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

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.
 
MGMA Names Interim CEO

In the wake of Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE's announced resignation, effective Sept. 1, the Medical Group Management Association announced on Aug. 22 healthcare attorney Jerard J. Jensen will serve as the national association's interim chief executive officer.

 


 

Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby
Title: Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 7:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find
Title: ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Research Shows Possible Neurological Patterns for PTSD Symptoms
Title: Research Shows Possible Neurological Patterns for PTSD Symptoms
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Title: FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
Title: Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report
Title: Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report
Category: Health News
Created: 9/17/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Influenza Vaccination Up in Kids, Holds Steady in Adults - Medscape

Medscape

Influenza Vaccination Up in Kids, Holds Steady in Adults
Medscape
"Influenza is constantly evolving as a virus and is unpredictable, which is why we recommend influenza vaccine every year for everyone aged 6 months and older," William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine in the Division of Health Policy ...

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Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:00 pm CDT

Meet the Pink Doctors - The Daily News Journal

Meet the Pink Doctors
The Daily News Journal
Before the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center opened at Smyrna's TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in 2005, patients from Rutherford and surrounding counties had to drive further distances and often be away from family longer to receive treatments. Because of ...

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:19 pm CDT

CAA Moves Further into Kansas with New Member - SYS-CON Media (press release)

CAA Moves Further into Kansas with New Member
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Strong's Insurance, Inc. is a family owned business serving South Central Kansas. Through the years the agency has expanded across south central Kansas and now has 6 locations including Nashville, Anthony, Cheney, Kingman, Medicine Lodge and Pratt.

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:28 am CDT