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Donnie Burns schedules his chemotherapy treatments on Thursdays so he feels well enough to go to his part-time job on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The president-elect of the state medical association said officials must look closely at why the Volunteer State has so many cases of fungal meningitis that have claimed the lives of eight Tennessee residents.

It's that wonderful time of the year again for chilly mornings, crisp apples, colorful leaves -- and your flu vaccine.

The phone call is a common one for Chattanooga doctors — a patient is coughing, feverish or just under the weather.

Despite a swiftly changing health care environment and uncertainty over how Tennessee may expand its Medicaid program under federal guidelines, Chattanooga hospitals are pouring millions of dollars into renovations, updated technology and building expansions.

Nursing homes in Tennessee were cited for more than 800 deficiencies in recent inspection reports, an average of more than 2.5 per home, according to new federal information.

Rent, utilities and lab bills inch upward every year, one Chattanooga doctor says, but his Medicare reimbursements don't budge.

Erlanger board member Richard Casavant has resigned after serving about 18 months of a four-year appointment.

Erlanger board member Richard Casavant resigned this week after serving a little more than a year of a 4-year appointment.

After racking up more than $17 million in losses through the first 10 months of its fiscal year, Erlanger Health System recovered with two solid months to end with a $9.5 million loss for 2012.

The Berry family drove from Knoxville on Friday evening, pulling into Camp Jordan about 8:45 p.m.

Even as a small child in India, Dr. Mukta Panda knew not to disturb her grandfather — a freedom fighter who was jailed several times while working in India's freedom movement — while he drank his morning glass of water and began his day with meditation.

Parkridge Medical Center and its parent company, HCA, reached a $16.5 million settlement with the Department of Justice over violations of federal laws that govern leasing agreements between hospitals and physicians.

Obesity isn't only a health issue, it is also an economic problem costing Americans billions of dollars every year.

A Big Mac and large order fries now comes with an extra dose of reality as McDonald's rolled out its new menu boards with calories counts on Monday.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Since his heart failure last August, since the insertion of a defibrillator and pacemaker to monitor each beat of his heart, doctors tell Dann Osborn to avoid stress.

Three-year-old Ema McLaughen thinks red and white oven mitts make a good hat, and begs her mom to let her wear lipstick. She wants to be a princess when she grows up.

A device that retrieves blood clots from the brain after a stroke, radiation delivered immediately after surgery for breast cancer and the latest leukemia treatment for children -- those are just a few of the devices and clinical trials undergoing testing in Chattanooga area hospitals.

The phone call came at 6:30 p.m. the Friday before Labor Day. We need to see your son at Vanderbilt tonight, the doctor told them.

From 2008 to 2010, the percentage of people with health insurance dropped in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, with Tennessee seeing the greatest percent decrease in the insured population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

A former Memorial Health Care System employee says she was fired after reporting fraud allegations to federal authorities months before Memorial executives say they self-reported possible violations.

If you have a persistent, severe cough, you may be the latest victim of a national increase in pertussis — better known as whooping cough.

A month after their negotiations failed, Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced Tuesday they have reached a new five-year agreement.

Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have reached a new agreement, which means the Chattanooga hospital will be back in BlueCross network beginning Sept. 1.

After more than three years and millions of dollars in losses, Erlanger at Hutcheson reported its first profits in July.

For the first time in more than three years, Erlanger at Hutcheson made a profit in July, but reported consolidated losses due to expenses at its clinics.

Memorial Health Care System will pay more than $1.3 million to settle claims it allowed two doctors to use space at the hospital without paying adequate rent and provided space and services at a price lower than market share, according to a settlement the hospital reached with the U.S. attorney's office and other government agencies.

Erlanger Health System, which has struggled to improve its surgical volume over the last six months, had another disappointing month in July, with both inpatient and outpatient surgeries below budget.

After losing millions last year, Erlanger Health System began their fiscal year in the red.

Increasing dollar signs in health care can be found everywhere -- bigger hospitals bills, higher drug costs, a larger share of insurance premiums and more out-of-pocket costs.

Most Chattanooga-area hospitals readmit fewer patients within 30 days of discharge than state and national averages, which means they will be docked less on their Medicare payments beginning in October.

Flavorful fruit and the great outdoors beckon in Ellijay

Four out of 10 Tennessee doctors say they do not accept new Medicaid patients.

Goodbye illegible physician's scrawl. Hello computer font. Jokes about doctors and bad handwriting have persisted for decades, but they may soon be a thing of the past at Parkridge Health System.

Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama all saw a drop in their adult obesity rates last year, but that's likely because of a difference in collecting the data rather than an actual change in the number of obese people, according to data released Monday.

Soaring mountains, placid lakes and fall foliage mix with Native American history

More than carpet

Dalton a wealth of history and outdoor activities

Forget Dalton’s stodgy nickname, “Carpet Capital of the World.”

The fight over whether the Chattanooga area needs another hospice will continue, with Hospice of Chattanooga filing an appeal to challenge a local doctor's plans to open a new hospice.

Once considered the degree that guaranteed you a job, registered nurses are experiencing a slightly tighter job market in the Chattanooga area recently, experts say.

At least one Hamilton County employer is offering employees the chance to switch to another insurance plan as the stand-off between Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross drags into its second week.

Joel Henderson remembers holding his 18-month-old daughter and wondering if he would live to see her next birthday.

When Liesa Hill first started feeling ill in 2011, she turned to her husband for help. Dr. Hal Hill was, after all, a respected infectious disease physician who practiced at hospitals across the area.

When it comes to debate about the facts between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Memorial Health Care System, not much is black and white.

Erlanger has signed a contract to pay a search firm up to $195,000, plus expenses, to find a new CEO for the hospital.

A collaboration used in Tennessee hospitals to improve surgical outcomes is gaining national recognition for its effectiveness as the group more than doubles the number of hospitals involved.

Members of BlueCross who go to Memorial hospital since contract negotiations failed between the parties may well pay more out-of-pocket costs, according to officials from both sides and national experts.

Tennessee officials are asking for input on what kind of essential health benefits residents would like to see in insurance plans offered under the federal health care law.

Recently implemented hospital provider fees in Georgia and Tennessee have created "winners and losers" among hospitals, some experts say, but it is unlikely either state will abolish the fees next year.

Several days a week, the Lowe family makes the hour drive to Chattanooga from their farm in Rhea County, Tenn., to set up at local farmers markets, selling summer squash, vine-ripened tomatoes and various kinds of peppers.

After months of negotiations, Memorial and BlueCross failed to work out a contract deal, leaving BlueCross members out of network with the hospital Aug. 1.

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