HICKEY TO LEAVE STATE GOVERNMENT
Dr. Wendy Long, chief medical officer for the TennCare Bureau will remain an integral member of Gordon's TennCare Bureau leadership team. Dr. Long joined TennCare in September 2004 also as a part of the management restructuring instituted by Hickey.
Since joining TennCare, Dr. Long has helped create enhanced quality of care requirements in managed care organization contracts and spearheaded implementation of key disease management initiatives. Dr. Long is a veteran public health physician and former TennCare medical director. Prior to joining the Bureau in 2004, Dr. Long served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Health Services in the state's Department of Health where she oversaw the regional and county public health system. She joined the Department of Health in 1998 and also served as acting director of the TennCare Bureau in 1998.
Hickey will become chief executive officer of Qualifacts, a software development company co-founded by Bredesen in 2000. Qualifacts has no contracts with the state of Tennessee and does not pursue business with the State of Tennessee.