7th District of Tennessee
Washington, D.C. – Spring Break is always one of my favorite times of year as we often get the chance to see so many of you in our office.
It’s been a pleasure to welcome families from across the 7th District to the Capitol this week.
If you are planning a trip to Washington, please remember that we can assist with Capitol and White House tours.
Nashville, TN – An investigation by Special Agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has resulted in the arrest of a Davidson County woman on a charge of identity theft.
On November 30th, 2015, TBI Special Agents began investigating Cassandra Chrisman. At that time, Chrisman worked as a caregiver for a home care service provider.
Washington, D.C. – American Heart Association President Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA issued the following comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare Program; Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) final rule:
Nashville, TN – Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained an indictment for a nurse accused of falsifying records, resulting in fraudulent claims to TennCare.
After receiving information from the Tennessee Department of Health, Agents began investigating Brenda Shields (DOB 4-4-70) on March 14th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Shields, while working as an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for CareAll, falsified timesheets and nursing notes, forged client signatures, and did not work some of her shifts as reported to her employer.
Chattanooga, TN – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee intends to help the large number of seniors who suffer from hearing loss by offering high-quality, affordable hearing benefits in its 2017 Medicare Advantage plans known as BlueAdvantage℠.
In a partnership with TruHearing, a national hearing aid provider, BlueAdvantage members will be eligible for an annual hearing exam, plus two hearing aids per calendar year beginning January 1st, 2017.
American Heart Association report shows Wealthiest not Sickest Patients may have edge in Organ Transplants
American Heart Association Meeting Report: Abstract 15991
Orlando, FL – Registering with more than one organ transplant center appears to give an edge to wealthy patients over those with the most medical need, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.
Researchers studied the national database of organ donors from 2000 to 2013 and found that patients who simultaneously listed at more than one center had higher transplant rates, lower death rates while waiting, were wealthier and were more likely to be insured.
Enjoy Free Admission to the Zoo Courtesy of Cigna-HealthSpring
Nashville, TN – Older adults are invited to enjoy free admission at Nashville Zoo courtesy of Cigna-HealthSpring, Wednesday, October 7th. Adults ages 65 and older will receive a complimentary Zoo admission, parking validation and a $5.00 concessions voucher.
Senior Day activities will take place throughout the Zoo from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The young and young-at-heart can enjoy special keeper talks, rides on the Wild Animal Carousel and interactive encounters with outreach animals along the Zoo paths. Additionally, Cigna-HealthSpring and several of its local partners will be on hand at the centrally-located Jungle Terrace area to provide educational materials, offer wellness information and answer questions.
Governor’s plan provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans at no cost to the state
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor 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.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Proclamation for Special Session to consider “Insure Tennessee”
Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor 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.
Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.
The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.
The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in January.
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