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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Current Memphis Medical News

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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Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Title: Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Category: Health News
Created: 9/28/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Title: Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 7:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Title: Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 7:36:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
Title: After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Title: Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
Title: ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Bad medicine in Tennessee for pregnant and drug-addicted women - Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America

Bad medicine in Tennessee for pregnant and drug-addicted women
Al Jazeera America
Jamillah Falls appears in drug court on charges of assault for using heroin while pregnant on July 31, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. William Deshazer ... Jen from the clinic, pregnant and hooked on heroin, says her family doesn't understand her treatment.

Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 8:04 pm CDT

I-Team: Professor Helps Organ Transplant Patients On Multiple Waiting Lists - CBS Local

I-Team: Professor Helps Organ Transplant Patients On Multiple Waiting Lists
CBS Local
When Apple founder Steve Jobs needed a liver transplant, he traveled in a private jet from his home in California to Memphis because that area of the country tends to have shorter waiting times. Dr. David Mulligan, a liver transplant specialist at the ...

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:53 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