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Blake Farmer / WPLN

Frequent visitors to the emergency room tend to get the blame for the soaring cost of health care. In effect, everyone's monthly insurance premiums cover the most expensive patients. So BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — like many insurers — has begun devoting more energy to its priciest patients in a long-term effort to control overall costs.

Daniel Dubois / Vanderbilt University

Middle Tennessee retirees are learning that Vanderbilt Medical Center and its affiliated clinics will no longer take some Medicare Advantage insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s contract runs out at the end of the year.