Some of the country’s most influential health care companies are banding together to train the industry’s next generation of executives. The Nashville Health Care Council announced its “Fellows” program Monday.
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The upcoming Supreme Court arguments over the 2010 health care overhaul could be a game-changer for Nashville’s biggest industry. Many health care companies are depending on the controversial requirement that everyone purchase insurance.
Health care analysts believe the industry, with its heavy presence in Nashville, will continue to see slight gains this year. But they see a potential burst of growth when parts of the recent health care overhaul go into effect.
Nashville has continued to see more and more health care jobs, even through the economic downturn. A new study from MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center puts the industry’s total impact at $30 billion. That’s an increase of 60 percent since 2004.
The CEO of Microsoft told Nashville’s health care industry leaders Wednesday small physician practices are making the expansion of electronic records a challenge. Several companies based here could benefit from billions of dollars from the federal government to expand electronic records.
Federal funds are making it feasible for health care providers to switch to electronic records. But a panel of financial experts speaking last week to the Nashville Health Care Council said it’s not clear how the numbers for health care IT will look once the stimulus money is gone.