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  • 60% Of Americans Say Government Making Pandemic Worse. Here’s How We Restore Trust In Government & Science (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    September 4, 2020 Forbes | President Trump has said a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready before Election Day on November 3, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just advised state public health officials to prepare to distribute one to high-risk populations as soon as late October or early November. This comes on the heels of…

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  • Tennessee’s COVID-19 Update – A Weekly Analysis (Week of July 19 – 25, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on Department of…

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  • COVID-19 Laid Bare America’s Need to Confront Its Racial Health Disparities (Morning Consult)

    by Bill Frist

    BY BILL FRIST & RHONDA MEDOWS Morning Consult | Every one of us is feeling the stress of these uncertain times. For Black Americans, the pain of the past several months has been especially devastating. Two viruses have reared their ugly head: COVID-19 and racism — both of which are killing people of color at disproportionate rates.  Although…

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  • Tennessee’s COVID-19 Update – A Weekly Analysis (Week of July 12 – 18, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on…

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  • Let’s keep Tennessee in the forefront of telehealth advancement (The Tennessean)

    by Bill Frist

    The Tennessean | We must continue to lay the groundwork that will allow virtual care to flourish so all Tennesseans will benefit. The physical distancing precautions Tennesseans have undertaken to slow the spread of the coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives. These changes have necessitated hardships, especially in our workplaces, schools, and families. All…

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  • Tennessee’s COVID-19 Update – A Weekly Analysis (Week of July 5 – 11, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on…

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  • Tennessee’s COVID-19 Update – A Weekly Analysis (Week of June 28 – July 4, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on…

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  • 2005: “Manhattan Project for the 21st Century” – Remarks Delivered at the Bohemian Grove

    by Bill Frist

    Remarks as Delivered by Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. “Manhattan Project for the 21st Century” July 28, 2005 It is an honor for me to return to the Fellowship of the Grove and in this spectacular setting — the still waters, the glorious light — to share a few thoughts.  To be honest, this setting…

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  • 2005: Frist Calls For Manhattan Project For The 21st Century

    by Bill Frist

    August 3rd, 2005 – U.S. Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, M.D. delivered the following lecture at the Nantucket Atheneum. The talk titled “The Manhattan Project for the 21st Century” outlined the global threat of infectious disease and bioterrorism and the need to better prepare the United States and the world to respond to epidemics…

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  • Health leaders: We stuck together to #StayHome, now we can start together to #OpenSafely | Opinion (USA Today)

    by Bill Frist

    USA Today | Americans want our country to open up safely. We have been at this for a number of difficult weeks since the global coronavirus pandemic began, and it has taken a toll. It has been a time of unprecedented challenge. To our health. To our jobs. To our social connections. To our health…

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  • Health leaders: We stuck together to #StayHome, now we can start together to #OpenSafely (USA Today)

    by Bill Frist

    We don’t believe we need to wait until there is zero risk. Many states are already beginning to reopen and this must happen in the safest way possible. USA Today | Americans want our country to open up safely. We have been at this for a number of difficult weeks since the global coronavirus pandemic…

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  • To Prioritize Both Student Learning and Student Health, Schools Must Work Differently This Fall | Opinion (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    BY FORMER SEN. BILL FRIST (R-TENN.) AND DAVID MANSOURI, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS The Hill | As states and communities across the nation address the significant public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and begin the intentional reopening of our communities, it is important to also look ahead to an important benchmark: the return to…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases – A Weekly Analysis (Week of May 10th, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases – A Weekly Analysis (Week of May 3rd, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  As our state begins to reopen businesses, restaurants, and lift restrictions on stay at home orders, the statistics for infection rates are vitally important. NashvilleHealth is sharing weekly tracking updates and insights based on…

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  • The US should be a leader in the global fight against Covid-19 | Opinion (CNN)

    by Bill Frist

    CNN | Americans are staring down an unprecedented crisis. We’ve already lost more than 71,000 of our fellow citizens. Millions of families live in fear and uncertainty every second. And large swaths of our workforce are losing their jobs each week. Together, we face a common, invisible enemy: the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. As two former US Senate majority leaders, we…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 29, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 25, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Privatized contact tracing will help America safely reopen amid coronavirus pandemic | Opinion (The Tennessean)

    by Bill Frist

    THE TENNESSEAN | South Korea proved it could contain COVID-19 without a lockdown through aggressive contact tracing. That is what the U.S. must do to be successful too. After implementing social distancing through a lockdown, but before deploying a vaccine, the single best tool we have to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is contact tracing.  Countries…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 22, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • What We Have Lost In Social Connections, We Can Gain In Nature (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | What We Have Lost In Social Connections, We Can Gain In Nature The coronavirus pandemic has stolen much from us: the company of our friends, the variety of our daily activity, the color of our social occasions, and—for too many—the stability of our livelihoods. It thrusts us into physical distancing, imposed isolation, and loneliness….

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 21, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 20, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 15, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 14, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 13, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • We Failed to Act on Pandemic Preparedness Before. Let’s not Make that Mistake Again. (LinkedIn)

    by Bill Frist

    LinkedIn | As the COVID-19 pandemic surge peaks and we begin to think about reopening our economy, our policy makers should immediately address how to prepare for the next one, for it is inevitable that a next one will occur. I share with you my exact words from an address I gave at the National…

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  • Could Congress Vote by Zoom? (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | The COVID-19 pandemic has rocketed the American workforce into the virtual space. Nearly any worker who can is working from home. Company boards are holding meetings and voting virtually. Physicians are seeing patients through telehealth. What hasn’t changed? The United States Congress. Members must still travel to the floor of their Chamber to cast their vote in person,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 10 & 11, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Our National Moment: How We Can Put Our Healthcare Heroes First (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | As a transplant surgeon for years, we were forced to routinely make tough life and death decisions. With too few available donor hearts (limited supply) for the overwhelming number of patients waiting for a transplant (huge demand), allocation of the limited vital resource, the donor heart, left many to die within months while waiting for…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (April 2, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (March 30, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID Cases – A Daily Analysis (March 27, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases – A Daily Analysis (March 26, 2020)

    by Bill Frist

    Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide.  In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates,…

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  • What We Can Learn from Tennessee’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases – A Daily Analysis

    by Bill Frist

    With the coronavirus pandemic, we are in unprecedented times, with governments having to use incomplete and rapidly evolving information to determine how to best keep their people safe as well as keep local economies afloat.  I want to commend Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Health for the steps they have taken to…

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  • We May Have 72 Hours To Address The COVID-19 Protective Equipment Shortage (FORBES)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | I write today to describe an urgent issue that must be addressed by federal leadership in the next 72 hours. In conversations this week with two highly respected leaders representing hospitals in different parts of the country, I received the same vital message: we must organize a national effort to develop personal protective…

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  • America’s public health infrastructure needs consistent funding (Roll Call)

    by Bill Frist

    Roll Call | As our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, we have once again become aware of the critical importance of our state and local health departments. They are the backbone of our nation’s response system. This is not a new story: Just in this century, we have confronted major infectious disease outbreaks — SARS, H1N1,…

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  • Trump’s call to end HIV is a worthy mission both at home and abroad (CNN)

    by Bill Frist

    CNN | In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump brought attention to a disease that has almost disappeared from the headlines: HIV/AIDS. He pledged to end the epidemic in the United States by 2030, setting commendable, ambitious goals for domestic prevention and treatment efforts. I support President Trump’s pledged investment in domestic…

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  • The Tax Credit that is History in the Re-Making (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | At a time when our nation feels like it may be torn apart with increasing partisanship and clash of cultures, there is something all Americans share in common. We all take pride in our communities, our hometowns, the places where we were born and the places where we’ve put down roots. Part of…

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  • Why Tennessee should join 35 other states in adopting a historic tax credit (Tennessean)

    by Bill Frist

    THE TENNESSEAN | Earlier this week, Gov. Bill Lee made the commendable decision to direct all state agencies to find ways to improve how they serve rural Tennessee regions. “My administration will place a high emphasis on the development and success of our rural areas,” Governor Lee said in announcing his first executive order.  I strongly…

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  • What Andy Samberg And Sandra Oh Got Right At The Golden Globes: Vaccines Are Worth Celebrating! (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Last week at the Golden Globes, hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh made headlines as they tried to give out free flu shots to celebrities in the audience. This surprise stunt showed famous stars looking shocked and nervous as needle-wielding nurses descended from the stage to offer vaccinations. Samberg joked, “If you are an…

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  • Has Childhood Obesity Become A National Security Threat? (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | As a physician and lawmaker, I have long argued that federal global health aid improves America’s standing in the world and makes us safer by steadying unstable nations. Countries with healthy workforces have improved economic outputs, stronger family units, and are less likely to become havens for terrorists.  But what many may not…

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  • Sen. Frist on Sen. Alexander’s Decision Not to Run in 2020

    by Bill Frist

    Lamar Alexander’s unparalleled intellect, his unwavering commitment to commonsense Tennessee values, combined with his extraordinary willingness to do the hard work (he does more in a day than most do in a week!) has led to countless achievements that have improved our lives and dramatically enhanced our well-being.  Senator Alexander has been a tireless servant…

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  • 15 Years Later: How Well Are We Doing Addressing AIDS (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | This World AIDS Day, we celebrate the astounding progress made in the past 15 years! Thanks to PEPFAR— the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—14.6 million people living with HIV (59%) have access to antiretroviral therapy. More than 2.4 million babies have been born HIV-free. Countless lives have been saved. This progress…

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  • Reading The Healthcare Tea Leaves In The 2018 Midterm Elections (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | The November elections left us with a lot to digest—it wasn’t the decisive “blue wave” that some were predicting, but the tea leaves did tell us some interesting things about what voters believe and value, particularly when it comes to healthcare. Interestingly, pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies found a notable phenomenon…

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  • The Latest In Blockchain In Healthcare: Top Takeaways From Distributed Health (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Last week I had the honor of kicking off the third annual Distributed Health conference in Nashville, which brought together leaders in healthcare as well as blockchain innovators from across the nation. All were united by the shared belief that blockchain has transformative potential for health and healthcare, with changes already underway. Blockchain…

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  • The Future Of Healthcare Innovation And Why Government Matters (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Why do politics matter to health? Because government, when focused, can do incredible things to move our health forward. Here are just two examples that I was directly involved with while in the United States Senate. Read more at Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrist/2018/11/06/the-future-of-healthcare-innovation-and-why-government-matters/#f00d712192d2

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  • Taking Root in Nashville – A New Collaborative to Green our Streets and Improve our Health

    by Bill Frist

    Clean air, cooler streets, safer neighborhoods, improved health – these are all things we’d like for our city of Nashville.  What do they all share in common?  They are all goals that can be achieved in part through a larger urban tree canopy – and all are central to the mission of our new collaborative…

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  • 70 Years Ago America Led The Largest Humanitarian Airlift In History: Today Would We Do The Same? (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | In June of 1948 there was a crisis in Berlin. The Soviet Union—one of four countries tasked with redeveloping Germany after its World War II loss—set up a blockade around the capital city. By cutting off food, water, electricity, and other supplies, the Soviets expected to take over a starved Berlin and expand…

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  • Fixing the opioid crisis requires the two things Congress hates most: Bipartisanship and government spending (NBC News)

    by Bill Frist

    NBC NEWS | Practically every community in America, and most families, are facing the still-growing opioid epidemic that is tearing at the soul of our health and wellbeing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 115 Americans die each day from opioid-related overdoses, and research suggests that misuse of prescription opioids is a risk factor for heroinuse. It is…

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  • Make water a top global priority. It’s the best, cheapest way to save lives (USA Today)

    by Bill Frist

    USA TODAY | This summer has seen the unprecedented and simultaneous outbreak of six of eight diseases posing the greatest threats to public health, according to the World Health Organization. You’d think that after the alarmingly fast spread of Ebola in West Africa just a few years ago, we’d have learned our lesson. Instead, the…

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  • Loneliness kills: A new public health crisis (and what we can do about it) (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    THE HILL | A little-discussed condition raises the risk of premature death by up to 50 percent—making it a health hazard at least as significant as smoking and alcohol and more so than obesity. Yet many medical professionals haven’t heard about it, and the public remains largely in the dark. We’re talking about social isolation,…

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  • Murder In The Capitol: Honor The Fallen And Improve Mental Health (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Twenty years ago tomorrow was one of the most memorable days in my U.S. Senate career. And it haunts me still. It doesn’t mark the anniversary of major legislation being signed or a bipartisan deal being struck. Rather, July 24, 1998, was the day our U.S. Capitol building was attacked by a mentally ill, armed individual who took…

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  • Opinion: An Open Health Diplomacy Hand Works Better Than a Fist (Roll Call)

    by Bill Frist

    ROLL CALL | Recent headlines have been filled with stories and images of parents being separated from their children by the U.S. government. This is not what our country represents. In fact, 15 years ago, we enacted the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, to do quite the opposite, and the program has gone…

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  • Today’s Life-Saving Ebola Vaccine Was Spurred By The 2001 Anthrax And 2004 Ricin Attacks (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Currently in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 25 people are suspected to have already died from Ebola in the Equateur province. Four cases have reached the provincial capital of Mbandaka, prompting fears that DRC is on the cusp of an urban epidemic. A few years ago, in the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic,…

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  • Biden & Frist: Now is not the time to cut off AIDS funding (CNN)

    by Bill Frist

    CNN| Last month marked the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The celebrations included an important announcement that didn’t receive enough attention: Today, 14 million people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to care are receiving lifesaving HIV treatment. When we worked alongside President George W. Bush in 2003 to usher PEPFAR…

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  • A ‘Safer Cigarette’ Doesn’t Prevent Premature Death And May Be Tracking You (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | When I operated on hearts and lungs every day to do my best to fix the underlying devastating and life-shortening disease, I’d always think, “If only this could be prevented.” And it can, by stopping smoking. Ever since we recognized the health risks of smoking tobacco nearly 75 years ago, the world’s doctors, policy makers,…

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  • The five things we must to do together to end the opioids epidemic (USA Today)

    by Bill Frist

    USA TODAY | For the first time in history, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. For the first time in nearly a quarter century, U.S. life expectancy has declined, driven by diseases of despair like alcoholism and drug addiction. And for the first time in a long time, policymakers and providers are serious…

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  • Medicine As Currency For Peace: How Global Health Funding Could Change The World (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    Forbes | I first met the virus as a young surgical resident in training. I read the initial 1981 report of five people in California who died of a mysterious, unnamed disease. The virus outsmarted and outran us. The first year, we watched helplessly as a few hundred people died. The next year, a few thousand,…

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  • A Tribute to Uwe Reinhardt: Remarks at the April 21st Memorial at Princeton University Chapel

    by Bill Frist

    For each of the last 46 years, Uwe Reinhardt touched me like a father, a brother, a son, a friend. He walked by my side on every leg of my journey and supported me at every major turning point. These are the remarks I gave at his memorial service at Princeton on April 21 and shared…

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  • To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected: Why U.S. Should Lead on Global Health (TEDMED)

    by Bill Frist

    TEDMED | A life-changing story has been missed by the media and the general public. But it will be highlighted in the history books in future generations. The story is that for less than 1% of our federal budget, the United States since 1990 has led the world in reducing by half those living in…

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  • Diet quality should become a core SNAP objective (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    THE HILL | As Congress considers reauthorizing SNAP as part of the 2018 Farm Bill, we believe it’s time to make nutrition a top priority for the program. First, we request that diet quality become a core SNAP objective. Specifically, we recommend eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from the list of items that can be purchased with SNAP in…

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  • I’m Helping Found A National Health Care Movement. Let Me Tell You Why (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Today the United States health care system is very sick.  We have been debating health care policy fixes in America for decades but much of that time our public discussion has focused on unattainable all-or-nothing solutions. Such is the case today. With each side focused solely on their partisan version of the “cure,” we’ve…

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  • Notes from the Road: Tuungane Program

    by Bill Frist

    Tracy and I are in Africa for two-weeks: Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya. The trip will bring together work from Hope Through Healing Hands (global community health) and The Nature Conservancy (intersection nature and health) in conjunction with Pathfinder International (global women’s health). As chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands, I will explore how we…

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  • Fixing the wildfire funding problem starts with prevention (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    THE HILL | America’s forests are the heart and lungs of our nation. Forests clean our drinking water and trees filter the air we all need, and the work of keeping them healthy shouldn’t suffer because we must also fight wildfire disasters. Unfortunately, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) are…

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  • Tennessee gubernatorial candidates discuss education in forum (The Tennessean)

    by Bill Frist

    THE TENNESSEAN | On Tuesday night, Tennessee voters will have their first chance to hear from candidates running for governor on one of the most important topics for the future of our great state: Education. This first statewide forum featuring gubernatorial candidates from both political parties is being hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE),…

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  • Alex Azar has the temperament, judgment, and focus to lead HHS (STAT)

    by Bill Frist

    STAT | The secretary of HHS is one of the most important Cabinet positions in the federal government. The department has a budget of over $1 trillion and 70,000 employees, and its programs touch nearly every American. With such an extensive reach, the HHS secretary must be experienced managing complex and large organizations; possess broad knowledge across…

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  • Six Lessons from 50 Years of Heart Transplantation (LinkedIn Pulse)

    by Bill Frist

    LINKED IN | December 3rd is a historic day in modern medical history – this year marked the 50th anniversary of the world’s first heart transplant. Once considered the stuff of science fiction, this miraculous procedure now saves thousands of lives each year, with 3,191 heart transplants performed in the United States in 2016 alone. The medical miracle of…

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  • Opinion: We started PEPFAR. Politicizing AIDS would be a disaster (DEVEX)

    by Bill Frist

    DEVEX | A decade and a half ago, we came together to bridge the political divide and address one of history’s worst public health crises. In 2002, 3.1 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related causes and 11 million children in sub-Saharan Africa had lost one or more parents to the disease. The AIDS epidemic was only getting…

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  • Children’s Health Insurance Program Demands Quick, Bipartisan Passage (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Why would someone give up a career as a full-time surgeon to become an elected official? It was a question I was asked time and again during my two terms in the U.S. Senate. To me, the answer was always clear: I was searching for a way to make a positive impact on…

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  • Five bipartisan steps toward stabilizing our healthcare system with Andy Slavitt (Washington Post)

    by Bill Frist

    WASHINGTON POST | At a meeting in California this spring, we sat down with a number of insurance company chief executives who are major participants in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. They asked us to carry back a message to Washington: Put partisanship aside and end federal uncertainty about support for the ACA; otherwise, they will…

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  • In Fight Against Extreme Poverty, Congress Must Now Protect America’s Leadership (Forbes)

    by Global

    FORBES | A new report issued by the Joint Monitoring Program on Water Supply and Sanitation shows that 2.1 billion people don’t even have access to safe drinking water at home. More than twice that number—4.5 billion people, or a full 60% of earth’s population—live without a toilet that safely protects them from human waste….

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  • Bill Frist to Congress: Stand up for nature. Don’t starve conservation programs

    by Global

    USA TODAY | I recently visited the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area—a gem of the national park system in my beloved home state of Tennessee. As I walked its trails, rode horses, camped and met with a wonderful cross-section of Americans along the way, I was grateful for our nation’s public lands…

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  • Six devastating effects of cutting CDC funding (The Hill)

    by Global

    THE HILL | Congress will soon be faced with many momentous decisions that will affect the lives of Americans for years to come. One of the most critical threats to our health is the potential for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s (CDC) budget to be reduced to its lowest levels in 20 years…

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  • A New Model Of Community Care: Aspire Health And Transforming Advanced Illness Care (Forbes)

    by Global

    FORBES | For loved ones with advanced illness such as cancer or heart disease or with severe symptoms from a chronic illness, especially in the last year or so of life, what we desperately want is for them to seamlessly receive high quality, compassionate care at home that keeps them comfortable and free from pain…

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  • Telemedicine can improve access to quality, affordable care in Texas (Texas Tribune)

    by Bill Frist

    TEXAS TRIBUNE | If you become ill and need a doctor tonight at 11, who will you call? What will you do? Texans in Austin, Dallas, or Houston are probably surprised to learn that Texas ranks 47th in the nation in the number of active primary care physicians per capita. Among its 254 counties, 35…

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  • Less salt in foods means longer lives — Trump’s administration can fix this (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    THE HILL | No state is an island when it comes to our food and its impact — good or bad — on our population’s health. That’s why it’s critically important for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue its efforts to reduce sodium in our packaged and restaurant foods. In June, the FDA…

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  • Supporting Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

    by Bill Frist

    Betsy DeVos has been nominated for the next U.S. Secretary of Education, and I believe she is the best person for the position. I’ve known Betsy for many years, and I’ve seen firsthand her passion for education and for our children. Here is the letter I’ve just sent Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Committee on Health,…

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  • Groundbreaking 21st Century Cures Act

    by Bill Frist

    The US Senate just voted 94-5 to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. This is an historic moment for American medical innovation and the millions of patients who will benefit. The Cures Act is groundbreaking. Over the 40 years I have been in medicine, there has never been a more exciting time for medical innovation…

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  • The Newborn Illness That Nobody Is Talking About – And It’s Not Zika (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Nothing can prepare a mother for seeing her newborn seize multiple times an hour, refuse to eat or sleep, and shake uncontrollably. That’s what Julia found herself facing after severe chronic back pain from a car accident left her dependent on opioids. Julia had been a college student from a middle class family with…

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  • Congress Must Preserve Quitlines and The Tips Program (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Smoking is the number one killer and public health challenge today, causing more deaths each year than automobile accidents, firearm-related injuries, HIV, illegal drug use, and alcohol abuse—combined. As a surgeon, it was the primary cause of the heart and lung disease that I operated on every day for 15 years. In my…

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  • Salty Stuff (The Hill)

    by Bill Frist

    THE HILL | When more than 75% of the sodium you eat comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, it can seem like the problem is out of your hands. How can you cut back on salt effectively when you can’t control those foods? The Food & Drug Administration feels the same way. In a draft guidance…

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  • A Cancer Moonshot With A Clear Plan

    by Bill Frist

    The Obama administration announced on Monday that it hopes to spend a total of a $1 billion to fund a cancer “moonshot” in search of cures. That amount is likely not sufficient, but it can establish the framework by which the goal can eventually be met.  It is critical that under this rallying cry we…

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  • The Numbers are In: The Case for NashvilleHealth

    by Bill Frist

    I like to keep an eye on my hometown’s statistics. I love seeing Nashville listed among the nation’s best cities to launch a startup, raise a family and visit for a weekend away. According to some estimates, we gain 80 new Nashvillians each day, transplants from all over, drawn to our welcoming atmosphere and our…

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  • In Memory of Fred Thompson

    by Bill Frist

    Today Tennessee lost a talented and admired statesman and many of us lost a beloved friend. Working at his side in the Senate for 8 years, Fred embodied what has always been the best of Tennessee politics—he listened carefully and was happy to work across the aisle for causes that he believed were right. My…

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  • The Future for The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    by Bill Frist

    Research matters. An agency that I fought to save many years ago is at risk again, and Congress must make a move to save it. I had just been sworn into the U.S. Senate in 1995, when I first found out that the The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – then known as the…

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  • The Virus Wars: Vaccines that Work and Why We Aren’t Using Them

    by Bill Frist

    Researchers around the world are scrambling to find an Ebola virus vaccine. Rightfully so. The virus infected nearly 28,000 people and killed over 10,000 in Africa since last year’s outbreak began. But there are other viruses with even more staggering numbers: HPV–human papillomavirus–killed 230,000 women last year. 170,000 more were diagnosed with cancer, but survived. And…

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  • Three Challenges Impacting The Future Of Obamacare (Forbes)

    by Bill Frist

    FORBES | Last week’s Supreme Court decision puts the Affordable Care Act firmly and securely into institutional and cultural permanence.  It still bears flaws due to its imperfect construction and divisive passage, but after five years, the new certainty for insurance markets will permit a maturity of risk pools, and the more direct and predictable provider…

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  • Compensating for End of Life Conversations Is Important First Step

    by Bill Frist

    The Obama Administration is soon scheduled to release the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which determines what and how much providers can bill for health care services. The administration can choose to compensate providers for offering voluntary counseling services to patients and families about end-of-life care options, and I strongly urge it to do…

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  • A Charge to Press Forward on Alzheimer’s Research

    by Bill Frist

    Heart transplantation revolutionized healthcare in a way that’s hard to comprehend. What was once a death sentence–sometimes without warning–became surmountable. People got their lives back. We need the same revolution in Alzheimer’s research. The answer will be different; transplant can’t solve this problem. But just because the way forward is unclear, we can’t stop pushing…

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  • Killing the superbug: A call for Congressional action

    by Bill Frist

    When Alexander Flemming accepted his Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin, he issued a warning to future generations: his miracle drug—responsible for saving millions of lives—could one day be useless. “It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them,” Flemming…

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