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Tennessee initiative to transform health care delivery system.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The state of Tennessee's TennCare Bureau has partnered up with BlueCross/BlueShield to revolutionize health care delivery by using technology to help reduce medical errors, avoid duplicate services, and detect fraud and abuse.

The program, operated by Shared Health, a BlueCross subsidiary, creates a patient-centered community health record that allows multiple providers treating the same patient to view that patient's medical information via a secure web site. The name of the program is Community Connection.

Shared Health began offering Community Connection to BlueCross' TennCare (Tennessee's managed Medicaid plan) members this summer. The service is expected to be extended to all TennCare members by the end of the year. In 2006, Shared Health Services will be expanded and offered to more than 2.8 commercial customers of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and soon thereafter, to all Tennesseans. It will also be made available to other insurers.
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Title Annotation:TennCare Bureau's Community Connection program
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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