LHC Prepares for Annual D.C. Delegation

A large delegation of Nashville healthcare executives will descend on Washington, D.C. next month to meet with policymakers, political pundits and industry insiders as part of Leadership Health Care’s annual trek to the nation’s capital. ...Read More


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LHC Prepares for Annual D.C. Delegation | Nashville Health Care Council, Leadership Health Care, Delegation to Washington, D.C., Jenni Bradley, David Wasserman, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Spending, Healthcare Funding, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare Reform
LHC Prepares for Annual D.C. Delegation

A large delegation of Nashville healthcare executives will descend on Washington, D.C. next month to meet with policymakers, political pundits and industry insiders as part of Leadership Health Care’s annual trek to the nation’s capital.


 
MTSA Capstone Project Highlights Blood Pressure Accuracy in Obese Patients | Mindy Mullins, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Obesity, Blood Pressure Measurement, GE Critikon Radial Cuff,
MTSA Capstone Project Highlights Blood Pressure Accuracy in Obese Patients

Recent Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia graduate Mindy Mullins, DNAP, CRNA, received the inaugural President’s Medal for her innovative capstone project that focused on improving the accuracy of blood pressure measurement for obese patients.


 
Health Care Council’s Annual Wall Street Analysts Provide 2015 Predictions

In late January, top investment analysts gathered to discuss 2015 industry predictions as part of the Nashville Health Care Council’s annual Wall Street panel.


 
UT Health Science Center Plans Major Expansion in Middle Tennessee | University of Tennessee Health Science Center, UTHSC, Saint Thomas Health, Jessica Wells, Chancellor Steve Schwab, UT Expansion in Nashville
UT Health Science Center Plans Major Expansion in Middle Tennessee

With primary campus locations in Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers a broad spectrum of medical and graduate healthcare degree options on both ends of the state.


 
CARDIOLOGY FOCUS

VHVI Offering World’s Tiniest Pacemaker, Pulmonary Hypertension Surgery | Vanderbilt Heart Vascular Institute, VHVI, Craig Ellis, Ivan Robbins, Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, Micra TPS, Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy, PTE, World’s Tiniest Pacemaker, CTEPH, Pulmonary Hypertension Surgery
VHVI Offering World’s Tiniest Pacemaker, Pulmonary Hypertension Surgery

Micra TPS

A pacemaker the size of a vitamin is changing the cardiac game at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.


 
TriStar Centennial Offering Latest for AFib, Heart Failure Patients | CardioMEMS, TriStar Centennial, Greg Bashian, Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation, AFib, Centennial Heart, Congestive Heart Failure Treatment, nMARQ, reMARQable, Thomas Johnston
TriStar Centennial Offering Latest for AFib, Heart Failure Patients

There’s good news for patients with drug-resistant, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AFib). A clinical trial underway at TriStar Centennial Medical Center is offering hope through the reMARQable clinical study, which will assess the safety and effectiveness of the nMARQ™ Pulmonary Vein Isolation System in treating the condition.


 
Novel Aortic Valve Replacement Trial Underway at Saint Thomas Heart | TRANSFORM Clinical Trial, Edwards Intuity Valve System, Saint Thomas Heart, Evelio Rodriguez, Aortic Valve Replacement, Edwards Lifesciences
Novel Aortic Valve Replacement Trial Underway at Saint Thomas Heart
In June, Saint Thomas Heart became one of 27 cardiac programs nationwide to offer an investigational “sutureless” prosthesis for patients in need of an aortic valve replacement.
 
Williamson Medical Center Opens Pulmonary Rehab Unit

Williamson Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program recently added pulmonary rehab as its newest rehabilitation service offered.


 
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS FOCUS

Four Considerations Before You Sell | Healthcare M&A, Mergers & Acquisitions, Healthcare Growth, Cindy Reisz, Bass Berry & Sims, Anti-kickback Statutes, STARK Laws
Four Considerations Before You Sell

Appropriate Due Diligence Eases M&A Transactions

Coming off a banner year for mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry, it’s easy to believe most deals are smoothly completed.


 
Strategic Growth: | Capella Healthcare, Michael Wiechart, Clinical Integration, M&A, Healthcare Acquisitions, Inpatient Care, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
Strategic Growth:

The Health System Perspective

Capella Healthcare, Inc. ended 2014 with a flurry of activity to help strategically grow the company through a variety of mechanisms including new acquisitions and partnerships.


 
M&A Conference Scheduled for Nashville

April 27-28 • Omni Nashville Hotel

More than 30 speakers will converge on Nashville for the Investment and M&A Opportunities in Healthcare event slated for late April at the Omni Hotel.


 
Strategic Growth: | Heritage Medical Associates, Summit Medical Associates, Dr. Chetan Mukundan, Primary Care, Multi-Specialty Practice, Practice Mergers, M&A, Mergers and Acquisitions, Dr. William Baucom
Strategic Growth:

The Practice Perspective

Middle Tennessee’s largest, independent, multi-specialty practice is getting a little bigger with the announcement that Heritage Medical Associates is acquiring Summit Medical Associates.


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Suzie Brown Balances Two Demanding Careers | Suzie Brown, Suzie Brown Songs, Suzanne Brown Sacks, advanced heart disease, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Americana
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Suzie Brown Balances Two Demanding Careers

Very few physicians and clinicians get the itch to tackle show business. It’s a short list that includes novelist/screenwriter Michael Crichton, MD, and Friends star Lisa Kudrow, who was a medical researcher for nearly a decade before launching her acting career.


 
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE:  Healthspek Helps Consumers Take Control of Their Health Records | Healthspek, Randy Farr, Bruce LeFew, Medical Record, Electronic Health Record, EMR, EHR, ChartNow, Medical App, Personal Care App, Consumer Healthcare Living Will, Personal Health Record, Meaningful Use, Chris Moore
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Healthspek Helps Consumers Take Control of Their Health Records

What if…

your child needs his shot records so he can play in his team’s first game of the season … which is scheduled for this afternoon … and today is Saturday?


 
Grand Rounds

February 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

Breaking News

Burwell Warns of Funding Cliff Danger to Access, Jobs

On Feb. 26, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell warned a House panel that unless Congress addresses the issue this year, the health center funding cliff will lead to more than 7 million patients losing access to care and 40,000 jobs lost. This marks the first time that the Administration has publicly quantified the impact of the funding cliff, which would hit this October without congressional action.


 
Dr. Halle Fischer-Wright Tapped to Lead MGMA
On Feb. 20, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) announced Halee S. Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, will serve as the association’s president and chief executive officer, effective March 23. For nearly 90 years, MGMA has been the largest association for medical practice administrators and executives in the United. States.
 
Anthem & HIT Security
Anthem & HIT Security

When Anthem, the massive health insurance provider, announced a database breach compromising a possible 80 million records on Feb. 4, healthcare organizations around the nation asked ... How can we avoid a similar fate and be ready for what’s next?


 
AHA Calls for Women's Heart Disease to Be a Research Priority
AHA Calls for Women's Heart Disease to Be a Research Priority
AHA CEO Nancy Brown
AHA Calls for Women's Heart Disease to Be a Research Priority
The latest gender-specific research on heart disease continues to show differences between women and men, yet gaps remain in how to best diagnose, treat and prevent this number one killer of women, according to studies published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
 
AHA Responds to MSSP Proposed Rule
On Febuary 5, the American Hospital Association sent comments to Ceners for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn B. Tavenner outlining thoughts and concerns regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule, which was published on Dec. 8, 2014.
 
Pinnacle Purchases Stake in Healthcare Lender

From our sister pubilcation, NashvillePost:

Pinnacle Financial Partners has acquired a 30 percent stake in a Florida-based healthcare lender with a national footprint and pre-tax margins of 50 percent. Nashville-based Pinnacle paid $75 million in cash and debt for its stake in Bankers Healthcare Group, which was founded in 1992. The move is expected to add 7-9 percent to the company's 2015 earnings per share (EPS), which analysts have pegged at $2.59.


 

Half of Known Strains of HIV Originated in Gorillas
Title: Half of Known Strains of HIV Originated in Gorillas
Category: Health News
Created: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:00 am CST

In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
Title: In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts
Title: Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:00 am CST

Health Tip: Count Your Calories
Title: Health Tip: Count Your Calories
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:00 am CST

Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake
Title: Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:00 am CST

Just How Big Is a Normal Penis?
Title: Just How Big Is a Normal Penis?
Category: Health News
Created: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:00 am CST


Married couples living apart because of their careers - MyCentralJersey.com

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Married couples living apart because of their careers
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"In higher education it's kind of expected that you will be living apart," said Lindemann who became interested in this topic when she took a post doctorate research position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, only days after returning ...

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 3:14 am CST

Business Bits: A chance to explore Chattanooga WorkSpace and more - Nooga.com

Nooga.com

Business Bits: A chance to explore Chattanooga WorkSpace and more
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Sentef Medical Centers will offer an array of services, from family medicine and urgent care to sleep services and help with weight loss. ... He will be competing in the Big Green Egg Cook-Off at the Music City Center in Nashville March 5. He will be ...

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 7:33 am CST

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With their third child, Cheryl planned to give birth in a tub set up in the family's living room, with two midwives and her husband on hand. In the final stages of labor, she decided instead to move to the family sofa, which had been covered in plastic ...

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