Inpatient care could end at Nashville's safety net hospital

Jan 3, 2018
Nashville Mayor Megan Berry has proposed ending the inpatient unit of Nashville General Hospital and rethinking the city's role in caring for the uninsured.
The daily census at Nashville General Hospital is down to fewer than 40 patients, making it one of the least busy hospitals in town. But advocates for the uninsured say that's still 40 patients who are getting care that might have trouble finding it elsewhere.
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With mass trauma victims, Las Vegas hospitals are put to the test

Oct 3, 2017
After Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas, emergency responders rushed hundreds of people to hospitals in and around the city. Most hospitals in the country are built to provide elective, predictable care. Few in the country have the capacity to…

Anesthesia providers turn to opioid alternatives during surgery

Sep 11, 2017
Easing opioids out of the operating room is one tactic for fighting the opioid abuse epidemic.
An anesthesiologist looks at equipment.
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As large hospital systems buy up independent medical practices, the cost of health care rises

Sep 6, 2017
Large hospital systems gobbled up independent OB/GYN practices. As competition went down, prices have gone up.
Dr. Sarah Azad examines patient Ruby Lin at her private practice in Mountain View, California. 
Jenny Gold/courtesy of KHN

Why the government believes seniors are paying $200 million more for drugs than they need to

Aug 9, 2017
Critics say a controversial program that provides hospitals with deep discounts is being abused.

Will the Senate's new GOP health care bill ultimately lead to better services?

Jun 23, 2017
Some people may end up not seeking treatment.
Peter Yanez, who is insured under a policy from the Affordable Care Act, has blood drawn by Linda Williams, a medical assistant, at a Planned Parenthood health center in Miami, Florida.
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How health care is healing Erie's ailing economy

May 24, 2017
The city's two biggest hospital systems employ nearly 7,000 people.
Health care “is a very, very core thing to the community,” said Marc Bryant, a former paper mill engineer who is now a nurse at UPMC Hamot.
Erika Beras

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Rural Georgia residents are hit hard by local hospital closure

Apr 7, 2017
'Without health care, people don’t want to stay here. I don't blame them,' a former nurse says.
When Stewart-Webster Hospital closed in 2013, residents say they lost a sense of security along with a health care provider.
Elly Yu

Hospitals worry as Obamacare repeal vote approaches

Mar 23, 2017
If more people lose insurance, hospitals will lose millions of dollars.
It takes money to buy powerful hospital equipment. If Obamacare is repealed, it could threaten hospital revenue streams.
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Hospitals see slowdown in health care reform as a lobbying win in Washington

Feb 6, 2017
In the clearest sign yet that Republicans are tapping on the brakes on health care, President Donald Trump over the weekend said that an Obamacare replacement plan is coming by the end of this year, maybe early 2018. That’s very…