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

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 7:48am

    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.

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  • TennCare Receives Federal Approval to Move Forward with Provider Incentive Program

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 6:00am

    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. 

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  • TennCare Announces The Opening of Standard Spend Down

    Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 4:15am

    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.

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  • TennCare Managed Care Organizations Receive High Marks in Child Health and Pregnancy-Related Measures

    Friday, September 03, 2010 | 7:49am

    NASHVILLE — A new report shows continued improvement in the overall quality of health care provided to TennCare members through their managed care organizations. 
     
    The report, 2010 HEDIS/CAHPS Report: A Comparative Analysis of Audited Results from TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), shows an increase in all child health measures, including childhood immunization status, lead screening in children, appropriate treatment for children with upper respiratory infection, and well-child and adolescent visits. 

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  • Satisfaction with TennCare Highest in Program History

    Friday, August 20, 2010 | 8:30am

    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 2010.” 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 Launches CHOICES in Long-Term Care Program Statewide

    Monday, August 02, 2010 | 5:02am

    Program Allows More Tenneseeans to Receive Long-Term Care Services in the Home

    NASHVILLE — TennCare officials announced today the launch of the TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Care program in East and West Tennessee, completing the statewide restructuring of long-term care service delivery within TennCare. The CHOICES program offers more home-based options for meeting the long-term care needs of the state’s elderly and adults with physical disabilities, reducing reliance on more costly nursing facility care. It also offers a simpler process for accessing these more economical services.

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  • TennCare Awards Dental Benefits Contract

    Friday, July 16, 2010 | 10:07am

    Contract Saves State in Administrative Costs

    NASHVILLE — State officials announced today that Delta Dental was awarded the contract to serve as TennCare’s dental benefits manager (DBM).   The new contract will save the state an estimated $3.5 million in administrative costs over the three-year contract period.

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  • TennCare Receives Federal Approval for Hospital Assessment Fee

    Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 11:31am

    NASHVILLE - TennCare announced today that federal officials have approved Tennessee’s proposal to draw federal matching dollars in association with a new hospital assessment fee. As a result, TennCare will avoid benefit changes for enrollees and reductions in provider reimbursement rates that would have otherwise been required this year.  The assessment fee was approved by the General Assembly in May.

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  • TennCare Director Darin Gordon Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 10:08am

     NASHVILLE – TennCare Director and Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Darin Gordon, was selected to participate as a Fellow in the 2011 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, a national initiative managed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). Gordon is one of six Medicaid directors chosen to be part of this initiative designed to enhance the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors to help their programs serve as national models for high-quality, cost-effective care. 

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  • TennCare Officials Move Quickly to Correct Problem Created by Mailing Error

    Friday, February 19, 2010 | 10:00am
    File Submission Error Affects a Limited Number of Enrollees 
     
    NASHVILLE – An incorrect electronic file submission sent to TennCare’s system caused information for some enrollees to be sent to incorrect addresses statewide. Approximately 3,900 enrollees were affected when letters and cards that contained one or more pieces of personal information were sent to incorrect addresses. The error was the result of a modification to the system that pulls addresses into an electronic file for TennCare. An error caused by the system modification corrupted the file.

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  • TennCare Managed Care Organizations Receive High Marks in Behavioral Health

    Sunday, October 25, 2009 | 7:00pm
    NASHVILLE — The Bureau of TennCare today announced the results of the 2009 HEDIS/CAHPS Report: A Comparative Analysis of Audited Results from TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The report shows that TennCare’s Middle Tennessee MCOs performed above – and in many cases significantly exceeded – the 2008 national Medicaid average for measures related to behavioral health as well as drug and alcohol dependence treatment.

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  • TennCare Completes Statewide Medical and Behavioral Health Integration

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 4:03am

    NASHVILLE — The Bureau of TennCare announced today that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) will take over behavioral health care for enrollees receiving services through TennCare Select. This transition to using a single managed care entity to provide all of the care an enrollee needs, including physical and behavioral health coverage, marks TennCare’s completion of the shift to a fully-integrated service delivery model.

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  • Satisfaction with TennCare Remains High

    Monday, August 24, 2009 | 3:28am

    KNOXVILLE – 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 2009.” The results show TennCare continues to earn high marks from those who receive its services – with enrollees reporting quality ratings that are the highest since the program’s inception in 1994.

    Click here to view the complete release from the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville.

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