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President's Message


Dr. Daley'We are well into the New Year, and the healthcare landscape continues to change. To quote Dr. Charles Mabry, Chair, ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Council, “the current political climate is unsettled at best”. The ACS continues to advocate for surgeons and our patients through political engagement on Capitol Hill. I join Dr. Mabry in encouraging you to renew your SurgeonsPAC contribution early this year. This will help ensure that surgery maintains a strong footing among other physician PACs in Washington, and that we will be able to act quickly when opportunities present themselves.

Back home here in TN, your TNACS Executive Council is monitoring legislative activity at the State level as many. Several of us and I hope many of you will be joining the TN Medical Association for the 2017 Day on the Hill. Passing the Healthcare Provider Stability Act to make reimbursement from insurance companies more predictable is a top priority for TMA in the 2017 legislative session. Please join us on March 7, 2017 to advocate on this and other critical healthcare issues. The event is FREE and open to all physicians, medical office staff and healthcare administrators.

The TNACS Program Committee is busy planning the 2017 Annual Meeting, which will be held August 4-6, at The Westin Hotel, downtown Nashville. This year’s program includes an expanded quality and safety session provided by the TN Surgical Quality Collaborative. We are excited to welcome ACS President Dr. Courtney Townsend as our special guest! 

I am honored to serve as your President. Feel free to contact me with concerns and suggestions for the TNACS.

Stop The Bleed Campaign

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The American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus have launched a new website that aims to provide a one-stop online resource for users to learn about bleeding control.

Bleedingcontrol.org provides diagrams, news, videos and other resources with the goal of giving information to the public to learn proper bleeding control techniques. Resources available to the public include printable pamphlets and booklets, posters, instructional videos and up-to-date news on bleeding control techniques.

Although the focus of the site is largely on informing the general public, Bleedingcontrol.org also provides some resources for first responders, including information about active shooter response.

Advances made by military medicine in terms of hemorrhage control during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a major source of the information provided by the initiative. Some of the partners involved in providing the new website include NAEMT, the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Tactical Casualty Combat Care and the U.S. Department of Defense.

According to President Brian Daley, “It's easy to become an instructor and a great way to get in front of the public. I became one. All the teaching resources are on the website”.
For more information or to utilize the website’s resources, visit Bleedingcontrol.org.

TN Healthcare Reform: February Episodes Quarterly Reports Release


The following update has been provided by the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative.   As this program continues to unfold, TMA is providing assistance, funded by a grant, to assist providers in analyzing reports and navigating the payment reform process. Learn more here.
 
The February Episodes Performance Reports, covering Quarter 1, Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 of CY 2016 performance period, are available for providers on insurance carriers' portals. The Performance Reports will cover episodes ending between January 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

These performance reports are for the following types of episodes:
  • Perinatal;
  • Total Joint Replacement;
  • Asthma Acute Exacerbation;
  • Acute Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI);
  • Non-acute Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI);
  • Outpatient and Non-Acute Inpatient Cholecystectomy;
  • Screening and Surveillance Colonoscopy;
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Acute Exacerbation 
The performance report gives providers who are episode quarterbacks information about their performance on quality and efficiency measures for episodes during the performance period. Performance period episode results can result in new value based payment once all the provider’s results for the year are available (including a six month period for lagging claims to be submitted). 
 
The February Episodes Preview Reports, covering the period of October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016, have also been released to providers.
 
These preview reports are for the following types of episodes:
  • Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Respiratory Infection
  • Pneumonia (PNA)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – Outpatient
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – Inpatient
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GIH)
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Acute Exacerbation
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Valve Repair and Replacement
The preview reports are intended to give providers who are episode quarterbacks information about their results for episodes that ended before the performance period began. Preview reports do not result in any new value-based payment.
 
If you have any questions about accessing performance or preview reports, you can contact the health plan provider support teams at the following numbers:
  • Amerigroup:  615-232-2160
  • BCBST:  800-924-7141 (Option 4)
  • United Healthcare: 615-372-3509

Announcement From The Department of Health
Regarding Death Certificates


In the coming weeks, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records will be implementing a new electronic death registration system. Trainings will be offered in multiple locations across the state, as well as online. If you are interested in participating in the testing of the system prior to rollout, please contact us at 1-855-VRISMTN or 1-855-874-7686. We will continue to update this information, including training dates, as it becomes available.
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2017 TNACS Annual Meeting
August 4-6, 2017
Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Chapter represents the interests of surgeons with:
  • American College Of Surgeons, including the DC Office
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Tennessee Hospital Association
  • Board Of Medical Examiners
  • Elected Federal And State Senators And Representatives
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