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Blake Farmer / WPLN

The board that oversees Nashville General Hospital is in turmoil. A fourth board member has resigned in a matter of months.

Michele Williams stepped down this week, expressing disapproval with the rushed contract extension for the CEO last week.

Lauren Bishop / CDC

After months of resisting pressure from doctors, Tennessee's Medicaid program is slowing down an initiative meant to make physicians more cost conscious. They've complained about the so-called "episodes of care" payment model since its inception, though doctors initially cooperated with state officials in designing the program.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The best way to treat poison ivy is to avoid touching it in the first place. But that's tricky, given the many faces the rash-inducing plant can have.

courtesy St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis is putting more focus on its work around the world. The research institution has announced a $100 million initiative to accelerate cancer treatment globally.


Nashville has become the latest city managing an outbreak of Hepatitis A, a preventable liver disease. The Metro Health Department has confirmed 14 cases — most of which appear to be linked — and expect many more over the coming months.

courtesy Interfaith Dental / via Facebook

Tennessee seniors stand to benefit from a legal settlement that has been tied up in court for more than a decade. Much of the $40 million is going to help elderly people with debilitating dental problems.

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After years of price spikes, the individual health insurance marketplace in Tennessee is showing signs of stabilizing — even though monthly premiums are expected to take another big jump nationally. 

The difference, says Tennessee's largest insurer, is that it already planned for some of the latest changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

As the numbers afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease continue to swell, so do the legions of loved ones caring for friends and family members. And the health of those caretakers has become a focus in the Alzheimer’s community since there’s no cure on the horizon for debilitating memory loss. Even loved ones leaning on professional help still need support to endure what’s been dubbed "the long goodbye."

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The failed attempt by former Mayor Megan Barry to downsize Nashville General Hospital has meant no candidate for the city's top job is following her lead. Even the conservatives in the race say it's not a matter of whether to keep General Hospital, but how.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

No hospital in Middle Tennessee is impressing patients enough to earn a five-star rating from the government, new survey data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows.