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.