There’s a new question hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do you have enough food? Public health officials are realizing just how often the answer is, “not really.” So clinics and hospitals have begun stocking their own food pantries in recent years.
Tennessee has one of the few state health departments in the South to sign onto a global campaign known as “Undetectable = Untransmittable.” When HIV is so suppressed that it’s no longer detectable, the state won’t consider the patient a transmission risk.
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 negotiated right now.