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1. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

2. Why Are Tennessee’s ACA Rate Hikes Among Nation’s Largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

3. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

4. Memphis Call Center Added As PILOT Resource -

A Memphis-based national call center has been added as a new resource for companies getting tax breaks in Memphis.

Operating in Clark Tower, at 5100 Poplar Ave., Ashaun LLC is now available to work with participating payment-in-lieu-of-taxes recipients as a diverse supplier under the “contracting services” component of the program.

5. Urge to Merge -

First it was big insurer Aetna, announcing it’s reached a deal to buy rival Humana for $34.1 billion. Only a few weeks later, another pair of insurers decided to get hitched, with Anthem announcing it would buy Cigna for $48.4 billion.

6. Magic Johnson Granting Fund to Booker T. Washington High -

Former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be in Memphis Friday, March 27, to announce the endowment of a $30,000 scholarship fund for seniors at Booker T. Washington High School.

The endowment is coming through the Magic Johnson Foundation and was developed for high school seniors who want to continue their education after graduation through a technical, community or four-year program.

7. Magic Johnson to Announce Booker T. Washington High Endowment -

Former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be in Memphis Friday, March 27, to announce the endowment of a $30,000 scholarship fund for seniors at Booker T. Washington High School.

The endowment is coming through the Magic Johnson Foundation and was developed for high school seniors who want to continue their education after graduation through a technical, community or four-year program.

8. County Charts Quieter Course On Insurance -

With less than two weeks to the open enrollment period for county employees, Shelby County Commissioners take a look at changes to county employee health care benefits Wednesday, Oct. 22, in committee sessions.

9. City Hall Opens Enrollment on Changing Health Plan -

City of Memphis employees just emerged from the open enrollment period for the still-evolving changes in health insurance benefits for 2015. And city retirees are about to enter their open enrollment period for the same benefits plans that take effect in January.

10. City Council Weighs Fluid Benefits Decisions -

Memphis City Council members have third and final votes scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, on a set of changes to the city’s pension benefits that are the second of two major sets of reforms in benefits for city employees and retirees.

11. Wharton Makes More Health Care Changes -

The working wives and husbands of city of Memphis employees will remain on the city’s health insurance plan through 2015 as long as they pay an increased monthly surcharge of $100, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Friday, Oct. 3, in the latest changes to the city’s health insurance plan.

12. Wellness Clinic Part of City’s Insurance Changes -

A new “wellness clinic” for city of Memphis employees and retirees opens Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Midtown and takes its place in City Hall’s summer to fall political tempest over changes in health insurance coverage approved by the Memphis City Council in June.

13. Door Remains Open on City Health Insurance Changes -

The political struggle to close the door and lock in changes to city health insurance coverage is proving to be a challenge for the Memphis City Council.

The council voted Tuesday, Sept. 16, to adjust the health insurance changes it approved in June to grandfather in for a year approximately 300 retirees and their spouses when it comes to the 70 percent subsidy on insurance premiums they currently get from the city.

14. Council Could Close Door on Alternative Health Plans -

Memphis City Council members could put to rest alternatives to the health care insurance benefits cuts they approved in June when they meet Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The question is whether they would do that with some kind of vote or indication through discussion or whether they will simply let the June decision stand and take no further votes.

15. Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers -

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

And they probably still will be trying to make sense of a mind-numbing array of conflicting numbers.

16. Council Aims at Moving Insurance Targets -

At just about every turn of the debate at City Hall about changes in health insurance coverage, Memphis City Council members have seen crucial numbers shift about the impact of the changes and the city’s liability.

17. Council To Review Conflicting Health Insurance Numbers -

City government’s open enrollment period for health insurance begins in October and new details of health insurance benefit cuts approved in June go in the mail later this month. Yet Memphis City Council members meet in a special committee session next week to again review conflicting numbers from actuaries on the coverage.

18. City Hall Saga Charts New Directions -

After a bit of a breather, all sides in City Hall’s simmering political dispute over health insurance changes for city employees and retirees sat down at the same table Tuesday, July 29, and offered a few new directions.

19. City Union Floats Alternative Health Care Plan as City Outlines Trust Fund -

Memphis City Council members will at least discuss an alternative health insurance plan next month.

The high deductible plan, which restores many of the coverage cuts approved in June by the council, is the proposal of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.

20. Homebuilders Launch Insurance Program -

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association has joined forces with other homebuilder associations in Tennessee and contracted with national employee benefit consulting firm gbac inc. and Memphis-based Shoemaker Financial to launch the Tennessee Construction Industry Health Insurance Program.

21. Events -

The Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 7, at 7745 Poplar Pike. Visit gchs.org for a schedule.

22. Co-Op Health Enrollment Still Unknown in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) – It's still too early to tell whether an insurance co-op created solely to sell health plans to Tennesseans through the federal government's exchange was able to compete with the state's big insurers.

23. Committee Explores Government Health Insurance Costs -

When those who know the details of health insurance plans used in city and county government, and those used at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and Shelby County Schools, sat down around a table last week, they quickly came to the conclusion that their workforces are essentially the same demographic.

24. Affordable Care Act -

On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.

Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.

25. Open Enrollment Approaching for Insurance Exchange -

With open enrollment for purchasing health insurance from the federally run Tennessee health insurance exchange set to begin on Oct. 1, local health care organizations are preparing with operational changes and plans for educating patients.

26. Organic Education -

Bethel Grove Elementary School of Memphis marked the opening of its American Heart Association Teaching Garden recently with a Plant Day Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony that included garden crafts, music and physical activity education.

27. Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs -

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals.

The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

28. Community Health Alliance Hires Crowley as Vice President -

John Crowley has been hired as vice president of strategic initiatives for Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance cooperative.

29. Baptist, Community Health Alliance Strike Deal -

West Tennessee residents who purchase health care insurance through Community Health Alliance beginning this fall will be directed to providers at Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities.

The exclusive agreement should be a boon for the Memphis-based Baptist system, which operates 14 hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. The Baptist network also includes more than 4,000 affiliated physicians, a multi-specialty physician group of more than 450 providers, home, hospice and psychiatric care, and a network of surgery, rehabilitation and outpatient centers.

30. Shorb: Increased Care Comes With Need for Lower Costs -

In increasing access to care and outcomes, health care organizations in Memphis and elsewhere in the nation need to find innovative solutions to bring down the cost of providing care, Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, said in a speech to industry leaders at the University Club earlier this month.

31. Report: Health Care Improving in Tennessee -

Health care is showing improvement in Tennessee thanks to some of the strongest health care plans in the South and an increased focus on patient-centered medical practices, according to the annual State of Health Care Quality report released Tuesday, Oct. 30, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

32. Report: Premium Hikes for Top Medicare Drug Plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if they don't shop for a better deal, says a private firm that analyzes the highly competitive market.

33. City Opens Employee Wellness Clinic -

The city of Memphis Wednesday, Aug. 15, will open an Employee Wellness Clinic at 2714 Union Ave. Extended for employees, dependents and retirees covered by the city’s health care plan.

34. HealthSpring's Expansion Adds Methodist Hospitals -

HealthSpring, a Medicare Advantage plan whose parent company is Cigna, has announced an agreement with Health Choice that will add select MetroCare physicians and six Methodist Healthcare hospitals to HealthSpring’s Memphis network.

35. Saint Francis Hospital Receives Quality Designations -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium site for cardiac care, cardiac surgery, heart rhythm disorders, surgical spine and total joint replacement.

Hospitals must meet or exceed United Healthcare’s rigorous quality criteria, including program structure, patient care processes and clinical outcomes.

36. Memphis Biz Group on Health Recognizes Hospitals -

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) celebrated area hospitals at a luncheon held on the campus of Rhodes College on Tuesday, April 24, where nearly 100 member organizations and other health care professionals were in attendance.

37. Takeovers, Anticipated European Deal Lift Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained steadily Monday on a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 130 points in the late afternoon. The Nasdaq composite index turned positive for the year.

38. Walgreen Hiring Cigna Executive Jeffrey Kang -

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Tuesday it is hiring the chief medical officer of health insurer Cigna Corp. for a new role as vice president of health and wellness services and solutions.

39. Council Considers Pyramid’s Ramesses -

Now that the city of Memphis has issued a bid request to start demolition of the interior of The Pyramid, the Memphis City Council is revisiting the fate of the Ramesses statue outside The Pyramid.

40. City Council Delays MLGW Insurance Contract -

A fight for a $122 million health insurance contract that began last year continued last week as the Memphis City Council delayed approval of the contract between CIGNA and Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division.

41. Council Rejects Charter Change Referendum on Tax Hike Votes - Memphis City Council members rejected a Nov. 2012 ballot referendum that would have let city voters decide on a charter amendment requiring a 2/3rds council vote to approve any property tax hike above the percentage increase in inflation or population growth.

42. Pelosi Names Final Members to Debt Supercommittee -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.

43. Saint Francis Recognized for Weight Loss Center -

The Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss has been recognized as an OptumHealth Bariatric Center of Excellence.

44. Seminar to Examine Health Care Reform -

One of the most contentious and complex issues facing the nation today will be the focus of the latest seminar hosted by The Daily News.

Health care reform will be the topic at hand on Thursday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.

45. Hyde Named President at Alco Management -

Alco Management Inc. has named Robert D. Hyde president of the Memphis-based development and property management firm.

46. Mayors to Kick Off Walking Day at Shelby Farms -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will kick off National Start! Walking Day with an April 6 at Shelby Farms Park.

47. Health Insurers Adjust to Once-Scary Reform Rule -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A new health care overhaul mandate that once stirred fear among insurers is proving to be challenging – but not too challenging – as it makes its debut in 2011.

48. Humana to Purchase Health Care Company Concentra -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Health insurer Humana Inc. plans its first broad foray into health care delivery in nearly two decades with its intended purchase of Concentra Inc. in an approximately $790 million cash deal announced Monday.

49. Health Insurers Help GOP After Dalliance With Dems -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

50. Tenet’s Local Hospitals Nab CIGNA Recognition -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett are among 43 hospitals within Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s network to receive “Center of Excellence” designations from CIGNA HealthCare.

51. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will present “Avoiding Claims by Proper Understanding & Utilization of the Mutual Indemnification Agreement” Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. For more information or to register, call 527-3582 or visit www.memphisbar.org.

52. Events -

The Leadership Academy will continue its 2010 Celebrate What’s Right Luncheon series with an address by FedEx Chief Information Officer Rob Carter Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Tickets are $25 and include lunch. For reservations, visit www.leadershipacademy.org.

53. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “Impact Outlook & Opportunities: Tackling Tough Questions” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.

54. Dodd's Wife Serves on Health Care Company Boards -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senator playing a lead role on a national health care overhaul sits on the boards of four health care companies, one of several examples of lawmakers with ties to the medical industry.

55. Teachers Boo Cash About Health Care Decision -

There’s nothing quite like the political force teachers – retired teachers in particular – bring to a discussion.

Memphis City Schools board members and Memphis school superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash are feeling that force as Cash makes several moves to cut the school system’s budget on the way to pitching a budget proposal to the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

56. U of M’s Heath Given Distinguished Teaching Award -

Dr. Julia Heath, professor of economics at the University of Memphis, has been honored with the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award by the Southern Economic Association.

57. Saint Francis Hospital Receives CIGNA Designations -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been recognized with six designations from CIGNA Healthcare.

The quality designations are based on superior outcomes for treatment of 29 surgical procedures and medical conditions. The hospital received designations for angioplasty, coronary artery bypass graft, colon surgery, gastric bypass, head and neck endarterectomy, and total knee replacement.

58. Jobless Rate Jumps To 7.2 Percent in Dec. -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation’s unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest level in 16 years, as nervous employers slashed 524,000 jobs, capping one of the worst years in modern history for American workers.

59. Continuing Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected -

The number of people continuing to seek unemployment benefits has risen sharply, according to government data released Thursday, indicating that laid-off workers are having a harder time finding new jobs as the recession enters its second year.

60. Health Care Costs Could Rise 10 Percent -

Health care costs are expected to rise more than 10 percent into next year, according to a survey of insurers by Aon Consulting Worldwide.

But that increase is the smallest Aon has seen in six years. Experts say it shows that efforts to tame costs, such as employee wellness or disease management programs, may be paying off.

61. MusiCares Provides Hope to Entertainers -

In the past 12 months, singing diva Celine Dion pulled down a cool $45 million, according to Forbes. Meanwhile, country crooner Tim McGraw earned $37 million and rapper 50 Cent had to make do on $33 million.

62. Physicians Cite Reasons Incentives Are Onerous -

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second part in a series about a rewards system for doctors that isn't so rewarding - at least not in its current form, docs contend. To catch the first installment, of "Docs in a Box," see Tuesday's edition of The Daily News.

63. Docs in a Box -

Editor's Note: This story is the first in a two-part series. Look for the next piece in Wednesday's edition.

Two more insurance companies want to give local doctors a financial incentive to be more efficient by creating physician quality ratings based on billing patterns. And the doctors aren't happy about it.

64. CIGNA HealthCare Buys Mid-South Administrative Group -      CIGNA HealthCare will acquire the Memphis-based Mid-South Administrative Group LLC (MSAG) for an undisclosed sum, giving Bloomfield, Conn.-based CIGNA an expanded presence in West Tennessee.

65. Methodist Gets Big Grants from CIGNA - The CIGNA Foundation, which provides charitable gifts to health organizations, has awarded two different grants to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. Part of the first, which totals $100,000, will be used to launch the Healthy Feet Project, which i

66. Insurers Begin Marketing Medicare Drug Plans -

For private companies across Tennessee - including HealthSpring, a Nashville-based health maintenance organization, or HMO - the tough sell has begun.

On Jan. 1, Medicare will begin making prescription drug coverage available to some 42 million recipients for the first time since the program was created in 1965. The new Medicare Part D drug benefit, part of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, will be offered through plans administered by private companies that contract with the federal government.

67. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Braystone Park Lots

Braystone Park Lots

Financed for $4.1 Million

John Worley Jr. Builder Inc. has financed nine lots in phase 3 of the Braystone Park Subdivision for $4.1 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Database, www.me...

68. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Select Dairy Queen restaurants are working with Lifeblood in May Select Dairy Queen restaurants are working with Lifeblood in May. While supplies last, each person offering to donate blood at one of Lifebloods seven Memphis area Neighborhood Donor C...

69. Archived Article: Real Briefs - ResortQuest Completes $50 Million The Memphis Area Association of Realtors announced Multiple Listing Service home sales climbed in May, surpassing last years year-to-date pace by 7.8 percent. During May, 1,233 homes were sold through MAARs Multiple...

70. Archived Article: Real Briefs - The Memphis Area Association of Realtors reported home sales began increasing in February, surpassing sales in January and February 1998 The Memphis Area Association of Realtors reported home sales began increasing in February, surpassing sales in J...

71. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Trammell Crow Co Trammell Crow Co. has completed the sale of the Schering Plough Healthcare Products Inc. Building No. 2. The 117,000-square-foot special purpose aerosal packing facility at 1178 Pope St. was vacant. The buyer, Marianna Memphis Inc.,...

72. Archived Article: Flu Shot Day Lj - By LAURIE JOHNSON Local agencies urge seniors to get their flu shots By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News For most people, experiencing a bout of the flu can mean a week or more of feeling like death warmed over. For seniors, however, a visit from the v...

73. Archived Article: Loeb Realty Chg - By CAMILLE H Commercial real estate sales show area economy is strong Local investors purchase Lipscomb & Pitts building on Union Avenue Extended By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Several commercial buildings in Memphis sold during December, a...

74. Archived Article: Standout-fisher Lj - lj 10/5 cates Worldwide quality: Local Baldrige judge focused on customer at early age; now gets to assess a nation By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News As a total quality management consultant, Dr. Donald C. Fisher is accustomed to enlightening organiz...