The Bureau of TennCare, Tennessees Medicaid program, and Shared Health, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, one of eight Medicaid managed-care providers in the state, have announced the launch of an electronic prescription pilot program in 13 rural counties.
Fifty physicians joining the program will receive free software, training, support and Internet access, according to a news release. The pilot began earlier this month and will run through June 30.
Shared Health was created in 2005 as a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the not-for-profit Chattanooga-based Blues plan, to develop what it called Community Connection, a patient-centered community health record, initially for 600,000 TennCare members. At the time, the Tennessee Blues plan estimated it would save $3 to $4 in healthcare costs for every dollar of the $25 million it planned to invest in the service over a three-year period.