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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 4

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 4 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Frazier Allen: Thriving with Special Needs

 

With thoughtful planning, you can help ensure the future care of a loved one with a disability.

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – To live a full life, and attain some measure of security and happiness – this is what all good parents want for their children, including those with sons and daughters who have disabilities.

The difference is that families caring for a child with special needs often require special care to color in the details and make that dream a reality.

Frazier Allen

Frazier Allen

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Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy now Accepting TennCare

 

Comprehensive Wellness PharmacyClarksville, TN – Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy, a local pharmacy located at 495 Dunlop Lane, is pleased to announce that they are now accepting TennCare.

TennCare is the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.5 million Tennesseans. TennCare is one of the oldest Medicaid managed care programs in the country, having begun on January 1st, 1994.

Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy store

Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy store

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Marsha Blackburn: This Week From Washington – March 26th, 2017

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, 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.

Marsha Blackburn Visits with Constituents on Spring Break

Marsha Blackburn Visits with Constituents on Spring Break

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrests Former Caregiver charged for Identity Theft

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, 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.

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American Heart Association says New Demo Will Help Remove Barriers to Cardiac Rehab

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, 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:

The treatment gap for CR and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) is enormous. In 2013, only 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries initiated cardiac rehabilitation. Rates were even lower for women and minorities. (American Heart Association)

The treatment gap for CR and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) is enormous. In 2013, only 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries initiated cardiac rehabilitation. Rates were even lower for women and minorities. (American Heart Association)

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TBI Medicaid Fraud Investigation Indicts, Charges Nurse

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, 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.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Adds Hearing Benefits for Seniors in 2017

 

BlueCross BlueShield of TennesseeChattanooga, 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.

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American Heart Association report shows Wealthiest not Sickest Patients may have edge in Organ Transplants

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report: Abstract 15991

American Heart AssociationOrlando, 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.

Raymond Givens, M.D., Ph.D. - Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. (American Heart Association)

Raymond Givens, M.D., Ph.D. – Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. (American Heart Association)

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Nashville Zoo Senior Day to be held Wednesday, October 7th

 

Enjoy Free Admission to the Zoo Courtesy of Cigna-HealthSpring

Nashville ZooNashville, 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.

Nashville Zoo Senior Day. (Amiee Stubbs)

Nashville Zoo Senior Day. (Amiee Stubbs)

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