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.
 

More Children in the U.S. Are Getting Type 1 Diabetes
Title: More Children in the U.S. Are Getting Type 1 Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Title: CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
Title: E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Title: Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Title: Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST

Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Title: Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014 1:00 am CST


Tickets on sale for Newsboys, 'Memphis' - Van Wert independent

Tickets on sale for Newsboys, 'Memphis'
Van Wert independent
The Newsboys' concert is also sponsored by LifeHouse, Family Medicine Associates, Dark Horse Productions, WTLW-44, and WTGN. Releasing early for Christmas gifting is Broadway's Memphis, winner of four Tony Awards® in 2010, including Best Musical.

Posted Friday, December 19, 2014 7:30 am CST

Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College - Memphis Daily News

Greenfield Voted to Lead Veterinary Dental College
Memphis Daily News
Justin K. Thomas of Thomas Family Law Firm PLC has been named a Super Lawyer in Tennessee by Thomson Reuters. It follows two other honors for Thomas in 2014. He was named a “Family Law Power Player” by Memphis Business Quarterly and a “Top ...

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:51 pm CST

Family Physicians Group honored as one of top U.S. primary care practices - Orlando Business Journal (blog)

Family Physicians Group honored as one of top U.S. primary care practices
Orlando Business Journal (blog)
The nationwide findings released by the Peterson Center on Healthcare, which funded the research conducted by Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center, looked for primary care practices that performed in the top 25 percent on ...

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Posted Monday, December 8, 2014 10:56 am CST