Tenn. Sen. Lamar Alexander says he’s arrived at a compromise on surprise medical billing. The proposed restrictions have been politically popular, but the details have been difficult to work out, as many parts of the health care industry have actively worked against the legislation.
Tennessee health officials say they’re making anti-smoking initiatives their top priority next year. That’s because the state ranks basically dead last in spending on smoking prevention, and it shows in the state’s overall health.
Women now outnumber men in medical school, but some specialties still have a wildly lopsided gender mix. So it was actually kind of a big deal when Saint Thomas hired a new heart surgeon this year — the hospital’s first woman.
A Tennessee-based firm that runs emergency rooms around the nation says it will stop suing patients who can’t pay. The company also is pledging to give more discounts for the uninsured.
Tennessee legislators are staking out their positions on vaping and writing new proposals amid the outbreak of vaping-related lung illness, which has resulted in two deaths in the state and 47 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.