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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Physical Activity May Boost School Performance, Especially for Boys
Title: Physical Activity May Boost School Performance, Especially for Boys
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism
Title: Estrogen Receptor May Play a Role in Autism
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Golden Retriever Study Sniffs for Cancer Clues
Title: Golden Retriever Study Sniffs for Cancer Clues
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT

'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study
Title: 'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT

FDA Approves New Obesity Drug
Title: FDA Approves New Obesity Drug
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Medications Plus Parent Training May Help Kids With Aggression, ADHD
Title: Medications Plus Parent Training May Help Kids With Aggression, ADHD
Category: Health News
Created: 9/11/2014 2:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/12/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase - Memphis Daily News

Unintended Consequences: ER Visits Increase
Memphis Daily News
Staff at both the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt medical centers says their emergency rooms are already inundated with patients. Some are critically ill, but many are going for routine care that would be better treated at a family physician's ...

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Posted Friday, September 12, 2014 3:41 pm CDT

Business briefcase (Sept. 14, 2014) - Hays Daily News

Business briefcase (Sept. 14, 2014)
Hays Daily News
In her position, DeVore will provide pastoral care to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center patients and family members, as well as hospital staff. DeVore grew up in Beloit and received an undergraduate degree in family ... She completed her residency in ...

Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Subsidy formula makes some policies costlier for the young - Philly.com

Philly.com

Subsidy formula makes some policies costlier for the young
Philly.com
The study, published online last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the reverse premium age curve - premiums should be cheaper for younger people, who use less health care - is the result of how tax credit subsidies are calculated ...

Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014 2:05 am CDT