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.

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Current Nashville Medical News

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.


 
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.

 
Health Care Council Launches 2015 Fellows Recruitment

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


 
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.


 
REIMBURSEMENT FOCUS

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.


 
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?


 
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.


 
SENIOR HEALTH FOCUS

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Feature Profiles

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.


 
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.


 
Grand Rounds

October 2014
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

Breaking News

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.
 
Federal Judge Approves Class Action Status in TennCare Lawsuit
Federal Judge Approves Class Action Status in TennCare Lawsuit

From our sister publication, NashvillePost:

The federal lawsuit filed against TennCare by three legal advocacy groups is now a class action, based on an order filed Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 2) by Judge Todd Campbell.


 
Pennsylvania Expands Medicaid ... Tennessee Talking About It Again
Pennsylvania Expands Medicaid ... Tennessee Talking About It Again

In late August, CMS approved Pennsylvania's alternative plan to expand the state Medicaid program ... and after months of silence on the topic, Gov. Bill Haslam once again began talking about Tennessee's options to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

 


 
The Nashville Influence
Modern Healthcare's annual list of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" is out, and Nashville is well represented. Click here to see who made the list with strong local ties.
 

Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
Title: Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
Title: Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Title: Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
Title: Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
Category: Health News
Created: 10/18/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Title: Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
Title: Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 am CDT


The Right Tests at the Right Price - TIME

TIME

The Right Tests at the Right Price
TIME
“If you have risk factors, such as being fair, having a lot of moles, or having a family history of skin cancer, you may need to be seen as often as every three to six months,” says Dr. David Leffell, chief of dermatologic surgery at the Yale School of ...

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:05 am CDT

Students set postsecondary goals - West Central Tribune

Students set postsecondary goals
West Central Tribune
Other area schools beginning the program this year are Yellow Medicine East and BOLD. The Minnesota ... Ramp-Up is helping her learn what to do and what to expect, because she is the oldest child in her family and the first in her family to go to ...

Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:08 am CDT

Institute of Medicine elects 70 new members, 10 foreign associates - Phys.Org

Institute of Medicine elects 70 new members, 10 foreign associates
Phys.Org
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 44th annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes ...

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Posted Monday, October 20, 2014 10:08 am CDT