The Tennessean’s Brian Klaas, a Nashville resident, has covered emergency medicine in the state for nearly 20 years.
He wrote a feature story on the state’s emergency room system in March, and the Tennesseans reached out to him to ask for his perspective on the hospital system.
Here are some key points from the story: The state spends $4.4 billion a year on emergency care, including $3.4 million on Medicaid and $3 million on Medicare, which covers about half of Tennessees $7.3 billion medical expenses.
It spends $1.4 for every $1 it receives in state revenue.
There are 5,000 doctors, 4,400 hospital beds and more than 6,400 outpatient clinics.
The system is a hybrid between private and public entities.
It uses federal dollars for hospitals and private funds for outpatient care.
The state is a private, for-profit employer and it’s not subject to the state employee retirement system.
But it’s still regulated by the federal government, and its employees can choose between federal and state pensions.
There is no federal minimum wage.
The average annual salary for a nurse is $29,000, while a paramedic is paid $19,000.
It’s not known how many Tennessee are in the private sector.
In 2018, the state reported about 5,200 workers who worked for private companies and 2,400 who worked as nurses.
There’s a wide variety of jobs, with some jobs being full-time and others being part-time.
There were 1,700 people who were employed in nursing homes, according to the governor’s office.
The governor’s Office estimated the number of people in the workforce in 2019 at 8,000 to 9,000 and the number who were in the nursing home workforce at about 3,000 in 2019.
There was an additional 1,200 people in private nursing homes.
The number of nurses who were unemployed is expected to increase in the coming years.
But, as Klaus writes, “there’s no one-size-fits-all model for how to manage the workforce.
What is required is a collaborative approach that is designed to give everyone a voice and to create an environment that encourages employees to be engaged, learn and grow.”
A nurse at a Nashville nursing home is seen in this undated handout photo.
What Klaes describes as a “hybrid” hospital system is more of a hybrid than any other hospital system in the country.
In fact, the Tennessee Department of Health has called it “a hybrid system that combines the best elements of public and private health care.”
There are private providers in Nashville, and a nurse at the facility is seen.
In an interview with Klauses, Tennesseana Dr. Jennifer Stiles said the state has made a lot of progress in the past decade, but it still has work to do.
“We have a lot more work to finish on our own,” she said.
Stiles, who also serves as the state nurse for the city of Nashville, said she hopes the state will do more to improve health care in Nashville.
“If we don’t, we’re going to be a place where the people in this city don’t get access to care,” she told Klauss.
But she noted that the health system has to be more accountable.
“I’m really disappointed we don.t have a system that does everything right.
We have a hospital system that doesn’t have a staff, and that needs to be fixed,” she added.
Klasses points out that the state is working with private providers to develop a system.
“The best way to get our health care system right is to work together to put the pieces together,” he said.
In addition to Tennessee’s nurses, the Department of Public Health and the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Agency are also involved in efforts to improve care at hospitals.
“When we started looking into the problem, it was very clear there was a lack of transparency in the health care delivery system in Tennessee,” Dr. Robert Jones, the head of the agency, told KLAUS.
Jones said that he and other officials are currently looking into whether or not the state should make it easier for private providers like those in Nashville to have a presence at a hospital.
“Our intent is to take it to the next level and bring more competition to the health delivery system,” he told KDLA.