NAM News - July 18, 2022
In This Issue

Member Feedback Needed on Prior Authorization

TMA seeks information from physician members regarding experiences obtaining prior authorizations for patients. Feedback is also requested from practices regarding the services and drugs for which physicians receive approval 90 percent or more of the time. In 2020, TMA spearheaded the Prior Authorization Workgroup which has held monthly discussions between physicians, medical practice executives and insurance plans with the purpose of working toward solutions to improve the PA process.

Please find a summary of the group’s progress, and consider quickly complete TMA's Prior Authorization Experience Form. Member participation and input is valued and appreciated.

TMA would also like to learn how practices submit prior authorization requests for procedures, services and drugs along with statistics on approval rates. Learn more about how to provide this data here.
Prior Authorization Experience Form

2022 Physicians Ball Tickets Available

The Board of the Medical Foundation of Nashville kindly invites all NAM Members to join in an evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate physicians while supporting the programs of MFN.
Visit to learn more or click the image below to purchase tickets.  Ticket sales will close on August 2, 2022.

TMA Updated Law Guide Topics

  • Covid Liability Protection
    In August 2020, the General Assembly passed the "Tennessee Covid-19 Recovery Act” which extends emergency liability protections. Any future Covid-related lawsuit must plead specific facts, which reasonably concludes "that the alleged loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by the defendant's willful, malicious, or criminal act or omission, or performed for personal financial gain.” TMA’s Law Guide topic, Covid Liability Protection, explains the law in detail. 

  • Updated Abortion Law Guide Topic
    On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the longstanding Roe v. Wade decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. This action immediately returned the ability to fully regulate abortion to the individual states. This decision has caused confusion in Tennessee regarding which abortion laws are in effect and when. Our Law Guide topic, Abortion, answers those questions and has recently been updated. We encourage members to carefully review this topic so they fully understand what is legal in Tennessee. Additionally, an FAQ document is being created to address specific questions we receive from members. It will be released ahead of the abortion “trigger” law that is scheduled to go into effect in mid-August. TMA’s legal department is available to answer any questions you may have regarding this topic. Please email with specific questions.
Click here for a full online summary of these laws. 
Contact the TMA Legal Department at 800-659-1862, ext. 1645 or with any questions.

August 25 All-Member Meeting to Focus on Physician Wellness

NAM members will join TMA members from across the state for the next All Member Virtual meeting taking place Aug. 25 at 6:30 pm CT. The meeting will feature an overview and introduction from TMA President Edward Capparelli, MD followed by a CME presentation on physician well-being from Corey Feist, co-founder and president of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Foundation. The event is free for all NAM and TMA memebrs, but registration is required.
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD - 
    Board Chair
  • Gregg Shepard, MD -
  • Michael Beckham, MD President-Elect
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD 
  • George "Trey" Lee, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • M. Kevin Smith, MD
  • Duane Smoot, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD

Contact Us:
General Inquiries
Phone: (615) 712-6236  
Project Access Nashville 
Specialty Care
Phone: (615) 712-6237
Rebecca Leslie, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director

Taylor Crawford, MPH
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Anastacia Volz
Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
Connect with
NAM online:
Connect with the
Medical Foundation
of Nashville online: 

Support the Medical Foundation of Nashville While You Shop


You can designate MFN to receive a donation in the amount of 0.5% of the price of all Amazon purchases you make. Just click the logo to begin supporting us through AmazonSmile.
Kroger Community Rewards:
Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Medical Foundation of Nashville either by name or JR590 and then click Enroll. Learn more or click the image to the right.
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.