HealthSpring is taking its Living Well clinic concept into the Memphis market. One location serving only HealthSpring members has opened its doors, another will come online by year's end. HealthSpring has in recent years opened Living Well locations in Gallatin and Hermitage, as well as in Texas and Alabama. The concept brings elements of disease management and lifestyle changes to the Medicare Advantage market.
Acting as an extension of the member’s primary care physician (PCP), LivingWell focuses on preventative care and practical patient education. The aim is to address each member’s health conditions early and appropriately so they can be easily managed or altogether avoided.
The Megabus route from Nashville to Chicago (via Indianapolis) and from Chicago to Nashville attracted about 75,000 passengers during its first six months of operations.
Dale Moser, president and chief operations officer of megabus.com parent company Coach USA, said company officials are “delighted with the passenger response.”
The Nashville/Chicago route started March 14 and represents one of four Megabus routes servicing Nashville (each no more than one year in operation). The others are Nashville/Memphis, Nashville/Knoxville and Nashville/Chattanooga/Atlanta.
Moser said the company is pleased with the four but noted the Atlanta route could use some growth. He declined to note what number Megabus officials had as a goal for the Nashville/Indianapolis/Chicago route at the six-month mark.
“We look at it on a quarterly basis,” he said. “As long as we continue to see progress each quarter, we are pleased.”
Global Trade magazine has ranked Nashville 41st among U.S. cities for international trade based on export volume.
New York City ranks No. 1, while Memphis comes in at 24th.
The reports notes Nashville generated $5.7 billion in export volume for the time period assessed, with the three countries to which the city exports the most goods being Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Memphis recorded $11.1 in export volume.
Nashville’s main export items include computers, electronic products and transportation equipment.
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Medicare Advantage insurer HealthSpring has beefed up its presence in Memphis, adding six hospitals and a number of physicians to its network via the Health Choice joint venture. Health Choice has long worked with Cigna, the newish owner of HealthSpring.
The Nashville International Airport ranked as the nation’s 34th busiest in 2011, rising five spots from its 2010 position, according to statistics the Metro Nashville Airport Authority released Tuesday.
The Airport Council International-North America Traffic Report 2011 shows BNA had 9.6 million passengers last year, surpassing the passenger counts at airports in Cleveland, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oakland and Raleigh. BNA saw 6.2 percent growth from 2010 to 2011, enjoying the fourth-highest growth rate among the top 75 airports in North America.
May flight operations statistics reveal total aircraft operations at BNA rose 1.3 percent. Also that month, the airport averaged 378 daily flights, up eight flights per day compared to May 2011 numbers. In addition, BNA saw fuel sales (per gallon) drop 7.5 percent from May 2010 to May 2011. They have decreased 6.1 percent year to date.