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Steve Green / Vanderbilt University

All of the major institutions that train doctors and other health professionals in Tennessee have agreed to begin teaching new best-practices on opioid prescribing. The state has asked schools to begin implementation this fall and fully adopt the 12 "core competencies" next year.

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Tennessee students preparing for jobs in which they'll prescribe medication may start spending much more time focused on the perils of addictive painkillers. A commission representing schools around the state has come up with 12 key points that need to be covered before graduation.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Nashville-based HCA continues to generate big profits, even as other hospital operators struggle. And company executives say they're benefiting from the competitive labor market.

John Russell / Vanderbilt University

The Trump Administration's top doctor overseeing the opioid crisis says Tennessee has led the nation in tracking and responding to drug dependent babies. He's in Nashville along with First Lady Melania Trump for an event on neonatal abstinence syndrome at Vanderbilt.

Donn Jones Photography / courtesy NHCC

Tennessee's next governor could likely oversee a sizeable legal settlement with drug makers related to the opioid crisis. But when the state got a windfall from a settlement with tobacco companies in 1998, very little of the money went into programs that help farmers stop producing tobacco or help people quit smoking.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The proposed buyout of LifePoint Health, a hospital operator based in Brentwood, sheds some light on the state of rural health care: Analysts say companies that run small-town hospitals have to be leaner and more nimble.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Doctors can appear superhuman. They’ve made it through the gauntlet of medical school and residency. They make more money than most people. Statistically, they’re healthier.

But there’s a dark side to the profession that has been largely veiled — even from doctors themselves: They are far more likely to take their own lives. 

Courtesy The Black Church and HIV

More black churches in the Nashville area are participating in the annual Day of Unity this weekend, in which they agree to address HIV prevention from the pulpit. But many pastors sidestep the issue of gay relationships.

Blake Farmer / WPLN (File photo)

Tennessee's largest health insurer has found a way to bring down rates for individuals who buy plans on the marketplace. The first-ever decrease from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — which covers roughly half of the individuals on the marketplace — comes even as the Trump Administration added to uncertainty in recent days.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The VA in Middle Tennessee is trying to cast a wider net for patients in a long-running effort to reduce veteran suicides, as the agency nationwide has been monitoring high-risk patients closer than ever.