TN Zika Virus Update
Effectively immediately, all new cases of microcephaly in Tennessee, regardless of etiology, should be reported to the Tennessee Department of Healt.Read More
TennCare EHR Provider Incentive Program
From: David A. Stockett, MHSA
On 10/16/2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017. You can see the rule by using this link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-16/pdf/2015-25595.pdf. This rule sets new criteria for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs.
Please note that the TennCare EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program web site nor the PIPP portal currently reflect these policy changes. Forthcoming announcements will be made via the ListServ and the TennCare EHR Newsletter. We will also notify you when we are ready to accept 2015 MU attestations according to the modified requirements.
Tennessee Immunization Program
From: Kelly L. Moore, M.D., MPH, Director
Tennessee had the dubious distinction of being the only state to experience a significant drop in completion of the HPV vaccine series among teen girls in 2014, as reported in the CDC’s report of the results of the 2014 National Immunization Survey-Teen in today’s MMWR. While coverage with Tdap and first dose Men-ACWY rose, HPV initiation (1st dose) was flat, and completion of the full series of HPV vaccine dropped, by 16 percentage points, to just 20% (The US overall rate was 40%).
While the reasons for this distinct drop are unclear, the implications are grave. As we miss the opportunity to vaccinate our preteens and teens, the ranks swell of men and women who will someday develop HPV cancers that could have been prevented today with this safe, highly effective and long-lasting vaccine.
Tools for healthcare providers at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/for-hcp/hpv-resources.html
Tennessee HPV Report – July 2015
2014 National Immunization Survey – Teen Results – July 2015
Attention TennCare Providers
TennCare wants to make sure you are aware that the following Remittance Advice (RA) Banner Message began appearing on the first page of the TennCare Crossover Claims RAs (page following the address page) effective May 15, 2015, regarding the ICD-10 transition set for October 1, 2015.Read More