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ANA Commends OSHA on Recognizing Nurses' Risk of Injury
ANA Executive Director Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN commended the Obama Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for expanding the focus of OSHA inspections to include musculoskeletal disorders related to manual patient handling. 
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 6:23 pm
Appropriations Committee Passes Legislation Supporting NIH, CDC, & Students
Appropriations Committee Passes Legislation Supporting NIH, CDC, & Students
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today voted for the fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations legislation, which he said is an example of “the Senate at work,” as the ninth appropriations bill ready for consideration by the full Senate. The legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 16 to 14. 
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 6:19 pm
Supreme Court Upholds Exchange Subsidies: Remarks & Reactions
In a 6-3 decision announced on June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld exchange subsidies for Americans in all states. The highly anticipated King v. Burwell decision clears the way for subsidies to continue whether the exchange is run by a state or the federal government and is seen as a major victory for the Obama administration.
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:31 am
Hovious Reflects on New Role Leading Health Care Council
Hovious Reflects on New Role Leading Health Care Council

Last month, the Nashville Health Care Council Board of Directors announced staff member Hayley Hovious would become the next president of the organization effective June 1. She was tapped as successor to Caroline Young, who announced her intention to step down as Council president in March after seven years in the lead role and 11 years with the organization.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Forecasting the Industry’s Financial Future
Forecasting the Industry’s Financial Future

The Nashville Health Care Council’s annual event, “Financing the Deal,” has become almost a prescription for those trying to diagnose the lay of the land and health of various industry sectors.


Kelly Price - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Emphasis on Innovation
Emphasis on Innovation

The move away from fee-for-service healthcare is sweeping across the country as payers and providers come together to search for innovative ways to improve outcomes while lowering costs. With Tennessee’s robust resources, the state is well positioned to take a lead role in transforming the delivery of healthcare.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
June 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment
The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment

First the good news … providers are generally excited about the idea of moving to more holistic, integrated care with a focus on prevention, quality and outcomes. Now the not-so-good news … we have to figure out how to pay for it.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Mind over Matter
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Mind over Matter
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: ChurchFIT Founder Stephaine Walker, MD, MPH
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: ChurchFIT Founder Stephaine Walker, MD, MPH
Changing Lives & Breaking Cultural Barriers

Stephaine Walker, MD, MPH, is helping Mt. Zion Baptist Church members run the race with endurance.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Vanderbilt’s Institute for Research on Men’s Health
Vanderbilt’s Institute for Research on Men’s Health

What roles do gender, society and culture play in a man’s health? Those are the questions driving the work at the Institute for Research on Men’s Health (IRMH) at Vanderbilt.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Y-90 Radioembolization Means More Time, Options for Patients with Liver Cancer
Y-90 Radioembolization Means More Time, Options for Patients with Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common in women. While the disease ranks fourth in annual cancer mortality rates, oncologists say patients today can liver longer, better lives thanks to ongoing advances in medical treatment.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Helping Men Get Healthy

American men live sicker and die younger than their female counterparts. However, Men’s Health Network is working to change the status quo by reaching out to men where they work, live, play and pray.


Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:40 pm
News from the 2015 AMA Convention
During the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest organization of U.S. physicians elected new leadership and passed a number of resolutions through the House of Delegates. Following are highlights from the 2015 meeting in Chicago, which was held June 8-10.
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 3:36 pm
News from the 2015 AMA Convention
News from the 2015 AMA Convention
Dr. Steven J. Stack, New AMA President
News from the 2015 AMA Convention
During the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest organization of U.S. physicians elected new leadership and passed a number of resolutions through the House of Delegates. Following are highlights from the 2015 meeting in Chicago, which was held June 8-10.
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 3:36 pm
NIH suspends operations in its Clinical Center Pharmaceutical Development Section
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center has suspended operations of its Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS) due to the discovery of serious manufacturing problems and lack of compliance with standard operating procedures. Upon receipt of a complaint, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representatives inspected the PDS between May 19 and May 29, and found a series of deficiencies that will require the NIH Clinical Center to take a number of corrective actions. 
Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2015 6:03 pm
Christy Tosh Crider, JD
Christy Tosh Crider, JD

Christy Tosh Crider, JD

Shareholder

Leader, Long Term Care Group

Chair, Women’s Initiative

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Lauren Hackett, MPA
Lauren Hackett, MPA

Executive Director of Administration

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

 

Chief Business Officer

Oncology, Imaging & Quantitative Sciences


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Lisa Nix, CPA
Lisa Nix, CPA

Partner & Practice Leader,

Transaction Advisory Services

LBMC


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Rosemary Plorin
Rosemary Plorin

President & CEO

Lovell Communications Inc.


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Heather Rohan, MBA
Heather Rohan, MBA

President & CEO

TriStar Centennial Medical Center


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Lynn Simon, MD, MBA
Lynn Simon, MD, MBA

President, Clinical Services

Chief Quality Officer

Community Health Systems


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Christina Lohse, MD, FAAP
Christina Lohse, MD, FAAP

Partner

Brentwood Children’s Clinic


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN
Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN

Dean & Professor

Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing

Belmont University


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
Ellen Wilbur, MPA
Ellen Wilbur, MPA

Executive Director

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO)


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:19 pm
May 2015 Grand Rounds
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
Security Risk | Cyber Security, Data Breaches, Identity Theft, Protected Health Information, PHI, Data Breach Notification, Mark Fulford, LBMC Security & Risk Services, Amy Leopard, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Parker Rains, Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Cyber Insurance
Security Risk

Data-Rich Healthcare a Major Target for Cyber Thieves

You are a security risk.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
BRCA Mutations & the Challenges of Genetic Testing | BRCA Mutation, BRCA1, BRCA2, Marta Ann Crispens, Vanderbilt Health, Michael Milam, Saint Thomas Health, Erika Hamilton, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, PARP Inhibitors, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Cancer Risk
BRCA Mutations & the Challenges of Genetic Testing

Advancements in BRCA research are revolutionizing women’s health.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Following her Dream: Meharry Graduate Shantell Ceaser , MD, Defies Odds | Match Day, Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Following her Dream: Meharry Graduate Shantell Ceaser , MD, Defies Odds

Shantell Ceaser knows about hard work. The single mom will proudly add ‘MD’ to her title as she graduates from Meharry Medical College this month.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
PHiiT: Statewide Initiative Addresses Pressing Pediatric Issues | Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Initiative, PHiiT, Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, TNAAP, Allen Coffman, TIPQC, Tennessee Department of Health, Breastfeeding, Tobacco Cessation, Quality Improvement Project
PHiiT: Statewide Initiative Addresses Pressing Pediatric Issues

In the fall of 2013, the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAPP) launched a bold new initiative to address pediatric quality issues in primary care through the formation of the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Initiative for Tennessee (PHiiT).


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
Women’s Sexual Dysfunction & the Little Pink Pill | Women’s Sexual Dysfunction, Brooke Faught, Women’s Institute of Sexual Health, WISH Clinic Nashville, Even the Score, Flibanserin, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, HSDD, Sprout Pharma
Women’s Sexual Dysfunction & the Little Pink Pill

Little Blue Pill

It’s the three-word phrase that revolutionized erectile dysfunction and generated worldwide awareness of a condition affecting some 30 percent of men.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
Society for Women’s Health Research | Society for Women’s Health Research, SWHR, Florence Haseltine, Phyllis Greenberger, Martha Nolan, National Institutes of Health, NIH, Office of Women’s Health Research, Institute of Medicine, IOM, WHOA, Women’s Health Office Act, Sex-Based Biology, Gender Health Analytics
Society for Women’s Health Research

Celebrating 25 years of moving the science forward

Are women being adequately represented in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health?


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
HIT: Optimization Through Integration | HIT, Health Information Technology, HIMSS15, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Optimization, Chris Miller, Cumberland Consulting Group, Deb Dulac, Technology Governance Structure, Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Population Management, Patient Engagement, Accountable Care Models
HIT: Optimization Through Integration

You can love it, hate it, fear it or revere it … but technology has become an integral part of healthcare processes on both a clinical and operational level.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
Tech Talk: HIT News of Note | HIT, HIPAA, HITECH, MEDHOST, Healthspek, Clearwater Compliance, Meaningful Use, Insurance Finder, AHIMA
Tech Talk: HIT News of Note

MEDHOST Launches Order Management Solution

Committed to giving physicians technology that fits their existing processes and is easy to use, the MEDHOST Physician Experience has been enhanced with the launch of a unique Order Management solution.


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Giving Young Healthcare Companies a ‘Jumpstart’ on Success | Jumpstart Foundry, Vic Gatto, Healthcare Accelerator, JSF, Marcus Whitney, Venture Capital, Healthcare Startup
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Giving Young Healthcare Companies a ‘Jumpstart’ on Success

Make something better … that simple, succinct mission statement was the impetus behind the launch of Jumpstart Foundry (JSF) several years ago and serves today as the litmus test for evaluating companies that would like to participate in the unique, healthcare-focused accelerator program.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
TMA Wraps MedTenn15 | Tennessee Medical Association, TMA, MedTenn15, John Hale, Douglas Springer, Prescription Drug Abuse, Controlled Substance Monitoring Database, Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative, James Eason, Mack Worthington, Eric Raefsky, Michel McDonald, James Batson, Ted Taylor, Keith Anderson
TMA Wraps MedTenn15

Dr. John Hale Inducted as President

Last month, physician leaders, practice managers and other healthcare professionals from across the state gathered in Nashville for MedTenn15, the annual convention of the Tennessee Medical Association.


Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:26 pm
Pollack Tapped to Lead AHA
On May 4, the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees announced Rick Pollack as the next president and chief executive officer of the national group representing America’s hospitals and health systems. A 32-year veteran of the AHA, Pollack will succeed Richard J. Umbdenstock, who announced his retirement in November and will retire at the end of 2015.
Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 10:58 am
AHA QCOR Conference in Baltimore Cancelled
The American Heart Association has issued a notice the QCOR conference scheduled to be held in Baltimore this week has been cancelled due to unrest in the city. 
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:33 am
Survey Says … A Digital Disconnect Exists Between Patients, Practices | Patient Engagement, TechnologyAdvice, Meaningful Use, Digital Services, Patient Portal, Online Bill Pay, Online Appointment Scheduling, Health Education, Primary Care Practices, Electronic Health Record, EHR
Survey Says … A Digital Disconnect Exists Between Patients, Practices

Patients increasingly want to access online services to enhance convenience and communication with providers, according to a recent national survey conducted by TechnologyAdvice Research.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:51 am
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Dr. Stuart Gitlow
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction

A conversation with ASAM President Dr. Stuart Gitlow

With three states plus the District of Columbia sanctioning recreational use of marijuana and virtually all other states either allowing for or considering decriminalization and/or medical use of the drug, the great marijuana debate has become a legislative hot topic over the last three years.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:43 am
April 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
ICD-10: Take 3 | Business, ICD-10 Implementation, ICD-10 Delay, CMS, Lori Nobles, Cumberland Consulting Group Nashville, Monica Smith, Kraft Healthcare Consulting LLC, ICD-9, ICD-11
ICD-10: Take 3

This time last year, the healthcare industry was gearing up for ICD-10 implementation in October.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
Of Presidents & King | Business, LHC, Leadership Health Care, Nashville Health Care Council, Baxter Lee, Emdeon, Jenni Bradley, ACA, Obamacare, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, Federal Subsidies, Enroll America, Tennessee Congressional Delegation, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Meena Seshamani, Sen. Tom Daschle
Of Presidents & King

Insights from LHC’s Annual Delegation to D.C.

Last month Leadership Health Care (LHC), an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, traveled to the nation’s capital with 100 industry leaders for two days of intensive meetings and briefings with Washington insiders.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
PHYSICIAN SPOT: Terry Alley, MD | Cumberland Heights, Dr. Terry Alley, Healthcare Professionals Addiction and Recovery Program, Physician Health Program Tennessee, Tennessee Medical Foundation
PHYSICIAN SPOT: Terry Alley, MD

When facing a giant, it’s nice to have help from someone who has slain his own Goliath.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
Integrating for Improved Outcomes | Clinical, Technology, Centerstone, Community-based Behavioral Health, Integrated Healthcare, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Veteran Mental Health, Centerstone Research Institute, CRI, Ben Middleton, Tom Doub, coacationHealth, Foster Parents
Integrating for Improved Outcomes

Community-Based Solutions Answer Some of Tennessee’s Toughest Behavioral Health Challenges

Hillary Clinton famously said, “It takes a village.”


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
An Endogenous High | Clinical, Dr. Sachin Patel, Marijuana, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, The Patel Lab, Marijuana, Anxiety, Depression, COX-2 Inhibitor, Cyclooxygenase 2, Endogenous Cannabinoid Receptor, Endocannabinoid System, Amygdala
An Endogenous High

Replacing Marijuana through Medical Discovery

Sachin Patel, MD, PhD, agrees with the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s stance that there is no proven medical value to the marijuana plant as a whole.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don’t | Cost of ICD-10, ICD-10 training, outsourcing ICD-10, LBMC, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, LBMC, Andrew McDonald, Wanda McKnight, THIMA, AHIMA
Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don’t

ICD-10 & the Cost of Coding

There’s no question ICD-10 has received its share of pushback, and finances are a big part of that.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
Getting Engaged | Business, Clinical, Patient Engagement, Patient Portals, Over-Messaging, Patient Satisfaction, Athena, Saint Thomas Medical Group, Fahad Tahir, Dennis Bagwell, NMGMA, Sam Johnson, Relatie
Getting Engaged

The Face of Patient Engagement in 2015

In today’s world of healthcare, patient engagement is king.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Clearwater Compliance: Getting & Keeping Clients on the Right Track | Business, Regulatory & Compliance, Clearwater Compliance, Practice Management, Healthcare Information and Security, HIPAA, HITECH, Privacy, Information Risk Management, HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, HIPAA Compliance, Protected Health Information, PHI, Bob Chaput
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Clearwater Compliance: Getting & Keeping Clients on the Right Track

For Clearwater Compliance Founder and CEO Bob Chaput, it isn’t enough to just write or talk about business security … the HIPAA compliance expert has worked hands-on with more companies than he can count to develop highly secure information technology strategies that are tightly aligned with the client’s specific business goals.


Kelly Price - Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 11:40 am
Supreme Court Weighs in on Providers' Rights to Sue States over Medicaid Rates
In a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, physicians, hospitals and other private providers will not be allowed to sue states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, even if the state doesn't abide by federally approved remibursement formulas.
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:24 am
Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients
Alexander, Murray Introduce Budget Amendment to Ensure Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments Reach American Patients
On March 26, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a budget amendment to promote the research, development, and approval or licensure of the most cutting-edge, safe and effective medical treatments, devices, and cures for American patients and to ensure that America remains the global leader in biomedical innovation.
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:23 am
THA, National Associations Weigh in on Proposed SGR Fix
THA, National Associations Weigh in on Proposed SGR Fix

Update: House overwhelmingly passes the bill 392-37. The bill now moves to the Senate. If passed by Senate, President Barack Obama has indicated he will sign the measure into law.

THA President & CEO Craig Becker released a statement in favor of the bipartisan H.R. 2 bill, which would permanently fix the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula rather than relying on short-term annual Congressional intervention. Another element of the House of Representatives package, slated for a vote on March 26, is that it includes DSH, CHIP and community health center funding, as well.


Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:23 am
Who Gets to Build a New Brentwood ER? Nobody
Who Gets to Build a New Brentwood ER? Nobody

Both TriStar Southern Hills and Saint Thomas Midtown recently filed CON applications to build freestanding emergency departments in Brentwood near I-65 and Old Hickory Blvd. In addition to opposing each other's plans, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center opposed both. On March 25, the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency voted 5-4 to deny both CON applications.

 


Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:01 pm
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts | LHC, Leadership Health Care, Delegation to D.C., David Wasserman, The Cook Report, 2016 Presidential Race
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts | LHC, Leadership Health Care, Delegation to D.C., David Wasserman, The Cook Report, 2016 Presidential Race
David Wasserman, The Cook Report
LHC in D.C. Last Thoughts
On the final evening in Washington, D.C. the 100 members of the Leadership Health Care delegation enjoyed a keynote address by David Wasserman, House editor of The Cook Political Report, who offered a dynamic anaylsis of the road to the White House in 2016.
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:06 pm
ONcology Rounds: Prostate Cancer | Prostate Cancer, Dr. William Mitchell, Liquid Biopsy, Dr. David Morris, Urology Associates, UroNav, Invivo, MR/US Fusion Biopsy
ONcology Rounds: Prostate Cancer

Urology Associates Offering New Fusion Biopsy

Urology Associates, PC, introduced targeted MR/US fusion biopsy in late January, becoming the first urology practice in the state to offer the new technology to patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:05 pm
LHC in D.C. Day Two
LHC in D.C. Day Two
Dr. Meena Seshamani, Dir. HHS Office of Health Reform
LHC in D.C. Day Two
During the second day of Leadership Health Care’s (LHC) annual trip to Washington, DC, 100 of Nashville’s emerging healthcare leaders heard from members of the Tennessee delegation to Congress, as well as key members of the Obama Administration, about the healthcare topics that are shaping policy discussions in the nation’s capital.
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:54 am
Senate Health Committee Holds First Hearing on Innovation Initiative
Senate Health Committee Holds First Hearing on Innovation Initiative

 

On March 10, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) held the first committee hearing on his bipartisan initiative with Ranking Member Patty Murray to “examine how we get drugs, devices and treatments from the discovery process through the regulatory process into our medicine cabinets and doctors’ offices.” Alexander, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, looks to address the cost and processes of moving discoveries from bench to bedside.

 
 

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:21 am
Personalized Messaging | Healthcare Marketing, Chris Bevolo, Target Marketing, Target Audience, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, ReviveHealth, Interval Health, Joe Public
Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:29 am
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:28 am
LHC in D.C. Day One | Leadership Health Care, LHC, Nashville Health Care Council, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Subsidies, Federal Health Exchange
LHC in D.C. Day One | Leadership Health Care, LHC, Nashville Health Care Council, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Subsidies, Federal Health Exchange
CNN's Chris Frates
LHC in D.C. Day One
Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the controversial King v. Burwell case, 100 of Nashville’s emerging healthcare leaders visited Washington, D.C., to gather insight into policy and politics that will shape the healthcare industry in the year ahead. A slate of expert speakers told attendees of the 13th Annual Leadership Health Care Delegation that Washington is holding its breath as it awaits the Court’s ruling, which could eliminate health insurance subsidies for about eight million Americans.
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:21 am
March 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
Personal & Precise | Personalized Medicine, Precision Medicine, Genomics, Tumor Typing, Genetic Mutation, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, SCRI, Holli Dilks, Andy Corts, Syapse
Personal & Precise

The Continued Push Toward Targeted Therapies

In his recent State of the Union address and again a few days later at the White House, President Barack Obama outlined his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
Marketing & the Media | Rosemary Plorin, Lovell Communications, Healthcare Marketing, Hospital Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Nashville Media and Marketing
Marketing & the Media

Avoiding Mixed Messages in Healthcare Communications

From Tweets and blogs to newspapers and websites, more channels for communication mean more room for error in healthcare marketing.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: The Push to Palliate Cancer Symptoms | Jim Meadows MD, Tennessee Oncology, Palliative Care, Symptom Management, Pain Management, Cancer
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: The Push to Palliate Cancer Symptoms

Jim Meadows, MD, Leads the Charge for Tennessee Oncology

While studying medicine in southern California, Jim Meadows, MD, balanced the demands of education with activities such as rock climbing and motorcycle trips through the high desert – things that might surprise many of his patients.


LARRY MCCLAIN - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
From the Publisher

Highly targeted and intensely personal.

Those words apply to so much of this month’s edition of Medical News.


Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
Best Case Scenarios | DiaTech Oncology, Cancer Profiling, Apoptosis, Cancer Cell Death, CorrectChemo, Microculture-Kinetic Assay, MiCK Assay, Vanderbilt University, Robert Henry
Best Case Scenarios

CorrectChemo Measures Cancer’s Response to Therapeutic Agents

While the patented technology might be complex, the premise behind it is straightforward … not every chemotherapy agent is equal in every patient.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
ONcology Rounds: Breast Cancer

New Drug Seen as Possible ‘Game Changer’

Last month, Pfizer Inc. received Food and Drug Administration accelerated approval of Ibrance® (palbociclib) in combination with letrozole for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative advanced breast cancer as first-line endocrine-based therapy for their metastatic disease.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
The Evolution of Hospital Marketing | Jarrard Phillips Cate and Hancock, Jarrard Inc., Kim Fox, Hospital Marketing Survey, Healthcare Marketing Trends, Saint Thomas Health
The Evolution of Hospital Marketing

Jarrard’s Intriguing Look into a Shifting Industry

Ever wonder how your hospital’s marketing efforts stack up to competitors? If so you’re not alone.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
A Look Inside | DVL Seigenthaler, Nicole Cottrill, Hospital Communications, Internal Communications, Hospital Marketing, Healthcare Marketing
A Look Inside

How Internal Communications Can Make or Break Hospital Marketing

How many employees comprise your marketing team?


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
March of Dimes: Making a Difference for Tiny Tennesseans | March of Dimes Tennessee, Prematurity, Pre-term Birth, Early Elective Induction, Early Elective Delivery, Birth Defects, Tamara Currin, Phil Toothman, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Hospital Association
March of Dimes: Making a Difference for Tiny Tennesseans

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

March is in the name.

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses at Annual Gala | March of Dimes, Nurse of the Year, Marilyn Dubree, Beth Davidson, Megan Simmons, Amy Charlton, Joey Kerrigan, Sherrie Jackson, Carey McDonald, Corinna Dransfield, Diana Moses, Benjamin Smallheer, Catherine Norvell, Carrie Plummer, Karen Hande, Jie Deng, Nicole Brooks, Megan Shifrin, Lori Patterson, Mary Visceglia
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses at Annual Gala

Nurses from across Middle Tennessee gathered to honor outstanding colleagues during the fifth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming March of Dimes Events

March of Dimes works year-round to bring awareness and funding to the organization’s mission of creating stronger, healthier babies.


Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Laser Focus: Alliance Oncology Partners with Hospitals, Providers to Offer Comprehensive Radiation Oncology Services | Alliance Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Greg Spurlock, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, IMRT, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, IGRT, Joint Venture, Cancer Center, Alliance Healthcare, CyberKnife
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Laser Focus: Alliance Oncology Partners with Hospitals, Providers to Offer Comprehensive Radiation Oncology Services

There’s no substitute for experience.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 4:19 pm
Young Leaving Health Care Council
Young Leaving Health Care Council

On March 6, it was announced Nashville Health Care Council President Caroline Young had informed the board of directors of her intention to explore other opportunities and would therefore being stepping down from the leadership role she has held for seven years. To ensure continuity and a smooth transition, Young said she would continue to lead the organization during the search for new leadership.


Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 11:05 am
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.
Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:08 am
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.


Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:55 am
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.
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015 10:16 am
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?


Thomas Lewis, Partner, LBMC Security & Risk Services - Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:32 pm
Ebola Preparedness Update |  Ebola, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senate Health Committee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: William Schaffner, James Crowe, Jr., Ebola Vaccine, Commissioner John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Hospital Association, Craig Becker, Waller, Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, ACEP, Emergency Preparedness, HCA, Milton Johnson
Ebola Preparedness Update

Expert Briefings & More

U. S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, met with infectious diseases experts from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and state health officials on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to ask:


KELLY PRICE & CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
February 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


LARRY MCCLAIN - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


Melanie Kilgore-Hill - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
Williamson Medical Center Opens Pulmonary Rehab Unit

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


Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
Strategic Growth: Health System Perspective | Capella Healthcare, Michael Wiechart, Clinical Integration, M&A, Healthcare Acquisitions, Inpatient Care, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
Strategic Growth: Health System Perspective

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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
Strategic Growth: Practice Perspective | 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: Practice Perspective

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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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?


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 9, 2015 1:46 pm
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.
Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015 11:47 am
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.


Geert De Lombaerde - Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015 10:24 am
Insure Tennessee Dies in Committee
Insure Tennessee Dies in Committee
Governor Bill Haslam worked nearly two years to put together a program to expand access and make healthcare coverage attainable for more than 250,000 low-income Tennesseans ... it took the Tennessee Senate a matter of minutes to kill it in committee.
Posted: Thursday, February 5, 2015 8:33 am
Tavenner Stepping Down
Tavenner Stepping Down
On Jan. 16, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced she would be stepping down from her post at the end of February.
Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 10:36 am
AMA Weighs In on Medicaid's Equal-Access Mandate
The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments Jan. 20 in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, weighing in on whether the Supremacy Clause gives healthcare professionals a private right of action to enforce Medicaid's equal-access provision. The AMA has submitted an amicus brief in support of private actions to ensure vulnerable patients have access to care before their health deteriorates and challenging states that do not comply with Medicaid's equal-access mandate. 
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 9:26 am
January 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am