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VUMC Makes Financial Break from Vanderbilt
On Nov. 14, officials with Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced the institution is embarking on the process to restructure the academic medical facility as a financially distinct entity from Vanderbilt University. The announcement stressed the two organizaitons would "remain tightly woven together by mission, academic programs, and the respected Vanderbilt name." Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for Health Affairs will continue to lead both VUMC and to serve as dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 2:24 pm
THA, Enroll America Partner to Support Healthcare Coverage
The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) has publicly announced its partnership with Enroll America, a national organization providing enrollment support for insurance coverage through the federal insurance marketplace, and its Get Covered America campaign in Tennessee.
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 2:01 pm
Medical Groups, Area YMCA Collaborate to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

This fall, the American Medical Association, along with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Medical Association and the Tennessee Nurses Association, held a summit for area physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to learn about new resources for preventing type 2 diabetes and introduce a new diabetes prevention program.


Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
November 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
The New Rules of Radiology Reimbursement | Radiology Reimbursement, Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Stark Law Loophole, Radiology Alliance, Touchstone Medical Imaging, Kirk Hintz, Clete Madden
The New Rules of Radiology Reimbursement

There’s no question imaging technology has far surpassed expectations, but the business of radiology is evolving every bit as rapidly.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
National Campaigns Urge Physicians to Image Gently, Wisely | Image Gently, Image Wisely, Choosing Wisely, Radiology Safety, Ketsia Pierre, Chad Calendine, Radiology Alliance Nashville, Premier Radiology Nashville
National Campaigns Urge Physicians to Image Gently, Wisely

A concerted effort to eliminate unnecessary medical procedures is underway across America, and radiology experts are taking a lead role.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Interventional Radiologist Dan Wunder Keeps the Focus on Quality of Life | Dr. Dan Wunder, Premier Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Atherectomy, Kyphoplasty, Arteriogram, Diagnostic Radiology, Saint Thomas Health, PAD, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Leg Pain
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Interventional Radiologist Dan Wunder Keeps the Focus on Quality of Life

Many people mistakenly think radiology is used solely for diagnoses … not for life-enhancing procedures … but Dan Wunder, MD, is quick to disagree.


LARRY MCCLAIN - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: For NuSirt Biopharma, Less is More | NuSirt Biopharma, Joe Cook, Dr. Michael Zemel, Leucine, Sirtuin, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Metaboloic Disease, Glucose Control, Metformin
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: For NuSirt Biopharma, Less is More

Company Looks to Enhance Pharmaceutical Effectiveness While Lowering Dosages

In the last few months, Nashville-based NuSirt Biopharma has initiated its first clinical trial in humans, completed one of the year’s most successful capital campaigns, and presented two papers at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
The Transformation of Med Ed | Undergraduate Medical Education, Medical School, Dr. Susan Skochelak, Dr. Bonnie Miller, American Medical Association, AMA, Med Ed, Vanderbilt, Master Adaptive Learner, Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative
The Transformation of Med Ed

AMA continues quest to accelerate change in physician training

A little more than a year ago, the American Medical Association announced $11 million in grants to 11 academic medical centers to fundamentally change the way physicians are educated and trained.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
WGU’s Competency-Based Curriculum Enhances Tennessee’s Healthcare Workforce | WGU Tennessee, Western Governors University, Competency-Based Learning, Kimberly Estep, Shannon Tucker, Online Education, Healthcare Education
WGU’s Competency-Based Curriculum Enhances Tennessee’s Healthcare Workforce

Although WGU Tennessee officially launched in July 2013, “The University of You” has a history of offering targeted, competency-based, online curriculum that dates back 15 years.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
Marian University at Saint Thomas … One Year Later | Marian University at Saint Thomas Health, Accelerated Nursing Program, BSN, RN, Healthcare Workforce, Health Professions Education, Amy Stauffacher, Samantha Montagno
Marian University at Saint Thomas … One Year Later

A year ago, Indianapolis-based Marian University announced a partnership with Saint Thomas Health to bring an accelerated nursing degree program to Middle Tennessee to address workforce shortages by educating highly skilled professionals in a concentrated 16-month period.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
Meharry Convocation Filled with Ceremony, Surprises
Meharry Convocation Filled with Ceremony, Surprises

Last month, Meharry Medical College faculty, students and distinguished guests gathered at the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education to celebrate the educational institution’s 139th Convocation.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
Parallon’s StaRN Program Answers Critical Nursing Need | StaRN, Parallon, HCA, Nursing Shortage, Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses, Tony Pentangelo
Parallon’s StaRN Program Answers Critical Nursing Need

Parallon Business Solutions, an HCA subsidiary offering a range of business and operational solutions, recently launched StaRN: Specialty Training Apprenticeship for Registered Nurses — a unique educational opportunity to meet a critical need for specialty nurses in Florida.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
Tennessee’s Healthcare M&A Scrutiny in Limbo

New leadership, by nature, ignites ambiguity.


KEITH DENNEN - Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:32 pm
2015 Editorial Calendar
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 9:40 am
2015 Ad Deadlines
Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:55 pm
October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


LARRY McCLAIN - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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?


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
Health Care Council Launches 2015 Fellows Recruitment

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


Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014 6:33 pm
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.
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:03 pm
September 2014
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


LARRY MCCLAIN - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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®.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:33 pm
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.


By Emily Kubis - Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:42 am
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.

 


Cindy Sanders - Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:25 am
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.
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:51 am
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.

 


Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 11:13 am
You Are Not Alone: Suicide Prevention
Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide.
E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner TDMHSAS - Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:07 pm
August 2014
Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Growing Strong: Orthopaedics Expanding at Saint Thomas Health, TriStar Centennial | Nashville Orthopaedics, TriStar Centennial Joint Center, Southern Joint Replacement Institute, Saint Thomas Health Orthopaedics, Bubba McIntosh, Michael Christie, MD, Saint Thomas Joint Replacement Center
Growing Strong: Orthopaedics Expanding at Saint Thomas Health, TriStar Centennial

Orthopaedic services are on the move in Middle Tennessee with new facilities and services popping up across Nashville.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL Contact: - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
New Report Predicts M&A Spike for Hospitals, Providers & HIT Companies | Healthcare M&A, Healthcare Consolidation, Hospital Physician Alignment, Hospital Mergers, Physician Practice, Employed Physicians, ACOs, Bundled Payments, Gainsharing, Co-Management, Bass, Berry & Sims, Danielle Sloane
New Report Predicts M&A Spike for Hospitals, Providers & HIT Companies

After a dip in deal activity in 2013, a newly released report from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Mergermarket predicts increased consolidation and an uptick in activity for 2014 … particularly for hospitals, physicians, and HIT companies.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Entrada Health Transforming Physician Documentation | Entrada Health, Bill Brown, EHR, Physician Documentation, Meaningful Use
Entrada Health Transforming Physician Documentation

If you’re a physician, odds are documentation consumes much of your workday. Too much. In fact, some studies estimate that paperwork, including dictation, can consume up to 40 percent of a doctor’s workday, significantly impacting the amount of time spent with patients and their own families. In Middle Tennessee, one company is working to correct that.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Greg Mencio, MD | Greg Mencio, Orthopaedics, Orthopedics, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Trauma, Spinal Deformities, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, POSNA, Tennessee Orthopaedic Society, TOS
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Greg Mencio, MD

Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Monroe Carell Jr.

Growing up in Naugatuck, Conn., an industrial area about 15 minutes north of New Haven, the active and healthy Greg Mencio didn’t have much experience with physicians outside of routine physicals.


By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Frist Joins Forces with Gates Family to Improve Global Maternal-Fetal Health | Hope Through Healing Hands, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mother & Child Project, Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, Global Health, Maternal-Fetal Health, Bill Frist, Melinda Gates, Scott Hamilton
Frist Joins Forces with Gates Family to Improve Global Maternal-Fetal Health

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, founder of Nashville-based Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH), and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led a community conversation on improving maternal-fetal health in developing countries last month at Belmont University.


Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
From the Private Practice Perspective: News of Note from National Organizations | Clinical Integration, Physician Recruitment & Retention, Physician Compensation, Physician Salaries, Physician Income, Medical Group Management Association, MGMA, Dr. Susan Turney, Laura Palmer, National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, NSCHBC, Reed Tinsley
From the Private Practice Perspective: News of Note from National Organizations | Clinical Integration, Physician Recruitment & Retention, Physician Compensation, Physician Salaries, Physician Income, Medical Group Management Association, MGMA, Dr. Susan Turney, Laura Palmer, National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, NSCHBC, Reed Tinsley
Laura Palmer
From the Private Practice Perspective: News of Note from National Organizations
Practices Favor Informal Integration

New Medical Group Management Association research finds medical practices favor informal integration with other healthcare organizations over formal mergers.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Vanderbilt’s MOON, MARS Studies Shedding Light on Ortho Outcomes

As the number of orthopaedic surgeries in the United States hits an all-time high, researchers are looking for novel ways to track patients’ progress and identify pre-surgery those at risk for poorer outcomes.


By: MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Identifying & Preventing Concussions Now a Statewide Effort | Concussion, Tennessee Sports Concussion Law, Patrick Sells, Belmont University, Youth Athletics
Identifying & Preventing Concussions Now a Statewide Effort

Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents from birth to 19 years. 


By MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Partnering in a New Paradigm | Hospital Alignment, Physicians, Hospital Administrators, Bundled Payments, Pay for Performance, Physician Practice, MSO, Managed Services Organization, Paul Keckley, Navigant
Partnering in a New Paradigm

There’s no question healthcare delivery is in the middle of a transformational period highlighted by unprecedented consolidation. While there are a number of factors impacting alignment decisions, Paul Keckley, PhD, boiled the equation down to its simplest terms, “Economics drives behavior.”


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
TOS Annual Conference Set for Sept. 26-28

The Tennessee Orthopaedic Society will host their 63rd annual conference Sept. 26-28 at the Hutton Hotel in midtown Nashville.


By MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
United We Stand | MagMutual, Medical Malpractice, Coordinated Care, Patient Safety, Improved Outcomes, Evidence-Based Medicine, Healthcare Quality, Dr. Mary Gregg, Johnathan Brutlag, MagMutual Patient Safety Institute
United We Stand

As physicians and hospitals seek to align clinically, strategically and administratively in this era of consolidation and cooperation, assistance originates from a number of places ranging from national associations to internal committees and contract consultants.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
Emerging & Reemerging Infectious Diseases | Infectious Disease, Emerging Infectious Disease, EID, Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Tim Jones, Epidemiology, Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, Dengue, Measles, Tuberculosis, TB, Pertussis, Whooping Cough
Emerging & Reemerging Infectious Diseases

Chikungunya and new strains of influenza are among a list of emerging infectious diseases that have grabbed recent headlines, but reemerging diseases including measles and pertussis are also causing epidemiologists concern across the nation.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
AHA Funding New Heart Disease, Stroke Research Network | American Heart Association, Cardiovascular Research, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, Vanderbilt, Dr. David Harrison, Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Centers
AHA Funding New Heart Disease, Stroke Research Network

Vanderbilt One of Four Major Institutions Named

The American Heart Association recently announced four major institutions would band together in a new research network aimed at preventing heart disease and stroke.


Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:02 pm
July 2014
Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Prescription for Success | Prescription Drug Abuse, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction, Prescription for Success, Addiction Recovery, Commissioner Doug Varney, Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, TDMHSAS
Prescription for Success | Prescription Drug Abuse, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Addiction, Prescription Drug Addiction, Prescription for Success, Addiction Recovery, Commissioner Doug Varney, Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, TDMHSAS
Governor Bill Haslam, joined by officials from key state agencies, outlines the plan to curb prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.
Prescription for Success

State Moves to Curb Rx Addiction

Tennessee, like states across the nation, is facing a pervasive problem when it comes to the abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioids and benzodiazepines.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Playing Nicely: The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial Changing the Local Pediatric Care Landscape  | Joann Ettien, The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Pediatric Care, Kids Express, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Playing Nicely: The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial Changing the Local Pediatric Care Landscape

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial is changing the future of pediatrics in Nashville.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Griffieth & Toler Turning Capstone Into A Pediatrics Powerhouse | Capstone Pediatrics, Dr. Gary Griffieth, Winnie Toler, Centennial Pediatrics, Pediatrician, Pediatrics, Adolescent Behavioral Health, Childhood Obesity
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Griffieth & Toler Turning Capstone Into A Pediatrics Powerhouse

When Gary Griffieth, MD and his sister Winnie Toler acquired Centennial Pediatrics last year, the practice was at low ebb after the previous owner had been forced to sell in the wake of a fraud case.


by Larry McClain - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
A Matter of Choice | Health Insurance, Private Exchanges, Employee Benefits, Benefit Package, Austin Madison, The Crichton Group, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Reform
A Matter of Choice

Private Exchanges Offer a Range of Insurance Options

Although not a new concept, the immense publicity surrounding the 2013 launch of federal and state-based exchanges shone a spotlight on the increasing consumerism in the health insurance marketplace.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Vanderbilt’s TRIAD Embarking on Promising Autism Treatment | Pablo Juarez, TRIAD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, Autism, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Early Denver Start Model, EDSM
Vanderbilt’s TRIAD Embarking on Promising Autism Treatment

Since 2001, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has been breaking down barriers for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Breaching the Healthcare Fortress | Dr. Uwe Reinhardt, Dr. William H. Frist, Bill Frist, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Nashville Health Care Council, Health Care Council Fellows Initiative, Volume to Value
Breaching the Healthcare Fortress

Can the Move from Volume to Value be Truly Measured?

Who would have thought an app to find a ride in Nashville … and 70 other cities around the globe … could be a harbinger of good things to come for modern healthcare?


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
The Local Perspective | BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, BCBST, Healthcare.gov, Henry Smith, Federal Health Exchange, Federal Marketplace, Obamacare, Health Insurance
The Local Perspective

BCBST on the Exchange

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee emerged as the state’s big enrollment winner in the federal marketplace.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: IngagePatient Filling the Gap in Patient-Provider Communication | IngagePatient, Justin Neece, Meaningful Use, MU2, Patient Engagement, Patient Satisfaction, EHR, DigiChart
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: IngagePatient Filling the Gap in Patient-Provider Communication

For most practitioners, it takes a village to stay ahead of the latest in meaningful use criteria and electronic health records (EHR) management.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Pediatric Rounds

Monroe Carell Ranked Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospital

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has once again been named among the nation’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.


Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Breastfeeding Linked to Improved Maternal Heart Health

The connection between breastfeeding and healthier babies has long been recognized as important. Now, experts believe the benefits of nursing are equally as imperative to mom’s health, as well.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Information Exchange

Tennessee & the Public Health Marketplace

Although Tennesseans make up less than 2 percent of the total Healthcare.gov enrollees, the state’s numbers did exceed projections with 151,400 signing up by the end of the open enrollment period.


Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Making (A Little) Progress | Men’s Health, Health Disparities, 2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card, Derek Griffith, Vanderbilt, Meharry, Tennessee Department of Health, Heart Disease, Cancer
Making (A Little) Progress

2014 Men’s Health Report Card Shows Some Improvement, Raises New Questions

With the nation’s growing emphasis on population health, the release of the third Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card provides important data on half the state’s residents.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:38 am
Limited Access | Medicaid Expansion, Hospital Closures, TennCare, Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Haslam, Tennessee Plan, Craig Becker, Tennessee Hospital Association, THA, Joellen Edwards, RHAT, Rural Health Association of Tennessee, Haywood Park Community Hospital
Limited Access

Rural Communities Risk Losing Hometown Healthcare

At the end of April, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems (CHS) announced plans to turn Haywood Park Community Hospital, located in Brownsville in the western part of the state, into an urgent care clinic.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Catching Fire: Lean Healthcare Transformations | Joan Wellman, Joan Wellman & Associates, JWA Consulting, lean healthcare transformation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Hospital
Catching Fire: Lean Healthcare Transformations

Joan Wellman pioneered application of Toyota principles in healthcare; helps complex health systems facilitate large-scale change

Last June, healthcare leaders from around the country – Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University, UCLA Health, the University of Michigan Health System, and Vancouver Coastal Health – converged on the campus of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando to see lean healthcare transformation in action.


LYNNE JETER - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Divya Shroff, MD, FHM: Innovative Leadership in Clinical Change Management  | Divya Shroff, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Veterans Administration, Health Informatics, Dr. Blackberry, HCA
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Divya Shroff, MD, FHM: Innovative Leadership in Clinical Change Management

TriStar Centennial CMO Focused on Improvement through Partnership

When she was working for the Veterans Administration, fellow physicians used to teasingly call Divya Shroff “Dr. Blackberry.”


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
RHAT: Fighting for Healthcare Close to Home | Rural Health, Rural Health Association of Tennessee, RHAT, Joellen Edwards, ETSU, East Tennessee State University, Telehealth, Telemedicine, Access to Care
RHAT: Fighting for Healthcare Close to Home

Everyone needs an advocate … someone who truly understands the unique issues you face and is willing to go to bat for you.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Following the Financial Trail | Practice Management, Medical Banking, ICD-10, Steve Jaynes, Blake Wilson, Avenue Bank, TMA Medical Banking, INSBANK
Following the Financial Trail

Practical Advice on Practice Money Management

While a practice’s focus is on the patient, significant attention also has to be given to financial considerations like working capital, planned growth, and investment in new equipment.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
June 2014
Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
The Changing Rural Health Landscape | Rural Health, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Keith Mueller, Rural Policy Research Institute, RUPRI, Center for Health Policy Analysis, Medicaid Expansion, Primary Care Shortage, University of Iowa, Rural Health Panel
The Changing Rural Health Landscape

Will the Affordable Care Act help or hurt Americans living in rural areas? As is true of many complex laws, there probably isn’t going to be a single, simple, clear-cut answer.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Taming the Two-Headed Hydra: Billing & Coding | Billing and Coding, Medical Practice Management, ICD-10, Healthcare Consulting, STAT Solutions, Kathi Carney, Rhonda Sides, Crosslin & Associates
Taming the Two-Headed Hydra: Billing & Coding

“Billing has morphed into a monster,” stated Kathi Carney, CPC, senior coding auditor for STAT Solutions, a division of Crosslin & Associates.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: W Squared’s Strategic Approach to Procurement | W Squared, Procurement, GPO, Group Purchasing Organization, Healthcare Savings, Aggregated Procurement, Deborah Long
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: W Squared’s Strategic Approach to Procurement

For nearly a decade, W Squared, a Brentwood-based business process solutions company, has provided a shared services model of back-office support to some of the fastest growing healthcare companies in Nashville.


LARRY McCLAIN - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
For Practice Managers, the Only Thing Constant is Change

In her 16 years with Old Harding Pediatric Associates, Jerrianne Allen has witnessed her fair share of change in the continuously evolving field of medical practice management.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Health Care Council Hosts National Health & Well-Being Experts | Nashville Health Care Council, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dan Buettner, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Wellbeing, Well-Being, Healthy Lifestyle, Dr. Wayne Riley, Ben Leedle
Health Care Council Hosts National Health & Well-Being Experts

On May 15, the Nashville Health Care Council hosted Dan Buettner, New York Times best-selling author of “Blue Zones,” and Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president of the San Francisco-based Preventive Medicine Research Institute, for a discussion on health and well-being.


Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Drowning in Sea Change | Medical Group Management Association, MGMA, Practice Management, Healthcare, ICD-10, Clinical Integration, Insurance Coverage, Healthcare Staffing, ACO, Value-based Care, Laura Palmer
Drowning in Sea Change

MGMA Tackles Tough Issues to Help Practices Stay Afloat

Value-based reimbursements, ICD-10 reboot, meaningful use, clinical integration physician alignment, transparency, PQRS, 5010 implementation, e-prescribing, staffing and training, compliance, audits … oh yes … and caring for patients


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
Council Fellows Celebrates a Successful Second Class
Council Fellows Celebrates a Successful Second Class

Now in its second year, the popular Nashville Health Care Council Fellows initiative is set to graduate its second class on June 6 at the Noah Liff Opera Center.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 8:47 am
ReDoc Bought
One June 3, Net Health, a leading provider of software solutions for outpatient specialty care, announced its acquisition of The Rehab Documentation Company (ReDoc), based in Brentwood. ReDoc is a provider of integrated clinical EMR and management solutions for the growing physical, occupational, and speech therapy markets.
Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:19 pm
Healthways, North Tide Compromise

On June 3, Healthways and North Tide Capital announced they had reached a settlement agreement in their contentious battle over the company's leadership, direction and board. Healthways has agreed to change the slate of directors nominated for election at the company's 2014 annual meeting. Three current directors will step down (including Chairman John Ballantine), three of North Tide Capital's picks will be included on the ammended slate (Bradley Karro, Paul Keckley and Conan Laughlin), and the board will appoint a new, independent chairman from the existing Healthways board.


Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:05 pm
Tennessee Measles Cases Under Investigation
Vaccinations Urged to Prevent Future Cases
May 14, 2014 — The Tennessee Department of Health is now investigating five cases of measles in Madison, Shelby, Gibson, Hamilton and Hardeman counties. People in additional counties may have been exposed to measles due to some patients travelling while unknowingly being contagious.
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:35 am
MedTenn 2014 | Tennessee Medical Association, TMA, Russ Miller, Medicaid Expansion, Opioid Addiction, Proper Prescribing, MedTenn, Tennessee Medical Foundation, Dr. Roland Gray, Dr. Doug Springer, Dr. John Hale, Dr. Chris Young, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven
MedTenn 2014

Bringing Medicine Together

From April 24-27, physicians from across the state gathered in Middle Tennessee to discuss issues impacting medicine, attend targeted educational courses, vote on key policy resolutions, install new officers, network with colleagues, and support Alzheimer’s awareness during MedTenn 2014.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Looking at Heart Health in New Ways | Bradley Bale, Bypass, Amy Doneen, Cardiovascular Disease, Bale/Doneen Method, Carotid, CVD, Diabetes, Genetics, Beat the Heart Attack Gene
Looking at Heart Health in New Ways

Book Details a New Approach

Bradley Bale, MD, was glad to get back to the green grass of home after five years in the less lush plains of West Texas where he served as medical director of the Heart Health Program at the Grace Clinic in Lubbock for five years.


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
SANS Cyberthreat White Paper Shows Dark Clouds on HIT Horizon | Healthcare Data Breach, Cyberthreat, Cyber Security, Cyber Attack, Network Security, Protected Health Information, SANS, Norse, Barbara Filkins
SANS Cyberthreat White Paper Shows Dark Clouds on HIT Horizon

Widespread security issues put systems, patients at risk

Consider yourself warned.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Vanderbilt Studies New Option for Treating Stress Urinary Incontinence | Stress Urinary Incontinence, SUI, Cook MyoSite, Sphincter Muscle, Dr. Melissa Kaufman, Dr. Roger Dmochowski, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Autologous Muscle-Derived Cells, AMDC
Vanderbilt Studies New Option for Treating Stress Urinary Incontinence

It’s embarrassing. It’s frustrating. And it significantly impacts the quality of life for more than 15 million women in the United States. “It” is stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

SUI most commonly occurs from the loss of pelvic floor anatomic support of the bladder combined with dysfunction of the urinary sphincter.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Marian University at Saint Thomas Health Launches Inaugural Nursing Class | Marian University, Saint Thomas Health, Accelerated Nursing Degree, BSN, Jennifer Elliott, Mayor Karl Dean, Amy Stauffacher
Marian University at Saint Thomas Health Launches Inaugural Nursing Class

Last month, Marian University at Saint Thomas Health hosted it’s grand opening. This month, the first classes get underway for the accelerated collegiate program that allows those with a bachelor’s degree to become registered nurses in less than two years.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Keeping Data Safe & Sound | Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Protected Health Information, PHI, HIPAA, Wall of Shame, LBMC Security & Risk Services, Thomas Lewis
Keeping Data Safe & Sound

If asked what would be most attractive to thieves, chances are prescription drugs would be the first response of those involved with a medical practice. While that answer is probably true, the reality is the street value of their data is likely greater … and frankly much easier to attain.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Reducing the Impact of Stroke in Tennessee

There is a killer at work in Tennessee. In 2010, stroke killed almost 3,000 people in our state … and nationally, the damage is just as alarming.


Dr. J MOCCO - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
A Robust HIT Platform Begins with Proper Infrastructure | RCG, Resource Communications Group, Eddie Hooper, Internet, VoIP, Ethernet, Broadband, Bandwidth, MPLS, Metro Ethernet, Long Haul Ethernet, Telecommunications, Infrastructure
A Robust HIT Platform Begins with Proper Infrastructure

Today there are a multitude of applications and technology solutions to make the practice of medicine safer, more efficient and more connected. Without proper planning on the front end, however, you might find those options are out of reach for you … or, at best, deliver limited performance.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Expect With Me

National Study Looks at Group Prenatal Care

Vanderbilt University, United Health Foundation and Yale University are collaborating on a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of a new model of group prenatal care designed to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies during pregnancy, birth and infancy.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
Nashville’s ‘HIT’ Parade | Health Information Technology, HIT, Mobile Medical Technology, Bryan Sivak, RevPoint, Healthspek, Goodsnitch, Tennessee Oncology, Qualifacts, UnitedHealthcare
Nashville’s ‘HIT’ Parade

Recent Health Technology News of Note


Major Changes on the Horizon for HHS Data

In late March, U.S. Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer and Entrepreneur in Residence Bryan Sivak addressed an audience of Nashville healthcare leaders to brief them about changes coming to the way data is used as part of a discussion on the HHS innovation agenda. 


Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am
‘Nurses Lead the Way’ at Nursing Leadership in Global Health Conference | Nursing Leadership in Global Health Conference, Carol Etherington, R.N., Amy Richardson, R.N., Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
‘Nurses Lead the Way’ at Nursing Leadership in Global Health Conference

In late February, more than 225 nurses, students and healthcare advocates from around the world gathered at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel for the first ever Nursing Leadership in Global Health (NLGH) Conference.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:40 am