Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, is pushing an initiative to bring independent hospitals in Tennessee into a single network, The Tennessean reports.
The initiative, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, aims to improve care in the Volunteer State by reconsidering how patients access care, helping employers manage insurance costs, improving clinical outcomes and improving population health.
C. Wright Pinson, M.D., and chief executive of Vanderbilt Health System, told The Tennessean that the network heavily uses big data to track results on a large scale.
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The Associated Press reports that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has separated from Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The AP reported that Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser simply said that the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement. But WRCBTV.com reported that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee said the companies were unable to successfully negotiate reimbursement rates.
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Reuters, reporting on an article in JAMA Surgery, says that “People may happily, and safely, forgo in-person doctors’ visits after surgery by opting instead for talking with their surgeons by phone or video, suggests a small study of U.S. veterans.
“Most patients preferred the virtual visits and the doctors didn’t miss any infections that popped up after surgery….”
“These kinds of methods are really important in the climate we’re in now,” said lead author Michael Vella, M.D., of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. “So I think anything you can do to save money, see more patients and improve access to care is really important.”
“Past research has found that telehealth visits may be useful in the treatment of chronic conditions and after surgery, but less is known about patients’ preferences for these types of visits, they add,” Reuters reported.