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Tennessee-based addiction treatment companies ReVIDA Recovery Centers and Cedar Recovery have been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in a four-year demonstration exploring new payments and delivery models in treating patients with opioid use disorder.

The trial seeks to increase access to addiction treatment services and improve physical and mental outcomes for Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries, according to CMS, while attempting to reduce expenditures for the safety-net payer.

ReVIDA and Cedar Recovery will now receive two new Medicare payments for participating in the demonstration, including a per-beneficiary, per-month care management fee and a performance-based incentive payment.

“ReVIDA promotes safe and healthy communities by empowering individuals to reclaim their lives from opioid use disorder. Our team of physicians, nurses, care coordinators, and counselors are committed to clinical excellence and ensuring each patient has the greatest chance at recovery,” ReVIDA Recovery Centers CEO Lee Dilworth said in a press release. “We are proud to be included in this important study and recognized for our work reclaiming lives in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. We look forward to seeing the impact of this study on our patients over the next four years.”

Ascension Saint Thomas will launch an accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship next summer, led by Timir Paul, East Tennessee State University associate professor and director of interventional cardiology.

Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, the three-year program will be Ascension’s first accredited fellowship offered within the health system and will rotate between the Saint Thomas Midtown and West campuses.

The fellowship will pull from internal residency programs across the country, according to a press release. Paul will work alongside Saint Thomas Heart’s Associate Program Director Elias Haddad in establishing the program.

"We are honored to play a part in educating the next generation of cardiologists," Geoffrey Smallwood, chief academic officer at Ascension Saint Thomas, said in the release. "In addition to gaining extensive hands-on experience in the nation's health care capital, our fellows will benefit from the mentorship and example of our compassionate, dedicated, and innovative caregivers."

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