|Meharry Medical College Celebrates 138th Annual Convocation|
Civil Rights Pioneer Andrew Young Headlines Event
On Oct. 14, Meharry Medical College held its 138th Annual Convocation with civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew J. Young as keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary doctorate degree.
|Tennessee Hospital Association|
Reinventing Tomorrow’s Healthcare Every Day for 75 Years
Established in 1938, the Tennessee Hospital Association has adopted the tagline “reinventing tomorrow’s healthcare every day for 75 years” as an ongoing theme for 2013.
|Exchange News & Notes|
On Oct. 1, the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, commonly referred to as the health exchange, officially opened for business. A new tool to help the uninsured get covered and those with insurance shop around to see if other options might better suit their needs, the exchange helps people meet the individual coverage mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
|From the Provider Perspective|
The Benefit of Being Part of a Big Family
Small pond, big ripples.
As CEO of HighPoint Health System, part of LifePoint Hospitals, Susan Peach, RN, NBA, has the interesting viewpoint of operating both suburban and rural facilities. She has oversight of four hospitals, home health and hospice services, and a number of outpatient facilities spanning several counties in Middle Tennessee.
|MGMA Reports Costs, Revenues Higher with PCMH|
According to the Medical Group Management Association’s Cost Survey for Primary Care Practices: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data, practices adopting the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model incurred higher costs but also enjoyed higher revenues.
|Strength in Numbers|
Corporate Owners & Operators Help Rural Facilities, Small Hospitals Find Financial Security
With shrinking margins, growing demand for technology investment, mounting fines for regulatory missteps, and increasing expectations of pay-for-performance and coordinated care, it has become difficult for many hospitals to operate independently. For small community hospitals, ‘going it alone’ and ‘surviving’ are often mutually exclusive concepts.
|Preventing Type 1 Diabetes|
What year did researchers discover the cure for polio?
Trick question … a cure wasn’t discovered, but Jonas Salk, MD, developed a highly effective vaccine to prevent polio that was first tested in 1952 and widely introduced in 1955. As a result, the devastating disease has been nearly eradicated worldwide.
|Controlling Diabetic Comorbidities|
As if trying to manage diabetes isn’t difficult enough, patients and physicians must also be alert to the comorbid conditions that, if left unchecked, can be as dangerous and deadly as the primary diagnosis.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: On the Frontline of the Diabetes Epidemic|
Craig Wierum, MD: Director of Heritage Diabetes Center
Lala salama means “sleep well” in Swahili.
This was just one of many things that Craig Wierum, MD, learned while living with a Maasai tribe during a junior year abroad program in which he participated as an undergraduate at Duke University.
Save the Date
Nov. 23-24 • Total Health Fest • A Game Sportsplex • 11 am-7 pm
Nashville’s first annual Total Health Fest sets the stage for a healthy holiday season.