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Tennessee Receives Grant from Federal Government to Address Opioid Crisis

 

Tennessee Division of TennCareNashville, TN – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Tennessee is one of 10 states to receive the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model grant. 

The purpose of this Model is to assist states in combating the nation’s opioid crisis and address fragmentation in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD).  

TennCare recipient of the Maternal Opioid Misuse Model grant to combat opioid misuse among expectant mothers and improve care for children impacted by the crisis.

TennCare recipient of the Maternal Opioid Misuse Model grant to combat opioid misuse among expectant mothers and improve care for children impacted by the crisis.

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Bi-Partisan Representatives Applaud Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Proposed 90-Day Reporting Period

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued statements after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule to reinstate a 90-day electronic health record (EHR) reporting period for physicians and hospitals under the Meaningful Use (MU) Program.

Under stringent mandates in place under the Meaningful Use (MU) program providers were penalized for not meeting burdensome electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Tennessee State Website redesigned to better serve Tennesseans

 

Enhancements Include Improved Functionality, Easier Navigation and Updated Look

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the redesign of the state government website, www.TN.gov , to improve the look, functionality and overall experience for Tennessee taxpayers.

“TN.gov is an important resource for Tennesseans and, for a lot of people, the main way they interact with state government. We are always working to serve Tennessee taxpayers more efficiently and effectively by making that experience as customer-focused as possible,” Haslam said.

State of Tennessee's New Website

State of Tennessee’s New Website

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Tennessee Veterans Homes among the best in U.S. News and World Report rankings

 

Murfreesboro and Knoxville recognized Nationally

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins the Tennessee State Veterans Homes (TSVH) Board in celebrating the announcement from U.S. News & World Report 2014 which names the Tennessee State Veterans Homes in Knoxville and Murfreesboro among the best in the country.

U.S. News and World Report rated more than 16,000 nursing homes using data research on nursing home safety, health inspection and staffing.

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Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported

 

CMS Will Work to Make Hospitals Track Errors Better Internally But Information Will Be Kept From The Public

Consumers UnionWashington, D.C. – A new study released by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don’t change their practices to prevent future harm to patients.

The study was based on an independent review of patient records. Federal regulations require hospitals to track all medical errors and adverse events that harm patients and to implement preventive measures to protect patients.  Only five of the 293 reported cases of medical errors reviewed by federal investigators led to changes in policies or practices by hospitals to prevent harm to patients. «Read the rest of this article»

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