The Center has updated its TennCare Timeline to include major events and milestones
to October 2014. Read it here.
The Center has made available sources of useful information on the impacts of ObamaCare
reform on Tennessee and the Memphis area. Use this link to access them.
Shelby County Health Statistics
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a collaborative program between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Visit this site for health statistics for the 95 counties in Tennessee and their rankings. Here
are two useful reports about Shelby County, Tennessee. Here and Here.
Dr. Chang, the Director of Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, was
quoted at length in an April 9, 2014, Memphis Commercial Appeal article by reporter Kevin McKenzie about the release of
Medicare doctor reimbursement data by the Center of Medicare and Medicaid. This was
followed by a second article in the Nashville paper, the Tennessean, on the same topic on 04/09/2014. Four days later on 04/13/2014, The Chattanooga Press Free Press published a long news analysis article on the controversy
surrounding the release of Medicare doctor data and quoted Dr. Chang extensively.
Dr. Cyril Chang, The Director of the Center, published an op-ed article on health
care and free market. The article appeared in the October 13, 2013, edition of the
Memphis Commercial Appeal. Click here to read.
The Center was in the news. Reporter Kevin McKenzie of the Memphis Commercial Appeal
quoted the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics at length in an article
about high-deductible health plans. Click here to read.
The Center was recently awarded a research grant to study the economic burden of hypertension,
infant mortality and end-of-life care in Memphis and Shelby County. He will also investigate
the returns on investment in investing in hypertension and infant mortality prevention
and in the improvement of end-of-life care. Dr. Chang, who is also the Director of
Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, received the grant from the
Memphis Triple Aim Project, a community-based health initiative funded by Memphis
Fast Forward and administered by Healthy Memphis Common Table.
Dr. Cyril Chang, Professor of Economics and the Director of Methodist Le Bonheur Center
for Healthcare Economics, was interviewed and quoted extensively by Nooga.com, an
online news outlet covering business, government, lifestyle and sports in the Chattanooga
area. Click here to see Dr. Chang’s comments on national and local health care spending trends.
“Tennessee’s Option to Expand Medicaid Coverage: What are the issues?” Click here for a copy of this article published in the Nov/Dec 2012 Issue of Tennessee Medicine.
A new report, “Non-urgent ED Use in Shelby County, Tennessee” has been released.
Read it here.
Op-Ed Article on the Supreme Court health care decision and the road ahead: Dr. Cyril
Chang, the Director of the Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics, has
published an op-ed article in the July 6th edition of the Memphis Commerical Appeal.
Read it here.
WKNO radio interview: Dr. Cyril Chang was interviewed by Eleanor Boudreau of WKNO
FM 91.1 on the Supreme Court decision and whether Tennessee should accept federal
offer to expand TennCare. To listen, click here.
The Center has released a new report, “Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations in Shelby
County, Tennessee, 2009.” Click here to download a copy.
Interested in the individual mandate controversy and the health care reform? Read
this op-ed article by Dr. Cyril Chang in the April 6, 2012, edition of the Memphis
Commercial Appeal here.
A new report, "Impacts of Health Reform in Tennessee," has been released. Download
a copy here.
A new report, "Impact of Health Care Reform in Shelby County, Tennessee," has been
released. Download a copy here.
The Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics has received two grants from
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Assisi Foundation, respectively, to study
the impact of health care reform in Tennessee. The report is expected to be released
in January 2012.
August 5, 2011
Issue Brief “Non-Urgent ED Use in Tennessee, 2008” now available
An updated Issue Brief on non-urgent ED use has been published. It reports the rates
of non-urgent ED visits and their variations among various population subgroups across
Tennessee in 2008. You can access a copy of the report here.
April 6, 2011
2010-11 Health Care Research Journal Club Ends with Presentation by President and
CEO of Le Bonheur Children's Health Care
At the April 6, 2011 Health Care Research Journal Club meeting sponsored by the Center,
Meri Armour, President and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital gave a talk on hospital
and physician alignment in the post-reform environment. More than 30 faculty, students,
and invited guests from the Memphis health care community attended the well-delivered
presentation. This talk concluded the 2010-11 Health Care Research Journal Club presentation
series. The 2011-12 season begins in September 2011.
February 1, 2011
New Report on the Effects of Health Care Reform in Shelby County
MLCHE has published a new report detailing the likely effects of health care reform
on residents of Shelby County. The report addresses the number of newly insured and
changes in the use of health care services. It also discusses the effects on hospitals
in terms of the amount of uncompensated care they provide. Finally, it looks at the
total economic impact of health care reform in Shelby County. The report was written
in collaboration with the Sparks Business Bureau and with funding from the Assisi
Foundation. You can access a copy of the report here.
July 20, 2010
Health Care Research Journal Club
We are starting our club meetings early this academic year! Health reform and new
forms of delivery are on the minds of many people. To stimulate discussion and idea
exchange, we are very fortunate to have Bill Breen and Jennifer Gilbert as our presenters
to kick off the fall series of Health Care Research Journal Club. The meeting is on
August 18, 2010 in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. Seating is limited
so RSVP soon to reserve your place.
July 8, 2010
Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations
MLCHE has published an updated Issue Brief about potentially avoidable hospitalizations.
This Issue Brief contains new profiles for each of the four major counties in Tennessee:
Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Shelby. You can download the new Issue Brief by clicking here.
July 1, 2010
The Asissi Foundation awarded a grant to MLCHE Director Cyril Chang to study the effects
of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on Shelby County residents.
MLCHE has partnered with the Sparks Business Bureau for this study. Check back soon
for results or sign up for notifications on the Contact Us page.
MLCHE now has several topic-based mailing lists, including alerts for new publications.
Please visit the Contact Us page for more information and to sign up.