Blake Farmer

A panel of doctors met for the first time last week with a single mandate: Decide how to punish physicians who prescribe too many opioids. 

An effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Tennessee will also cut off Medicaid reimbursements to other health care providers in the state. The federal government has begun reviewing the new restriction and started taking public comments on Friday.

In public appearances and small campaign gatherings, former Governor Phil Bredesen and Congressman Marsha Blackburn have been offering a few competing ideas for dealing with the opioid crisis.

Last year set another record for overdose deaths in Tennessee. The state's health department released the latest figures Monday that showed 1,776 fatal overdoses in 2017.

Southern doctors seem to be overlooking a key genetic test for underserved patients with breast and ovarian cancer. A new study published by a Vanderbilt researcher finds very few women get this recommended blood screening, even though they have insurance coverage through Medicare.

Rates for individual health insurance plans in Tennessee will drop even more than expected next year, after the Trump Administration reversed plans for cutting payments to insurance companies.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, for example, will have average rates that are nearly 15 percent less than this year.

The scheduled execution of Billy Ray Irick Thursday night will be the first during the tenure of outgoing Governor Bill Haslam, who has decided not to intervene in the case.

Tennessee doctors are beginning to see the annual back-to-school wave of kids needing booster shots — and it's usually seventh graders who need some extra prodding to get the required shots in Nashville schools.

Tennessee's pain doctors are being inundated with calls from patients needing a specialist to prescribe opioids. The combined impact of a new state law and closure of a dozen pain clinics has created a pinch for pain patients.

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee was the surprise winner of the Republican primary for governor Thursday night.

The Christian conservative and owner of the Lee Co. beat out former Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Congressman Diane Black and House Speaker Beth Harwell.

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