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Metro General Hospital
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The Metro Council is on track to defy Mayor Megan Barry, who discouraged giving Nashville General Hospital the $19.7 million it asked for to plug a gaping budget hole. The council budget committee moved to fully fund its request, rather than scale it back as Barry suggested. 

Andy Heidt / MTSU

On Monday, leaders of the Tennessee state House toured MTSU's lab that would be set up to study medical marijuana — if it were legalized. Lawmakers could consider cannabis for medicinal use again this year.

Maddie McGarvey / for NPR

Democratic lawmakers want to bring baby boxes to Tennessee. The cardboard cribs would broaden local efforts to reduce the region's high rate of infant mortality.

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The Tennessee Medical Association says when it comes to opioids, a doctor still knows best. The lobbying group of 9,000 physicians released suggested revisions to Governor Bill Haslam's opioid bill late Friday. The specific language of the proposal had only become public this week.

Representative Harold Love
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A Nashville Democrat wants to keep the city from closing General Hospital — by order of state law. A bill introduced this week would require that Nashville maintain a full-service public hospital.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

HCA is taking some of its tax savings to fund workforce development. The Nashville-based hospital chain expects to have an extra $500 million a year under the recently approved tax laws, which reduced the company's effective tax rate to 25 percent.

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A Vanderbilt professor has been helping establish electronic health records in his home country of Kenya, which includes vast expanses cut off from internet access. And he says the lessons from Africa could help expand care to isolated parts of the U.S.

Donn Jones / NHCC

Investment analysts who watch the massive hospital industry based in Nashville say the ups-and-downs of the Affordable Care Act are waning. They gave their annual presentation to members of the Nashville Health Care Council on Thursday.

Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt

Governor Bill Haslam's 10-point plan to attack the opioid epidemic announced this week puts some new focus on Tennessee's medical schools. On Wednesday, he named a 19-member commission to develop a list of related skills for the next generation of doctors.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Meharry Medical College took public comments about the future of Nashville General Hospital on Tuesday night, and the message was clear. Community members — most with some kind of personal ties — said they want the city to spend more money on the hospital, not less.

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