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Governor Bill Haslam is funding a $1 million project to help rural hospitals on the brink of closure. But advocates say that doesn't mean all of those hospitals can or should be saved.

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A handful of youth sports leagues in Tennessee are raising their safety procedures to achieve a new state certification. The endorsement is akin to the state's rating system for pre-schools. And health officials hope that it becomes something embraced statewide. The NFL's top doctor has even pledged to help spread the program across the country.

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Nashville health care companies with a major presence in the U.K. helped lobby for the new direct flight to London that starts Friday. But it may be firms with operations in India that have the most to gain.

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Updated 10 p.m. with reaction from Provision Proton Therapy and legislative leadership.

Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a measure that would have required the state's insurance plan to cover an experimental cancer treatment.

Proton therapy promises to pinpoint radiation on the places that require treatment and do less collateral damage on surrounding organs and tissue, but many providers believe it's too costly and unproven.

courtesy Lutheran Health Network

Community Health Systems — one of the major employers in Middle Tennessee — did better than analysts expected in the first three months of the year, showing some signs of a turnaround. The Franklin-based hospital chain has struggled to turn a profit while paying down a burdensome debt load, a result primarily of acquiring the troubled Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates in 2014.

The nation's largest hospital chain may be feeling the waning benefits of the Affordable Care Act, even as it continues to become more profitable. Nashville-based HCA reported higher-than-expected numbers of uninsured patients during the first quarter.

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The Nashville area has its first local data on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders. And the numbers are slightly lower than the national figure, which jumped up this year.

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The finer points of a bill to heavily restrict opioid prescribing came down to the final hours of the legislative session, with a hang-up over medical coding nearly killing Gov. Bill Haslam's signature legislation for the year.

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Senator Lamar Alexander's bipartisan response to the opioid crisis has unanimously advanced out of the health committee that he chairs.

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An experimental cancer treatment has won a rare endorsement from the Tennessee legislature, even though lawmakers were discouraged from weighing in. The General Assembly is requiring insurance coverage of proton therapy, which benefits one company building a treatment center in Franklin.