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.
 

Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Title: Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Title: Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
Title: ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets
Title: Study Uncovers Vultures' Gastronomical Secrets
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Title: Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST

Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Title: Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 am CST


The Burning Desire of Texas A&M - ESPN

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The Burning Desire of Texas A&M
ESPN
The Lazy U ranch, halfway between Amarillo and Wichita Falls in the middle of the Texas Panhandle, has been in his family since 1894. His great-grandfather, J.J. Summers, helped pioneer the Texas-to-Kansas ... Lechner is one of A&M's two honors dorms ...

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Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:17 pm CST

Dougherty and Tyler join Wilmington Health practices - Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Dougherty and Tyler join Wilmington Health practices
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Ryan Dougherty (at left) is practicing at Wilmington Health Family Medicine at Porters Neck, 8108-B Market Street in Wilmington. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, then completed his family ...

Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:07 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