Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs  Must Be Reversed, Says Dermatologist

As baby boomers grow older and live longer – with the youngest members of that generation having already passed the half-century mark – perhaps it isn’t surprising that prescription drug use continues to rise....Read More



Current Memphis Medical News

Emphasis on Innovation
Emphasis on Innovation

A Look at the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative

The move away from fee-for-service healthcare is sweeping across the country as payers and providers come together to search for innovative ways to improve outcomes while lowering costs. With Tennessee’s robust resources, the state is well positioned to take a lead role in transforming the delivery of healthcare.


 
West Tennessee Physician Takes the Helm of the Tennessee Medical Association
West Tennessee Physician Takes the Helm of the Tennessee Medical Association

Dr. John Hale displays extraordinary dedication to the practice of medicine statewide

Standing on the sideline and complaining is taking the easy way out says John Hale, MD.


 
Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs  Must Be Reversed, Says Dermatologist
Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs Must Be Reversed, Says Dermatologist

As baby boomers grow older and live longer – with the youngest members of that generation having already passed the half-century mark – perhaps it isn’t surprising that prescription drug use continues to rise.


 
MEN'S HEALTH FOCUS

Researcher Optimistic About Prostate Cancer Study
Researcher Optimistic About Prostate Cancer Study

Oral contraceptive Ormeloxifene may inhibit growth of cells

Eight months after receiving a federal grant to study how a current drug can be used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the prostate, a Mid-South researcher is one step closer to a possible breakthrough.


 
Arrival of New ED Drugs Helps Ease Doctor-Patient Conversation
Arrival of New ED Drugs Helps Ease Doctor-Patient Conversation

Conversations about sexual dysfunction between men and their doctors once were strained and difficult, if they took place at all. Now urologists find they can hardly avoid requests from their patients for common erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs such as Cialis and Viagra.


 
PATIENT CARE MODELS FOCUS

The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment
The Competing P’s: Provision & Payment

Changing reimbursement for new models of care

First the good news … providers are generally excited about the idea of moving to more holistic, integrated care with a focus on prevention, quality and outcomes. Now the not-so-good news … we have to figure out how to pay for it.


 
Feature Profiles

'Different Culture' Helped Lure New COO to Saint Francis
'Different Culture' Helped Lure New COO to Saint Francis

Reed Hammond relishes trust and honor

Returning to his Southern roots has been more than merely a homecoming to Reed Hammond. Taking over as chief operating officer at St. Francis Hospital last fall also represented a chance to serve an organization known for its emphasis on caring patient service.


 
From Proud “Farm Hand” to Physician
From Proud “Farm Hand” to Physician

Dr. Paul Bierman’s strong work Ethic Paves the Way to a Lifetime Goal

Paul Bierman, MD, can’t remember a time in his life when he didn’t want to be a doctor. His parents told him that as early as age 5 he said that’s what he planned to be.


 
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Grand Rounds


Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 

Breaking News

Senate passes Medicare SGR bill
The Senate last night approved a bill to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula, hours before double-digit payment cuts to physicians were set to take effect. Passage of the legislation, which now heads to President Obama for his signature, generated significant print and online media coverage and is portrayed as a major bipartisan achievement for Congress.
 
What Physicians Need to Know About Medicare Payment Cuts – from the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA)
The U.S. Senate’s recent inaction regarding the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act means the current Medicare payment patch expired last Wednesday, April 1.
 

Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount
Title: Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Title: Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Red Cross Urges Americans to Give Blood During Fourth of July
Title: Red Cross Urges Americans to Give Blood During Fourth of July
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Extracurricular Sports May Give Kids' Academics a Boost
Title: Extracurricular Sports May Give Kids' Academics a Boost
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?
Title: Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Parents' Genetic Similarities Could Affect Kids' Height, Intellect
Title: Parents' Genetic Similarities Could Affect Kids' Height, Intellect
Category: Health News
Created: 7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00 am CDT


Scoreboard - Duluth News Tribune

Scoreboard
Duluth News Tribune
Placed OF Shane Robinson on the family emergency list. New York ... St. Louis Cardinals - Optioned LHP Tim Cooney to Memphis (PCL). Recalled LF ... Golden State Warriors - Named Lachlan Penfold head of physical performance and sports medicine.

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Posted Saturday, July 4, 2015 8:34 pm CDT

McGehee Animal Clinic Focuses on Close Family Connections - Memphis Daily News

Memphis Daily News

McGehee Animal Clinic Focuses on Close Family Connections
Memphis Daily News
Dr. Norris McGehee always knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian. His father was an architect and his brothers went on to be engineers, but McGehee was attracted to a different family practice. His uncle, Dr. Eugene McGehee, founded the McGehee ...

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Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:15 pm CDT

Preparing for the next 103 years - Memphis Business Journal

Memphis Business Journal

Preparing for the next 103 years
Memphis Business Journal
​With more than $1 billion in investments in the Mid-South in just the last five years, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. isn't expecting a quick return on what it has spent. Subscribe now to get the full story. Subscribe Now. Already a subscriber ...

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Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 6:31 am CDT