Trade Mission

Local Execs Study National Health System

 

Cuba had been on Scott Mertie’s bucket list for years. When he finally had a chance to visit this past January as part of a person-to-person cultural exchange, the president of Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC soon recognized it should be on the bucket list of other healthcare executives, as well.


 
MEDICARE/MEDICAID FOCUS

Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices | TennCare, Medicaid, Michele Johnson, Sam Brooke, Jane Perkins, Wilson v. Gordon, Darin Gordon, Tennessee Justice Center, TJC, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Health Law Program, NHeLP, Medicaid Lawsuit, Health Coverage
Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices

Delays in TennCare Determinations at Heart of Lawsuit

Tennessee became one of the first states in the nation to face litigation over its Medicaid practices in the post-reform era when three advocacy groups filed suit on behalf of clients they say have waited far beyond the legal limit for a determination of TennCare eligibility.


 
TennCare Responds to Criticism, Lawsuit & Looks to the Future

Between a much-publicized letter of reprimand from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in June and a lawsuit filed in July, the Bureau of TennCare has been on the receiving end of criticism from a number of parties across the state and further afield.


 
The Devil’s in the Details | Radiology, Imaging Studies, Advance Imaging, Appropriateness Criteria, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, Sheila Sferrella, Regents Health Resources, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014
The Devil’s in the Details

Local Exec Addresses Medicare Radiology Mandates on National Stage

Sheila Sferrella, CRA, MAS, a senior vice president with Franklin-based Regents Health Resources, tackled proposed Medicare mandates impacting diagnostic imaging for delegates at last month’s American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Cancer Drug Studied at SCRI Shows Big Promise | Zydelig, Idelalisib, CLL, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Ian Flinn, B Cell Receptor Pathway Drug, Leukemia, CLL, Follicular B-Cell non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
Cancer Drug Studied at SCRI Shows Big Promise

A novel therapy first used at Sarah Cannon Research Institute is changing the prognosis for relapsed blood cancer patients.


 
Vanderbilt Researchers Discover Protein Signature Behind Colon & Rectal Cancer | Daniel Liebler, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, VICC, Jim Ayers Institute, Proteogenomics, Colon Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer
Vanderbilt Researchers Discover Protein Signature Behind Colon & Rectal Cancer

A scientific breakthrough at Vanderbilt is changing the future of colon cancer treatment worldwide.


 
Full Spectrum Endoscopy a Game Changer | Dr. Wilmot Burch, FUSE Full Spectrum Endoscopy, EndoChoice, Franklin Gastroenterology, Franklin Surgery Center, Colonoscopy, Colon Cancer Screening, PillCam Colon
Full Spectrum Endoscopy a Game Changer

Advances in screening technology are making colonoscopy more accurate and efficient than ever before. In July, Franklin Surgery Center became one of the first sites in Tennessee to adopt the FUSE® Full Spectrum Endoscopy®.


 
Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network Among Largest Transplant Providers in Nation | Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, Tonya Cox, Rocky Billups, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, BMT,
Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network Among Largest Transplant Providers in Nation

The legendary Sarah Cannon … aka Minnie Pearl … will forever be a Nashville icon and national treasure. Today, HCA’s cancer service line named in her honor also is touching lives across the country.


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Christine Lovly Gains Worldwide Renown in Cancer Research | Christine Lovly, ALK+ Lung Cancer, Cancer Research, Vanderbilt, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, LUNGevity Foundation
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Christine Lovly Gains Worldwide Renown in Cancer Research

Damon Runyon was a colorful, chain-smoking writer whose short stories in the 1930s became the basis for the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. The Runyon legacy lives on beyond show business, especially for Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, a Vanderbilt assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology.


 
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Bernard Health: A New Approach | HSA, Health Savings Account, Bernard Health, Alex Tolbert, Brian Tolbert, Vanderbilt Law, James Blumstein
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Bernard Health: A New Approach

Healthcare and HSAs

Nine years ago, while a third year graduate student at Vanderbilt, Alex Tolbert had an ‘Aha!’ moment.


 
Grand Rounds

September 2014
 

Breaking News

Access to Medically Necessary Treatment Under New DEA Rule
The American Medical Association has created a fact sheet and tools to assist physicians who are trying to ensure patients will continue to have access to medically necessary treatment under the new DEA rules that go into effect on Oct. 6. Click here for more information and links to the AMA resources.
 
Federal Judge Approves Class Action Status in TennCare Lawsuit
Federal Judge Approves Class Action Status in TennCare Lawsuit

From our sister publication, NashvillePost:

The federal lawsuit filed against TennCare by three legal advocacy groups is now a class action, based on an order filed Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 2) by Judge Todd Campbell.


 
Pennsylvania Expands Medicaid ... Tennessee Talking About It Again
Pennsylvania Expands Medicaid ... Tennessee Talking About It Again

In late August, CMS approved Pennsylvania's alternative plan to expand the state Medicaid program ... and after months of silence on the topic, Gov. Bill Haslam once again began talking about Tennessee's options to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

 


 
The Nashville Influence
Modern Healthcare's annual list of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" is out, and Nashville is well represented. Click here to see who made the list with strong local ties.
 

Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Title: Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Category: Health News
Created: 9/28/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Title: Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 7:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Title: Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 7:36:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
Title: After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Title: Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
Title: ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT


How This Enterovirus Outbreak Could Affect Adults - myCentralOregon.com

myCentralOregon.com

How This Enterovirus Outbreak Could Affect Adults
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“Everyone is scratching their heads on this one,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. One possible theory is that the current pathogen, enterovirus 68, or a virus very similar to it ...
How Often Does Enterovirus D68 Cause Paralysis?LiveScience.com
CDC looking into possible links between Enterovirus D68 and ParalysisGood4Utah

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Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:27 pm CDT

How to Game ObamaCare - Wall Street Journal

How to Game ObamaCare
Wall Street Journal
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently examined rate filings for the 2015 enrollment period in 16 major metropolitan markets where they are publicly available. Before subsidies, ObamaCare premiums fell by 0.8% across the sample compared to this year, ...

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Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 6:23 pm CDT

Cigna Using NCCN Content for Oncology Coverage Policy Development - CNNMoney

Cigna Using NCCN Content for Oncology Coverage Policy Development
CNNMoney
"Cigna recognizes the important role that NCCN has in establishing standards and guidance for care in the area of cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance," said Julie B. Kessel, MD, Cigna's Senior Medical Director for Coverage Policy ...

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Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:15 am CDT