NAM News - May 23, 2023
In This Issue

House of Delegates Recap

Thank you to the many Nashville Academy of Medicine members who served as 2023 delegates to the Tennessee Medical Association House of Delegates on April 15. We were honored to have the largest delegation of local voices representing medical students, residents, fellows, practicing physicians, and retired physicians from many specialties.
Delegates participated in a special session featuring a presentation from Nashville Academy of Medicine Member and American Medical Association President-Elect, Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD.  Dr. Ehrenfeld emphasized common areas of interest between the national and state medical organizations including finding a fix to prior authorization burdens, reforming Medicare payment to physicians, fighting scope of practice creep, supporting telehealth, firearm safety, and reducing physician burnout.
The TMA awarded three outstanding physician awards for 2023. Dr. M. Kevin Smith was nominated by NAM, recognizing him for his work in many capacities in medical education, primary care, TN-ACP leadership, and as TMA president during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delegates in the House approved a number of resolutions that will impact the practice of medicine and patient health in Tennessee. Click here to read the TMA summary of notable policies adopted by the House of Delegates.
Thank you also to our own, Dr. Trey Lee for his leadership as Vice-Speaker of the House, and congratulations on his re-election to a third term in the role. 

2023 Member Survey Reminder

Calling all NAM Members! We want to hear from you. 
Our members tell us that networking opportunities, professional collegiality, and positively impacting the profession of medicine are among the top reasons for joining and remaining an active member of NAM. We want to take that a bit deeper and get your feedback on how, where and in what format you would like to engage with your peers. We are also interested in your level of satisfaction with NAM. Your feedback is invaluable.
You should have recieved the 2023 Member Survey through email on Tuesday, May 9th. If you are a member and did not recieve the 2023 Member Survey, please email Jessica Miller at 
If you are not a NAM member and would like to become one, you can JOIN HERE

Legislative Wins for Physicians in 2023

The Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 21, ending a session that included significant gains for organized medicine. 
Thanks to the physicians and managers who joined us for our annual Day on the Hill in March. Your presence had an impact. Click here to see bills that TMA worked on this session

Project Access Nashville 2022 Impact

Take a look at the 2022 MFN Annual Report! As Project Access Nashville Specailty Care (PANSC) continue to expand in Middle Tennessee, the program set new record highs for program achievement in 2022. 
  • MFN/PANSC coordinated 4,446 clinical volunteer hours between our patients and volunteer physician specialists

  • MFN/PANSC care coordinators had 75,727 connections with patients, which is more than 15% higher than 2021.

  • MFN/PANSC staff worked with 55 referring clinic partners to serve patients in 32 counties.
Project Access Nashville is partnering with the TN Department of Health to increase health care access in the region, and this expansion is serving patients in 32 counties as shown below, and will continue in 2023.
If you are a physician in any of the counties in Middle Tennessee and would like to learn more about volunteering, please contact Anastacia Volz at 615-712-6236, ext. 101, or
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Gregg Shepard, MD 
    Board Chair
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD 
  • Duane Smoot, 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

Jessica Miller, MS
Director of Physician and Community Engagement
Anastacia Volz
Executive Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
Erica Brahan
Assistant Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
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