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Stimulus Package Offers More Healthcare IT Dollars, Stiffer HIPAA Penalties
Nineteen billion dollars... that's the magic number topping newscasts regarding funding for the promotion and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in the recently-passed stimulus package.
CINDY SANDERS

Cooper Provides Update on State of Healthcare Reform
Saint Thomas Health Services recently brought in one of its most prominent "satisfied" customers to provide an update on the nation's healthcare scene under the new administration. Representative Jim Cooper, who was born in the hospital and treated for cancer at Saint Thomas as an adult, served as keynote speaker for a program entitled "The Critical State of Health Care: Today in Nashville and Tomorrow in Washington."
KELLY PRICE

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Red Flag Rule Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft
Healthcare Providers Must Be in Compliance by May 1
In Jackson, Miss., the office manager of a physicians' practice quietly went on a spending spree. She had plastic surgery done, dined at the finest area restaurants, bought a hot tub and then an RV, and spent big bucks on other luxury items that eventually totaled $120,000.
LYNNE JETER

VITAL SIGNS
This month, we thought we'd clean up some of the highs and lows that have come across the wires recently.
WALKER DUNCAN

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TriStar Behavioral Health Launches Treatment Malls
Innovative Concept Comes to Skyline Madison, Parthenon Pavilion
In the next few weeks, Middle Tennessee will see the launch of two new behavioral health Treatment Malls at TriStar's Parthenon Pavilion and Skyline Madison Campus locations. The innovative concept represents "quite a radical change" from the typical inpatient psychiatric stay, according to Kay Delage, MN, chief operating officer for Skyline Madison Campus.
CINDY SANDERS

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CET & UT Partner on Promising Asthma Technology
Asthma is a global problem crossing gender, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic lines. It is estimated that nearly 10 percent of the population is affected by asthma, which has serious morbidity, mortality and economic consequences.
CINDY SANDERS

 MEDICARE/MEDICAID FOCUS

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A Conversation with Congressman Phil Roe
Phil Roe, MD, was elected to represent Tennessee's first congressional district in 2008 and assumed office in January 2009.Dr. Roe is a Tennessee native and attended Austin Peay University and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He trained in obstetrics and gynecology at the John Gaston Hospital in Memphis. His training was interrupted with service in the U.S. Army in 1973 and 1974 where he spent 13 months in Korea in a medical battalion and at the 121st evacuation hospital in Seoul. After completing his military service and residency training, he began his practice in Johnson City.
Brent R. Moody, MD

Discoveries in Childhood Asthma
New Vanderbilt Research Shows Old CulpritIf you heard that Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) saved the day, you might think it was the latest superhero sci-fi gear. In a way, it is.
KELLY PRICE

 ONCOLOGY FOCUS

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Investing in a Volatile Market
As tempting as it might seem, most financial experts agree that assuming a fetal position is not the most effective way to ride out today's volatile market. "People have different levels of risk tolerance," noted Stephen High, CPA, JD, PFS, chief manager for Kraft Asset Management LLC. "But even those with high levels of risk tolerance are pretty concerned."
CINDY SANDERS

HFMA Takes Healthcare's Financial Pulse
'Weakened but still beating' is probably an accurate summary of findings in "Healthcare Financial Pulse," an ongoing initiative of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). The program was set up to track the emerging trends affecting the industry's bottom line.
CINDY SANDERS

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If Madoff Made Off with Billions, How Safe Is My Money?
Last month, Bernard Madoff pled guilty to swindling billions from his clients. While a scandal of this magnitude is rare, Brad Pendleton, CFA, a senior financial advisor in Merrill Lynch's Nashville office, said similar crimes of a smaller nature happen more often than you might realize.
CINDY SANDERS

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Cardiovascular Systems of Care: "Time is Brain"
Just as time is muscle when it comes to heart attacks, time is brain when treating stroke.
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain begins to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can't work properly. Brain damage can begin within minutes, so it is important to know the symptoms of stroke and act fast. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.
MICHAEL KAMINSKI, MD

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Allergy Blood Testing Is Fast, Easy and Accurate
Laboratory medicine plays a valuable role in allergy and asthma management. Because of advancements in diagnostics, physicians and their patients now have a choice between a simple blood test and the traditional scratch test to identify culprit allergens.

 Feature Profiles

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PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Robert J. Singer – A Purveyor of Brain Surgery and Guitars
Whether he's performing delicate brain surgery or designing the gentle curves of a bass guitar, Robert J. Singer, MD, approaches the job as a calling, and who's to say that a man can't have more than one?
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

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Healthcare Enterprise: Intensive Resource Group Launched to Heal Financially Ailing Hospitals
In these desperate times, a Brentwood healthcare consulting and management company has launched a subsidiary to help hospitals with potentially desperate measures. Called Intensive Resource Group, the new company offers short-term, rigorous services to hospitals facing severe economic challenges.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

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Saint Thomas Revamps Neurosciences, Beefs Up Rehab
Ensuring that neurology patients receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment is the impetus behind a dramatic expansion of the Neurosciences Service Line of Saint Thomas Health Services. With a particular emphasis on outpatient rehabilitation, the system has added more occupational, speech and physical therapists at three Middle Tennessee locations.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

SKY CALL Eases Patient Transfers to Skyline
Skyline Medical Center's nationally recognized services for neurology and neurosurgery mean patients suffering stroke or similar conditions regularly are transferred from other area hospitals to the TriStar Health System medical center on Dickerson Pike. That neurology volume was the impetus behind SKY CALL, a patient-transfer strategy that was so successful for neurology patients that all transfers to Skyline are now handled the same way.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

Vanderbilt Hosts Epilepsy Symposium
Epilepsy patients and their families will learn the latest information on the condition and how to better manage it when Vanderbilt University Medical Center hosts a symposium Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

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Women and Stroke
Research Shows Gender Disparities are Real
Nothing less than an epidemic. That's what the American Stroke Association calls the prevalence of stroke among women, who account for more than 60 percent of stroke deaths in the United States.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD

 2013 Article Archives

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Healthcare Reform Under the Obama Administration
As a nation we are engaged in the most significant and wide-ranging discussion of healthcare public policy and potential reform in at least 15 years, dating back to the Clinton administration's 1993 proposal for universal healthcare insurance coverage.
Bryant C. Witt