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.


 
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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.


 
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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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Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study
Title: Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Gene Study Finds No Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes
Title: Gene Study Finds No Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in United States
Title: CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in United States
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors
Title: Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
Title: Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
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Category: Health News
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Experts weigh in on Medicaid expansion at Columbus Metropolitan Club forum - Columbus Business First (blog)

Experts weigh in on Medicaid expansion at Columbus Metropolitan Club forum
Columbus Business First (blog)
I moderated a panel discussion on Medicaid at Wednesday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum, with speakers Rea Hederman Jr., executive vice president of the Buckeye Institute; Dr. James Misak, associate director of family medicine in the outpatient ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:53 pm CDT

Get to know the 50 most influential women in Dayton (Photos) - Dayton Business Journal

Get to know the 50 most influential women in Dayton (Photos)
Dayton Business Journal
Lisa Barhorst is general manager of two Dayton television stations, WKEF-TV (ABC 22) and WRGT-TV (FOX 45), both of which are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. Barhorst has led the stations since 2012, and was part of a move to larger and more ...

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Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:19 am CDT

Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy - Memphis Daily News

Active Community Keeps Sports Medicine Busy
Memphis Daily News
“The strategy was patients, families want to be able to come to the doctor after little Johnny jumps in the car after school (or a practice) and says, 'I hurt this, I hurt that,'” said Dr. John Lochemes, a surgeon with Memphis Orthopaedic Group. “And ...

Posted Friday, September 26, 2014 3:54 pm CDT