TennCare Brass Says There's Life After the Blues

Tennessee officials are negotiating with three health plans, hoping some or all will pick up where Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee left off. BCBS made good on its threat to leave TennCare in the absence of fundamental changes in the managed Medicaid program.

Blue Cross Blue Shield will exit TennCare in June. It covers 645,000 TennCare recipients — about half of those enrolled in the program — and the other eight TennCare HMOs aren't interested in picking up the Blues' enrollees. Like Blue Cross Blue Shield, most, if not all, TennCare HMOs are having trouble breaking even. The Blues had asked the state to absorb financial losses and to place limits on the program's pharmacy benefit.

State officials now are willing to give the three HMOs they are courting some perks that neither the Blues nor the other eight health plans get — limited insurance risk and information technology improvements, to name a couple.

Career Opportunities

HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

Apply via email to jfedder1@hfhs.org or online at http://p.rfer.us/HENRYFORDlXqAJA

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

Monthly table of contents

Be notified as each issue of Managed Care is available online.

Biweekly newsletter

Recent topics have included:

PTCommunity news

New drug approvals, clinical trials, drug management. Three times per week.