The number of Tennesseans who died from drug overdoses hit another record high in 2017, continuing a troubling trend that’s plagued the state for nearly a decade.
Measures to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions, such as hydrocodone and oxycontin, have started to take hold across the state, as illustrated above in an analysis from the Sycamore Institute.
But, the number of people who died from opioid overdoses jumped year over year, in part from a surge in deaths from illicit drugs, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health.
This is the first in an on-going series that will look at a wide range of issues, including the economy, infrastructure and manufacturing, facing Tennessee’s next governor.
Continue reading “With primaries in the rearview, health care leaders wait for details to emerge from Dean and Lee”
The debut pilot study from the new Vanderbilt Center for Child Health Policy spotlighted the challenge in finding an opioid use disorder treatment that doesn’t require self-pay in four states, including Tennessee, particularly for pregnant women.
Continue reading “Cash is king in opioid treatment centers, new Vanderbilt policy center finds”
Family and Children’s Service is expecting an estimated $1.1 million cut in federal funding to operate its statewide health insurance enrollment network, according to a program director.
Continue reading “Get Covered Tennessee braces for ‘huge impact,’ possible layoffs as HHS cuts navigator funds”
Some health insurance shoppers in Tennessee will see pre-subsidy premiums fall even as insurers plan for fewer healthy people to enroll.
Continue reading “At a glance: Tennessee’s 2019 ACA premiums, risk adjustment impact”
Health:Further’s David Shifrin invited me on ‘The Future of Health’ podcast to talk about the BirdDog experiment and Nashville’s health care industry from an observer’s perspective.
Continue reading “Podcast: Holly talks what puts health care on edge + why politicians, execs need to answer hard questions”
Programs that expand the size of the workforce will be critical to sustain Nashville’s growth, particularly as the health care sector tries to establish itself as a health tech leader.
Continue reading “Nashville imports Seattle tech training model to ease tight labor market”
The row could mean more surprise bills for patients. Mid-state hospitals “find themselves between a rock and a hard place.” Balance billing is a tough health care problem to fix.
Continue reading “Anesthesia group, BCBST quarrel puts Middle Tennessee hospitals in limbo”