Current Nashville Medical News

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.

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.

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.

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. 
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).


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.

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.

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.
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.


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.
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.

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.

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.

Feature Profiles

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.
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Grand Rounds

April 2014