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Diversity in medical schools has barely budged in the last four decades. That's not a problem at Meharry Medical College, which already has a mission to train minority doctors. But the historically black institution is now taking on the issue in a broader way. 

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN (File photo)

Nashville General Hospital has recovered some of its financial footing after the threat of closure in late 2017, when the safety-net facility required a cash infusion just to make payroll.

General Hospital is requesting less money from the city next year, bucking the national trend of rising health care costs and reversing years of required supplemental requests to the Metro Council.

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Tennesseans appear to back stricter regulations on smoking, according to a poll released Tuesday by anti-smoking advocates. The statewide survey asked whether residents support raising the tobacco age and banning smoking in public places. And a sizeable and bipartisan majority said yes.

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The dominant provider of hospice care in Middle Tennessee is making a big move into palliative medicine for patients who aren't necessarily dying. Alive Hospice is embedding in cancer clinics, from Clarksville to Chattanooga, in a partnership with Tennessee Oncology.

courtesy Leiff Cabraser

A retired Fort Campbell infantryman has joined hundreds of service members suing the maker of earplugs that were standard issue. George Dooley of Clarksville says he suffered hearing loss and has experienced chronic ringing in his ears.

White House photographer Michael Evans / courtesy Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

There's a very real possibility that the Tennessee legislature will vote to expand Medicaid this year, though not to cover the working poor. Rather, this expansion is meant to rescue middle-class and upper-income families from financial ruin, as they care for children with severe disabilities.

courtesy Saint Thomas Health

The Nashville hospital formerly known as Baptist is marking a century in operation, though it's changed hands a few times. There's a 100-year celebration on Wednesday, with former executives invited back to speak.

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For the first time, Tennesseans have a way to directly apply for Medicaid online. Over the weekend, TennCare Connect went live, allowing residents to fill out forms and upload documents at a new website or with a smartphone app.

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Nineteen people were charged last week after a coordinated drug bust in Grundy County. Most of the defendants face charges related to distribution of methamphetamine — a drug that has flown below the radar amid the deadly opioid epidemic.

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A proposed change to how Tennessee's Medicaid program is funded by the federal government has some health care advocates worried. The state could be one of the first to ask for a so-called "block grant" to pay for the health care of low-income residents.