Nashville Community Celebrates Anniversary

In May 2012, approximately 15 healthcare providers from across Nashville held their first meeting as a community devoted to reducing hospital readmissions. Three years later, they are still going strong, having just celebrated their anniversary at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn., with fifty members in attendance.The Nashville community, known as Transitioning Patients Across [...]

Free Class Brings Peace to Memphian and Helps Her Dramatically Lower Her Blood Sugar

When she was first diagnosed and started to learn about the damage diabetes could do if it is not controlled, Tennessee resident Doris McKinley was scared. “I wasn’t sure I could make it,” said Ms. McKinley. Her healthcare professionals warned her that diabetes was the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in [...]

Tennessee Agency Awards Corley Roberts Partner of the Year

More than 200 people gathered at the Jackson, Tenn., Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept. 29, for Southwest Tennessee Development District’s (SWTDD) Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Awards Banquet to recognize individuals and organizations who work cooperatively with SWTDD’s Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities (AAAD) and its Economic & Community Development (ECD) divisions. “The awards [...]

Reaching for the Stars: Nursing Home Uses CMS Change Package to Significantly Improve Quality

Roger Mynatt settled into a local Starbucks to drink coffee, get some work done and do a little soul searching. He got his latte, found a good spot to sit and fired up his laptop. The first place he went online was to Nursing Home Compare to check his facility’s star rating. As Administrator for [...]

Reducing Restraints One Resident at a Time

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.4 million residents living in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes. Restraints are used on far too many, often under the misguided notion that they keep residents safe from falls. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made it a priority to reduce [...]

Wellness Coordinators Focus Care on Patients’ Mind and Body

Unity Physician Partners and Centerstone Health Partners share the belief that a person’s mind and body are not separate. What affects one, affects the other. This philosophy led them to create a partnership focused on providing care for medically underserved patients with physical and behavioral needs. To do this they established integrated care clinics that [...]

More Than a Number

How a Tennessee Nursing Home Reduced Antipsychotic Medication with Consistent Caregivers An elderly woman sits in a wheelchair outside her nursing home room, weeping and reaching out for each person walking past her. She rocks back and forth, trying to console herself. The nurse on duty doesn’t usually work on that floor, so he is [...]

Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Knowledge is infectious and that’s a good thing for a diverse group of healthcare innovators in Nashville, Tenn., known as the Transitioning Patients Across the Care Continuum (TPACC) community. The group meets monthly to share knowledge, host speakers and discuss how they can impact and improve healthcare in the Middle Tennessee area. It was in [...]


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