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.


 


MEDICARE/MEDICAID FOCUS

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
 


Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
Title: Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT

American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital
Title: American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say
Title: Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 4:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says
Title: Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 4:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim
Title: Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim
Category: Health News
Created: 9/29/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Get Physical Activity
Title: Health Tip: Get Physical Activity
Category: Health News
Created: 9/30/2014 7:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:00 am CDT


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

CBS Local

I-Team: Professor Helps Organ Transplant Patients On Multiple Waiting Lists
CBS Local
She is lucky her family can pull together the resources for her to be listed here at the Brigham, and at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Getting on more than one waiting list was recommended by Mahoney's doctor. “When she said that, you're ...

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:21 pm 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

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