• State Readies for Sixth Round of Standard Spend Down Open Enrollment

    Thursday, March 07, 2013 | 4:47am

    Phone Lines Will Open 6 P.M. CST March 21

    NASHVILLE – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Thursday, March 21, 2013 beginning at 6 p.m. CST.
     
    Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified 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 coverage.

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  • TennCare Awards Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contract to Magellan Health Services

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 7:34am
    Both partners working to ensure a smooth transition for members and providers  
     
    NASHVILLE – The Bureau of TennCare has selected Magellan Health Services as the new Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) for the state Medicaid program.  The three-year, $35 million contract was awarded in December 2012, signaling the start of six months of extensive preparation and readiness reviews.  The transition from Catamaran, TennCare’s current PBM, to Magellan will take effect June 1, 2013.    

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  • TennCare Releases 2012 HEDIS/CAHPS Report

    Thursday, January 03, 2013 | 8:48am

    The state Medicaid program continues to see
    improvements from Managed Care Organizations

     
    NASHVILLE — The Bureau of TennCare today announced the results of the 2012 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) data as part of the state’s accreditation mandate.  The information included in this report is for the previous calendar year.  

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  • TennCare Joins the Catalyst for Payment Reform

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 9:29am
    Health care purchasers look towards ways to improve quality and reduce costs
     
    NASHVILLE – The Bureau of TennCare announced today its decision to join Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR).  CPR is a national independent organization led by large purchasers of health insurance with active involvement of providers, health plans, consumers and labor groups working to improve health care quality and reduce costs by identifying and coordinating workable solutions to improve how health care is paid for in the U.S.

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  • Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Health-Care Exchange

    Monday, December 10, 2012 | 7:00am

    Decision on Affordable Care Act made after thoughtful consideration

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue:

    “Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

    “I'm not a fan of the law.  The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government.  It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country.  It only expands a broken system.  That’s why I’ve opposed it from the beginning and had hoped we would be successful in court and at the ballot box this year.

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  • Statewide Effort Addresses Problem of Babies Born Dependent on Addictive Drugs

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | 8:02am

    NASHVILLE – Weighing in at just over four pounds, one of the newest residents of Tennessee isn’t just premature, he’s dependent on addictive drugs. Within a few hours of the delivery, hospital staff members knew by his seizures, high-pitched cries, tremors, fever and vomiting this innocent baby was another tragic case of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition caused when an unborn child is exposed to powerful drugs used legally or illegally by a mother during pregnancy.

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  • State Readies For Fifth Round of Standard Spend Down

    Monday, August 20, 2012 | 6:36am

    PHONE LINES WILL OPEN 6 P.M. CST SEPT. 13

      NASHVILLE – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 beginning at 6 p.m. CST.

    Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified 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 coverage.

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  • State Readies for Fourth Round of Standard Spend Down

    Tuesday, February 07, 2012 | 8:36am

    Phone Lines Will Open 6 P.M. CST Feb. 21

    NASHVILLE – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 beginning at 6 p.m. CST.

    Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified 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 coverage.

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  • Governor, First Lady to Co-Chair Children’s Cabinet

    Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 9:23am

    Cabinet to create comprehensive strategy focused on Tennessee children’s well-being

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today announced the governor will issue an executive order refocusing and restructuring the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, which they will co-chair.

    This makes the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet the only one in the country co-chaired by both a governor and the spouse, according to the National Forum for Youth Investment, and the group through collaboration and cooperation will create a comprehensive strategy focused on issues such as children’s physical and mental health, education, safety and overall well-being.

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  • TennCare Managed Care Organizations Show Continued Improvement in 2011 Report

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 | 8:28am

    NASHVILLE — The Bureau of TennCare today announced the results of the 2011 HEDIS/CAHPS Report: A Comparative Analysis of Audited Results from TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Once again, the state performed well in the area of child health, with statewide weighted average scores exceeding the 2010 national Medicaid average for measures such as childhood immunization status, lead screening in children, appropriate testing for children with pharyngitis, use of appropriate medications for people with asthma and children and adolescents’ access to primary care practitioners.

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  • TennCare Satisfaction Reaches an All-Time High in 2011

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 4:04am

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville today released the findings from its study, “The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients 2011.” The results show TennCare continues to earn high marks from those who receive its services – with enrollees reporting the highest satisfaction scores to date.

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  • TennCare Now Covers Smoking Cessation Products For All Enrollees

    Friday, July 01, 2011 | 10:01am

    State Fiscal Year 2012 Begins Today

    NASHVILLE – The Bureau of TennCare announced today that medically necessary smoking cessation products are now covered for all enrollees in the program. Including the benefit in the TennCare fiscal year 2012 budget, is a positive step forward in Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to assist Tennesseans in maintaining healthy lifestyles.

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  • State Readies for Second Round of Standard Spend Down

    Wednesday, February 09, 2011 | 4:43am

    Phone Lines Will Open 6 P.M. CST On Feb. 22

    NASHVILLE -- The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will open enrollment to new applicants on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.  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 their coverage.

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