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King is Cariten’s new senior proposal analyst

• Mae King has been named Cariten Healthcare’s new senior proposal analyst. Prior to joining Cariten, King was a coordinator for Covenant Health’s Center for Community Health for two years. She has more than a decade of healthcare experience, also holding positions in marketing and senior services at Baptist Health System.

“Mae’s experience and knowledge of the healthcare industry will contribute greatly to Cariten’s continued growth,” Christy Newman, Cariten’s marketing director, said. As the senior proposal analyst, King will be responsible for completing requests for information submitted by national consultants and will develop sales proposals for companies within Cariten’s service area. King also will provide support for the company’s overall marketing strategies and campaigns. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, King earned her bachelor’s degree in business in 1991. A 550,000-plus member organization, Cariten Healthcare is owned by Covenant Health and Mountain States Health Alliance, two of the largest and most established healthcare institutions in East Tennessee.

Earth Fare to remove high fructose corn syrup products

•Asheville, N.C.-based healthy supermarket chain Earth Fare announced this week that it will remove all products containing high fructose corn syrup from their shelves before the end of the year. “Not only is high fructose corn syrup a highly refined and un-natural product that has masqueraded as natural far too long, research continues to indicate that it has serious ramifications on human health,” said Troy DeGroff, Earth Fare director of sales and marketing. “In the interests of our customers, and in the interest of fulfilling our mission of being the healthy supermarket, we feel we can no longer carry these products.” Michael Cianciarulo, Earth Fare CEO and president, said, “It’s the right thing to do. When you turn on the TV and repeatedly hear about the increase in diabetes, how can you responsibly offer products containing something that looks like it might be one of the main causes?” High fructose corn syrup has been implicated in studies as a possible contributor to America’s twin epidemics of obesity and type II diabetes. First introduced into the American diet in mass quantities in the 1970s, its introduction was followed by the rapid rise in type II diabetes and obesity amongst Americans in the eighties and nineties. These health crises continue to this day. The product categories most impacted by Earth Fare’s ban will be the carbonated beverage and nutritional bar categories. “Over a third of our sodas and energy bars will have to be removed, some of them best sellers,” said David Bowles, Earth Fare director of purchasing. In a conventional supermarket, the impact would be far greater, as high fructose corn syrup is added to everything from breads, crackers and peanut butter to fruit juices, salsa and catsup.

King named deputy regional director with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

• Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Steve Williams announced that Mitch King, currently deputy regional director for the Service’s southeast region, has been selected at the Service’s first assistant director for wildlife and sport fish restoration.

Cariten is the first in Tennessee to earn URAC accreditation

•Cariten Healthcare is the first managed care company in Tennessee to earn Claims Processing Accreditation by URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization committed to promoting healthcare quality through accreditation and certification.

URAC is the largest accrediting body for managed care and accredits organizations that do business in every state. Cariten is among only four companies that have earned URAC Claims Processing Accreditation, which consists of an extensive review of policies and procedures and an onsite visit. URAC’s accreditation process helps protect millions of Americans by providing quality benchmarks throughout the healthcare industry with periodic reviews and audits in a broad array of healthcare service functions and systems. In addition to claims processing, the accreditation applies to all aspects of operations, including customer service, appeals, claims resolution and recovery, system support, claims medical review, mail services and claims vertexing. Cariten Healthcare is majority owned by Covenant Health, and minority owner Mountain States Health Alliance.


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