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State Program Available to Train Community Health Workers

In 2023, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing received a $3 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant to create a certification and training program for CHWs in Tennessee. The initiative, formed in partnership with the Tennessee Community Health Worker Association and Rural Health Association of Tennessee, is called the Community Health Worker Training Program of Tennessee (CHWTPT). Read the full article to learn more about how you can participate.

5 Key Takeaways from VHAN’s PHE Town Hall

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) waived or modified health regulations to better equip hospitals, primary care clinics and other care settings to help prevent and treat cases of COVID-19. Many of these waivers were tied to the Public Health Emergency (PHE), which is set to expire on May 11, 2023.

On April 12, VHAN held a Town Hall to discuss the implications of unwinding from the PHE, as well as ways you can adjust to these changes and sustain quality patient care with minimal interruptions. Read the full article for key takeaways and additional resources that can help you with the PHE expiration.

Unwinding the COVID-19 PHE: Key Resources for VHAN Members

Last month the Biden-Harris administration announced that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end on May 11. This will have large impacts on Medicare ACO programs as well as TennCare recipients. Read the full article for a few items that members should be aware of.

VHAN’s 10th Year: Thank You for Celebrating

As 2022 comes to a close, we at VHAN are reflecting on this 10th year in service as a clinically integrated network. To thank our members for their contributions, VHAN worked with the legendary Hatch Show Print Company in Nashville to create a commemorative poster. Read the full article to see footage of VHAN’s poster being printed at Hatch Show Print in Nashville.

10 Years of Service: New miniVHAN Season Reflects on VHAN’s History

Coinciding with VHAN’s 10th anniversary, the third season of the miniVHAN podcast looks back at the unique vision for VHAN and how the network launched amidst a major transition in health care from fee-for-service to value-based care following the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

New Report Details VHAN’s Impact in 2020

In 2020, VHAN focused on 11 key aims to drive quality performance and improve patient care. Our new Impact Report outlines how the network performed across these key aims, including several personal stories that detail how VHAN providers have made a difference in patients’ lives.

The Evolution of Primary Care With Dr. Zach Logan

As a family medicine physician at Weatherstone Family Wellness, a part of the Highpoint Health System, Dr. Logan and his colleagues balance preventive care such as cancer screenings with COVID-19 treatment and vaccinations for their patients in Portland, Tennessee.

VHAN Members Participate in Innovative Primary Care First Payment Model

VHAN is pleased to recognize members who are participating in the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Primary Care First payment model (PCF).

Changemakers: Dr. Buchanan of Upper Cumberland Family Physicians Talks Importance of VHAN for Rural Providers

On a recent episode of VHAN’s miniVHAN Mondays podcast, Dr. Ernie Buchanan of Upper Cumberland Family Physicians (UCFP) and network Regional Medical Director for Cookeville, TN, talked about UCFP’s challenges as a rural practice, and why they rely on VHAN’s support as a clinically integrated network.

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