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.


 


Feature Profiles

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dwight Kaufman, PhD, MD
PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dwight Kaufman, PhD, MD

After thirteen years with the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, the last four of which were as the deputy director of the Division of Cancer Treatment, Dwight Kaufman, PhD, MD, moved closer to home to enter private practice.


 
HEALTHCARE LEADER: Sam Lynd
HEALTHCARE LEADER: Sam Lynd

Chief Executive Officer & Administrator, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton

Making a difference in people’s lives has been Sam Lynd’s goal since high school. When he discovered he could do that in healthcare his next step was to determine what his role should be in the healthcare arena.


 


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Tennessee Facing Litigation Over Medicaid Practices
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 CancerTeaming 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 CancerTeaming 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.


 

Grand Rounds

September 2014
 


New Myelin Loss Linked to MS Severity: Study
Title: New Myelin Loss Linked to MS Severity: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Stem Cell Research Offers Clues About Schizophrenia
Title: Stem Cell Research Offers Clues About Schizophrenia
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Title: Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds
Title: Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Sunny Skies Tied to Suicide Rates
Title: Sunny Skies Tied to Suicide Rates
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan
Title: Few Students With Asthma, Allergies Have School Emergency Plan
Category: Health News
Created: 9/12/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Sundance Institute picks 10 projects for first Episodic Story Lab - Salt Lake Tribune (blog)

Sundance Institute picks 10 projects for first Episodic Story Lab
Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
Katori Hall, "The Dial" (one-hour drama), is inspired by America's first black radio DJ, Nat D. Willilams, introducing Memphis audiences to blues and soul at the start of the civil-rights movement. Hall, an ... Jenkins' directorial debut, "Medicine for ...

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Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:31 pm 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