Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices

Delays in TennCare Determinations at Heart of Lawsuit

Tennessee became one of the first states in the nation to face litigation over its Medicaid practices in the post-reform era when three advocacy groups filed suit on behalf of clients they say have waited far beyond the legal limit for a determination of TennCare eligibility.

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Project Advancing Personalized Medicine | Dr. Mary V. Relling, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, personalized medicine, the Genome Project, pharmacogenetics, Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, codeine, TPMT
Project Advancing Personalized Medicine

Jude study helps transfer genetic knowledge into clinical practice

With the help of the thousands of infinitesimal clues to the origin and treatment of disease that have been excavated since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, doctors and researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are discovering new information about the genetic variations of medicine in humans.


 
BCBS Consolidation Aims for Efficiency

Insurance provider reorganizes its Jackson office

In June, BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS), the largest health insurance provider in Tennessee, reorganized its offices in Jackson.


 
"Combination of insurmountable obstacles” Blamed for Crittenden’s Closing

Gene Cashman, CEO of Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis, blamed this month’s closing of the facility on a “combination of insurmountable obstacles,” including “a changing healthcare industry, a recovering economy and one of the toughest reimbursement climates in the nation.”


 
Gene Stollerman, MD, Former UT Chair, Leaves Important Contributions

The Memphis medical community mourned the death of Gene H. Stollerman, MD, former chair of the Department of Medicine at what is now the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), who died peacefully at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire, August 1. He was 93.


 
MEDICARE/MEDICAID FOCUS

Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices | TennCare, Medicaid, Michele Johnson, Sam Brooke, Jane Perkins, Wilson v. Gordon, Darin Gordon, Tennessee Justice Center, TJC, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Health Law Program, NHeLP, Medicaid Lawsuit, Health Coverage
Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices

Delays in TennCare Determinations at Heart of Lawsuit

Tennessee became one of the first states in the nation to face litigation over its Medicaid practices in the post-reform era when three advocacy groups filed suit on behalf of clients they say have waited far beyond the legal limit for a determination of TennCare eligibility.


 
ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer | Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PanCAN, Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C, Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team, Lynn Matrisian, Elizabeth Jaffee, Oncology, Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccine
Teaming Up to Turn the Tide on Pancreatic Cancer

Deadly and defiant, pancreatic cancer was one of the major oncologic threats Congress hoped to address with passage of the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,” which was signed into law at the beginning of 2013.


 
Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Stephen B. Edge, MD
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Stephen B. Edge, MD

Baptist Cancer Center’s director has plenty on his plate

After 21 years at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, Stephen B. Edge, MD, was ready for a new challenge. He found that and more when he took over as director of the Baptist Cancer Center in August 2013.

Edge is overseeing construction of a new building that will be the centerpiece of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s cancer services.


 
HEALTHCARE LEADER: David M. Stern, MD, Executive Dean UTHSC
HEALTHCARE LEADER: David M. Stern, MD, Executive Dean UTHSC

Raising the profile of the College of Medicine

In 1920, only nine years after the founding of what is now the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), administrators O.W. Hyman and A.H. Wittenborg gave back part of their salaries to help keep the College of Medicine open.


 
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One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says
Title: One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 12:35:00 PM
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New Ebola Cases Top 700 in Just One Week, Officials Report
Title: New Ebola Cases Top 700 in Just One Week, Officials Report
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 12:35:00 PM
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More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions
Title: More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions
Category: Health News
Created: 9/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
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U.S. Gun Deaths Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in D.C.
Title: U.S. Gun Deaths Lowest in Hawaii, Highest in D.C.
Category: Health News
Created: 9/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
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Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement
Title: Oral Health in Women of Childbearing Age Needs Improvement
Category: Health News
Created: 9/19/2014 9:35:00 AM
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Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance
Title: Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance
Category: Health News
Created: 9/19/2014 11:01:00 AM
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Germantown Land Sells for $6 Million - Memphis Daily News

Germantown Land Sells for $6 Million
Memphis Daily News
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis ... Dr. Aaron Mitchell and nurse practitioner Jama Davis, both with Mitchell Family Medicine in Marion, Ark., have joined Methodist Primary Care Group. The practice was to ...

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:40 pm CDT

Daily Digest - Memphis Daily News

Daily Digest
Memphis Daily News
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division contract with a Lexington, Ky., construction company – a countract that has had a politically turbulent path to passage. Last month, the ...

Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 3:01 pm CDT

Leading health care providers join forces to create Puget Sound High-Value ... - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)

Leading health care providers join forces to create Puget Sound High-Value ...
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)
Among the organizations joining the new coalition, announced last week, are CHI Franciscan Health; Edmonds Family Medicine; The Everett Clinic; EvergreenHealth Partners; Lakeshore Clinic; Overlake Medical Center and Virginia Mason. The network will ...

Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 4:08 pm CDT