GrandRounds St. Jude Promotes Tricia Spence to Manager of Volunteers Tricia Spence has been promoted to Manager of Volunteers and Special Events in the Volunteer Services Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Spence, who has worked for nine years at St. Jude, was previously responsible for Tricia Spence recruiting, screening, placing, supervising and providing training for a staff of 70 volunteer. She was also responsible for tracking retention rates for and compliance for volunteers. In her new position, she will provide oversight of the hospital’s volunteer programs, and will supervise the volunteer coordinator and student interns to maintain quality and design, while launching new ways for volunteers to positively impact St. Jude patients and families. Spence has a degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. She joined St. Jude in 2008 as Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator. She was previously a volunteer coordinator and program assistant with United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South.
TMA to Hold Insurance Workshop on October 17 The Tennessee Medical Association, the state’s largest professional organization for physicians, will hold its 38th annual Insurance Workshop in Memphis on Wednesday, October 17, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 700 Central Ave. The workshop will be open to Physicians, Practice Managers and Medical Support Staff. TMA’s Insurance Workshop brings
the state’s biggest payers directly to Memphis practice managers and medical office staff, and provides updates on claim filing, disputes and appeals, policy changes, prior authorizations and more. Attendees can earn 6 CEUs while hearing from Amerigroup, BCBST, Bureau of TennCare, Cigna/CignaHealthspring, Palmetto GBA and UnitedHealthcare at the workshops this fall. New for 2018: • National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS) will present strat-
egies on compliance and reimbursement. • Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Inspector General will be on site with information about TennCare fraud. • Tickets are $179 for TMA members, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) members, or staff of members; each additional attendee is $139. Nonmember tickets are $229 each. Those wanting to register should visit tnmed.org/insurance-workshops.
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James Downing to Present Hematology Donnall Thomas Lecture The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor James R. Downing, MD, president and CEO at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his discoveries related to the hematopathology and molecular biology of childhood leukemia, the most common pediatric cancer. Dr. Downing will present his lecture, “The Molecular Pathology of Pediatric Acute Leukemia,” on Monday, December 11, at the 59th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta. His lecture will focus on progress that has been made over the last 15 years in advancing our understanding of pediatric acute leukemia and how this information is increasing cure rates. This lectureship and prize is named after the late Nobel Prize laureate and past president of ASH E. Donnall Thomas, MD. The E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize recognizes pioneering research achievements in hematology that represent a paradigm shift or significant discovery in the field. Dr. Downing, who began his career in 1981 after graduating from the University of Michigan with undergraduate and medical degrees, has focused his work on acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloblastic leukemia with a particular emphasis on the so-called core-binding factor leukemias. He pioneered the concept that the tools of advanced genomics could be used to better predict disease prognosis.
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Memphis Medical News October 2018