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Emily Bregel

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Tennessee hospitals will sacrifice some revenue to help the TennCare program forestall looming cuts that could hurt patients, Tennessee Hospital Association officials say.

Researchers say salary negotiation habits could be one factor in the persistent pay gap between male and female doctors, despite the fact that one-third of U.S. physicians are women.

It's been more than a decade since U.S. researchers first assembled the human genome sequence, mapping more than 3 billion letters in the human DNA code into a blueprint of human beings.

Leaders in the field of computational biology and biomedical technology gathered today in Chattanooga for a summit on the future of high-tech medical research in the Scenic City.

Seven months' pregnant, Stacey Knox lost her job and her health insurance at Fuller Rehabilitation when the Ringgold, Ga.-based company folded last week. The Lexington, Ky., resident is also $200 overdrawn on her bank account after Fuller employees' final paychecks were pulled from their bank accounts Thursday without explanation.

Struggling to cope with new federal regulations and burdened by too much debt, Ringgold, Ga.-based Fuller Rehabilitation has gone out of business.

After obstetrician Dr. Scott Harnsberger heard that his pregnant patient wanted her labor induced at 38 weeks, just to lock in the birthdate of 8/9/10, he had to put his foot down.

Local Urban League President and CEO Warren Logan takes a national role this year with his election as president of the National Urban League's Association of Executives.

Even years later, Chattanooga physician Deborah Poteet-Johnson still feels the sting of a trusted employee's embezzlement at her former medical office.

Despite Hutcheson Medical Center's deepening losses, the Fort Oglethorpe hospital's president and CEO has taken home a compensation package that's grown year after year.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has received a waiver from certain provisions of the health care reform bill to maintain the state's limited-benefit CoverTN plan for the next few years, state officials said.

Despite Hutcheson Medical Center’s deepening losses, the Fort Oglethorpe hospital’s president and CEO has taken home a compensation package that’s grown year after year, according to forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

Despite GOP calls for repeal or overhaul of the federal health reform law that passed last year, Tennessee state officials are moving full speed ahead with plans to create a state-run health insurance exchange -- just in case.

Erlanger Health System executives took home bigger bonuses in December compared with the awards paid out the year before, despite recording lower profits.

After taking a bad fall from a ladder, Erlanger Health System President and CEO Jim Brexler is recovering from a badly broken left arm and shoulder, according to a statement from spokeswoman Pat Charles.

A nationwide surge in cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has local doctors and pharmacists pressing for broader immunization against the highly contagious, potentially deadly bacterial infection.

Three years ago, as Roy Jones switched his family's vegetable farm in Valley Head, Ala., from conventional to organic farming techniques, he drew on the advice of his elders.

Following an early surge of flu activity, holiday vacations and a week of snow- and ice-induced isolation have quelled flu outbreaks locally, some doctors said.

More than 1,000 farmers, community food advocates, farm policy experts and others turned out for the first day of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 20th annual conference.

Dozens of Tennessee nurses have had their licenses suspended for ignoring their student loans under new enforcement of a decade-old statute, state officials said.

Born in 1911 in Memphis — three years after the first Model-T Fords hit the road and three years before the start of World War I — Dorothy Nixon will turn 100 this spring.

Memorial Hospital will break ground this spring on a long-awaited expansion project estimated at $380 million, the largest investment in health care construction that Hamilton County has seen.

On her ice-slicked driveway in Rossville, 24-year-old Carrie Fitzsimmons felt like she was acting out a scene in a slapstick comedy.

Snow and ice this week have worsened blood shortages for the region's only blood bank.

The majority of Erlanger Health System offices and services are open for business today, though some opened late, according to an Erlanger news release.

As dozens of schools, businesses and public agencies kept their doors closed Monday, local hospital facilities tried to stay open during one of the biggest snowstorms in recent Chattanooga history.

Sequatchie County leaders still are holding out hope of resurrecting emergency medical care for local residents following the September loss of the county's sole emergency room.

U.S. health care spending grew at a historically slow rate in 2009, but the slowdown wasn't because of a healthier population or better coordination of care.

Up until 18 months of age, Johnathan Castro was a typical babbling toddler, adding word after word to his budding vocabulary, from "banana" to "juice" to "Daddy."

A local landlord is seeking compensation from the former owners of his Red Bank rental property after discovering it came with some creepy, bloodsucking tenants: bedbugs.

Nonprofit hospitals in Georgia narrowly dodged "devastating" state cuts last year, and are trying to deter legislators from even suggesting that tax-exempt hospitals should start paying sales tax in a tight budget year.

At a time when overall U.S. teen birthrates are at record lows, Chattanooga is seeing dramatic improvements of its own in what health officials acknowledge has been a deeply entrenched problem.

With memories of the decimated country fresh in his mind, Dalton, Ga., surgeon Rod Rodriguez is preparing for his third trip to Haiti, one year after a major earthquake there killed or displaced more than 1 million people.

After steadfastly refusing to get a colonoscopy for years, Alan Hunt was finally berated into getting the recommended cancer screening four years ago.

The idea of "accountable care organizations" is raising legal questions as federal officials weigh how to regulate them in light of existing antitrust and fraud- and abuse-prevention laws.

For Dr. Melanie Blake, picking hospital employment over private practice wasn't a hard decision.

For three Chattanooga families who nearly lost loved ones this year to accident or disease, the holidays — illuminated by a new perspective — are even more merry and bright.

After a decade of watching his father don an enormous red velvet suit and fluffy white beard each Christmas, 17-year-old Tyler Rinehart learned a crucial part of playing a good Santa Claus — sincerity.

Even approaching her 80th birthday, Tommie Erwin hasn't slowed down in her quest to lighten the load for families confronting pediatric cancer.

Leaders of the nonprofit that runs Summit View Senior Community have received preliminary approval for a bond issue that could help the nonprofit keep its doors open.

After filing bankruptcy in October to avoid foreclosure, the company that owns Summit View Senior Community is trying to settle a disputed debt with a lender.

A locally made medical device designed to help slow postpartum bleeding is a big step up from devices in use at area hospitals, local medical personnel said.

Erlanger Health System has chosen a developer to start work on a 35,000-square-foot building that will house a medical center at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant near Ooltewah.

During one week in November, six infants were brought to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital with traumatic brain injuries after being shaken by a caregiver. Two of the six babies died from their injuries.

Tennessee has the highest immunization rate among young children out of all 50 states, according to an annual ranking of health measures.

Leaders of the Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers assured Alton Park residents there are no immediate plans to close Ohls Avenue to make room for a new community health center.

Like a bleeding apparition, the man emerged from a fog thicker than anything patrol officer Bill Dyer had ever seen. Heavy and opaque, the cloud that shrouded the highway was as impenetrable as a blizzard's whiteout.

In the aftermath of the Interstate 75 pileup, Tennessee and the nearby Bowater paper mill faced litigation that went on for years.

In 1960, when Chattanooga's first open-heart surgery was performed at Erlanger hospital, it took a team of 12 health professionals, a $45,000 artificial heart-pump machine and 19 blood donors who'd donated that day to keep the patient alive during surgery.

TennCare officials declined to provide the names of the state's top prescribers for eight powerful drugs when responding earlier this year to a request from a U.S. senator wanting to crack down on unscrupulous prescribing.

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