Granting nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority has been shown to improve patients’ health outcomes and access to essential health care services. This article includes a reflective description of several aspects of the work of a legislative task force convened to address advanced practice registered nurses practice authority in Tennessee. Distractions and distortions used by physician task force members, lessons learned from the task force deliberations, policy implications, and the next steps for future advocacy efforts are discussed to help nurse practitioners in other states seeking full practice authority.Read More
Concerns about threats to protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions are discussed in this OpEd.Read More
The 116th Tennessee General Assembly convenes next month. Some of the decisions legislators make will affect health and healthcare in the state. What's ahead for the uninsured? How will lawmakers address opioid abuse? And what kind of changes are needed to improve Tennessee's poor health rankings? Dr. Carole Myers asks those questions, and others, of our guest, Dr. Richard Briggs.Read More
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, the saying goes. And for many years, people believed the brain was pretty much set in adulthood, unreceptive to change, growth and adaptation. We now know that's not strictly true. While not nearly as flexible as youthful brains, adults' grey matter can still be stretched and toned, just like a muscle.Read More
On this episode of HealthConnections we take a special look at a group you might not think of as facing food insecurity – college students. The University of Tennessee’s Dr. Betsy Anderson Steeves has been researching that very issue & sat down with Dr. Carole Myers to discuss the findings.Read More
The flu feels familiar, doesn't it? It comes around every year, mainly in the winter. Most of us have had it at least once in our lives. And every year, we get the same admonition to get a flu shot. It all seems pretty routine.
But it isn't, really. More than 30,000 Americans were hospitalized for the illness during the 2017-18 flu season. And because flu strains mutate and evolve, there's no guarantee that healthy people won't catch it.Read More
Conversations about health care and health policy are, unsurprisingly, characterized by divisions common to the current political climate. But one area of common ground is care for those with pre-existing conditions.Read More