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Obamacare Sign-Up Percentages in Memphis

This is really cool.

From Kaiser Family Foundation, a tool to find the number of people by zip code (or roughly by zip code … read the fine print) who signed up for Obamacare through the exchanges in 2014 and 2015.

For example, in zip code 38103:

2015: 5,300 people signed up out of 12,800 potential enrollees. (42%)
2014: 3,600 people signed up out of 13,300 potential enrollees. (27%)

And in a world where hard facts on Obamacare are so difficult to find — given the politics and complexity of the issue — Kaiser has all kinds of interesting data. For instance, while Tennessee premiums are up 38%, they’re up “only”  1.5% after tax credits are factored in.

AutoZone honored for commitment to the arts

Congratulations are in order to Memphis-based AutoZone, which the organization Americans for the Arts is honoring next month at its annual awards gala as being among 10 U.S. companies honored for their “exceptional commitment to the arts.”

The honor will be formally bestowed at a bash in New York City on October 6.

Reasons cited by the organization for its inclusion of AutoZone are things like the company’s founder and former CEO in 2004 spearheading an endowment campaign that raised $27.2 million for the arts in Memphis. AutoZone, according to the organization, also commissioned Opera Memphis to create two iterations of “AutoZone: The Opera” for the company’s national conferences in 2013 and 2014.

AutoZone was nominated for the honor from Americans for the Arts by ArtsMemphis.

Chiwawa in transition

It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.

A sign posted on the door as of Monday afternoon said the business is undergoing repairs. Chiwawa owner Daniel Flanagan told at least one news outlet Monday it will reopen featuring a new concept that would be announced in the near future.

He did not return phone calls immediately, but according to one Chiwawa employee, the closure was effective immediately.



Harbor of Health reopens

Regional One Health has re-opened Harbor of Health in Harbor Town.

According to Regional One Health senior vice president of ambulatory services, the reopening of the clinic – at 718 Harbor Bend Road – comes “with a new framework for service delivery.”

“From the personalities and expertise of the providers to the business operations of the practice, we are creating a health care experience focusing on the needs and priorities of our patients,” she said in a statement about the opening.

The clinic provides primary care services, including pediatrics, and it’s currently staffed by a nurse practitioner, Tamika Bolden, with additional providers including a certified nurse mid-wife to come on board in the future.

Harbor of Health currently offers extended hours to fit the busy schedules of patients, including 7 a.m. appointments and same-day appointments. As new providers join the group, extended hours including night and weekend appointments will also be available.

Memphis startup wins international competition

GlucosAlarm, a startup participating in the current cohort of the ZeroTo510 medical device startup accelerator, has won first place in the Tech-I competition that took place over the weekend at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi.

The competition in which GlucosAlarm – which created a technology to measure glucose in diabetic patients’ urine and simplifies the testing procedure – participated is sponsored by the Global Innovation through Science and Technology, an initiative of the U.S. State Dept.

GlucosAlarm competed as one of 15 start-ups in the world out of hundreds of applications.