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Push to bring Tenn. independent hospitals into single network


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.


BlueCross splits from Vanderbilt Medical Center


Part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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 reported  that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee said the companies were unable to successfully negotiate reimbursement rates.


Vets study: Patients prefer telehealth visits




“Shangri La” (archival pigment print), by CLINT BACLAWSKI, in the “Multiple Perspectives” show through Oct. 11 at Adelson Galleries, Boston.

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.





Universities distancing selves from teaching hospitals



The Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University.

The Wall Street Journal reports that while  in recent years universities’ “revenue from medical services {at their teaching hospitals} has served as a lifeline for some schools that have struggled with falling state aid and pressure to slow tuition increases…. the marriages between universities and their cash-cow clinical operations are starting to fray as changes stemming from the 2010 healthcare law threaten to make university hospitals less profitable

One of the schools doing the distancing is Vanderbilt University, which has Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a teaching hospital for its medical school.

“’They’re totally different businesses,’ Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said of the healthcare and educational operations. ‘“We can really focus our energy, attention and resources more on that timeless [educational] mission.”’

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