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12:31pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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Tenn. doctors have reservations about new Medicare payment plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee hospitals seem happy with new guidelines outlining the way the federal government pays for Medicare patients, but Tennessee’s doctors are expressing concerns.

Under the new rules, doctors and hospitals can be punished financially if the cost for caring for a patient gets too high. If a patient, picks up an infection requiring additional care while in the hospital, the hospital and doctor could lose money on the case.

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12:27pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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Get ready for ten digit phone dialing in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A growing population and the explosive expansion of the use of hand-held electronic devices has prompted the creation of a new area code for Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority says that a 629 area code and 10-digit dialing will go into effect at the end of February, joining the 615 area code in everyday use.

Beginning February 28, everyone in the mid-state will have to dial 10 digits for every call, regardless whether the call is local or long distance.

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9:26am

Tue January 27, 2015
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AG says Tenn. would have right to cancel Medicaid expansion

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a legal opinion that the State of Tennessee will be able to cancel Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage 200,000 low-income residents if costs exceed expectations.

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8:56am

Tue January 27, 2015
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Tennessee Promise gearing up for new students

Credit tnpromise.gov

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — About 90 percent of Tennessee's 2014 high school graduates have applied for the first year of Tennessee Promise, the program that offers eligible seniors the chance to go to a community college or technical college tuition-free.

 

The Tennessean reports that amounts to about 58,000 students and exceeds predictions by tens of thousands.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says, not only will there be more students, but they’ll likely need more help to succeed.

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8:09am

Tue January 27, 2015
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Tennessee's homeless programs getting $21 million in federal grants

A counselor with the homeless charity Journey Home in Murfreesboro consults with a homeless client.
Credit Journey Home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Homeless programs across Tennessee will receive a portion of nearly $2 billion allocated by U.S. Housing and Urban Development, including nine programs here in Rutherford County.

Officials say more than $21 million in grants will support 162 local homeless housing and service programs across Tennessee. Nine programs in Rutherford County will share just over half-a-million dollars.

The federal Continuum of Care grants are designed to provide critically needed services for homeless people and their families.

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