Nashville group proposes new health care system for indigent

Posted: 5:16 PM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-06 00:22:56Z

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville health care providers, community leaders and government officials are proposing a new system for caring for indigent patients.

The proposal envisions a network of care by providers across the city with Nashville General Hospital serving as a hub.

A program of coordination called BetterHealth Nashville will be managed by Meharry Medical College. It will track patients' medical care, regardless of where they are treated. The program also will track nonmedical factors that affect patients' health, such as nutrition, housing and transportation.

The proposal comes from the Indigent Care Stakeholder Work Team. It was convened in 2017 by Meharry President and CEO Dr. James Hildreth in response to a proposal to close inpatient care at Nashville General. The city's public hospital serves as the primary teaching hospital for Meharry.