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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
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
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
March 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A Look Ahead: Healthcare Law in 2015 | Antitrust Laws, Meaningful Use, regulatory compliance in healthcare, healthcare in 2015, healthcare law update, Danielle Sloan, Beth Vessel, Michaela Poizner, Waller Law, Baker Donelson, Bass Berry & Sims
A Look Ahead: Healthcare Law in 2015

Local Attorneys Weigh in on Anticipated Changes, Advice for the New Year

In today’s increasingly complex healthcare landscape, terms like “meaningful use” and “regulatory compliance” are the new normal.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Fighting Flu … and Misperceptions | Lentz Public Health Center, Metro Public Health Department, HCA
Fighting Flu … and Misperceptions

During the recent Ebola scare, Americans became transfixed with the infectious disease that ultimately killed two individuals on American soil.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT:  Aronoff Leads the Charge on Infectious Diseases | Vanderbilt Pre3 Initiative, Department of Medicine Division f Infectious Diseases, prematurity,
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Aronoff Leads the Charge on Infectious Diseases

What goes around, comes around.

For David Aronoff, MD, FIDSA, that means being in a position to give back to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which played a key role in his medical training.


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
THA, TMA Outline 2015 Priorities | Tennessee Hospital Association, THA, Mark Medley, Keith Goodwin, Reginald Coopwood
Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association, THA, TMA, Craig Becker, Russ Miller, Medicaid Expansion, CON, Certificate of Need, Physician Education, CME, Payer Accountability, ICD-10, Episodes of Care
THA, TMA Outline 2015 Priorities

For Craig Becker, president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association, the top priority for 2015 is securing Medicaid expansion in Tennessee … now, it looks like that could happen this year.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Ten Hot Button Legal Issues to Watch in 2015 | Healthcare Compliance, Healthcare Regulations, American Health Lawyers Association, Stark Laws, Anti-Kickback, Affordable Care Act, HIT, HIPAA, Privacy and Security Breach, Big Data, Fraud & Abuse, Elisabeth Belmont, Joel Hamme
Ten Hot Button Legal Issues to Watch in 2015
Expert Insights for the Coming Year

Already one of the most highly regulated industries in America, 2015 looks to be another active year across healthcare’s legal landscape.


CINDY SANDERS, ELISABETH BELMONT & JOEL HAMME - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
HC ENTERPRISE: Equal Protection Under the Law | Tennessee Justice Center, TJC, Health Law, TennCare, Medicaid Eligibility, Presumptive Eligibility, Michele Johnson, Legal Aid, Legal Services, Jane Beasley
HC ENTERPRISE: Equal Protection Under the Law

Tennessee Justice Center’s Statewide Fight for Access to Care

A demonstrated need for an organization like the Tennessee Justice Center was the driving force behind founding the statewide, non-profit, public interest law firm.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules | Menu Labeling, Calorie Counts, FDA, Restaurant Menus, Vending Machines, Nutrition Labeling, ACA, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Obesity, Chain Restaurants
FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

What Nashville set out to do more than five years ago has finally become a federal mandate with the Food & Drug Administration issuing two final rules late last year requiring calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Financial Restructuring to Position VUMC for Growth | Evolve to Excel, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, VUMC Break from University, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,
Financial Restructuring to Position VUMC for Growth

Vanderbilt University recently announced plans to reconfigure Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a not-for-profit academic medical center that is financially distinct from the university.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Meharry Population Health Grant Targets North, Northeast Nashville

In late November, officials with Meharry Medical College announced the medical school had been awarded $451,430 as part of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant program to launch Nashville REACH 2020, which targets African-American residents in the 37027 and 37208 zip codes of Nashville in an effort to improve health and decrease health disparities.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Tennessee 45th in America’s Health Rankings

Health data released in December ranked Tennessee 45th in the country for overall health.


Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
UNHS Now Neighborhood Health

New Name, New Logo … Same Mission

United Neighborhood Health Services, which has served low income neighborhoods and uninsured or under-insured residents since 1976, recently rebranded as Neighborhood Health to better capture the individual spirit of the community clinics.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Council Fellows Announces 2015 Class

Last month, the Nashville Health Care Council and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, announced the latest class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. For 2015, 36 senior healthcare leaders were selected for the renowned program, which is focused on influencing and transforming the nation’s healthcare system.


Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:27 am
Short of Breath | COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases, Asthma, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD Foundation, Jamie Sullivan, Deb McGowan, Spirometer, Third Leading Cause of Death
Short of Breath

COPD Foundation Sheds Light on State’s High Rate of Progressive Lung Disease

With 8.7 percent of residents suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Tennessee has one of the highest rates of COPD in the country.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:11 am
InCharge Archives
Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 2:45 pm
2015 Flipbooks
Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 2:05 pm
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
November 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
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
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
Tennessee’s Healthcare M&A Scrutiny in Limbo

New leadership, by nature, ignites ambiguity.


KEITH DENNEN - 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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