Tennessee

Tennessee | Fall | 2009 | Health Plan Analysis

Several Tennessee-based companies are confident enough about the future of Medicare Advantage programs to launch expansions. Most notable in the group is BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state’s…

Tennessee | Summer | 2009 | Health Plan Analysis

Beginning in January 2010, Tennessee plans to test a statewide database that will include claims data from claims paid by most of the payors in the state. The database is designed to improve transpare…

Tennessee | Spring | 2009 | Health Plan Analysis

Recent moves to better control pharmaceutical expenses at the large TennCare program for Medicaid beneficiaries have resulted in compliance to preferred drugs by about 98 percent of the program's…

Tennessee | Winter | 2009 | Health Plan Analysis

Tennessee's unemployment rate grew to 8.6 percent in January, and the number of mass layoffs in Tennessee more than doubled in the 2008 fourth quarter compared to a year ago. Things can still get…

Tennessee | Fall | 2008 | Health Plan Analysis

The economic downturn is wreaking havoc on employers nationwide and statewide, leaving insurers grappling with eroding enrollment, and more cost-shifting pressures from healthcare providers. Against t…

Tennessee | Summer | 2008 | Health Plan Analysis

Humana Inc.'s latest stop on its buying spree was in East Tennessee where the Kentucky-based insurer agreed to purchase Cariten Healthcare, a provider-owned company doing business in commercial, M…

Tennessee | Spring | 2008 | Health Plan Analysis

TennCare, the large Medicaid managed care program, recently awarded two new contracts to health plans to manage the care for enrollees in west and east portions of the state. The contracts went to Ame…

Tennessee | Winter | 2008 | Health Plan Analysis

Cariten Healthcare, a small provider-owned health plan based in Knoxville, walked away from the crowded field of contenders for the east Tennessee region TennCare contract, a contract viewed as highly…