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  • New Horizons for Touch!

    by Bill Frist

    If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you have probably seen Touch mentioned several times. He’s a new friend of mine with a fascinating story, and today is a very big day for him! A few months ago, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet contacted me about their annual fundraising auction on Oct….

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  • Opportunity to Act for Maternal and Child Health

    by Bill Frist

    I just welcomed my second grandson, and the dichotomy between the health care we enjoy and the realities in the developing world is never more stark than when I visited the proud new parents and their precious little one in the hospital—everyone  healthy and well. The biggest killer of women between 15 and 19 in…

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  • An Ebola Turning Point: An Early Diagnosis?

    by Bill Frist

    Read my earlier Ebola primer and a look at what we know about how the virus behaves. As the Ebola situation in West Africa progresses, we are dealing with increasingly complex medical and cultural challenges. I addressed some of the cultural issues in a Morning Consult column last month, and highlighted the importance of identifying infected…

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  • Join me to Discuss Palliative Care: We know we need it, but how will the system pay for it?

    by Bill Frist

    UPDATED: If you missed the event, the entire webinar broken down by speaker is archived online. On September 10, 1 pm EDT, I and some friends will be speaking at a live, free webinar sponsored by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) on palliative care. We certainly need it, but how will the…

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  • Why the VA Should Look Toward Proven Health Care Solutions

    by Bill Frist

    By Bill Frist and Tom Daschle While it is not a secret that the Veteran’s Affairs hospital system has had inefficiencies for many years, the recent spotlight on veterans’ long wait times for basic medical attention has made headlines for good reason. Long wait times are dangerous and extremely costly, resulting in unnecessary emergency room…

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  • Ebola: Contagious vs Infectious

    by Bill Frist

    Read my earlier Ebola primer. As the CDC treats the nation’s first two Ebola cases there are a lot of questions and concerns about the disease in America—Could it become an epidemic here? How contagious is it? How is it caught? Although my medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery, I have spent a good deal of…

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  • Ebola Primer and Liberia

    by Bill Frist

    As I hope you’ve heard, there is an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa right now, particularly in Liberia. Two American aid workers, Dr. Kent Brantly with Samaritan’s Purse and Nancy Writebol, a volunteer working with the faith group Service in Mission, were recently infected. I’ve been discussing the situation with the Centers…

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  • Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies: My Conversation with Melinda Gates

    by Bill Frist

    Yesterday morning, I had the privilege of sitting down with Melinda Gates, Scott Hamilton, Jenny Eaton Dyer, and a room full of caring people to talk about Hope Through Healing Hands’ Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers & Children Worldwide. Chatting with both Melinda and Scott is always such a pleasure—especially about such an important issue…

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  • Retrospective on Rwanda

    by Bill Frist

    I’ve been home from Rwanda and Kenya only a few days and I’m already on another flight, heading back to Aspen, this time for the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health, co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It’s on flights that I have time to reflect on a few takeaways, drawn from the myriad impressions…

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  • Bipartisanship saves lives

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, June 24, 2014) By former Sens. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) When parents in America think about their children turning five, sending them off to kindergarten for the first time can be stressful. But if you live in the developing world, your biggest worry is whether your children will even live…

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  • Watching Global Health Diplomacy in Action: A Week in Rwanda

    by Bill Frist

    (Morning Consult, June 23, 2014) One week ago I had dinner in an open air restaurant overlooking Kigali, Rwanda. It was a beautiful night, and the almost-full moon illuminated Kigali and the land of a thousand hills. As we were leaving, one of our hosts approached me. A formal and reserved woman, she quietly told…

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  • Notes from the Road: Mountain Gorillas

    by Bill Frist

    *I’m in Rwanda this week representing Hope Through Healing Hands with Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health Rwanda, and Harvard Medical School. These dispatches from the road are my personal journal–recording what I’ve seen and learned on this trip. See my pre-trip thoughts, and blogs from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Today we went to see some of Rwanda’s natural…

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  • Notes from the Road: Building Infrastructure for Long Term Growth

    by Bill Frist

    *I’m in Rwanda this week representing Hope Through Healing Hands with Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health Rwanda, and Harvard Medical School. These dispatches from the road are my personal journal–recording what I’ve seen and learned on this trip. See my pre-trip thoughts, Monday’s blog, and Tuesday’s notes. This morning we met with patients and physicians at Centre Hospitalier…

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  • Notes from the Road: Cancer Care in Rural Africa

    by Bill Frist

    *I’m in Rwanda this week representing Hope Through Healing Hands with Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health Rwanda, and Harvard Medical School. These dispatches from the road are my personal journal–recording what I’ve seen and learned on this trip. See my pre-trip thoughts, and Monday’s blog.  Who says you can’t treat patients suffering from cancer…

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  • Notes from the Road: Rwanda and Health Diplomacy in Action

    by Bill Frist

    KIGALI, RWANDA | Why are we in Rwanda? What makes it a unique place to learn about health policy, and health care delivery? What will we learn that can make us smarter as we address health issues back at home? I thought through these questions on the flight to Rwanda, and I had plenty of…

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  • Off to Rwanda: Considering Child Nutrition

    by Bill Frist

    I was in Aspen earlier this week working on some of the challenges facing healthcare and the health industry in the US, but it’s time to switch gears. Sunday, I leave for Rwanda to lead a one week group trip with my friend Dr. Paul Farmer to see some of the work being done by…

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  • Call to action on global nutrition

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, May 28, 2014) The United States has shown courageous leadership over the last decade on global health. Earlier this year, Congress once again voted to protect the budget for those critical investments that we make to save lives, prevent the transmission of diseases and end preventable child deaths. During my time in Congress,…

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  • Happy Memorial Day

    by Bill Frist

    Maura C. Sullivan is a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Iraq War Veteran and graduate of Harvard Business School. She is a Commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission– managing America’s overseas WWI & WWII cemeteries.   Maura has demonstrated exemplary service to this country, continued commitment to public service, and an unusual breadth of experience. I’m…

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  • The Case For Global Health Diplomacy

    by Bill Frist

    (Health Affairs Blog, April 14, 2014) At the end of February, I had the pleasure of speaking about global health diplomacy at the Nursing Leadership in Global Health Symposium at Vanderbilt University. Nurses are one of the specialties that we support in the Frist Global Health Leaders program facilitated by Hope Through Healing Hands, a…

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  • Contraception Is A Pro-Life Cause In Developing World

    by Bill Frist

    (Time Magazine, March 21, 2014) By Bill Frist, M.D. and Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D. When it comes to the health of children and mothers worldwide, there are immense challenges yet many signs of hope. Over 6.9 million children die every year in the developing world from preventable, treatable causes. While the loss of these children…

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  • Building a Healthier America

    by Bill Frist

    Last week I joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)’s Building a Healthier Future Summit. It was a fun meeting with lots of good food and guest appearances by Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby and Doug E. Fresh. I’m a firm believer that we must make the healthy choice the easy choice to change behavior…

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  • Investing in Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide

    by Bill Frist

    Earlier this week, a project we’ve been working on for months finally came to fruition! Hope Through Healing Hands announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide. Since 2004, Hope Through Healing Hands has made investments to support infrastructure, sustainable health development,…

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  • The Cadillac Tax: Implications and a Potential Silver Lining?

    by Bill Frist

    (Forbes, February 26, 2014 ) Like much of the Affordable Care Act, the Cadillac tax—Obamacare’s solution to a tax subsidy created during World War II—offers a solution to an important problem, but is fraught with unintended consequences. Ideally, the tax would prompt employers to offer more cost-effective plans, with some shift of risk to employees…

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  • Connected Health and the Rise of the Patient Consumer

    by Bill Frist

    (Health Affairs, February 2014) How to achieve better care at a lower cost? Two powerful new forces may hold the answer. America’s health care delivery sector stands at a tipping point—a convergence of a growing, graying, and highly consumptive population with increasingly limited financial and human capital resources. Policy makers naturally gravitate toward government to…

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  • Tennessee at Crossroads: 2013-14 State of Education Report

    by Bill Frist

    When SCORE was launched in 2009, we identified a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for unprecedented growth in student achievement in Tennessee. In November, we have learned that the efforts of educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders have helped Tennessee become the fastest improving state in the nation – and 2nd overall behind the District of…

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  • Digitize your own advanced-care plan

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, December 18, 2013) End of life planning is so important. It’s a topic I’ve spoken on frequently. But it’s not just a plan that you need. Your family members must be able to find it when they need it. That’s why free, online tools like the ones My Directives offers are so valuable!…

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  • Bloomberg: 30% of Obamacare Needs to Be Fixed

    by Bill Frist

      Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) — Former Senator Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee, discusses the Affordable Care Act with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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  • End-of-life stories give us impetus to learn

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, December 1, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Manoj Jain M.D. Authors’ note: This is the final of six parts. We are honored and extremely grateful that so many shared their family stories with us. We have preserved the stories but have changed individuals’ names. Over the past three months, as we…

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  • Notes from the Road: Global South Summit 2013

    by Bill Frist

    NASHVILLE | At the Global South Summit last week, I moderated a panel on one of my favorite topics: transforming healthcare into health. There is much discussion about how the current model of healthcare is “broken.” But the fact is, the system is producing exactly what it was designed to produce. The problem is that…

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  • Notes from the Road: 2013 Health Care Investors Conference

    by Bill Frist

    NASHVILLE | Last Wednesday, (Nov 13) I had the privilege of joining Bass, Berry and Sims and Deloitte at the 2013 Health Care Investors Conference. I sat down with Brad Smith, CEO of Aspire Health; Andrew Lasher, CMO of Aspire Health; and Anna Gene O’Neal, CEO of Alive Hospice, to discuss some of challenges and…

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  • Bloomberg: The Real Price of Healthcare

    by Bill Frist

    Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg View columnist Lanhee Chen is joined by former U.S. Senate majority leader William Frist, Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, Boston Consulting Group partner Michael Ringel, John Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul Rothman, Thompson Holdings CEO Tommy Thompson, and Walgreen CEO Gregory Wasson to discuss the state of healthcare in the United…

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  • Child’s first 5 years hold key to success

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, Nov 14) As a surgeon, I understand the exigency of a window of opportunity. In cardiac transplant, procurement of a donor heart starts a strict four-hour window until that heart needs to be beating in the chest of the accepting patient — a patient who is almost always a plane ride away. Neuroscience…

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  • Tremendous Step Forward for Tennessee’s Children

    by Bill Frist

    Today the state of Tennessee has taken a tremendous step forward for our children and our future.  The Volunteer State has made more progress than any other state in the nation across 4th and 8th grade reading and math. When I launched the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in 2009, we noted that “several…

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  • Why the U.S. must lead on Disabilities Treaty

    by Bill Frist

    (Reuters, November 5, 2013 ) By Bill Frist In an HIV clinic in Africa, a man born deaf holds a single sheet of paper with a plus sign. He looks for help, but no one at the clinic speaks sign language. In fact, the staff doesn’t seem interested in helping him at all. He returns…

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  • End-of-life care plan can ensure wishes are respected

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, November 4, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Manoj Jain, M.D Fifth of six parts that will appear this fall “I would never have my mother, who has cancer, go through this,” a hospital case manager in her 50s says. “I would never have her be strapped to the bed. Never have a…

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  • Elderly need options for palliative care

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, October, 20, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Manoj Jain, M.D. A patient — we will call her Matilda — has thin, silvery hair, deep-set eyes and is in her mid-80s. She worked as a factory worker until she was widowed and now lives alone a few miles away from two working…

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  • We often avoid important conversation

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, October 6, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Manoj Jain, M.D. When a patient’s lymph node biopsy came back as a rare form of lymphoma, he did not have long to live. In the six months before he died, he did not settle his family affairs or financial accounts. His doctors should…

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  • It’s Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

    by Bill Frist

    (The Huffington Post, October 2, 2013) By Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together. We were proud to cosponsor…

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  • It’s never too early to discuss your final wishes

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, September 22, 2013) By Manoj Jain, M.D. and Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. A week before my (Dr. Jain) elderly parents came for a long visit, I asked them if they would be willing to have a conversation about end-of-life planning. But it wasn’t until the day before they left that we sat at…

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  • Health care group a guide in time of change

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, September 15, 2013) By Larry Van Horn, Ph.d., and Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. October 2014 is a month that our nation has eyed for more than four years. We will take a historic step to revamp our health care system by enrolling millions of Americans in federally mandated health insurance coverage. At the…

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  • Global Engagement Pays off for U.S.

    by Bill Frist

    By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Gov. Phil Bredesen During difficult economic times, there is a tendency for Americans to turn inward, to focus on domestic challenges, especially as this country emerges from a decade defined by two major wars and a crushing financial crisis. Though the urge to withdraw and retrench is understandable, it…

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  • Technology And The Changing Business Of Health Care

    by Bill Frist

    Three years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” scholars and political pundits have paid much attention to the macroeconomic effects of the law. Will Obamacare bend the health care cost curve? What will be its impact on the federal budget deficit? How will it affect the…

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  • European Summer Travels

    by Bill Frist

    Copenhagen, Denmark The statue of the Little Mermaid who gazes longingly out to sea from her rock to the harbor. Copenhagen is one of the most historic cities in the Baltic region; loved exploring the 850 years of recorded history. Helsinki, Finland Missed the all-year round Igloo hotel, but did sit for a few minutes…

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  • Bike Ride Through Kadriorg Park, Estonia

    by Bill Frist

    Rode bikes with Mary and Lee through Kadriorg Park, Estonia, site of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, and then went by the President’s Palace. Apparently he is a Princetonian but I did not see the orange and black flag flying that day (wonder if he was at reunions? Finally to romantic Old Town to see…

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  • Health care system should focus on easing patients’ lives

    by Bill Frist

    Over the course of the past century, advances in public health and medical care have led to improvements in life expectancy that our ancestors would not have been able to imagine. Average life expectancy for Americans born in 2013 is approaching 80 years. While we now live longer and typically spend most of these years…

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  • Fishing in Alaska

    by Bill Frist

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  • Global Engagement Pays off for U.S.

    by Bill Frist

    (The Tennessean, August 17, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. and Gov. Phil Bredesen During difficult economic times, there is a tendency for Americans to turn inward, to focus on domestic challenges, especially as this country emerges from a decade defined by two major wars and a crushing financial crisis. Though the urge to withdraw…

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  • Technology And The Changing Business Of Health Care

    by Bill Frist

    (Health Affairs, August 14, 2013) By Bill Frist, M.D. and Tom Daschle Three years after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” scholars and political pundits have paid much attention to the macroeconomic effects of the law. Will Obamacare bend the health care cost curve?  What will be…

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  • European Summer Travels 2013

    by Bill Frist

    Copenhagen, Denmark The statue of the Little Mermaid who gazes longingly out to sea from her rock to the harbor.  Copenhagen is one of the most historic cities in the Baltic region; loved exploring the 850 years of recorded history.             Helsinki, Finland Missed the all-year round Igloo hotel, but…

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  • Aspen with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson

    by Bill Frist

    Spent the other day at the Aspen Institute in beautiful surroundings with my former colleague Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson discussing health and defense strategy.

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  • Bike Ride Through Kadriorg Park, Estonia

    by Bill Frist

    Rode bikes with Mary and Lee through Kadriorg Park, Estonia, site of Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, and then went by the President’s Palace.  Apparently he is a Princetonian but I did not see the orange and black flag flying that day (wonder if he was at reunions?  Finally to romantic Old Town to see…

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  • Biking in Estonia

    by Bill Frist

    Biking in Tallin, Estonia with Sister Mary and Lee on cobblestone streets with cozy nooks amidst romantic towers

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  • Health care system should focus on easing patients’ lives

    by Bill Frist

    Over the course of the past century, advances in public health and medical care have led to improvements in life expectancy that our ancestors would not have been able to imagine. Average life expectancy for Americans born in 2013 is approaching 80 years. While we now live longer and typically spend most of these years in good health, many live with advanced and complicated illnesses. Health problems that once caused death are now controllable as chronic conditions. With these chronic conditions comes the risk of chronic illness and chronic symptoms.

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  • Nashville Health Care Council Fellows

    by Bill Frist

    “What we witnessed is bipartisan dialogue, exposure to world-known individuals, new methods of learning, strategies and tactics I have put to use, and a consistent and engaging forum for dialogue. I consider this class one of the single most important investments I have made in myself.” -Laura Beth Brown, Vice President, Vanderbilt Health Services, Vanderbilt…

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  • California Cycling

    by Bill Frist

    I finished my 75 mile ride from San Francisco to the Red Woods near the Russian River.  Now, it is time to enjoy nature and great conversation.  

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  • LeConte Adventures

    by Bill Frist

    Tennessee features some of the most exquisite landscape on the planet, and I recently made the hike up to the LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Waking up at Zoder’s in Gatlinburg, saying “Hi” to Cesar the parrot, who has been here 31 years and says “Hello!” back to me each…

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  • Future of Healthcare is Personalized Medicine

    by Bill Frist

    (Diplomatic Courier, July 08, 2013) By Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. It is a common refrain that America has the best health care in the world, but our people are far from the healthiest. We spend twice as much as any other nation on health services, yet rank dismally, behind more than twenty other countries in…

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  • What a Difference a Decade Makes

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, May 28, 2013) By Rep. Barbara Lee and Bill Frist A Democratic Congresswoman and a former Republican Senator aren’t afforded many opportunities to work together. Especially at a time of fiscal crisis when every dollar is scrutinized and fought over, partisanship pushes us into opposite corners. But we agree on a program that…

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  • A Crucial Moment for Global Nutrition

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, May 22, 2013) On June 8, the United Kingdom, under the leadership of Prime Minister David Cameron, will host “Nutrition for Growth,” a high-level meeting where donor governments, including our own, will pledge funding and other commitments to address undernutrition and its devastating impact on the long-term health and productivity of millions of…

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  • Phasing Out Fee-For-Service

    by Bill Frist

    (The New England Journal of Medicine, May 22, 2013) By Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder In March 2012, the Society of General Internal Medicine convened the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform to recommend forms of payment that would maximize good clinical outcomes, enhance patient and physician satisfaction and autonomy, and provide cost-effective care. The…

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  • Cost Sustainability

    by Bill Frist

    (Modern Healthcare, May 18, 2013) By Bill Frist and Dr. Manoj Jain We have done it. We have decreased the increase in the cost of healthcare. Let us explain. For three decades (1980–2009), the cost of healthcare has been increasing each year at an average rate of 7.4%—double the rate of inflation. However, over the…

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  • How to Build a Better Health-Care System

    by Bill Frist

    (Washington Post, April 17, 2013) By Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, Pete Domenici, and Alice Rivlin Tom Daschle, a Democrat and former senator from South Dakota, was Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2003. Bill Frist, a Republican and former senator from Tennessee, was Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2007. Pete Domenici, a Republican and…

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  • States’ Rare Chance to Expand Medicaid

    by Bill Frist

    (Politico, April 11, 2013) By Bill Frist A proposal unveiled by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam late last month leverages federal funds to purchase private coverage for new Medicaid eligibles in the state’s health insurance exchange. In recent weeks, Arkansas became the first state to embrace a similar plan. This market-based approach, known as “premium assistance,”…

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  • We Must Continue Our Legacy of Saving Lives

    by Bill Frist

    (Roll Call, March 7, 2013) Now is no time to shy away from our health investments By Bill Frist A decade ago, as I was beginning my time as Senate majority leader, bipartisan consensus in Washington helped launch a new era of progress in global health just when it was sorely needed. Twenty years had…

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  • Changing the Way Physicians are Paid: Report of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform

    by Bill Frist

    (Health Affairs Blog, March 4, 2013) By Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder The loud cries warning that rising health care costs are going to destroy the nation’s economy have been shouted so often that the will to move firmly in any one direction has almost halted. We’ve all heard them: health care costs are unsustainable,…

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  • To Contain Health Care Costs, Pay Doctors Differently

    by Bill Frist

    (Politico, March 4, 2013) by Bill Frist and Steven Schroeder Lawmakers have spent decades dancing around how to stop health care costs from eating up greater and greater portions of our overall budget. Even now, the proposals on the table look at cuts in services, asking seniors covered under Medicare to pick up a higher…

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  • Podcast: Bill Frist Discusses the Fellowship Group with Modern Healthcare

    by Bill Frist

    Transplant surgeon and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sees a healthcare industry in flux, driven by the need crack the “value equation” that ties cost control to outcomes. Frist signed on as co-director of a new fellowship program established by the Nashville Healthcare Council to help council members’ executives meet that challenge. Modern…

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  • How do you want to die?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Sept 11, 2012) It’s a fraught question, but unless we move beyond caricatured “death panels” and deal with grim realities thoughtfully and responsibly, we’re all in trouble. How do you envision death with dignity? I like to think of being at home in the comforting and supportive environment of family and friends. But…

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  • Personalized Medicine

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, July 10, 2012) It’s time to think of health in a disruptive way. Policy must set the enabling landscape, but the truly dramatic and the transformative will come from the exploding but still very young field of personalized medicine. All healthcare is local, and all health is personal. Personalized medicine is healthcare targeted…

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  • What my doctor thinks of Obamacare?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, August 29, 2012) Lawmakers in D.C. may truly be committed to improving America’s health-care system. But according to actual physicians, our leaders are going about it all wrong Want real health reform that is in the interest of you and your family? Don’t make the same mistake that Washington did. In formulating ObamaCare,…

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  • Need for Affordable Care Cuts Across Party Lines

    by Bill Frist

    (The Hill, August 1, 2012) Need for affordable care cuts across party lines By Tom Daschle and Bill Frist On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a decision that affects the health and well-being of every American, as well as the fiscal future of our nation. By affirming the constitutionality of the Patient Protection…

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  • Is AIDS the last bipartisan issue?

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, July 31) These days, Washington can’t agree on anything. Thankfully, though, some brave lawmakers are still willing to cross the aisle to fight a deadly disease. We live in fiercely contentious times. Every day, it seems, a new issue arises that Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on. Health care, taxes, energy, favorite flavor…

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  • Why both parties should embrace ObamaCare’s state exchanges

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, July 18, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Largely lost in the fight over ObamaCare is a worthy provision that lets states develop insurance systems that are right for them — but they must act soon. When the new health care reform law was being debated in 2009 and 2010, everyone talked about “death…

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  • Helping Haiti Build Back Better

    by Bill Frist

    (The Washington Times, July 13, 2012) As a board member of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, I traveled to Haiti last month to check on the post-earthquake progress being made through the fund’s projects. What I saw confirms that developmental aid can have a greater impact than the humanitarian aid most people know. Moments after…

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  • The Crucial Need to Hold Students to a Higher Standard

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, posted on July 3, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Far too many U.S. teens leave high school unprepared for college — not to mention the job market Over the last few months, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors have walked across a stage and received a diploma, an important moment that should be…

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  • The world needs more health-care workers — millions more

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Posted on June 19, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. The most impressive part of any hospital or health clinic is the caring, skilled employees who prevent and treat illness. But the workforce we have is not enough.   As I visit health programs in far off corners of the world and right here…

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  • America must invest in research universities — or get left behind

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, June 5, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Gone are the days when Bell Labs was the nation’s prime innovator. Today, we must rely on universities — and those universities need our help Innovation gave birth to Microsoft, FedEx, Xerox, Starbucks, Apple, and thousands more businesses that have powered America’s growth, making us the…

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  • How to wean America from its dangerous food addiction

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, posted on May 22, 2012 ) By Bill Frist, M.D. The nation’s obesity epidemic is as much about brain chemistry as it is poor diet and laziness — a fact we must realize if we’re going to treat obesity effectively In ancient history, eating was for survival. Food was tough to come by…

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  • How Facebook is reinventing organ donation

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, Posted on May 8, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Thousands of Americans die each year waiting for heart, lung, and kidney transplants that never materialize. Mark Zuckerberg is intent on changing that What do you use Facebook for? To keep up with friends, share pictures of your kids, or pass around the latest…

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  • 5 reasons deficit hawks should lay off global health initiatives

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, April 24, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. America’s national debt is ballooning at a worryingly rapid pace. But some programs ought to be spared the chopping block. Government spending is about to get chopped — no matter who wins the next presidential election. President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney have both…

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  • How the U.S. Can Find and Train More Great Teachers

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, April 10, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. Consider Laura. When she entered the third grade, she couldn’t understand the stories all her friends enjoyed. She was even too embarrassed to read aloud. Why? She could only read at a first grade level. Laura’s hardly alone — but that’s small comfort. A recent study…

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  • Premium Support is the Only Way to Fix America’s Medicare Mess

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, March 27, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. To save Medicare — and rein in our national debt — we must transform the entitlement program into a defined-contribution system Nothing is scarier than losing your health. A close second, however, is getting sick and not being able to afford the care you need. For…

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  • How the Supreme Court’s ‘ObamaCare’ ruling will affect you

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, March 13, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. The nation’s highest court is about to judge the president’s signature legislative achievement — and it’s not just politicians who are invested in the outcome. Is the new health care law constitutional? You might think it doesn’t matter — or at least, that it doesn’t matter…

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  • 3 ways to fix America’s child poverty problem

    by Bill Frist

    (The Week, February 28, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. One in five American children suffers through extreme financial hardship. It doesn’t have to be that way Americans hear a lot about decline. Declines in manufacturing, fading productivity, plummeting home values, spiralling deficits, and sadly, dwindling faith in the American dream. Let me tell you where…

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  • What Childhood Poverty Means

    by Bill Frist

    (Huffington Post, February 3, 2012) By Bill Frist, M.D. This post is part of a series on childhood poverty in the United States in partnership with Save the Children and Julianne Moore. Moore leads the organization’s Valentine’s Day campaign, through which cards are sold to support the fight against poverty in the U.S. To learn…

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  • Tennessee Tenure Reform

    by Bill Frist

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  • Tennessee SCORE

    by Bill Frist

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  • Health As A Currency For Peace

    by Bill Frist

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  • Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act 2010

    by Bill Frist

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  • Sri Lanka Tsunami

    by Bill Frist

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