Newly unsealed court documents show why the federal government was investigating Cookeville Regional Medical Center for paying physician kickbacks. While admitting no wrongdoing, the city-owned hospital agreed to pay the federal government $4.1 million in December as part of a whistleblower lawsuit, filed by a former hospital executive.
Tennessee employers are grappling with how to hire and manage workers with an opioid addiction. There’s been a growing willingness to employ people with an addiction amid a labor shortage.
Some Tennessee hospitals have almost entirely stopped prescribing opioids after women give birth, while others are still giving addictive narcotics to nearly every new mother as they go home.
Thursdays are reserved for debt collection in Putnam County’s courthouse.
Some owe a landlord. Others fell behind with a payday lender. And many have unpaid medical bills with Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
A WPLN News investigation finds the city-owned hospital has sued more than 11,000 patients over two decades and has no intention of changing its ways.
Tennessee’s governor wants to expand health coverage for pregnant women and new mothers on TennCare. And that includes dental benefits because a mom’s mouth has a surprising connection to the health of a baby.