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June 2014

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.

April 2014

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 04/09/2014Four 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.

October 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

January 2013

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.

November 2012

“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.

August 2012

A new report, “Non-urgent ED Use in Shelby County, Tennessee” has been released.  Read it here.

July 2012

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.

May 2012

The Center has released a new report, “Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations in Shelby County, Tennessee, 2009.” Click here to download a copy.

April 2012

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.

January 2012

A new report, "Impacts of Health Reform in Tennessee," has been released. Download a copy here.

December 2011

A new report, "Impact of Health Care Reform in Shelby County, Tennessee," has been released.  Download a copy here.

October 2011

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

Healthcare Reform
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.

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