ALS & the Ice Bucket Aftermath

Three words … Ice Bucket Challenge.

Never before has a cause gained such momentum or so quickly saturated social media as the awareness campaign for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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Current Nashville Medical News

ALS & the Ice Bucket Aftermath | Cheri Sanders, ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Dr. Michael Kaminski, Ice Bucket Challenge, Tennessee ALS Association, St. Thomas Neurology
ALS & the Ice Bucket Aftermath

Three words … Ice Bucket Challenge.

Never before has a cause gained such momentum or so quickly saturated social media as the awareness campaign for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


 
Medicare Math | Medicare, IPPS, Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems, Acute Care Hospitals, DSH Payments, Uncompensated Care, David McClure, Tennessee Hospital Association, THA
Medicare Math

… Or How a 2.3 Percent Raise Became a 3 Percent Reduction

 

At first glance, the FY-2015 revision of the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appears to offer acute care hospitals a 2.3 percent rate increase beginning this month.

 
Health Care Council Launches 2015 Fellows Recruitment

Recruitment for the 2015 Fellows class — an annual initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council — is underway.


 
Food for Thought

Second Harvest, Jarrard Partner on Wellness Initiatives

With changing healthcare delivery models and an emphasis on population health, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee recognized an opportunity to reach out to the medical community to convey a message highlighting the value of food as medicine.


 
REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

Local Experts Weigh in on Hospital Reimbursement | Reimbursement, Kelly Miller, LBMC, Kris Joshi, Emdeon
Local Experts Weigh in on Hospital Reimbursement

Let’s talk reimbursement. Hospitals have absorbed $121 billion of new cuts since 2010, including $2.1 billion in uncollected debts.


 
Direct Pay Business Models Changing Reimbursement Landscape | Direct Pay, Concierge Medicine, Subscription-based Healthcare, GracePointe Healthcare, Robert Tomsett, Bernard Health, Alex Tolbert
Direct Pay Business Models Changing Reimbursement Landscape

Remember when medicine revolved around patient care rather than ICD codes?


 
MedSolutions Selected to Participate in CMS Bundled Payments

MedSolutions, a diversified healthcare cost management company based in Franklin, recently announced it has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI) as an awardee convener.


 
SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

Turning Predictive Modeling into Practical Medicine | Predictive Modeling, Data-Driven Decision Support, Medalogix, Dan Hogan, Home Health, Hospice
Turning Predictive Modeling into Practical Medicine

“Predictive modeling, on its face, has absolutely no value.”

That’s a strong statement from a man who makes his living in the field, but Dan Hogan, president and CEO of Nashville-based Medalogix, is firm in his assertion.


 
Plugging In for Peace of Mind | Evermind, Dave Gilbert, Senior Solutions, Independent Living, Senior Monitoring System
Plugging In for Peace of Mind

Evermind Technology Supports Independent Living

Necessity might be the mother of invention, but for Dave Gilbert, PhD, it was actually grandmother who made invention a necessity.


 
IOM Report: U.S. Health System Not Designed to Meet the Needs of Patients at End of Life

According to a report released Sept. 17 by the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life or those of their families.


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: : Dr. Thomas Lavie Knows the Healing Power of Art |  Thomas Lavie, Hurricane Katrina, Centerstone, Dede Wallace Campus
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: : Dr. Thomas Lavie Knows the Healing Power of Art

Psychiatrist Thomas Lavie, MD, and abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning are both well acquainted with loss and new beginnings.


 
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: NaviLife Health Solutions | NaviLife Health Solutions, Patient Navigation, Patient Throughput, Barry Dennis, Andy Huckabay
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: NaviLife Health Solutions

Helping Hospitals Navigate Patient Throughput

Middle Tennessee can add another national headquarters to the long list of healthcare service firms that call this area home.


 
Grand Rounds

October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

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.
 

Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Title: Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC
Title: Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Title: Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Title: Experimental Infertility Treatment Seems Effective, Cheaper
Category: Health News
Created: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus
Title: U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola 'Free' of the Virus
Category: Health News
Created: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes
Title: Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Keep reproductive freedom, reject Amendment 1 - The Tennessean

The Tennessean

Keep reproductive freedom, reject Amendment 1
The Tennessean
This November, vote to keep these decisions between a woman's faith, her family and physician. In 2014, let us not roll back the clock to 1968. The Rev. Dr. Christophe D. Ringer serves as the pastor of Howard Congregational UCC in Nashville and is a ...

Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:41 am CDT

John Brown “J.B.” Lynch - Columbia Daily Herald

John Brown “J.B.” Lynch
Columbia Daily Herald
Dr. John Brown “J.B.” Lynch, age 85, of Nashville, Tennessee passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014 at his home. The family will visit with friends on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in ...

Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:41 am CDT

Children's Hospital 'growing to new heights' - Vanderbilt University News

Vanderbilt University News

Children's Hospital 'growing to new heights'
Vanderbilt University News
Patients and their families, along with community supporters and Vanderbilt University officials, gathered to celebrate Children's Hospital's longstanding commitment to healing and discovery, and to embrace the challenge to continue to serve the health ...

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Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:18 am CDT