Tennessee to Go in New Direction for Medicaid Eligibility Determination System

Monday, January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

Independent consultant report provides recommendations for next steps

NASHVILLE – – The state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, announced plans to begin the process of selecting a new vendor for the continued development of the Tennessee Eligibility Determination System (TEDS). 

After months of delays and missed benchmarks, the state hired an independent international consulting firm to perform an assessment of TEDS to review the project as it currently exists, identify project deficiencies, and identify potential risks to the TennCare program.  The assessment was also intended to provide the state with potential alternatives in order to successfully move forward with the development of the TEDS project. 

Haslam Issues Proclamation For Special Session To Consider 'Insure Tennessee'

Thursday, January 08, 2015 | 01:46 pm

Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.  The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices. 

The proclamation calls for the special session to begin Monday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CST for the legislature to consider a joint resolution authorizing the governor to implement Insure Tennessee.  The governor is scheduled to address the General Assembly at 6 p.m. CST that evening.

UT Study: Percentage of Uninsured in Tennessee at its Lowest in a Decade

Thursday, December 04, 2014 | 02:53 pm

KNOXVILLE—The percentage of uninsured Tennesseans is at its lowest rate in a decade, according to a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, report released today.

The report shows that 7.2 percent of Tennessee's 6.5 million residents are uninsured, a 25 percent decrease from last year. The report also shows that 2.4 percent of children in the state are without insurance, a 35 percent decrease from last year.

TennCare Joins the Million Hearts Initiative

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 | 09:22 am

Striving to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017

NASHVILLE – The Bureau of TennCare announced today its partnership with the Million Hearts initiative.  Million Hearts was launched in 2011 by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to develop a public-private partnership with likeminded organizations to make an impact on heart disease in the United States.  Co-leaders of this initiative include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Tennessee Launches Additional Efforts in 2013 to Reduce the Number of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 01:34 pm

NASHVILLE – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant. Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

TennCare Awards Contracts to Managed Care Organizations

Friday, December 27, 2013 | 01:19 pm
Nashville, Tenn. – The Bureau of TennCare awarded managed care contracts to AmeriGroup, BlueCare Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare.  The apparent winners of the three-year contracts with possible one-year extensions were announced on December 16, 2013.  Following a 10-day inspection period the contracts were officially awarded and signed on December 27, 2013, beginning a one-year transition period.  

TennCare Receives Commitment Award from The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence

Friday, December 06, 2013 | 02:24 pm

Award Recognizes Organizational Excellence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Bureau of TennCare has earned the Commitment Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). TNCPE is the only state-wide quality program and is patterned on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the national standard for recognizing organizational excellence.  TennCare will accept the award at the 21st annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on February 19, 2014.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award. We appreciate the work TNCPE did during their assessment of TennCare and look forward to continuing to achieve operational excellence,” said TennCare Director Darin Gordon.

TennCare Satisfaction Remains High in 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 08:33 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Overall enrollee satisfaction with the TennCare program is at its highest level, according to a UT report released today.

Ninety-five percent of TennCare recipients surveyed expressed satisfaction with the care they received, the highest level since the program’s inception.

TennCare Releases 2013 HEDIS/CAHPS Report

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 | 02:12 pm
The state Medicaid program continues to see improvements from Managed Care Organizations
NASHVILLE — The Bureau of TennCare today announced the results of the 2013 HEDIS/CAHPS Report: A Comparative Analysis of Audited Results from TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).  MCOs in Tennessee are required to report Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) information as part of the state’s accreditation mandate.  The information included in this report is for the previous 2012 calendar year. 

Disturbing Milestone: 350th Drug-dependent Newborn in Tennessee This Year Starts Painful Withdrawal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 01:34 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health this month recorded a troubling milestone:  For the 350th time this year, a baby was born in Tennessee dependent on powerful drugs taken during pregnancy. That baby has to endure the painful and often prolonged and very expensive process of withdrawal from addictive drugs.