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Meharry Launches National Search for Next President
On April 16, the Board of Trustees of Meharry Medical College launched a national search for the 12th president the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center. The new president will succeed A. Cherrie Epps, PhD, who will continue to lead the organization until the new president is appointed.
Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:43 pm
Sebelius Resigns
Sebelius Resigns
According to a White House offical, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will formally announce her resignation on Friday, April 11. Sebelius came under harsh scrutiny from lawmakers and the public following the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. Despite a rebound in enrollment numbers (approximately 7.5 million as of the second week of April), the problems with HealthCare.gov appear to have caused a rift in her relationship with the White House.
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:34 pm
Women to Watch Class of 2014
Women to Watch Class of 2014

Providers, researchers, educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, lawyers and consultants … although the talented women who make up the Class of 2014 fill different roles in our healthcare system, a common characteristic among all of the honorees is a true passion for what they do and who they serve.

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CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Anne Sumpter Arney, JD
Anne Sumpter Arney, JD

Partner | Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

Arney credits her parents with instilling in her a deep appreciation of the law and thanks circumstances for leading her to the healthcare industry she loves.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Jennifer Elliott, RN
Jennifer Elliott, RN

Vice President of Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Officer

Saint Thomas West Hospital

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

Jennifer Elliott never met a challenge that didn’t intrigue her.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS, MSPH
Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS, MSPH

Dean and Professor | School of Dentistry

Meharry Medical College

As a high school junior in the Mississippi Delta, Cherae Farmer-Dixon attended a health careers summer program at Tougaloo College and immediately became intrigued with dentistry.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA
Heather Greene, MBA, RHIA, CPC, CPMA

Vice President, Compliance Services

Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Mother knows best.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Beth Connor Guest, JD
Beth Connor Guest, JD

Chief Counsel | Cigna-HealthSpring

Ask Beth Connor Guest what she does for a living, and she just might tell you she’s in the relationship business.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Beth Hail, LCSW
Beth Hail, LCSW

Director, School-Based Services and

Child & Adolescent Services | Centerstone

Everyone deserves a ‘do-over.’


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Suzan Logan
Suzan Logan

President & Chief Executive Officer | GBA

Sometimes all it takes is a little vision … and a leap of faith.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN

Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing

Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

It isn’t surprising to hear Linda Norman’s life has been filled with teaching moments. After all, she is internationally known for innovations in nursing education.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Susan Wente, PhD
Susan Wente, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Andrea Willis, MD, MPH, FAAP
Andrea Willis, MD, MPH, FAAP

Vice President | Chief Medical Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Andrea Willis doesn’t remember ever wanting to be anything other than a doctor. Growing up in Athens, Ala., her parents and grandparents not only supported her dreams but also instilled in her a desire to help others.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am
Spring Sees Highest Number of Suicides
Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:54 am
Where Have All the CEOs Gone?

Turnover in the highest-ranking administrative spot for hospitals increased significantly last year, according to a report released March 10 by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:51 am
Diabetes Facts, Stats & Findings
Diabetes affects an estimated 25.6 million adults in the United States with another 79 million being classified as pre-diabetic. Factoring in those under age 20 with diabetes, a total of 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3 percent of the nation’s population, are diabetic and another 35 percent are at high risk of developing the chronic condition.
Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:48 am
Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control | Diabetes, Glucose Management, A1c, Dr. Elizabeth Halprin, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard, American Journal of Managed Care, Patient-Centered Care
Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Diabetes Control

What is the best way to get … and keep … diabetic patients actively engaged in the lifelong self-management of their condition? The individual or institution that comes up with a definitive answer to that question will surely be remembered in the history books in the same manner as Jonas Salk.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:44 am
Changes & Opportunities in 2014 for Small Employers under ACA | Affordable Care Act, ACA, Small Business Health Options Program, SHOP, Qualified Health Plans, QHP, Health Insurance, Employee Benefits, Business Tax Credit
Changes & Opportunities in 2014 for Small Employers under ACA
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings about significant healthcare reform changes, as well as  opportunities for small employers in 2014. 
DAVID JOFFE - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:30 am
ROI on Healthcare Workforce Diversity | Diversity, Healthcare Diversity, Mayor Karl Dean, Mayor A C Wharton, National Organization for Workforce Diversity, Vanderbilt, Andre Churchwell, Health, Well-Being
ROI on Healthcare Workforce Diversity

Embracing Cultural Competency

Last month, healthcare leaders gathered in Nashville for the Council on Workforce Innovation’s symposium on trends and resources impacting healthcare workforce diversity and cultural competency in the delivery of quality healthcare.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
The Cleveland Clinic Approach | Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, William Frist, MD, Nashville Health Care Council, Nashville Health Care Fellows, YMCA, Big Data, Wellness
The Cleveland Clinic Approach

CEO Cosgrove Shares Insights with Health Care Council Members

The Nashville Health Care Council recently hosted a briefing with Delos M. (Toby) Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. A sought-after speaker and noted expert on the efficient, effective delivery of care, Cosgrove shared his insights with 250 executives in attendance.


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
LHC Delegation Makes Annual Pilgrimage to D.C. | LHC, Leadership Health Care, Nashville Healthcare Council, Delegation to D.C., Health Policy, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Michael Ramlet, Ted Lomicka, Dora Hughes, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, Jim Cooper, Rand Paul, John Harris, Tom Nickels, Rahul Rajkumar
LHC Delegation Makes Annual Pilgrimage to D.C.

Members of Leadership Health Care, an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council, embarked on their 12th annual trek to Washington, D.C. last month to gain insight on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other pressing national health agenda topics.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
April 2014
Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
T-Minus 6 (or Maybe 18+) and Counting | ICD-10, ICD-9, Kraft Healthcare Consulting, Medical Billing & Coding, Provider Documentation, Nomenclature, Heather Greene, Scott Mertie, ICD-10 Boot Camp, KraftCPAs
T-Minus 6 (or Maybe 18+) and Counting
Although it looked as if there would be no reprieve this time, Congress passed a delay of ‘at least one year’ for ICD-10 conversion as part of a package enacting another temporary patch to the flawed sustainable growth rate formula on Monday evening, March 31.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
ICD-10 on the Frontlines | ICD-10, Kathi Carney, Donna Baker, Justin Crosslin, STAT Solutions, Crosslin & Associates, Medical Coding, AAPC, American Academy of Professional Coders
ICD-10 on the Frontlines

The Coder’s Perspective

Recently, two members of the STAT Solutions coding team received certificates of ICD-10 proficiency.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
Getting Started with ICD-10 Implementation

ICD-10 represents a radical change in the way medical coding will be conducted, using nearly five times as many codes as ICD-9.


JENNY HARVEY - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay | ICD-10, Coding & Billing, Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA, American Medical Association, CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ICD-10 Implementation
AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay

The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Parmley Takes Reigns as Chief of Staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital |  C. Lee Parmley, Vanderbilt University Hospital, VUH Chief-of-Staff, VUMC, Critical Care, Acute Episode Management Care Model
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Parmley Takes Reigns as Chief of Staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital
On Feb. 17, C. Lee Parmley, MD, JD, joined the ranks of distinguished physicians who have been selected to serve as chief of staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital.
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
Rules of Engagement | Diabetes, Disease Management, Self-Management, Chronic Diseases, MissionPoint Health Partners, Healthways, Wendy Wright, Ann Worf,
Rules of Engagement

Diabetes, Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

Tight schedules make it difficult for primary care providers to spend as much one-on-one time as they would like with diabetic patients or those at risk for developing the disease.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
Could Cell Regeneration Turn the Tide on Diabetes? | Diabetes, Vanderbilt Research, Insulin-Secreting Beta Cells, Pancreatic Islets, Glucagon-Secreting Alpha Cells, Cell Regeneration, Alvin Powers, Marcela Brissova, Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, VEGF-A
Could Cell Regeneration Turn the Tide on Diabetes?

Vanderbilt Researchers Uncover Clues

Vanderbilt University scientists have found evidence that the insulin-secreting beta cells of the pancreas, which are either killed or become dysfunctional in both main forms of diabetes, have the capacity to regenerate.


Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:14 am
Survivors’ Safety Bill Passes Unanimously
On April 2, the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously passed a bill, referred to as the “Survivors’ Safety Bill” (SB 1794 by Rep. Massey-R/HB 2337 by Rep. Jones-D), which will require persons convicted of a second, third, or subsequent domestic assault to serve the mandatory minimum sentence day for day and consecutively, in addition to serving the difference in time actually served and the maximum sentence on supervised probation, a pivotal change requiring no new funding.
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:58 pm
SGR Patched Again, ICD-10 Delayed (Also Again)
On Monday, March 31, the Senate approved measures previously passed in the House to stop steep cuts to Medicare payments to physicians by another temporary SGR fix, the 17th such patch. Despite gaining bipartisan traction for a permanent solution to fix the sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate Medicare reimbursement rates, Congress only agreed to kick the can down the road one more year. In other breaking news, the bill also included language to delay ICD-10 implementation for "at least one year."
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:19 pm
2014 Editorial Calendar
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:34 pm
Ad Specs
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:33 pm
Distribution/Etc.
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:31 pm
Beating the Odds: Medical Breakthroughs Decrease Stroke Risk for AFib Patients | Stroke, Christopher Ellis, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, Atrial Fibrillation, AFib, Christopher Conley, Centennial Heart at Skyline, Saint Thomas Heart, Watchman, LARIAT, Reveal Insertable Cardiac Monitor, AtriClip,
Left Atrial Appendage Closure
Beating the Odds: Medical Breakthroughs Decrease Stroke Risk for AFib Patients

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. Fortunately, innovations in technology and medicine are making prevention more attainable than ever before in high-risk patient groups.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:32 pm
When Seconds Count | TriStar Skyline Medical Center, Comprehensive Stroke Centers, Michelle Bertotti, Stroke Rehab
When Seconds Count

In 2013, TriStar Skyline Medical Center became the first hospital in Tennessee to receive Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:32 pm
Stroke Notes | Stroke, American Stroke Association International Conference 2014, FAST, Stroke Hero, Olajide Williams
Stroke Notes

Stroke Care: Most Have Access, Few Get Recommended Treatment

Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:32 pm
AHA Addresses Stroke Risks in Women, Presents New Guidelines


The American Stroke Association estimates 425,000 women suffer a stroke each year … 55,000 more than men. Although stroke has fallen to the fourth leading cause of death overall, it remains the third leading cause of death in women.


MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:32 pm
A Master Plan | Master Plan, Healthcare Design, Urban Planning, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Patient Centered Medical Home, Care Delivery, Acute Care Hospitals, Hart Freeland Roberts, HFR Design, Jim Easter, Brandon Harvey
A Master Plan

Healthcare’s Evolving Delivery Needs Change the Design Process

Long before the ribbon is cut … before the very first rendering is unveiled … the real work of today’s healthcare design typically begins in a boardroom with a list of thought-provoking questions and a notepad.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Robert A. Mericle, MD — Brain Repair | Robert Mericle, Nashville Neurosurgery Group, Vanderbilt, Brain Aneurysm, Stroke, Brain AVM, Spinal AVM, Brain Tumor, Moyamoya Disease, Carotid Stenosis, Trigeminal Neuralgia
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Robert A. Mericle, MD — Brain Repair

Using New Solutions to Tackle Complex Neuro Issues

Robert A. Mericle, MD, likes to get into a patient’s head and fix things.


KELLY PRICE - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
Recent Debuts | Healthcare Construction, Centerstone, Dede Wallace Center, Vol State, Wallace Health Sciences Complex, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, Earl Swensson Associates, ESa, David Miller, Lentz Public Health Center, Saint Thomas West, Williamson Medical Center, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital
Recent Debuts

Cutting the Ribbon on Some of Middle Tennessee’s Newest Healthcare Construction Projects

A number of new facilities have debuted in the first quarter of 2014 with more on the way. Below is a snapshot of just a few of the construction projects around Middle Tennessee that recently have been completed.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
Building or Expanding Health Facilities in Tennessee? There’s an ‘App’ for That | Certificate of Need, CON, Tennessee CON Program, Melanie Hill, Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency, Tennessee Health Facilities Commission, Tennessee State Health Plan, Community Health Needs Assessment, CHNA
Building or Expanding Health Facilities in Tennessee? There’s an ‘App’ for That

A Look at the State’s CON Program

Last year, members of the 108th Regular Session of the Tennessee Legislature voted unanimously to extend the life of the Health Services and Development Agency through June 30, 2017. This action ensured the state’s certificate of need (CON) program would continue, uninterrupted, into its 44th year.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
Healthcare Helps Fuel Nashville’s Booming Real Estate Market … But Buyers Need Guidance

The national media has declared Nashville the new “It” city, crediting the area’s unparalleled music scene, rising culinary environment, and compelling Southern culture as primary factors for the region’s growth. 


SAM SARBACKER - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Building the Healthcare Infrastructure | Turner Construction Company, Healthcare Construction, Chip Cogswell, Howard Allums, Saint Thomas West, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, BIM, Building Information Modeling, T-Cost Modeling System
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Building the Healthcare Infrastructure

Turner Construction Brings Facilities to Life

As the leading builder of healthcare and medical research facilities in the nation, chances are you are familiar with a Turner Construction Company project.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
March 2014
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:23 pm
Vanderbilt Grows, Expands LVAD & Heart Transplant Program
Vanderbilt Grows, Expands LVAD & Heart Transplant Program
When noted cardiac surgeon Simon Maltais, MD, PhD, FRCSC arrived in Nashville in July 2011 to lead the Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) programs for Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute (VHVI), he was given a mandate … to grow Vanderbilt into one of the top-ranked programs in the nation.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 1:51 pm
BCBST Offering One-Year Extensions to Individuals with Policy Renewal Dates through Oct. 1, 2014
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will allow individuals with coverage renewal dates from Jan. 1, 2014 through Oct. 1, 2014 to keep their existing health plans for another year.
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:47 am
Some Employers Given Temporary ACA Reprieve
On Feb. 10, the White House declared a delay in enforcing the employer mandate for medium-sized businesses. Now, these companies will have until 2016 to provide health coverage to the vast majority of their full-time employees. The change, announced by the Treasury Department, impacts those with 50-99 workers.
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:15 pm
Two-Midnight Rule Punishment Delayed
Two-Midnight Rule Punishment Delayed
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recenlty announced their auditors would hold off on assessing punitive fees to hospitals found to be out of compliance with the 'two midnight' rule, which is part of the 2014 Inpaient Perspective Payment System rule, until after Sept. 30. 
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:47 pm
Tenn. Board of Physical Therapy Suspends Clarksville Practitioner's License
The Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy has suspended the license of Herat Desai, PT of Clarksville. The suspension of the physical therapist’s license was effective January 31, 2014. As a result of the summary suspension, Desai was immediately prohibited from practicing as a physical therapist in the state.
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:54 am
HEN Report Documents Improvements in Care Benefits, Reductions in Cost
On Feb. 5, the American Hospital Association (AHA) / Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) released its annual report highlighting the program’s success of the past two years. The report showed significant improvements in quality were made in key clinical areas resulting in better care for an estimated 69,072 patients with associated cost savings of more than $201,811,600.
 

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:39 am
Athena PowerLink Accepting Applications for Mentorship Program

Program Designed to Help Female Entrepreneurs

ATHENAPowerLink® Nashville (APL), a program that selects a female business owner each year and pairs her with with a volunteer advisory committee for 12 months of ongoing mentorship, is currently accepting applications through March 1, 2014.

 

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:34 am
TriStar Health Offering On-line Heart Disease Risk Assessment
TriStar Health Offering On-line Heart Disease Risk Assessment
TriStar Health recently launched a free, interactive online personal health risk questionnaire that will help individuals understand their potential for cardiovascular problems. Visitors start by going on-line to TriStarHealth.com/MyHeartRisk and answering questions about family history, cholesterol, blood pressure, lifestyle habits and more.
Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:13 am
Mergers and Acquisitions and the Importance of the Due Diligence Process
A wise man once said “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”. Merger and acquisition activity among U.S. healthcare organizations is on the rise — up 20 percent in 2013 over the prior five-year track. Driving the surge is a host of game-changing forces that threaten the sustainability of many small hospitals and healthcare systems. These organizations may lack the capital, infrastructure, talent or technology to thrive … or even survive … in the radically different healthcare environment that's taking shape.
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 5:41 pm
Physicians Selling Practices
Physicians Selling Practices
Trend watch: who’s making the move now and why

Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, doctors have been bailing out of practices posthaste. Exasperated by surging expenses, shrinking reimbursements and costly-to-cover government mandates, frustrated physicians are citing healthcare reform-related spending as a major reason for selling practices as the rollout progresses.
LYNNE JETER - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 5:00 pm
Detecting Lung Cancer Earlier | Dr. Rabih Bechara, Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, CTCA, American Lung Association, low-dose lung cancer screenings, National Cancer Institute, National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,  Harold P. Wimmer, New England Journal of Medicine, “Probability of Cancer in Pulmonary Nodules Detected on First Screening CT”
Detecting Lung Cancer Earlier
National push for screening, research as more non-smokers are diagnosed

Rabih Bechara, MD, says the most difficult part of his job is telling patients, “You’ve got lung cancer.” Unfortunately, chances are three of four patients with lung cancer will be diagnosed at a late stage, when cure isn’t an option.
LYNNE JETER - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:59 pm
Preparing for ICD-10 Conversion
Preparing for ICD-10 Conversion
Practice management consultant shares 8 steps for physicians to take now

An experienced practice management consultant best described the looming ICD-10 conversion “as though 19 percent of the GDP will be required to start speaking French to each other … and if grammar, pronunciation and punctuation aren’t perfect, no money will move.”
LYNNE JETER - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:57 pm
Vanderbilt Announces Expansion of Children’s Services
Administrators at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt recently announced expansion plans that will boost the pediatric facility to more than one million square feet and 300-plus patient beds.
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:55 pm
2014 Flipbooks
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:50 pm
February 2014
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
Saint Thomas Heart Debuts MitraClip  | MitraClip, Mitral Regurgitation, MR, COAPT Trial, Saint Thomas Heart, Evelio Rodriguez, Mark Stankewicz, Functional MR, Degenerative MR, Severe Aortic Stenosis, Abbott Vascular
Saint Thomas Heart Debuts MitraClip
Clinical Trial Offers Open-Heart Surgery Alternative for Patients with CHF, MR

As part of the national COAPT trial, Saint Thomas Heart debuted the first MitraClip® implantation at Saint Thomas West Hospital in November 2013. An alternative to open-heart surgery, the device offers patients with congestive heart failure and mitral regurgitation another option when they aren’t candidates for traditional invasive surgery, the standard-of-care treatment.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
M&A Trends in the Reform Era | Healthcare M&A, Frank Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Tenet, Vanguard, CHS, Community Health Systems, HMA, Behavioral Health, Equity Markets
M&A Trends in the Reform Era
A look back at 2013 … Look ahead in the new year

The Affordable Care Act, coupled with new models of reimbursement, has undoubtedly impacted the way the healthcare industry conducts business today and strategically plans for the future. For some industry sectors within healthcare services, a ‘strength in numbers’ mentality has caused a marked uptick in mergers and acquisitions in comparison to a few years ago. For others, the strategy has been to take more of a ‘wait and see approach’ while trying to figure out just how the new rules will impact their specific markets.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
EDITOR’S NOTE
As the number one killer in America, the sheer volume of cardiovascular cases makes this specialty an attractive one for health systems and providers … both from the standpoint of searching for innovative ways to care for a large segment of the population and from the more pragmatic need to balance the bottom line.
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: David Bichell, MD: The Art of the Heart | David Bichell,  Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Heart Transplant
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: David Bichell, MD: The Art of the Heart
There’s no question that heart surgery is an art form, but Vanderbilt’s David Bichell, MD, has taken that to a new level. The chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is an accomplished surgeon, professor and medical illustrator, and he uses all those gifts to educate and inspire patients and staff.
MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
M&A Legal Nuances | Healthcare M&A, Beth Vessel, Waller, Jay Hardcastle, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Antitrust Law, M&A Transactions
M&A Legal Nuances
With changes in reimbursement and new collaborative models on the horizon, medical practices and hospital facilities that have long operated independently have begun dipping their toes into the M&A waters.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
Subcutaneous ICD Offers Viable Option for a Number of Patient Populations | Subcutaneous ICD, S-ICD, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, ICD, Sharon Shen, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, VHVI, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, SCA, Transvenous ICD, Arrhythmia, VT, VF
Subcutaneous ICD Offers Viable Option for a Number of Patient Populations
For nearly three decades, many patients with arrhythmias or at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) have benefited from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which help regulate the heart’s electrical signaling. For some, however, the traditional ICD poses problems that a new subcutaneous iteration avoids while still effectively treating ventricular tachyarrhythmias.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
Heart Monitor

New Space for VHVI

On Feb. 3, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute moved all of its key procedure areas to a new home in the Critical Care tower, which originally opened in 2010. VHVI has just completed building out the fifth floor of the 11-story tower to meet the needs of providers and patients better.


Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
Cholesterol Conversations | Cholesterol, American Heart Association Guidelines, Lipid Profile, Statins, Dr. David Huneycutt, Jr., Centennial Heart, HDL, LDL, Lifestyle Modification
Cholesterol Conversations
New Guidelines Open the Door for Dialogue with Patients

While guidelines are meant to clarify best practices and offer a clear clinical path, sometimes changes wind up being more confusing … leading to debate over what truly is best for patients. The latter seems to be the case with four guidelines released by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) last November.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses | March of Dimes, Nurse of the Year, Susan Peach, Rene Love, Jessica Walker, Denise Gould, Diane Comer, Melissa Perkins, Kathy Shinkle, Lori Ferranti, Robin Seaton, Abby Parish, April Graves, Carolyn Riviere, Sherree Spry, Melanie Lutenbacher, John Haltom, Gay Ensey, Nancy Donoho
March of Dimes Celebrates Outstanding Community Nurses
Middle Tennessee Organization Hosts Annual Nurse of the Year Awards

On Dec. 10, 2013, nurses from across Middle Tennessee gathered to honor their own at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
When Minutes Matter | AirStrip Cardiology, AirStrip Technology, TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center, Jim Drumwright, Todd Dorfman, Heart Attack, Acute MI, Door-to-Balloon, ECG, EKG, TriStar Summit, TriStar Skyline
When Minutes Matter

AirStrip Technology Provides Critical Data in a Heartbeat

Time is muscle.

When someone experiences a major cardiac event, every second counts. Getting data into the right hands in a timely manner can literally be the difference between life and death.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Meharry’s 12 South Community Clinic | Meharry School of Medicine, Charles Mouton, 12 South Community Clinic, Rebecca Ptaff, Veronica Ralls, Nicholas Kramer, Andrews Marshall, Medically Underserved, Uniinsured, Primary Care, Patient Centered Medical Home
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Meharry’s 12 South Community Clinic
Reaching Out to the Neighborhood

The 12 South Community Clinic is a big player in the Nashville neighborhood where it is located. It has gained traction, creditability ... and admiration  ... throughout the broader Nashville community since opening its doors in the fall of 2012. 
KELLY PRICE - Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 4:31 pm
HMA Stockholders Approve Proposed Acquisition by CHS
Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH) and Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced on Jan. 8 that HMA stockholders voted to adopt the previously announced merger agreement under which CHS has agreed to acquire HMA. HMA stockholders approved the transaction with approximately 98.7 percent of the votes cast at today's special meeting voting in favor of adoption of the merger agreement, representing approximately 81.7 percent of HMA's outstanding common shares as of November 22, 2013, the record date for the special meeting.
Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:50 am
January 2014
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
Health Assessment | Dr. David Reagan, Tennessee Department of Health, Fungal Meningitis Outbreak, Newborn Health, NAS, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Controlled Substance Monitoring Database, Obesity, Infant Mortality, Breastfeeding, Compounding Pharmacies, Pain Management, Prescription Drug Abuse
Health Assessment
Tennessee Department of Health 2013 Review, 2014 Preview

For the past several years, the state has been slowly but steadily moving the needle on the health status of Tennesseans. While still far from where the leadership of the Tennessee Department of Health would like to be, there is a conviction that programming and partnerships truly are making a real difference in real lives all across the state.
By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
2014 Council Fellows Named | Council Fellows, Nashville Health Care Council, Bill Frist, Larry Van Horn, Owen Graduate School
2014 Council Fellows Named
Nashville Health Care Council, Sen. Frist Announce New Class

Last month, the Nashville Health Care Council and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, announced the 2014 class of the Council Fellows program. Conducted in cooperation with Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, the 32 senior healthcare leaders in this year’s class will engage in an intensive, interactive curriculum focused on transforming the nation’s healthcare system and those who lead it.
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Never too Busy to be Fit | Katherine Hartmann, Translational Science, Women’s Health Report Card, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, Johns Hopkins University, Right from the Start, Kettlebell, Fitocracy
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Never too Busy to be Fit
Katherine E. Hartmann, MD, PhD

Time is always an issue for Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD — any that is available, she tries to fill with something positive.
By KELLY PRICE - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
Experts Weigh in With Timely Tax Advice
The taxman cometh.
While you might not be able to stop the inevitable progression to tax day, at least you can take heart in knowing Nashville has a cadre of highly capable accountants and financial professionals with expertise in the healthcare industry to help minimize your personal or corporate tax liability. Following are a few tips to keep in mind whether preparing for your personal return or looking at business tax burden.
By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Corporate Health Partners Changing the Face of Employee Wellness | Corporate Health Partners, Jack Curtis, Jeremy Curtis, Corporate Wellness Plans
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Corporate Health Partners Changing the Face of Employee Wellness
Since 2002, Corporate Health Partners has been reshaping employee wellness programs throughout the Southeast. With offices in Nashville and Atlanta, CHP’s 60 employees work to reduce health risks among participants while improving the bottom line for employers.
By: MELANIE KILGORE-HILL - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
Changes to Tax Code Impact the Bottom Line at Work and Home | IRS, Taxes, Tax Extenders, Tax Bracket, Section 179, Accelerated Depreciation, Capital Gains Tax, Investment Income, Qualified Leasehold Improvements, IRS Capitalization Policy, HCCA, National CPA Health Care Advisors Association, Brian Bourke, Doug Funke, Tom McGuinness, Scott Tomichek
Changes to Tax Code Impact the Bottom Line at Work and Home
As the clock ran down on 2013, a number of deductions healthcare providers have come to depended upon to lessen their tax burden expired. Last year also saw an increase in federal tax rates, including higher taxes on investment income and capital gains. This combination has accountants nationwide bracing for a widespread outbreak of severe sticker shock come April 15.
By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
New Smoking Alternatives Present Challenges for Health Officials
New Smoking Alternatives Present Challenges for Health Officials
e-Cigs, hookah particularly attractive to teens

While overall tobacco use among middle school and high school students declined slightly between 2011 and 2012 in the United States, the percentage of adolescents using e-cigarettes nearly doubled during that same time period according to data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey.
By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
Feet on the Street | UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, Neighborhood Connections, Darren Hodgdon, TennCare
Feet on the Street
UnitedHealthcare Launches Neighborhood Connections

There is comfort in familiarity.

For some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens, a familiar face is now available to help them navigate a confusing … and often overwhelming … healthcare system.
By CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
WMC Breaks Ground on Children’s Hospital | Williamson Medical Center, Vanderbilt, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Don Webb, Julie Miller
WMC Breaks Ground on Children’s Hospital
Just before Thanksgiving, Williamson Medical Center executives officially broke ground and unveiled renderings of the $65 million expansion project.
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:31 pm
BlueCross Offering One-Year Extensions to Individuals with Policy Renewal Dates through Oct. 1, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will allow individuals with coverage renewal dates from Jan. 1, 2014 through Oct. 1, 2014 to keep their existing health plans for another year per the extension option offered by the federal government and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance for what are considered non-grandfathered health plans under the Affordable Care Act.


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:57 am
Slipkovich Steps Aside at Capella, Wiechart Takes CEO Role
Slipkovich Steps Aside at Capella, Wiechart Takes CEO Role
Mike Wiechart
Slipkovich Steps Aside at Capella, Wiechart Takes CEO Role
On Dec. 9, Capella Healthcare announced Michael Wiechart has been named president and chief executive officer, effective January 1. The appointment was announced by Co-Founder, Board Chairman and current CEO Dan Slipkovich, who said the move was designed to position the company for long-term success and strategic growth. According to a company release, Slipkovich will continue as executive board chairman, with the transition allowing him to dedicate more of his time to strategic market development and growth along with continued responsibilities in the areas of investor and government relations.
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:46 am
Predictive Modeling Helps ID Appropriate Hospice Patients
Alacare Home Care and Hospice, the largest privately owned home health agency in Alabama, has reported a 20.4 percent increase in the number of patients identified as clinically appropriate for hospice transfer, directors announced in early November. The increase comes 60 days after deploying Nashville-based Medalogix’s predictive modeling hospice transference suite.
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:05 pm
Obama Offers Insurers Reprieve from Canceling Policies for Now  | Obama, Obamacare, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Cancelled Insurance, American Academy of Actuaries
Obama Offers Insurers Reprieve from Canceling Policies for Now

In a briefing televised to the American public on Thursday, Nov. 14, President Barack Obama threw a potential lifeline to millions of Americans who have received policy cancellation notices and the companies that insure them. For 2014, the president said insurance companies would not be required to upgrade existing individual plans to meet the minimum standards set forth in the Affordable Care Act. More ...

 


Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:30 pm
November 2013
Save the Date

Nov. 23-24 • Total Health Fest • A Game Sportsplex • 11 am-7 pm

Nashville’s first annual Total Health Fest sets the stage for a healthy holiday season.
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Preventing Type 1 Diabetes | Type 1 Diabetes, T1D, TrialNet, Diabetes Prevention, Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, William Russell, Abatacept, Teplizumab, CTLA-4 Ig, Anti-CD3, T Lymphocytes
Preventing Type 1 Diabetes
What year did researchers discover the cure for polio?
Trick question … a cure wasn’t discovered, but Jonas Salk, MD, developed a highly effective vaccine to prevent polio that was first tested in 1952 and widely introduced in 1955. As a result, the devastating disease has been nearly eradicated worldwide.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Tax Planning with Rates on the Rise  | Tax Planning, 2013 Taxes, Jerry Moss, David Lister, KraftCPAs, ATRA, ACA, Sales Tax, Adjusted Gross Income, AGI, Net Investment Income, NII, Capital Gains
Tax Planning with Rates on the Rise
Your 2013 tax bill might come as an unwelcomed surprise if you haven’t been paying attention to the tax changes that took effect for 2013. Increased tax rates, brand new taxes and phase-outs of both itemized deductions and personal exemptions hit taxpayers this year. Depending on your income level, each of these changes could take its own bite out of your disposable income.
JERRY MOSS, CPA & DAVID LISTER, CPA - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Meharry Medical College Celebrates 138th Annual Convocation | Meharry Medical College, Meharry Convocation, Andrew Young, Dr. Cherrie Epps, Lyttle Hall, Henry Wendell Foster, Byron Ford, William Butler, Arikana Chihombori, Dorothy Burton Berry, Rueben Warren
Meharry Medical College Celebrates 138th Annual Convocation
Civil Rights Pioneer Andrew Young Headlines Event
 
On Oct. 14, Meharry Medical College held its 138th Annual Convocation with civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew J. Young as keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary doctorate degree.
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Early Warning System: Researchers Identify Diabetes Risk Biomarker  | Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Dr. Thomas Wang, 2-aminoadipic acid, 2-AAA, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, VHVI, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes Risk Factors, Diabetes Prevention
Early Warning System: Researchers Identify Diabetes Risk Biomarker
What if a simple blood test could provide information that your patient had a significantly elevated risk of developing diabetes within the next decade? What might that mean from the standpoint of early intervention and prevention?
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Thinking Inside the Box | Healthbox, Business Accelerator, Healthcare Accelerator, Nina Nashif, Amy Len, Healthbox Nashville, Healthcare Startup, Healthcare Entrepreneur, HCA, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Nashville Health Care Council, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Sherri Zink, Atlas Health, Axial Healthcare, Daymark Health, eClinic Healthcare, Gema Touch, PRSM Healthcare, Remedify
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Thinking Inside the Box
Healthbox Helps Entrepreneurs Build Sustainable Success
 
Most innovators don’t want to be put in a box … unless of course it’s Healthbox.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Controlling Diabetic Comorbidities | Diabetes, Diabetes Complications, Retinopathy, Nephropathy, Neuropathy, Triopathy, Michael Carlson, Frist Clinic, Diabetic Counseling, Glucose Control
Controlling Diabetic Comorbidities
As if trying to manage diabetes isn’t difficult enough, patients and physicians must also be alert to the comorbid conditions that, if left unchecked, can be as dangerous and deadly as the primary diagnosis.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
MGMA Reports Costs, Revenues Higher with PCMH | Patient-Centered Medical Home, PCMH, Medical Group Management Association, MGMA, MGMA-ACMPE, Susan Turney, Cost Survey for Primary Care Practices
MGMA Reports Costs, Revenues Higher with PCMH
According to the Medical Group Management Association’s Cost Survey for Primary Care Practices: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data, practices adopting the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model incurred higher costs but also enjoyed higher revenues.
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Strength in Numbers | LifePoint Hospitals, HighPoint Health System, Jeff Seraphine, Susan Peach, Hospital Operator, For-Profit Healthcare, Hospital Finances
Strength in Numbers
Corporate Owners & Operators Help Rural Facilities, Small Hospitals Find Financial Security

With shrinking margins, growing demand for technology investment, mounting fines for regulatory missteps, and increasing expectations of pay-for-performance and coordinated care, it has become difficult for many hospitals to operate independently. For small community hospitals, ‘going it alone’ and ‘surviving’ are often mutually exclusive concepts.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Tennessee Hospital Association
Tennessee Hospital Association

Reinventing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Every Day for 75 Years

Established in 1938, the Tennessee Hospital Association has adopted the tagline “reinventing tomorrow’s healthcare every day for 75 years” as an ongoing theme for 2013.
CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Exchange News & Notes | Health Insurance Marketplace, Federal Exchange, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, ACA, Insurance Coverage, Individual Mandate
Exchange News & Notes
On Oct. 1, the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, commonly referred to as the health exchange, officially opened for business. A new tool to help the uninsured get covered and those with insurance shop around to see if other options might better suit their needs, the exchange helps people meet the individual coverage mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: On the Frontline of the Diabetes Epidemic | Diabetes, Craig Wierum, Heritage Medical Associates, Diabetes, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, UT Residency Program, Epigenetics, Insulin Resistance, Insulin
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: On the Frontline of the Diabetes Epidemic
Craig Wierum, MD: Director of Heritage Diabetes Center

Lala salama means “sleep well” in Swahili.
This was just one of many things that Craig Wierum, MD, learned while living with a Maasai tribe during a junior year abroad program in which he participated as an undergraduate at Duke University.
KELLY PRICE - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
From the Provider Perspective
From the Provider Perspective

The Benefit of Being Part of a Big Family

Small pond, big ripples.

As CEO of HighPoint Health System, part of LifePoint Hospitals, Susan Peach, RN, NBA, has the interesting viewpoint of operating both suburban and rural facilities. She has oversight of four hospitals, home health and hospice services, and a number of outpatient facilities spanning several counties in Middle Tennessee.


CINDY SANDERS - Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:37 pm
Haslam Talks TennCare Expansion

Here's the latest from Governor Haslam as reported by our sister paper, Nashville Post.

Link to Story


Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 9:47 am