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Veterans in the military town of Clarksville cheered Wednesday as officials opened a long-awaited VA clinic with twice the capacity of the existing facility, which had gotten so overcrowded that — at one point — it could no longer take new patients. And perhaps no one is as excited as George O'Connor.

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One of the Metro Council's most conservative members has joined the effort to keep Nashville General Hospital open, even if it means spending more money. Councilman Steve Glover is proposing a ban on closure of the city's safety-net facility.

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Medication used to treat opioid addiction has now been blamed as a factor in dozens of overdose deaths in Tennessee. According to data released by the state health department, toxicology reports found buprenorphine played a role in 67 of the 1,600 overdose deaths in 2016.

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Tennessee's reluctance to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is still being blamed for the high number of hospital closures in the state — the most in the U.S. outside of Texas. And this week brings one more. The Decatur County Commission decided to close its only hospital this week, citing the increased taxpayer subsidies.

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The cold may not be sending many people to the hospital for prolonged exposure, but the extended sub-freezing temperatures are promoting an especially intense flu season.

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The big hospital chains based in Nashville are accepting some of the blame for the country's opioid crisis, which grows more deadly by the year. They admit they were going overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible. So in an effort to be part of the cure, they're issuing an uncomfortable warning to patients — you're going to feel some pain.

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About a year ago, Fort Campbell helicopter pilot Steve Shroeder was hovering around West End in his Black Hawk, practicing approaches to Vanderbilt Medical Center's helipad — just in case he ever had to deliver a patient to the hospital's trauma center.

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Nashville's Hospital Authority has approved a six-month contract extension for its CEO, though several board members wanted a longer-term agreement as a sign of stability.

After more than a century in business, General Hospital is undergoing a major restructuring initiated by Mayor Megan Barry, who wants to close down inpatient care at the safety-net facility. She argues there's a more efficient way to use more than $50 million a year in taxpayer funding going toward the hospital.

Metro General Joseph Webb
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The CEO of Nashville General Hospital has been sidelined as city leaders contemplate downsizing operations to save money. And Thursday afternoon, the Hospital Authority plans to finalize a long-overdue performance review with just two weeks left on Joseph Webb's contract.

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Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander has backed off his demands to add health insurance subsidies for low-income Americans to a year-end spending bill.

Alexander was the co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would fund subsidies to insurance companies that offer plans on the marketplace. Another bill addressing Obamacare was co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.