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 West TN 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.


 


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
 


Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby
Title: Health Tip: Losing Weight After Baby
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 7:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find
Title: ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Research Shows Possible Neurological Patterns for PTSD Symptoms
Title: Research Shows Possible Neurological Patterns for PTSD Symptoms
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Title: FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 9:35:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
Title: Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
Category: Health News
Created: 9/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report
Title: Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report
Category: Health News
Created: 9/17/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Daily Digest - Memphis Daily News

Daily Digest
Memphis Daily News
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division contract with a Lexington, Ky., construction company – a countract that has had a politically turbulent path to passage. Last month, the ...

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Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 3:01 pm CDT

Germantown Land Sells for $6 Million - Memphis Daily News

Germantown Land Sells for $6 Million
Memphis Daily News
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Sept. 16, an $8.8 million Memphis ... Dr. Aaron Mitchell and nurse practitioner Jama Davis, both with Mitchell Family Medicine in Marion, Ark., have joined Methodist Primary Care Group. The practice was to ...

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Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:40 pm CDT

Leading health care providers join forces to create Puget Sound High-Value ... - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)

Leading health care providers join forces to create Puget Sound High-Value ...
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) (blog)
Among the organizations joining the new coalition, announced last week, are CHI Franciscan Health; Edmonds Family Medicine; The Everett Clinic; EvergreenHealth Partners; Lakeshore Clinic; Overlake Medical Center and Virginia Mason. The network will ...

Posted Friday, September 19, 2014 4:08 pm CDT