Doctors, Patients Feel Sting of BCBS Cuts
Contract amendment imposes difficult decision on physicians

Health insurance is costing everyone more these days, and physicians are no exception. In fact, the pinch for many Memphis-area doctors has been quite painful indeed ... Read More.



Current Memphis Medical News

Doctors, Patients Feel Sting of BCBS Cuts | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Mary Danielson, Tennessee Medical Association, Yarnell Beatty, Tom Reed, West Tennessee Physicians Alliance and West Tennessee Primary Care IPA
Doctors, Patients Feel Sting of BCBS Cuts

Contract amendment imposes difficult decision on physicians

Health insurance is costing everyone more these days, and physicians are no exception. In fact, the pinch for many Memphis-area doctors has been quite painful indeed.


 
Short of Breath | COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases, Asthma, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD Foundation, Jamie Sullivan, Deb McGowan, Spirometer, Third Leading Cause of Death
Short of Breath

COPD Foundation Sheds Light on State’s High Rate of Progressive Lung Disease

With 8.7 percent of residents suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Tennessee has one of the highest rates of COPD in the country.


 
Use of Scribes to Give Doctors Relief Is Currently on Upswing | scribes, medical scribes, Alan Flippin, Soumitra Bhuyan, Regional One, St. Francis, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Methodist University Hospital, Ray Walther,  ICD-10 codes, Modern Healthcare, Journal of the American Medical Association, Information Week: Health Care
Use of Scribes to Give Doctors Relief Is Currently on Upswing

How are front-line Memphis doctors going to continue to maintain good medical practice, avoid burnout, increase revenue and maximize patient-doctor interaction in the new era of dwindling reimbursement, primary care physician shortages, increased numbers of patients and electronic medical records?


 
Ebola Preparedness Update | Ebola, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senate Health Committee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center: William Schaffner, James Crowe, Jr., Ebola Vaccine, Commissioner John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Hospital Association, Craig Becker, Waller, Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, ACEP, Emergency Preparedness, HCA, Milton Johnson
Ebola Preparedness Update

Expert Briefings & More

Ebola Drug Therapies

Vanderbilt University researchers have partnered with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to develop their new human antibody therapies to provide short-term protection for people exposed to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. These hemorrhagic filoviruses kill, in part, by causing massive bleeding.


 
Memphis Doctor’s Novel Paints Gloomy Picture of Healthcare | Jim Bailey, "The End of Healing," University of Tennessee Health Science Center, American College of Physicians, Center for Health Systems Improvement
Memphis Doctor’s Novel Paints Gloomy Picture of Healthcare

One look at the chapter titles in the novel The End of Healing by Jim Bailey, MD, makes pretty clear his grim message about the current state of the American healthcare system.


 
HEALTH EDUCATION FOCUS

WGU’s Competency-Based Curriculum Enhances Tennessee’s Healthcare Workforce | WGU Tennessee, Western Governors University, Competency-Based Learning, Kimberly Estep, Shannon Tucker, Online Education, Healthcare Education
WGU’s Competency-Based Curriculum Enhances Tennessee’s Healthcare Workforce

Although WGU Tennessee officially launched in July 2013, “The University of You” has a history of offering targeted, competency-based, online curriculum that dates back 15 years.


 
RADIOLOGY/IMAGING FOCUS

The Case for Covering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening | Low-Dose Computed Tomography Lung Cancer Screening, LDCT, Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Mortality Rates, American College of Radiology, Dr. Ella Kazerooni, CMS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Coverage Decision, Medicare
The Case for Covering Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Proponents cite ROI of early detection, reduced mortality

Perhaps it is only appropriate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is scheduled to announce its highly anticipated coverage decision for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening in November.


 
Feature Profiles

HEALTHCARE LEADER: Joe Chiarella | Endocrine & Diabetes Clinic, Joe Chiarella, Dr. Mohammad Qureshi, Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis
HEALTHCARE LEADER: Joe Chiarella

War vet brings military-style leadership to clinic in Cordova

At the Endocrine & Diabetes Clinic in Cordova, you can call Joe Chiarella the practice manager, the office manager, the office director or the practice director, but first and foremost call him a leader.


 
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Daniel S. Boyd, MD | Daniel S. Boyd, Lakeside Behavioral Health System, Neuroscience Center, Charles Kellner, Carol Kivler, electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Daniel S. Boyd, MD

Young patient’s intriguing story drew Memphian to psychiatry

Daniel S. Boyd, MD, knew growing up in Memphis that he could scratch professional basketball from his list of career choices.


 
Special Advertising

Doctors Drive Demand For Luxury Technology
Doctors Drive Demand For Luxury Technology

Today, we use smartphones and tablets for all sorts of purposes. These devices put a wide range of functionality and resources at our fingertips and we couldn’t imagine going without them.


 
Grand Rounds

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

Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office
Title: Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
Title: Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
Title: Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Title: Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Title: Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST

Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets
Title: Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets
Category: Health News
Created: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:00 am CST


Two Cents Worth - Columbia Daily Herald

Two Cents Worth
Columbia Daily Herald
Hamada is a specialist in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is board certified in ...

Posted Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:41 pm CST

Gilliland Named President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research ... - The Cancer Letter Publications

Gilliland Named President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research ...
The Cancer Letter Publications
Previously, he was an executive at Merck Research Laboratories, a professor of medicine for more than 20 years at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. .... NYU Langone has multiple ambulatory sites throughout the ...

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Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 2:17 pm CST

130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014 - Becker's Hospital Review

130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014
Becker's Hospital Review
Mr. Massey became president and CEO of Westfields Hospital in 2011, and as the system's leader, he provided guidance for the integrations of the hospital, the family practice and the multispecialty clinic located on its campus. Under his leadership ...

Posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:27 am CST