Tennessee’s two-day mass testing effort at Nashville’s public housing began with a low turnout on Thursday. But even though there’s been a push by health leaders for residents to get tested, not many seemed receptive to the idea.
The latest report from Vanderbilt’s Department of Health Policy brings optimism to the state’s response to the coronavirus. A previous report showed for every positive case in Tennessee, another 1.4 people were infected. That number has since declined to 1 during the past week, suggesting that state-wide social distancing measures are working.
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.
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.
Now the block grant ball is in the federal government’s court. Tennessee’s Medicaid agency has spent months redesigning TennCare, after the Trump administration asked for so-called block grant requests. The 50-page proposal, which could reshape a program that serves more than 1.4 million Tennesseans, was officially submitted Wednesday afternoon, though with some last-minute changes.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is refusing to publicly correct alleged flaws in an opioid distribution database published by The Washington Post. A pharmacy owned by state Sen. Shane Reeves has conducted its own recount and says it found major errors that inflated its total by as much as 30 times.
The image of shaking babies in hospital nurseries, withdrawing from opioids used by their mother, is referenced in many of the lawsuits against drug companies, aimed at punishing them for contributing to the opioid crisis. But there are growing concerns that those same newborns name-dropped in litigation will be left out of the settlements being […]
The new owner of a shuttered hospital on the Cumberland Plateau is discovering why closure often becomes permanent. Cumberland River Hospital in Celina was purchased in August with a pledge to reopen within weeks.
Incentive payments appear to be working for Tennessee’s Medicaid program. TennCare began offering bonuses to doctors and other providers for saving money while giving more appropriate care. In a recently released analytics report, the agency deems the effort a success.
The flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee immunity. But for those who do get sick, it’s supposed to keep the symptoms from being so severe. At least that’s the current medical thinking. Now Vanderbilt is launching a study to see how true that claim is.