| Current Memphis Medical News|
|HEALTHCARE LEADER: Steven H. Burkett - CEO, UT Medical Group, Inc.|
When Steven Burkett was working in Memphis as a parole officer for the Tennessee Department of Corrections on the heels of college graduation, he was eyeing a career in medicine.
"I wanted to go to medical school, but chemistry tripped me up," said Burkett, who joined UT Medical Group (then Faculty Medical Practice Corporation) in Memphis in the mid-1970s as a department manager.
|Taking Hope to Haiti|
Le Bonheur Team Delivers Relief to Earthquake Victims
Though there were countless patients Dr. Sunny Anand’s team from Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center treated during their two-week stay in Haiti last month, one remains indelibly etched in his memory. Anand described him as an older gentleman who’d sustained serious injuries to his leg from falling debris during the earthquake.
|Medical Economics: Managing Overhead|
Particularly in today’s medical practice, controlling costs is among the most important management functions.
Poor processes or cost controls prohibit a practice operating efficiently. If physicians do not receive paychecks in line with their productivity, it is time to take corrective action.
|Finding Money in the Microbiology Laboratory|
While several laboratory sections are very straightforward in coding and billing, such as chemistry and hematology, the micro lab has numerous "add on" procedures that are routinely performed to complete the culture report. Frequently, add on charges are never captured.
BETTY HATTEN, HORNE LLP
|Readying for Another Round of Audits|
Medicaid Integrity Program Audits Coming Soon to Tennessee
Just when you thought you were beginning to get a handle on RAC ... here comes MIP, ZPIC and OIG. More than just another round of the federal government’s favorite game of "Guess the Acronym," these particular letters could spell big trouble for providers across the nation.
| AutoImmune Disorders Focus|
|Making the DNA Connection|
St. Jude Partners to ID Genetic Changes Resulting in Childhood Cancer
During an unprecedented Memphis winter by contemporary standards, St. Jude researchers were connecting on another unprecedented event: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announced a collaboration to identify the genetic changes that expose some of the world’s deadliest childhood cancers.
|Mapping Out a Plan of Attack|
The Cancer Genome Atlas Provides Repository for Data, Discoveries
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is a comprehensive effort to create a data repository for the discoveries and findings of more than 150 of the nation’s top researchers who are working in concert on specific cancer types. These scientists, who are based out of more than two dozen renowned institutions, are systematically mapping genomic changes to create a cancer atlas accessible to all who are searching for better methods to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
|Making Headway in Brain Cancer|
TCGA Data Generates New Findings for Glioblastoma Multiforme
Through the work of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), researchers have confirmed the most common form of malignant brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), isn’t one disease as once believed but is, instead, four distinct molecular subtypes.
| Marketing/Communications Focus|
|Practice Managers Navigate Labyrinth Maze|
UT Medical Group CEO Discusses Challenges, Changes
Managing the rate of change in healthcare has been the most challenging aspect of the job for practice managers, said Steven Burkett, CEO of UT Medical Group, one of the southeast’s largest practice management groups.
|Disruptive Behavior is Bad for Patients|
Survey Reveals Troubling Conduct in the Healthcare Environment
Being a good member of a team means playing well with others, but a recent survey by the American College of Physician Executives reveals that disruptive behavior by professional members of healthcare teams compromises patient safety, undermines cooperation and makes going to work a miserable experience.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Edward Muir, MD|
Oncologist with the Jones Clinic
For Mike and April Miller, cancer was a word that once held no meaning, had no relevance to their young, busy lives. But the year Mike turned 30, all that changed. Though Mike was seemingly the picture of health, unexplained bruises and bleeding gums began to worry him. So he scheduled a doctor’s appointment one Friday, where he received a thorough exam, and his blood work went to the lab. The visit seemed routine.