FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 14, 2006
TENNCARE APPOINTS MEDICAL CARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS>
METHODIST HEALTHCARE'S JOHNSON NAMED CHAIRPERSON
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - TennCare's Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) members have been appointed for 2006. Cato Johnson, Senior Vice President for Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee has agreed to serve as chairperson. Methodist Healthcare operates the largest hospital provider of TennCare enrollee services in the state.
TennCare relies on the MCAC to provide advice to the Bureau regarding the planning, implementation and evaluation of program operation fulfilling a federal government advisory body requirement.
"We have a strong group of professionals familiar with the needs of low-income populations well positioned to provide constructive insight into enrollee medical care needs for our state's TennCare program," said Cato Johnson, MCAC Chairperson and Senior Vice President for Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn. "Additionally, these practitioners and enrollee advocates will be able to provide a meaningful link between the TennCare Bureau and the groups they represent."
The advisory committee members serve staggered three-year terms and consist of physicians and other health care providers, representatives of consumers' groups and key state officials. Current members include:
Iris Snider, M.D., Pediatrician
Lloyd A. Walwyn, M.D., J.D., orthopedic surgeon
Deb Murph, R.N., Regional V-P of Operations, Cherokee Health Systems
Jeannie Beauchamp, D.D.S., Dentist, Clarksville Pediatric Dentistry
Don Hazlewood, D. Ph. ,Pharmacist
Cato Johnson, Senior Vice President of Methodist Healthcare
Joe Brown, Chief Financial Officer for Hardin County General Hospital and Nursing Home Administrator,
Lisa Primm, Director, TennCare Partners Advocacy Line (TPAL)
Michelle Williams, M.D., Pediatrician, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
Eddie Hamilton, M.D., Pediatrician, Centennial Pediatrics
Walter Rogers, Executive Director, The Arc of Tennessee
Tony Halton, Program Specialist, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Sonya Nelson, Vice President, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee
Tina Brill, Vice President, John Deere
Michael Scarborough, Vice President, Memphis Managed Care / TLC
Virginia T. Lodge, Commissioner, Department of Human Services
J.D. Hickey, MD, Deputy Commissioner, TennCare Bureau
TennCare is Tennessee's expanded Medicaid program, providing health insurance coverage to 1.2 million Tennesseans including 640,000 children. For more information about TennCare visit http://www.tn.gov/tenncare
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