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Health Planning Announcements

October 2018: 2017-2018 Edition of the State Health Plan

The 2017-2018 Edition of the State Health Plan has been approved by Governor Haslam and is adopted as official State Health Policy. The Department of Health’s Division of the Health Planning is charged by statute with developing a State Health Plan to “guide the development of health care programs and policies and the allocation of health care resources in the state” and with updating the State Health Plan annually.

This 2017-18 Edition of the State Health Plan is a “deep-dive” into faith-based organizations and the communities they serve. The goal was to build significant and meaningful relationships across the state with the people working on the ground to improve the health of their communities. The faith-based groups that were engaged through this process included leaders within places of worship, safety-net providers, community leaders, and congregants, among others. Through this work a series of recommendations was developed that will be implemented by TDH as part of its efforts to better support all community leaders and organizations in their work to improve health across the state. The recommendations are as follows:

1.       In partnership with the Tennessee Charitable Care Network, the Department of Health’s Division of Health Disparities, and other provider stakeholders, develop an accessible, easy to use inventory of safety net providers in the state, including services provided, hours of operation, and payment policies.

2.       In partnership with the Department of Health’s Division of Health Disparities, convene one or more summits for faith-based leaders.

3.       In partnership with the Department of Health’s Division of Health Disparities, develop and sustain a health ambassadors program to support faith-based organizations and faith leaders with information and tools to improve the health of their communities.

4.       Develop a new State Health Plan webpage that is a one-stop shop for health education materials, TDH priorities, toolkits, and other resources to assist leaders, community members, health care representatives, and others in their efforts to align with the State and increase their impact on health.

This Edition also introduces the “Tennessee Vital Signs.” Tennessee’s Vital Signs are 12 metrics, selected through an extensive public engagement process, designed to measure the pulse of Tennessee’s population health. Collectively, these metrics provide an at-a-glance view of leading indicators of health and prosperity. Tennessee’s Vital Signs seek to provide an objective answer to the question, “How healthy is Tennessee?”. The following metrics were selected to serve as the Tennessee Vital Signs.

  1. Youth Obesity
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Youth Nicotine Use
  4. Drug Overdose
  5. Infant Mortality
  6. Teen Births
  7. Community Water Fluoridation
  8. Frequent Mental Distress
  9. 3rd Grade Reading Level
  10. Preventable Hospitalizations
  11. Per Capita Personal Income
  12. Access to Parks and Greenways

Behind these leading indicators are numerous other health drivers that collectively impact the vital conditions for health in Tennessee.

The Division of Health Planning is charged with developing and revising Certificate of Need Standards and Criteria that are used by the Health Services Development Agency (HSDA) to review and approve or deny Certificate of Need applications in the state. This 2017-18 Edition of the State Health Plan includes two sets of Certificate of Need Standards that have been revised: 1) Certificate of Need Standards and Criteria for Acute Care Beds and 2) Certificate of Need Standards and Criteria for Non-Residential Opioid Treatment Programs.

These Standards and Criteria have been informed by a thorough public process over many months that included public meetings, stakeholder meetings, and the opportunity for interested parties to review and make comments on draft versions. The Division worked diligently to ensure the expertise of stakeholders from across the state is adequately represented in these Standards.

August 2017: Tennessee State Oral Health Plan

The Tennessee Department of Health has finalized the 2017 Edition of the Tennessee State Oral Health Plan. In accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated § 68-1-305, this plan will serve as the state’s first statewide, comprehensive oral health plan. The state oral health plan offers a blueprint for improving the health of the people of Tennessee by framing the issue of dental disease and prioritizing four key areas for addressing oral health in the state:

1) Monitoring Disease in Tennessee,

2) Oral Health Education and Advocacy,

3) Prevention, and

4) Oral Health Resources & Workforce.

The plan outlines a series of recommendations, categorized into these four key areas, which will be carried out over the next five years with assistance from state, local, and community partners. These recommendations will serve as the first steps in addressing oral health throughout the state and ensuring oral health is included in efforts to address the overall health and well-being of the people of Tennessee. The Plan highlights the important efforts that are already underway across the state to address oral health while also clearly identifying gaps in resources and knowledge along with meaningful action to be taken to address these gaps.

The Oral Health Plan was informed by a thorough public process over many months that provided numerous opportunities for public and private stakeholders to participate in the development process. The Department worked diligently to ensure the expertise of stakeholders from across the state is represented in the final Plan. The guidance and knowledge provided by stakeholders has been invaluable and their support is appreciated.

To access the Tennessee State Oral Health Plan visit: http://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-planning/state-health-plan and/or http://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/oralhealth.

September 2018: Public Hearing on Revisions to Certificate of Need Standards and Criteria

The Office of Health Planning, within the Department of Health, is hosting a public hearing to gather public and stakeholder comments and recommendations for revisions to the Certificate of Need Standards and Criteria for Megavoltage Radiation Therapy, Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, and Home Health Services. An agenda for the hearing is attached. The hearing will take place Wednesday, October 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 PM CDT at the Lentz Public Health Center. Please contact Elizabeth Jones (Elizabeth.Jones@tn.gov), Assistant Director of Health Planning, with any comments or questions you may have. Health Planning looks forward to hearing the expertise and recommendations of interested parties. Your collaboration and support throughout the revision process is appreciated.

The current standards that will be revised through this process are available at the following link.

https://www.tn.gov/hsda/hsda-criteria-and-standards.html

Lentz Public Health Center

2500 Charlotte Avenue

Nashville, TN

1st Floor, Centennial C

Wednesday, October 3rd

3:00-5:00 PM CDT

February 2017: 2016 Edition of the State Health Plan

The 2016 Edition of the State Health Plan has been approved by Governor Haslam and is adopted as official State Health Policy. The Department of Health’s Division of Health Planning is charged by statute with developing a State Health Plan to “guide the development of health care programs and policies and in the allocation of health care resources in the state” and with updating the State Health Plan annually.

The Division of Health Planning is also charged with developing and revising Certificate of Need (CON) Standards and Criteria that are used by the Health Services Development Agency (HSDA) to review and approve or deny Certificate of Need applications in the state. Public Chapter 1043, effective July 1, 2016, added organ transplantation and freestanding emergency departments to the services and facilities overseen by the CON program. In response, the Division of Health Planning accelerated its efforts to develop CON Standards and Criteria for these two new areas in order to allow the HSDA to be able to appropriately review these applications. As a result of this accelerated process, the 2016 Edition to the State Health Plan is comprised solely of CON Standards and Criteria for Organ Transplantation Services and Freestanding Emergency Departments.

These Standards were informed by a thorough public process over many months that included public meetings, stakeholder meetings, and the opportunity for interested parties to review and make comments on the draft versions. The Division worked diligently to ensure the expertise of stakeholders from across the state is adequately represented in these Standards.