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March 21, 2019

Around the nation: Tennessee just launched its Medicaid application system—5 years behind schedule

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    The system, called TennCare Connect, is designed to process Medicaid applications over the phone or online, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Tennessee, and Washington.

    • Michigan: University of Michigan and Apple are collaborating on a three-year study to determine if Apple Watch data can provide doctors with more information about patients' health and risk for disease. The study currently has 1,000 participants, and researchers plan to enroll thousands more from Michigan Medicine, according to Sachin Kheterpal, the medical school's associate professor of anesthesiology (Greene, Modern Healthcare, 3/18).
    • Tennessee: TennCare just quietly launched its Medicaid application system, which has been federally mandated for five years. The system, called TennCare Connect, is designed to process Medicaid applications over the phone or online. TennCare Director Gabe Roberts said the application launch was delayed due to extensive testing of the system. "[W]e have to make sure we are comfortable with it and ready to go," he said. It cost about $400 million to build the system, according to The Tennessean (Kelman, The Tennessean, 3/19).
    • Washington: WhidbeyHealth CEO Ceri Forbes is set to retire July 1 of this year. As CEO, Forbes led the construction of the hospital's new 39-bed hospital wing. Forbes, who served as CEO of WhidbeyHealth since 2015, previously served as CEO of Doctors' Memorial Hospital in Florida (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/18).

    Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion

    The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed states to opt of the law's Medicaid expansion, leaving each state's decision to participate in the hands of the nation's governors and state leaders.

    The Daily Briefing editorial teams have been tracking where each state stands on the issue since the ruling, combing through lawmakers' statements, press releases, and media coverage. In this latest iteration of our Medicaid map, we've determined each state's position based on legislative or executive actions to expand coverage to low-income residents using ACA funding.

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