In its second annual report to Gov. Bill Haslam, the Employment First Task Force highlighted a groundbreaking cooperative effort among state government agencies, defined key metrics for monitoring progress across a 3-year strategic plan, and outlined a public-private partnership to publicly track state and national data in several sectors.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | 12:49pm
Friday, October 02, 2015 | 10:43am
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) debuted important new training for families, caregivers, and medical professionals to improve the outcomes of medical care for people with disabilities.
Friday, March 06, 2015 | 8:42am
Members to be notified and offered identity theft protection services
NASHVILLE – TennCare members potentially impacted by the recent data breach of Anthem’s information technology system will begin receiving notification letters from Amerigroup on March 25, 2015. Anthem owns Amerigroup which is one of the health plans operating within the TennCare Managed Care Organization network.
Monday, February 02, 2015 | 12:34pm
Governor’s plan provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans at no cost to the state
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this evening addressed a joint convention of the 109th General Assembly as legislators began an extraordinary legislative session to consider his Insure Tennessee plan.
The proposal, a two-year pilot program to provide market-based health care coverage to more than 250,000 Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options, does not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget.
Monday, January 12, 2015 | 6:45am
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.
Thursday, January 08, 2015 | 7:46am
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.
Thursday, December 04, 2014 | 8:53am
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.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 | 5:22am
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
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 9:34am
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.
Friday, December 27, 2013 | 7:19amNashville, 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.
Friday, December 06, 2013 | 8:24am
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.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 2:33am
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.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 | 10:12amThe state Medicaid program continues to see improvements from Managed Care OrganizationsNASHVILLE — 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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 9:34am
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.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 | 6:36amBureau and new benefits manager expect smooth transition for membersNASHVILLE – The Bureau of TennCare has selected DentaQuest USA Insurance Company as the new Dental Benefits Manager (DBM) for the state Medicaid program. The three-year contract was awarded on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, signaling the start of a five-month readiness period. The transition from TennDent, TennCare’s current DBM, to DentaQuest will take effect October 1, 2013.