Health Care

Tennessee Excels in Childhood Immunizations

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 | 01:01 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee continues to make great strides in the rate of immunization for young children. The Department of Health is dedicated to increasing immunization rates as part of its mission to protect, promote and improve the health of all Tennesseans, and reminds parents of the need for this important preventive health measure.

TennCare One of Five State Medicaid Agencies Recognized for Innovation in Long-Term Care

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 01:48 pm

TN Included in the Center for Health Care Strategies’
“Profiles of State Innovation” Series

NASHVILLE –  In recognition of TennCare’s statewide implementation of the new TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Care Program, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has identified Tennessee as one of five innovative states with demonstrated expertise in managed care approaches to long-term care in their report: Profiles of State Innovation: Roadmap for Managing Long-Term Supports and Services.

TennCare Receives Federal Approval to Move Forward with Provider Incentive Program

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 10:00 am

Tennessee is the Second State to Receive Approval

NASHVILLE – TennCare officials announced today that Tennessee received federal approval to move forward with the Bureau’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) provider incentive program.  Tennessee is the second state in the country to receive approval of its implementation plan combined with a commitment for federal implementation funding. 

TennCare Announces The Opening of Standard Spend Down

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 08:15 am

Phone Line Opens for First 2,500 Applicants October 4

NASHVILLE – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program is opening enrollment for the first time to new applicants beginning Monday, October 4, 2010.  Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of low income individuals, or those with high, unpaid medical bills who are aged, blind, disabled, or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid eligible child. Eligible individuals must have enough unpaid medical bills to meet the “spend down” threshold to qualify for and keep their coverage.

"Eat Well, Play More" Plan to Reduce Obesity in Tennessee

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 04:07 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, will release Tennessee’s comprehensive, statewide nutrition and physical activity plan, Eat Well, Play More Tennessee on Thursday, September 16, 2010. This five-year plan, developed by the Tennessee Obesity Taskforce, provides a comprehensive roadmap to reduce obesity and chronic disease in Tennessee by 2015.

Infant Mortality Stay the Course Summit Highlights State Efforts to Reduce Infant Deaths

Monday, September 13, 2010 | 12:59 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today joined Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and Dr. Michael Warren, medical director for the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination, for the Infant Mortality Stay the Course Summit 2010 in Memphis. The event highlighted continued efforts to improve infant mortality rates in Tennessee.
“The improvements that have been made as a result of the work of the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination and partnering organizations are a tremendous achievement. We’re here today not only to celebrate that progress but to reaffirm our commitment to this issue,” said Bredesen “While we’ve seen the number of infant deaths decline, we must continue to do everything we can to improve health outcomes for this vulnerable population.”

CoverKids Kicks Off Annual Enrollment Effort

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:12 am
Program Information Will Be Included in Back to School Packets
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the 2010 Back to School CoverKids outreach campaign to help enroll Tennessee’s children in the state’s free, comprehensive health insurance plan.
“Since 2007, we’ve used the back to school time as an opportunity to inform and remind Tennessee families about CoverKids,” said Governor Bredesen. “There are still children in our state who don’t have health insurance, and this program offers an additional option for families with uninsured kids.”

Bredesen Signs Executive Order Promoting Healthy Options for State Vending Machines

Friday, August 06, 2010 | 01:32 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed Executive Order No. 69 promoting healthy options for food and beverages sold through vending facilities on properties within the executive branch of state government. The order directs that guidelines be developed establishing minimum nutritional standards and standards for labeling and placement of food and beverages along with pricing and other incentives to encourage the purchase of items that meet these nutritional standards.