Current Nashville Medical News

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
HEALTH LAW FOCUS

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.


 
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.


 
PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS

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.


 
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.


 
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.


 
Tennessee 45th in America’s Health Rankings

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


 
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.


 
Feature Profiles

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.


 
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.


 
Grand Rounds

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

Breaking News

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.
 
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. 
 

Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds
Title: Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST

Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Title: Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST

Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC
Title: Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST

Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn
Title: Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST

Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study
Title: Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST

Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles
Title: Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles
Category: Health News
Created: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00 am CST


Wait and see ... treat if necessary - Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald

Wait and see ... treat if necessary
Omaha World-Herald
There's a realization that some tests aren't appropriate, don't provide clues to your health condition and are expensive, said Dr. Reid B. Blackwelder, family physician and board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “As we get new ...

Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 4:06 am CST

PD Editorial: Reviving hospital won't be easy - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

PD Editorial: Reviving hospital won't be easy
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
If the plan is approved, a newly formed nonprofit group would assume management and rename the hospital Sonoma West Medical Center. There's plenty of reason for skepticism — but not surprise. Since the mid-1990s, when Nashville-based HCA ...

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Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:09 am CST

Hattiesburg Clinic welcomes new employees - Hattiesburg American

Hattiesburg Clinic welcomes new employees
Hattiesburg American
He earned his Bachelor of Science in nursing through the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, his Master of Science in nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg and his Post-Graduate Certification in family nurse practitioner ...

Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015 11:03 pm CST