May 12, 2017

TNAFP’s Tar Wars Winner Recognized on the TN State Senate Floor

By Hensley
A RESOLUTION to recognize Georgia Willow Jones as the first-place winner of the 2017 Tennessee Tar Wars Poster Contest.
WHEREAS, protecting, promoting, and improving the health and prosperity of the people of the State of Tennessee are the stated goals of our State’s Health Department, and tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States; and

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March 7, 2017

Attention TennCare Prescribing Providers

This notice is to advise you of information/changes/updates regarding the TennCare Pharmacy Program.
TennCare Pharmacy Update Notice
We encourage you to read this notice thoroughly and contact Magellan’s Pharmacy Support Center (866-434-5520) should you have additional questions.  Thanks.

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February 1, 2017

Electronic Death Registration for Tennessee

In the coming weeks, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records will be implementing a new
electronic death registration system. Trainings will be offered in multiple locations across the state, as well as
online. If you are interested in participating in the testing of the system prior to rollout, please contact us at 1-
855-VRISMTN or 1-855-874-7686. We will continue to update this information, including training dates, as it
becomes available.

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January 19, 2017

Recent Mumps Outbreak Causes Concern

Mumps Immunizations Needed to Protect Adults and Children
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mumps, the illness many associate with childhood, can infect people of all ages and has been on the rise as some neglect to immunize themselves or their children. The Tennessee Department of Health is concerned about increases in mumps cases, including an ongoing outbreak in neighboring Arkansas which so far involves more than 2,400 suspected or confirmed cases of the illness.

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December 23, 2016

Reportable Diseases for 2017

Tennessee Department of Health has updated the reportable diseases, reporting guidance, and reporting form for 2017.

Letter from Commissioner Dreyzehner
2017 List of Reportable Diseases in Tennessee: For Healthcare Providers (Page 1), For Laboratories (Page 2)
2017 Reportable Diseases in Tennessee: Detailed Laboratory Guidance
Summary of Reporting Changes for Public Health Reporting in 2017
Public Health Reporting Form (PH-1600)
Public Health Reporting Online

Additional information regarding the reportable diseases and reporting is available on the Reportable Diseases website at

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December 6, 2016

TennCare Pharmacy Program Updates

Provider Notice for Brand as Generic Removals Effective 12-28-2016
Provider Notice for PDL Changes Effective 1-1-2017

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October 31, 2016

Important MACRA Documents

Executive Summary of the MACRA Final Rule
AAFP Advocacy of MACRA Final Rule

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October 4, 2016

2016 Episodes of Care Annual Feedback Session Memo

From the Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance & Administration:
On July 19, 2016, we held Episodes of Care Feedback Session meetings so that members of the public from across Tennessee could comment on what is working well and areas for improvement in the design of episodes in Wave 1 (perinatal, total joint replacement, and asthma exacerbation) and Wave 2 (COPD acute exacerbation, colonoscopy, cholecystectomy, acute PCI, and non-acute PCI). The meetings were held simultaneously in six cities across Tennessee (Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis) and connected via videoconference to make it easier for the public to participate.
The feedback received has been compiled and carefully analyzed by the state and our insurance carrier partners. We are pleased to share the memorandum that contains the summary of the feedback session and the resulting changes that will be implemented for the 2017 performance period. The memorandum can be located on our website here.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the sessions or submitted an email for their continued participation and support of the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative.  Please feel free to continue to contact us at

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September 12, 2016

IDD Toolkit Telehealth Schedule

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September 12, 2016

Case-Based Telehealth Training for Primary Care Providers of Adults with IDD

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