The lead news story on this local Nashville station was an interview with Perception Health's CEO J. Tod Fetherling, who detailed the company's new map that tracks COVID-19 cases across U.S. counties. Watch the interview • View the map • Visit our COVID-19 news page
NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 24, 2020) -- Perception Health, a leading provider of data intelligence services for the healthcare industry, announced today a new service to track the daily spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The service shows the daily impact of COVID-19 on America's counties and local health systems. Read more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will implement a new ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in its next update on October 1, 2020. In the interim, specific codes for respiratory illnesses related to different strains of the coronavirus should be used, depending on the diagnosis. Perception Health's CODE platform is up-to-date and provides a single source for all recognized diagnostic and billing codes for the coronavirus. For more information on the CDC's interim advice, check out the CDC website.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to get screened for this deadly disease. The treatments and successful outcomes for patients with colon cancer are greatly improved when the disease is identified early in its development. That's why people over the age of 40, or those showing specific symptoms, should schedule a colonoscopy as soon as they can.
In an opinion piece first published in Nashville's The Tennessean, healthcare executive Melissa Waddey warns readers about ignoring visible symptoms and foregoing necessary preventive screenings. Waddey was the former president of ambulatory and operations services at LifePoint Health in Nashville. Sadly, she passed away from her illness on December 4, 2019 at age 43. Read Melissa's message here and learn more about preventing colon cancer at ColonCancerCoalition.org.
Jackson looks like any other kid. But he has a "jelly bean" in his brain and that means getting lots of MRIs. In The Donut That Roared, Jackson helps young readers cope with the anxiety, fear (and noise!) that comes with a visit to that noisy donut-shaped machine. He shares his tips for making MRI day a breeze (like wearing his favorite taco socks!) and includes FAQs and tips for parents too. He even includes journaling pages so young patients can chronicle their own MRI adventure. Watch interview. Buy book.
When shopping for presents during the holidays, it's very important to match a recipient's age to the age range listed on the item. Younger children are at risk when toys have small pieces or batteries that can be easily swallowed. Parents and grandparents need to remember to look for age specific gifts and be especially mindful if younger children are in the same household.
In this article from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Tim Goodwin lists some of the best practices and potential dangers for adults to consider when shopping for children. Read more.