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Expert Advice from Area Advertising, PR Executives
I am part of the large healthcare industry in the Nashville area. What is your best advice to help set our organization apart and to keep us on the straight and narrow when it comes to effectively telling our story?
— Part of the Healthcare Pack...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:26 pm
People will talk.There are few givens in life, but one thing you can count on is that bad news travels fast. Clearly articulating your message can prove challenging under the best of circumstances...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:23 pm
|The War Against Lupus|
In the world of autoimmune diseases, lupus remains one of the least understood, yet most complicated, diagnoses. The problem, rheumatologists say, is the mixed onset of symptoms from one patient to the next...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:15 pm
|It’s a Women’s World|
Noted Sexologist Returns to Meharry for Panel Discussion on Women’s Health
Despite her curiosity about the intersection of medicine and sexuality … particularly for women … Rachael Ross, MD, PhD, found there just wasn’t much offered in the medical school...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 3:03 pm
|Helping Tennesseans Get Covered|
Collaborative Effort, Navigator Grant Assist Public in Understanding New ACA Options
Go forth and get covered.
Easier said than done … particularly if you are unsure of the terminology commonly used in healthcare policies, unclear about the way various options...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:48 pm
|Highlights of MedTenn 2013|
Physicians Tackle Tough Issues & Celebrate Award-Winners, New Leaders at Annual Meeting
Last month, physicians from across the state gathered in Franklin, Tenn. for the Tennessee Medical Association’s 178th annual meeting...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:46 pm
|None of the Above|
Governor Selects “Third Choice” on Medicaid Expansion
When it came time to expand TennCare rolls to cover those up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) or decline the offer that included a hefty federal match, Governor Bill Haslam...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:43 pm
|Healthcare Enterprise: Richards & Richards Offers Data Security|
Keeping the Past Secure for Future Needs
April 15 has come and gone.
After tax time, many businesses and individuals across the country are left with at least one thing … a resolution to do a better job of recordkeeping in the future...
KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:40 pm
|Grand Rounds May|
Save the Date
May 14: Chipping in for Children™ Golf Tournament • Gaylord Springs Golf Links • 10am -8pm
The first annual Nashville Chipping in for Children™ charity tournament raises money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at...
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 2:22 pm
Making Strides Against Cancer Inaugural Black Dress Affair This Friday
(L-R): Leigh Wilburn, Deborah Williams, Jennifer Hamilton & Tracy Hamilton
This Friday evening, April 26, marks the inaugural "Ladies Night Out: A Black Dress Affair" event, which kicks off the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Nashville fundraising season. Planning committee members and cancer survivors, also known as the Fabulous Females Fighting Cancer, have planned a great evening with live music, dancing, inspiring stories, food, wine, beer, a silent auction and more at the Tennessee Armory, Hall of Flags, 3041 Sidco Drive, Nashville.
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 4:22 pm
|Belmont Expands Nursing Doctoral Program|
Belmont University School of Nursing recently announced an expansion of its degree program for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to support national efforts to increase...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:40 am
Mounting Pressures Mean More Challenges for Today’s Primary Care Physicians
As the Affordable Care Act extends coverage to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans, challenges faced by primary care providers are quickly coming to light...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:38 am
|Shield of Care|
State Suicide Prevention Program Receives National Recognition
A suicide prevention curriculum for juvenile justice facilities, which was developed and copyrighted by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:28 am
|Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, NAS, Addicted Infants, Opioids, Dr. John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health, Prescription Safety Act of 2012, Co|
Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
Shrill cries pierce the air in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as baby Jane writhes in pain, trying to evade an unknown attacker...
JOHN DREYZEHNER, MD, MPH, FACOEM - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:24 am - 1 opinion posted
|Bring on the Misery: Allergy Season Hits Tennessee|
Wheezin’, Sneezin’ and Meth … deranged law firm or the primary sources of frustration among allergy and asthma sufferers in Tennessee? If you guessed the latter, you would be correct...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:17 am
|On a Mission|
MissionPoint Partners with BlueCross, Reflects on First Year
When MissionPoint Health Partners went live in January 2012, the leadership team had hoped to launch with 10,000 members and was pleasantly surprised to exceed expectations with approximately 15,000 on their rolls...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:08 am
|Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation becomes PearlPoint|
At the end of February, the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation announced big news, big changes during a ceremony at the organization’s Nashville headquarters...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:58 am
|Americans in Paris|
NHCC Prepares for Mission to France
A delegation spearheaded by the Nashville Health Care Council embarks on an international trade mission to Paris from April 7-12. This marks the 10th time...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:53 am
|AHA’s Umbdenstock Talks Healthcare Reform|
Adjusting to Doing Business Under ACA
Rich Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association (AHA) president and CEO, recently spoke to a local audience during a Nashville Health Care Council policy briefing on AHA’s vision for...
KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:51 am
|Grand Rounds April|
Save the Date
May 14: Chipping in for Children™ Golf Tournament • Gaylord Springs Golf Links • 10am -8pm
The first annual Nashville Chipping in for Children™ charity tournament raises money...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:48 am
|A New Purpose for the Pesky Fly|
Fruit flies head into space for cardiovascular system testing
ORLANDO—When Karen Ocorr, PhD, initially told cardiologists she wanted to study the development of the fruit fly heart, it was a tough sell...
LYNNE JETER - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:43 am
Industry expert shares plan for solving the nation’s healthcare crisis
With the advent of Obamacare, the United States is slipping into a distinct two-tiered healthcare system, notes industry leader Keith Kantor, PhD...
LYNNE JETER - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:39 am
|Reducing Readmissions with RNs|
Key nursing factors impact hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients
While hospitals have long worked to reduce preventable 30-day readmission rates as part of the quest for quality, provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:37 am
|Educating Tomorrow’s Doctors Today|
The first baby boomers turned 65 in 2011, and AARP estimates 8,000 boomers will hit the magic age for Medicare every single day for the next 16 years...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:34 am
|Belmont Expands Nursing Doctoral Program|
Belmont University School of Nursing recently announced an expansion of its degree program for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to support national efforts to increase the number of nurse professionals prepared for...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:26 am
|Susan Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, Healthcare Consultant, Director, Nursing Informatics Boot Camp|
Susan Newbold always wanted to deliver the best care possible. As a nurse, she assumed that would mean hands-on care at the bedside. An automated process, however, dramatically changed her career...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:20 am
|Angela Humphreys, Member, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC|
By high school, Humphreys knew she was interested in becoming an attorney. A problem solver by nature, she earned her accounting degree at the University of Tennessee –...
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:19 am
|Women to Watch Class of 2013|
Since 2006, Nashville Medical News has profiled 10 outstanding women based in Middle Tennessee who are making a difference in healthcare on a local, regional, national … and sometimes international … basis...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:04 am
|LHC in DC: The Tennessee Congressional Delegation|
From our sister paper NashvillePost: On their second day, the Leadership Health Care delegation heard from Tennessee's congressional leaders about prospects for keeping Medicare solvent, ACA implementation, and a potential doc fix solution to replace the universally-hated SGR formula. Read more here.
Geert De Lombaerde - Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 7:39 am
|LHC in DC: Entitlement Reform|
From our sister paper NashvillePost: Leadership Health Care spent their first day of sessions in Washington, D.C. hearing from policy experts about the mounting pressure to address major entitlement programs. Read more here.
Geert De Lombaerde - Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:15 am
|Ophthalmologists Oppose Pending Legislation on Injectable Anesthesia|
Update: Bills on Injectable Anesthesia for Eye Surgery Deferred
The Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology has announced strong opposition to recently-filed legislation (SB220/HB555) that, as amended, would give optometrists the ability to use infectable anesthesia on the tissue surrounding the eyelid. Currently, optometrists are restricted to using topical anesthetic. The proposed legislation would expand the optometrists' scope of practice and allow them to perform more advanced surgical procedures. More ...
Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:34 am
|LHC Prepares for Annual D.C. Delegation|
Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, will embark on the 11th annual “Delegation to D.C.” on March 13-14...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:28 pm
|Cross-Linking to Stabilize Keratoconus|
Unlike macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, which are some of the most common causes of vision loss in older individuals, keratoconus strikes early …
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:26 pm
|Nashville Health Care Council Panel Looks at the Future|
Wall Street Experts Discuss the Business of Healthcare after Reform
At their annual luncheon meeting — Wall Street’s View on Prospects for the Health Care Industry — the Nashville Health Care Council served up a more encouraging glimpse into the future...
KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:24 pm
|Peer Reviews and the Tennessee Patient Safety Act|
Since the days of Hippocrates, physicians have sworn to practice medicine ethically and honestly. But what happens when that goes awry?...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:18 pm
|Patient Safety Roundup|
Making the Grade in Middle Tennessee
Healthgrade’s Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 13 preventable patient safety events...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:16 pm
|Something to Talk About|
Communication Key in Improving Patient Safety
Few issues make or break a hospital like patient safety. The subject first came to light following the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 ‘To Err is Human’ report, which brought to light how many U.S...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:13 pm
|Clinical Coaching for Healthcare App and Device Developers|
“The Ten Commandments”
The convergence of technology and the healthcare industry is proving to be a valuable and exciting partnership. The effect of technological innovation on disease management has been changing patients’ lives … providing greater quantity and quality of life...
Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:09 pm
New ASA Guidelines Call for Stroke Therapy within Hour of Hospital Arrival
In late January, the American Stroke Association released new guidelines updating the 2007 recommendations. Chief among the changes is the call to administer clot-dissolving therapy...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:08 pm
|Gaining Momentum on MS|
Multiple Sclerosis, one of the most common diseases of the nervous system, was described in medical writings and autopsy drawings in the early 19th century and given its name by the mid-1800s...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:06 pm
NextGxDx Launches Comprehensive Genetic Testing Platform
Curating Information on More Than 10,000 Testing Products
NextGxDx, a healthcare information technology company headquartered in Cool Springs,...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:02 pm
|The Birth of BPAN|
International team identifies new neurodegenerative disease
“The more we learn, the more we realize how little we know.” — R. Buckminster Fuller
While that particular version of the quote is attributed to American architect, systems engineer and poet Bucky Fuller, the sentiment behind it is one that has been expressed by men and women of discovery for centuries...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:54 pm - 1 opinion posted
|On the CUSP of Culture Change|
Making Patient Safety, Quality a Shared Priority
For many years that was the conventional wisdom in healthcare settings, but innovative programming from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:51 pm
|HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Amplion Alert Streamlines Nurse Paging|
System Eliminates Onslaught of Unnecessary Alarms
The job of an air-traffic controller is to ensure that aircraft are exactly where they need to be, whether on the tarmac, runway or in the skies...
SHARON H. FITZGERALD - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:46 pm
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Battling MS on Multiple Fronts|
Fallis Leads Saint Thomas Health’s Integrated Efforts
It’s a good thing Robert J. Fallis, MD, likes puzzles.
The board-certified neurologist has spent most of his professional career...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:34 pm
|Grand Rounds March|
In sharing the news that podiatrist Caroline Gannon has been named to the board of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation in our January 2013 Grand Rounds section,...
Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:31 pm
|Capitol Hill Briefing on Physician Payment Reform|
Monday, March 4, the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform will hold a briefing to discuss physician payment reform. The event will be co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, and former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Steven A. Schroeder, MD. Register to view the live webcast ... More
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 4:28 pm
|Holman Named LifePoint CMO|
On Feb. 7, LifePoint Hospitals (NASDAQ: LPNT) announced Russell L. Holman, MD, has been named chief medical officer (CMO), effective Feb. 11, 2013. Holman replaces Lanny R. Copeland, MD, who has served as LifePoint’s CMO since the position was created in 2007. Copeland, who last summer announced his plans to retire, will continue to serve through a transition period.
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:45 pm
|TennCare Expansion Leads Chamber's Legislative Priorities|
From our sister paper NashvillePost.com:
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has released its 2013 state legislative agenda. Healthcare, workers compensation, and education are among the group's greatest priorities with the controversial "guns in parking lots" bill listed as well.
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 8:01 am
|National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7|
HIV/AIDS is a crisis in African American communities, threatening the health and well-being of men and women in Tennessee and across the U.S. The Tennessee Department of Health will join communities, churches and other organizations on February 7 in observances of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:27 am
|Nurse of the Year Awards|
March of Dimes Honors Outstanding Caregivers at Annual
On Dec. 11, the March of Dimes celebrated the accomplishments of outstanding Middle Tennessee nurses who have demonstrated excellence in different sectors of the nursing field...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 3:33 pm
|Insight Genetics: A Life Science Success Story|
Traditionally a healthcare services city, Nashville has struggled to get a firm foothold in the life sciences — a fact that is somewhat surprising considering the city is home to large research engines including Vanderbilt University...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 3:28 pm
|Miller Takes the Helm at TMA|
On Jan. 1 2013, Russ Miller, CAE, stepped into the role of chief executive officer of the Tennessee Medical Association following the retirement of the organization’s long-time leader Don Alexander...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:56 pm
|American Tax Relief Act – Where’s the Relief?|
Whether passage of the “American Tax Relief Act of 2012” (ATRA) on Jan. 2, 2013 brings you the relief you were hoping for depends largely on your economic status...
JERRY MOSS, CPA, CVA - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:49 pm
|AHA Outlines Top 10 Advances in 2012 Research|
Promising Basic Science, New Devices, Improved Protocols & Prevention Hold the Potential to Upgrade Outcomes
The science, basic understanding, and treatment protocols of cardiovascular disease and stroke have come light years in a matter of decades...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:41 pm
|THA Sets 2013 Advocacy Agenda|
Assessment, Access, CON Process Top Legislative Priorities
Although much energy and attention is being given to new federal mandates surrounding the Affordable Care Act, there are a number of pressing issues that demand legislative...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:38 pm
|ACOs, Bundled Payments, Quality & Access|
Implementing ACA Rules, Regs and Options
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing the healthcare industry … both in terms of the marketplace and the mindset about how modern medicine is approached in America...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:15 pm
New Focus on Adult Congenital Heart Disease
A new subspecialty of adult congenital heart disease is being introduced by the American Board of Medical Specialties...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 1:59 pm
|Local Cardiologist Touts Plant-Based Diet for Optimal Heart Health|
In a recent study by the American Heart Association, 2.3 percent of
Tennesseans reported having ideal cardiovascular health and 11.2 percent
reported having poor cardiovascular health – each worse than the U.S. average...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 1:56 pm
|Grand Rounds February|
Kids Express Opens at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s
Kids Express, the area’s only concierge pediatric outpatient services center, opened on Jan. 15 at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital...
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 1:33 pm
|Go Red for Women on Feb. 1|
It will be a big red party on February 1 and beyond, in support of the American Heart Association and the Go Red For Women movement.
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:11 pm
|Tennessee Hospitals Face Medicare Cuts As High As $7.4 Billion|
NASHVILLE, TN, January 30, 2013--Hospitals in Tennessee stand to lose as much as $7.4 billion in Medicare reimbursement over the next 10 years and, absent a way to balance those reductions, many hospitals will have to cut services and expenses, Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) President Craig Becker said today. More ...
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:04 pm
|Worth the Wait|
Tennessee Groups Join Forces to Curb Preterm Deliveries
The message is simple … Healthy Tennessee Babies are Worth the Wait.
It’s also the name of ...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:17 pm
|Caring for the Caregiver|
Making Wellness a Priority
Wellness is a noun. Being well is a verb … and arguably an action verb because it takes real effort to achieve a state of physical, mental and emotional health...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:11 pm
|A Little Help, Please!|
Physicians Discovering Benefits of Outside Ownership
In the search for a place to hang their hats, physicians have more choices than ever. But changes in federal and technology healthcare standards mean fewer and fewer are taking the plunge toward self-employment...
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:09 pm
|2012 Shape of the Nation Report|
In mid-November, the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) released the annual “Shape of the Nation Report:...
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:00 pm
|Obesity Research Roundup|
Social Media Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Last month, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement indicating social media might be utilized with parental involvement and online...
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:58 pm
|Payers Become Players in the War on Obesity|
Sometimes everyone’s interests align … that certainly seems to be the case in the war on obesity being waged by providers, payers, public health officials, healthcare associations, and city, state and federal governments as diverse groups come together to seek effective answers to the nation’s growing girth...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:38 pm
|HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity & Metabolism|
When Vanderbilt approached Roger Cone, PhD, in 2008 about leaving Oregon Health & Science University to become chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, he had one big request … that Vanderbilt establish an obesity research center in Nashville similar to the one he led at OHSU...
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:35 pm
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