THA Headlines and Resources
Tennessee Surgical Quality Collaborative Featured in ACS Publication
The Tennessee surgical quality collaborative (TSQC) recently was featured in the American College of Surgeon’s publication, “ACS Inspiring Quality Tour: Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Quality Surgical Health Care.” The article focused on how the power of collaboration can improve surgical outcomes across a state.
Launched in 2008, the program involves a partnership between the ACS Tennessee chapter, BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee and THA’s Tennessee Center for Patient Safety. It has shown significant advancements in patient outcomes and millions in cost savings, leading to its expansion to 21 hospitals across the state.
For additional information, go to http://facs.org/quality/lessonslearned.html or contact Chris Clarke at THA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THA Needs Help From Hospitals, Health Systems for 75th Anniversary Celebration
THA would like hospitals and health systems to be part of history as the association celebrates its 75th anniversary at its annual meeting this year, which will be held October 30-November 1 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville. THA is in the process of collecting a brief history and photographs from each hospital and health system in Tennessee. The association is looking for old photos, as well as new ones, featuring equipment, hospital buildings, board members, volunteers, nurses and other employees. Photographs that mirror the old and new (equipment, team work, uniforms, etc. example: a nursery or operating room in the 1960s versus today) would show the history of health care in hospitals over the years and the modernization and progress that has occurred.
Please identify as many people as possible in the photos, including name, title and the year the photograph was taken, if possible. THA also wants to ensure photos do not get mixed up so please use the hospital name as part of the tag name for each photo. The hospital history, which should include the date the hospital opened and major milestones, should be no longer than three to five pages.
Please email the photographs in an eps file or send a hard copy (please write the name of the hospital on the back of photos) to Beth Atwood at THA, email@example.com, 500 Interstate Blvd. South, Nashville, TN 37210. Hospitals and health systems are encouraged to send in photographs and hospital history information by June 1.
For additional information, contact Beth Atwood at THA, 615-401-7412, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Recognized as Grassroots Champion
The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), has awarded Robert P. Main, president and chief executive officer, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, Chattanooga, with the AHA Grassroots Champion Award.
As a 2013grassroots champion, Main is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital’s mission.
The award was created to recognize hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and is a tireless advocate for the hospital and its patients.
“We depend upon strong voices like yours to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “This award is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work and dedication to improving health and health care in America.”
“Bob has been an outstanding advocate for Tennessee hospitals and a great supporter of AHA and THA for many years. He is strongly committed to grassroots participation. He is dedicated to providing high quality health care and has been a tireless leader for his hospital,” said Craig A. Becker, THA president.
“He is well-respected by his peers for his forthright manner, honor and objective approach to problem-solving, and he often stands out as a voice of reason in dealing with issues facing healthcare providers.”
Main, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a past ACHE regent for eastern Tennessee, is a current member and a past chairman of the THA board of directors. He also is a board member and past chairman of the AHA Governing Council of the Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation, a member of the AHA regional policy board, and a board member and past chairman of the board of directors of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. He also is a past president of the Chattanooga Hospital District.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education at State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration at the University of Iowa.
The award is presented annually to one individual from each state, with winners being chosen by the state association. The 2013 honorees will be recognized at a special breakfast of grassroots champions at the AHA annual membership meeting on April 30. Main is one of 52 individuals to be honored this year.
THA, founded in 1938, serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. The association offers products and services through THA Solutions Group, Inc. and the Tennessee Hospital Education and Research Foundation, Inc., its nonprofit education program.
Mark Medley Receives THA Small or Rural Hospital Leadership Award
THA recently presented Mark Medley, president of hospital operations, Capella Healthcare, Franklin, with the 2013 THA small or rural hospital leadership award at the association’s annual conference for small and rural hospitals.
In presenting the award, THA President Craig Becker noted Medley has been an outstanding representative and vocal advocate on behalf of Tennessee’s small and rural hospitals. He also has been a great supporter of THA’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels and chairs the THA Council on Government Affairs, Becker said.
“We are fortunate to have him in Tennessee. He has always been willing to participate and contribute towards any effort to improve the sustainability of rural hospitals in Tennessee,” Becker continued.
Medley serves on the THA board of directors and began serving on the Tennessee Rural Partnership board of directors as it became a subsidiary of THA during 2012. He also serves on the THA Solutions Group board. In addition, he serves on the advisory council to Tennessee’s Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
THA HEN Recognized by CMS for Work on EED Initiative
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized the THA health engagement network (HEN) for outstanding work on its early elective delivery (EED) initiative. In conjunction with this recognition, CMS has provided U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a report on the program’s progress for potential use in her reports and speeches to promote the success of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program.
The report is posted on the PfP community of practice website and may be shared. The report reflects data through October 2012. Since that time, Tennessee hospitals have further progressed and reduced EED to a level below the CMS target goal of 5 percent. Six hospitals are identified by name. Please note one of the hospitals highlighted is an out-of-state facility, as the THA HEN has six out-of-state hospitals from Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, participating in the HEN.
For additional information about the EED initiative or other programs of the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety, contact Chris Clarke at THA, 615-256-8240, email@example.com.
Statement by Craig Becker, President, Tennessee Hospital Association
Tennessee hospitals are disappointed Governor Haslam could not get the information he needs from CMS to move forward with coverage of the expansion population.
The governor has asked CMS to allow him to buy private coverage through the health insurance exchange for those who would be eligible under an expansion scenario. This would allow him to leverage the federal funding to transform health care in Tennessee without expanding the Medicaid rolls. Tennessee hospitals believe this is the correct approach for Tennessee.
We understand the need for clarity and we plan on working with the administration and the legislature to get the answers that will allow the state to move forward with coverage of additional Tennesseans with incomes less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
We are hopeful we will get the necessary assurances from the federal government. There can be a special session of the General Assembly if necessary to take advantage of the 100 percent federal funding available this year.
Statewide Poll Shows Tennesseans Favor Medicaid Expansion
NASHVILLE, TN, February 26, 2013—By a margin of 24 percent, Tennesseans surveyed earlier this month said Tennessee should expand its Medicaid program to reduce the number of uninsured individuals in the state.
At a news conference today, the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) released findings of a statewide survey of insured registered voters. The findings show 59 percent believe Tennessee should accept the federal dollars for expanding Medicaid coverage in the state. Conversely, 35 percent feel the state should not expand the program. Such expansion would be made possible through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The survey was commissioned by THA, funded by the American Hospital Association and was conducted by Alexandria, VA-based Public Opinion Strategies. The poll shows a majority of registered voters in every age group 18 and older who were surveyed believe the state should accept the funds and help offset more than $5.6 billion dollars in ACA Medicare cuts facing Tennessee hospitals. Tennessee would join more than 20 states which have already opted-in to expand Medicaid under the ACA.
“The mandate is clear and decisive,” said THA President Craig A. Becker in making the announcement on the stage of Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium today. “Tennesseans believe accepting the funds and expanding the Medicaid population in the state would mean critical resources for our rural hospitals that are financially struggling and will be crippled by the cuts that already are law.”
The survey sample of 600 registered voters with health coverage that included an oversample of rural voters was made up of 45 percent Republican voters, 37 percent Democratic voters and 14 percent Independents.
The telephone poll asked respondents to agree or disagree with a number of arguments raised in public debate on the issue and found:
67 percent believed accepting the funds would mean critical money for Tennessee hospitals that are financially struggling today.
62 percent believed the federal government would meet its commitment to pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years and 90 percent or more in subsequent years.
59 percent agreed it is a good deal for Tennessee taxpayers when the federal government would pay nine dollars for every dollar the state spends to expand needed health coverage.
55 percent agreed the state’s acceptance of the funds would help control the cost that people with private health insurance pay for health care as hospitals now would be paid for the care they are providing free to the eligible population.
65 percent concurred that since most other states are accepting the federal government’s funds, the state should make sure Tennessee’s hardworking taxpayers see their money being spent here to provide health coverage and strengthen community hospitals rather than having their tax dollars spent in other states that have opted into the plan.
The study had a statistical confidence level of 95 percent with a margin of error slightly less than plus or minus 5 percent.
Public Opinion Strategies specializes in corporate and public policy research and has completed more than 14,000 research projects over the past 22 years interviewing more than six million Americans in all 50 states. The firm has completed 293 research projects in Tennessee and has extensive experience on healthcare issues having worked with the American Hospital Association since 1996.
Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) is the premiere organization in Tennessee that promotes and represents the interests of all health careers, hospitals and health systems. Established in 1938 as a not-for-profit membership association, THA serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. It also provides education and information for its members, and informs the public about hospitals and healthcare issues at the state and national levels. Additional information is available at www.tha.com.
Medicare Cuts to Tennessee Will Have a $13.3 Billion Economic Impact
NASHVILLE, TN, Feb. 7, 2013—The Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) today released a study that projects the extended impact of $5.6 billion in Medicare cuts to Tennessee hospitals already in place. Coupled with other cuts being considered in Washington, these hospital reductions would have a $13.3 billion recessionary impact on Tennessee’s communities as the cuts are phased in over the next decade.
Using a model widely relied upon by businesses and government agencies, THA estimates the state could lose more than 90,000 jobs over the next decade, and that reduction would result in Tennessee unemployment returning to the level that it was at the peak of the recent recession in June 2009.
“Tennessee’s hospitals are entering a serious fiscal crisis, the likes of which we have never seen in our history,” said Craig A. Becker, THA president, in remarks to the Associated Press-Tennessee Press Association Legislative Planning Session today at Nashville’s Doubletree Hotel.
“Hospitals are very important to their communities in many ways that go beyond providing necessary services to patients. In most cases, they are one of the largest employers in their counties and a very large economic engine,” Becker said. “For our state to absorb cuts of this size and scope, without using every possible means to offset the cuts, will create a ripple effect, the likes of which Tennessee communities have never seen before.”
The study was conducted using IMPLAN, a model published by the Minnesota IMPLAN Group, Inc. (MIG), which is relied upon by more than 2,000 public and private institutions such as the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Duke University and Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. The study breaks down the projected impact by county for all 78 counties in the state that have hospitals.
“Tennessee’s hospitals have two years of experience with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cut phase-in and our projections of the Medicare reductions to hospitals have been accurate,” Becker said. “As these and other cuts continue to be phased in, the ability of hospitals to offset the cuts will become imperative. The ripple effect will touch every Tennessean, particularly those in rural counties.”
The full study and county-by-county breakouts are available at www.tha.com/tools/implan/.
IMPLAN originally was developed in 1976 by the University of Minnesota in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
Tennessee Hospital Association (THA): THA is the premiere organization in Tennessee that promotes and represents the interests of all health careers, hospitals and health systems. Established in 1938 as a not-for-profit membership association, THA serves as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. It also provides education and information for its members, and informs the public about hospitals and healthcare issues at the state and national levels. Additional information is available at www.tha.com.