ICD-10: Take 3

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


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Of Presidents & King | Business, LHC, Leadership Health Care, Nashville Health Care Council, Baxter Lee, Emdeon, Jenni Bradley, ACA, Obamacare, King v. Burwell, Affordable Care Act, Federal Subsidies, Enroll America, Tennessee Congressional Delegation, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Meena Seshamani, Sen. Tom Daschle
Of Presidents & King

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

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


 
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & ADDICTION FOCUS

An Endogenous High | Clinical, Dr. Sachin Patel, Marijuana, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, The Patel Lab, Marijuana, Anxiety, Depression, COX-2 Inhibitor, Cyclooxygenase 2, Endogenous Cannabinoid Receptor, Endocannabinoid System, Amygdala
An Endogenous High

Replacing Marijuana through Medical Discovery

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


 
Integrating for Improved Outcomes | Clinical, Technology, Centerstone, Community-based Behavioral Health, Integrated Healthcare, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Veteran Mental Health, Centerstone Research Institute, CRI, Ben Middleton, Tom Doub, coacationHealth, Foster Parents
Integrating for Improved Outcomes

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

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


 
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction | Marijuana, Cannabis, Medical Marijuana, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, American Society for Addiction Medicine, ASAM, National Institute for Drug Abuse, NIDA, THC
Dr. Stuart Gitlow
Marijuana, Medicine & Addiction

A conversation with ASAM President Dr. Stuart Gitlow

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


 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FOCUS

ICD-10: Take 3 | Business, ICD-10 Implementation, ICD-10 Delay, CMS, Lori Nobles, Cumberland Consulting Group Nashville, Monica Smith, Kraft Healthcare Consulting LLC, ICD-9, ICD-11
ICD-10: Take 3

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


 
Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don’t | Cost of ICD-10, ICD-10 training, outsourcing ICD-10, LBMC, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, LBMC, Andrew McDonald, Wanda McKnight, THIMA, AHIMA
Darned if You Do, Darned if You Don’t

ICD-10 & the Cost of Coding

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


 
Getting Engaged | Business, Clinical, Patient Engagement, Patient Portals, Over-Messaging, Patient Satisfaction, Athena, Saint Thomas Medical Group, Fahad Tahir, Dennis Bagwell, NMGMA, Sam Johnson, Relatie
Getting Engaged

The Face of Patient Engagement in 2015

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


 
Survey Says … A Digital Disconnect Exists Between Patients, Practices | Patient Engagement, TechnologyAdvice, Meaningful Use, Digital Services, Patient Portal, Online Bill Pay, Online Appointment Scheduling, Health Education, Primary Care Practices, Electronic Health Record, EHR
Survey Says … A Digital Disconnect Exists Between Patients, Practices

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


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOT: Terry Alley, MD | Cumberland Heights, Dr. Terry Alley, Healthcare Professionals Addiction and Recovery Program, Physician Health Program Tennessee, Tennessee Medical Foundation
PHYSICIAN SPOT: Terry Alley, MD

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


 
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Clearwater Compliance: Getting & Keeping Clients on the Right Track | Business, Regulatory & Compliance, Clearwater Compliance, Practice Management, Healthcare Information and Security, HIPAA, HITECH, Privacy, Information Risk Management, HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, HIPAA Compliance, Protected Health Information, PHI, Bob Chaput
HEALTHCARE ENTERPRISE: Clearwater Compliance: Getting & Keeping Clients on the Right Track

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


 
Grand Rounds

April 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

Breaking News

Supreme Court Weighs in on Providers' Rights to Sue States over Medicaid Rates
In a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, physicians, hospitals and other private providers will not be allowed to sue states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, even if the state doesn't abide by federally approved remibursement formulas.
 
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.
 
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.


 
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.

 


 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.


 

Corlanor Approved for Chronic Heart Failure
Title: Corlanor Approved for Chronic Heart Failure
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT

E-Cigarette Use Triples Among U.S. Teens in 1 Year
Title: E-Cigarette Use Triples Among U.S. Teens in 1 Year
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Calif. Measles Outbreak May Be Coming to a Close
Title: Calif. Measles Outbreak May Be Coming to a Close
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Dog Flu Outbreak Unleashes Warnings From Veterinarians
Title: Dog Flu Outbreak Unleashes Warnings From Veterinarians
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Roundworm Parasite Targets Canine Eyes
Title: Roundworm Parasite Targets Canine Eyes
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Humans Can't Resist Those Puppy-Dog Eyes
Title: Humans Can't Resist Those Puppy-Dog Eyes
Category: Health News
Created: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:00 am CDT


Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case - The Daily Times

Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case
The Daily Times
In the meantime, both had been offered jobs at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, in Knoxville. They accepted, but only after they got to Tennessee did the ramifications of living in a state that didn't recognize their marriage ...

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Posted Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:06 pm CDT

Retired nurse travels to ground zero to lend a hand - Belleville News Democrat

Belleville News Democrat

Retired nurse travels to ground zero to lend a hand
Belleville News Democrat
He went to Joplin, Mo., during tornado season; Galveston, Texas, during hurricane season; Nashville, Tenn., during flood season; and Denver, Colo., during wildfire season. “I've never feared for my life,” said Al, 77, of Fairview Heights. ... Al helps ...

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Posted Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:30 am CDT

BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA - Worcester Telegram

BC-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 6 pm, MA
Worcester Telegram
Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or apboston@ap.org. Bob Salsberg is on the desk.

Posted Sunday, April 19, 2015 5:41 am CDT