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HCA wants permission from Tennessee health officials to plant a $14 million freestanding emergency department in Antioch. The proposal is a compromise after years of trying to tap into the lucrative Williamson County market.

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A Nashville company has developed a drug test to make hypertension patients a little more honest about taking their blood pressure medication. The screening developed by Aegis Sciences is meant to spark a candid conversation about whether someone is sticking with their prescription, because many don't.

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The precarious finances of Nashville General Hospital have made the safety-net facility even more expensive to run. Administrators are asking the city for a targeted investment of tax dollars to cut down on some recurring costs.

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A bipartisan effort to stabilize the individual health insurance markets appears to be falling apart — polarized by the politics of abortion. The effort — led by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee — was on track to be included in a broad spending bill set for votes this week.

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The Tennessee legislature has designed a budget maneuver to pay for proposed rules around Medicaid. Republican states, including Tennessee, are adding requirements that Medicaid recipients have to work if they can. But enforcement is proving to be costly.

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The death of a 28-year-old drummer from East Nashville has inspired a fund meant to pay for primary care and diagnostic testing for musicians. Ben Eyestone, who played for Margo Price and Nikki Lane, died from colon cancer last year just days after being diagnosed. He was uninsured but had tried to get a colonoscopy months before.

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Governor Bill Haslam is headed into the final months of his time in office, and he’s decided that combating the opioid epidemic will be his last big legislative push. Haslam started the session by endorsing a proposal that would impose stricter rules on prescribing the painkillers. Not until last week did that measure begin moving forward. It was a tougher fight than some expected.

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The neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Thomas Midtown is the first in Middle Tennessee to go live with baby webcams, a technological upgrade that hospitals around the country have been installing.

But the video streams are seen as more than a modern convenience.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is putting some election-year pressure on Congress to shore up the individual insurance marketplace. As the head of the Senate's health committee, he promised the bi-partisan legislation as a way to mitigate any damage from canceling the individual mandate to buy insurance.

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After weeks of backroom talks, Tennessee lawmakers have landed on a compromise that could establish some of the toughest rules on opioid prescribing in the country. Legislators acknowledge they're creating headaches in the process, but they say overdose deaths call for drastic action.