NAM News: October 6, 2020
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Fall Social – Thursday, Oct. 15

Virtual Fall Social - Thursday, Oct. 15

NAM Members Get Discounted Tickets to Chihuly at Cheekwood

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is again bringing the incredible sculptures of renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly to an exhibit on the grounds of the mansion and gardens.
From Nov. 19 through Dec. 31, NAM members can get discounted tickets to bring their families to this outdoor event. Instead of gathering physicians together, you can select the date and time that works best for you, between November 19 and December 31. NAM Members are welcome to purchase tickets for themselves, one guest, and their children. Please share your photos with us on social media with the hashtag #NAMatCheekwood. Learn more and get your tickets here.

AMA Webinar Series – Wednesday, Oct. 7 – COVID-19 Vaccine Development – What Physicians Need to Know

This vital series addresses the science, evidence and process of vaccine development, regulatory review and what physicians need to know. Hosted by AMA physician leaders, each installment aims to deliver fact-based insights from the nation’s highest-ranking subject matter experts working to protect public health.

Episode 1: FDA Review Process for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m. CST -
Click here to login to AMA and register

Host: AMA president Susan R. Bailey, M.D.
Guest: Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration

Drs. Bailey and Marks will present a comprehensive overview of the FDA vaccine review process, including what the process looks like for COVID-19 vaccine candidates and the differences between the Emergency Use Authorization and Biologic License Application pathways.

CARES Act Provider Relief Funds

HHS announced that it will be disbursing another $20 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Funds. Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, physicians that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments may apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Recognizing the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxiety and depression in the country and behavioral health providers have continued to provide care through telehealth and other means, HHS is also announcing that the nation’s behavioral health care providers, including psychiatrists, are now eligible for funding. Previously ineligible physicians, such as those who began practicing in 2020, will also be eligible to apply.

ECHO Autism Adult Healthcare

Physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who provide care for adults on the autism spectrum, or who want to serve this population, have an open invitation to participate in ECHO Autism through live videoconferencing sessions.
ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a worldwide model used to provide training in more than 50 medical conditions. This ECHO Autism training program is a team effort among clinicians experienced in autism at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the University of Virginia and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The first series of videoconferences will start this November and will meet one hour every week for six months. Participants receive compensation for completing several study measures as well as earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each session attended. Maintenance of Certification Parts 2 and 4 are also offered. 
For more information, click here or watch this six-minute video presented by Vanderbilt principal investigator and NAM member, Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., and study coordinator Janet Shouse.

Tennessee Healthcare Symposium

TN Healthcare Symposium
The Nashville Academy of Medicine is proud to partner with the Tennessee Medical Association and major insurance carriers on the 2020 Tennessee Healthcare Symposium, Nov. 10-12. This collaborative event will help practice managers, coders, billers, auditors and other medical office staff focus on efficiency and financial success.

This year, we’re going virtual with full remote access, more than 20 unique educational sessions and up to 17.5 CEU and CME credits for full participation (upon approval).

Absentee Ballots

Uncertainty about COVID-19 may bring more patients to ask their physician for help in obtaining an absentee ballot. Oct. 27 is the deadline for voters to request absentee ballots for the 2020 general election. To understand a physician’s role in the process, review TMA’s resource on this topic.
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  • V. Seenu Reddy, MD - Board Chair
  • Robin Williams, MD - President
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD - President-Elect
  • James Powers, MD - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • David Duong, MD
  • Cindy Le, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Gregg Shepard, MD
  • Richard Soper, MD
  • M. Kevin Smith, MD
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
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Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

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Save the Dates
for our upcoming events:

(All events are virtual except NAM at Cheekwood)

  • October 15 
    Welcome Reception for residents and students

  • November 10-12
    Tennessee Healthcare Symposium with TMA

  • November 12
    Tennessee Women in Medicine Annual Meeting

  • November 17
    Educational Webinar - Climate Change and Health: Risk and Opportunity

  • November 19 - December 31 NAM at Cheekwood! 

  • December 3
    Holiday Open House

  • January 2021 
    President's Reception to kick off our 200th Anniversary year!

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