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An experimental cancer treatment has won a rare endorsement from the Tennessee legislature, even though lawmakers were discouraged from weighing in. The General Assembly is requiring insurance coverage of proton therapy, which benefits one company building a treatment center in Franklin.

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Doctors in Tennessee are putting patients on fewer addictive painkillers. An annual survey finds that opioid prescriptions dropped 8.9 percent in Tennessee last year, but the state still stands out for its high rate of prescribing.

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A nonpartisan analysis finds that the federal government is shouldering a much larger share of individual health insurance costs in Tennessee. Subsidies for those who buy their own insurance on the federal marketplace have increased by 309 percent since 2014, according to the Sycamore Institute. Premiums, by comparison, have risen 185 percent over the same period.

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Backers of Nashville's $5.4 billion transit plan argue that construction of light rail and expansion of bus service could be good for the city's health. That's because riding typically means much more walking.

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Tennessee doctors failed to convince the legislature that the way TennCare is starting to pay them isn’t working. Physicians called it their top priority for the legislative session. Lawmakers have agreed to study the program but not pump the brakes.

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Two health care executives have been indicted and accused of a Medicare kickback scheme. Former CEO of Brentwood-based Comprehensive Pain Specialists John Davis was arrested Monday along with Brenda Montgomery, founder of a company based in Camden called CCC Medical.

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Ask someone who has a child diagnosed with autism about wait times for lining up services, and they measure in months. The backup is only expected to build as the number of children on the autism spectrum balloons. Vanderbilt is now trying out a stopgap to squeeze in more kids — telemedicine.

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Companies that perform keepsake sonograms for expectant mothers are looking to legitimize their services in Tennessee. They want the state legislature to set minimum requirements for technicians as other states are restricting so-called "entertainment ultrasounds" altogether.

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HCA wants permission from Tennessee health officials to plant a $14 million freestanding emergency department in Antioch. The proposal is a compromise after years of trying to tap into the lucrative Williamson County market.

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A Nashville company has developed a drug test to make hypertension patients a little more honest about taking their blood pressure medication. The screening developed by Aegis Sciences is meant to spark a candid conversation about whether someone is sticking with their prescription, because many don't.

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