Connections April 2016 - News Briefs

Health Center Leaders "Storm the Hill"

Leaders from Tennessee's Community Health Centers joined others from across the nation in March to "Storm the Hill" in Washington, D.C. CHC representatives met with Senator Lamar Alexander (top photo), Representative Diane Black (middle), and Representative Phil Roe (bottom) to emphasize the impact health centers have on Tennessee's citizens and communities.

Get Help Recruiting Primary Care Physicians to Your Rural Practice

The Tennessee Rural Partnership is currently accepting applications for its Rural Practice Incentive Program.

The program’s goals are: to enable rural practice sites to offer monetary incentives that will bring qualified primary care physicians into areas of need; to contribute to the retention of rural physicians; and to support the workforce network of rural practice sites in their efforts to build the healthcare workforce in rural Tennessee communities. Click here to get more information and to complete the application.

TTN Shares Savings with Participants

The Tennessee Telehealth Network is converting its network from a hardware-based system to a cloud-based system. This conversion will result in savings, which TTN is extending to participants. If you're a current participant and have not returned the Amendment to your participant agreement, please send it to Larry Jones. If you're not yet a participant and would like to learn more about TTN, click here.

Dayspring Physicians Bring Hope to Rural Hospital

(from Modern Healthcare)

More than 50 rural hospitals have closed in the past six years, and nearly 300 more are in deep financial trouble, according to the National Rural Health Association. While the Affordable Care Act has shored up finances for some hospitals, epecially in the 31 states that expanded Medicaid, hospitals in many rural communities continue to face deteriorating finances. 

A year ago, it looked as if the not-for profit Jellico Community Hospital would close due to economic conditions. But today, physicians from Dayspring Family Health Center are part of a team that’s allowing the hospital to continue serving the community. Click here to read more.