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What's with all the requests for reviews from health care providers?

May 20, 2022
As patients search the web for a doctor or dentist, online reviews have become more important to health care providers.
Dr. Mina Kim, pictured at her dental office in Manhattan, says her office staff asks patients if they would post a review shortly after they leave an appointment.
Ashley Milne-Tyte

The Biden administration is extending the public health emergency. Here's what that means.

May 17, 2022
The original declaration of January 2020 changed the health care landscape.
COVID tests and vaccines are free of charge as a result of the public health emergency declaration in 2020.
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How some companies help employees access abortions

May 3, 2022
Before the leaked Supreme Court opinion on Roe v. Wade, some employers said they would help workers pay for procedures like abortions.
Some companies are already covering employee expenses related to abortion care. Above, reproductive rights activists make signs outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
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Mall-to-medicine transitions make health care more convenient for suburban patients

Apr 13, 2022
With abundant parking and layouts that are easy to navigate, one-time shopping malls are attractive to some medical facilities looking to expand.
More than a decade ago, Vanderbilt University Medical Center moved 22 specialty clinics to a former mall, now taking up 440,000 square feet of One Hundred Oaks in Nashville.
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COVID hot spots are pointing the way for future health care development plans

Apr 11, 2022
In Nashville, health care facilities are expanding to serve some areas that were hit hardest by the pandemic.
This hospital in Parsons, Tennessee, closed just after the pandemic began. Now, a company is attempting to reopen the facility.
Blake Farmer/WPLN News

Company aims to buy and restore struggling rural hospitals in Tennessee

Mar 24, 2022
For rural communities, a key question: Can a new company that is taking over ownership restore confidence in the care the local hospital provides?
Kyle Kopec uses his phone to illuminate a cabinet of medical supplies in the shuttered Decatur County General Hospital. His company, Braden Health, is taking over the facility with a pledge to invest $2 million to reopen it.
Blake Farmer/WPLN News

Pandemic price gouging complaints raise staff tensions with traveling nurses

Feb 15, 2022
Hospitals say that staffing agencies charge too much for providing traveling nurses. The nurses say they're the ones doing the heavy lifting.
Talk of pay caps and price gouging are concerning travel nurses, who say they’re the ones doing the hard work of caring for critically ill COVID patients.
Blake Farmer/WPLN News

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Shift to health services shows signs of success for big pharmacy chains

Feb 9, 2022
CVS has found a positive side effect of providing vaccines — increased retail sales. But what happens when vaccinations slow down?
Pharmacies like CVS have seen varied buying patterns during the pandemic, but providing COVID testing and vaccinations has brought more consumers into the stores.
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Nashville VC fund invests in health startups led by Black entrepreneurs

Jan 27, 2022
One goal is to address inequities in health care, and to help make sure those inequities don't get worse as medicine relies more on big data.
Entrepreneur Marcus Whitney, left, interviews former HCA CEO Milton Johnson during Whitney's Health:Further conference in Nashville, which ran from 2015 to 2019.
Melissa Madison/Courtesy Health:Further

Labor Department outlines unlawful imbalance in coverage between mental, physical care services

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the department will ramp up legal enforcement: “We need to make sure people are covered.”
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