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Meet the Chattanooga man who cleans up Ebola's mess

Behind the scenes, Chattanooga company on front lines of Ebola response

A Chattanooga-based company has been heavily involved in the U.S.' behind-the-scenes Ebola response since August, helping to decontaminate of transport vehicles, aircraft and treatment facilities.

It is not enough for Erlanger Health System to pull off a financial comeback this year, says hospital CEO Kevin Spiegel.

Erlanger Health System is now battling two discrimination lawsuits brought by former top executives.

Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker said Friday that hospitals across the state have been holding special exercises and drills to become better prepared for recognizing and treating Ebola.

FORT OGLETHORPE -- Hutcheson Medical Center has been at the heart of Stephanie Butcher’s whole life.

Two Ebola scares within 24 hours kept Tennessee health officials on their toes Tuesday, highlighting growing tensions after America’s first case of local transmission of the virus was reported in Dallas.

Memorial Hospital had to employ its Ebola treatment protocol today after a man complained of symptoms possibly related to the virus.

A children’s hospital should be the most important building in a city.

Every day in a small room on the second floor of the Hamilton County Jail, nurse Janet Hall sorts pills into little paper souffle cups.

Strained negotiations between Erlanger Health System and UnitedHealthcare broke down Thursday and both parties began to alert patients in United’s Medicaid plan they will not be able to receive services at Erlanger after next week.

As former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen took the stage at The Chattanoogan hotel to address a room full of doctors Wednesday night, he began by saying that since the time mankind lived in caves, healers have been among the most honored people in society.

After late-night negotiations failed, Erlanger Health System and insurer UnitedHealthcare have decided to extend the deadline for resolving disputes over a contract that expired Wednesday.

After late-night negotiations failed, Erlanger Health System and insurer UnitedHealthcare have decided to extend the deadline to for resolving disputes over a contract that expired today.

More bulldozers and ambulances are heading toward Gunbarrel Road.

Erlanger Health System is moving ahead with plans to expand its Erlanger East campus to a full-service hospital with 107 beds.

Erlanger’s downtown emergency room team treated 11 triathletes – six males and five females after Sunday’s Ironman event.

Nearly a year after Hutcheson Medical Center made the controversial decision to suspend labor and delivery services, board members voted today to bring them back, citing "overwhelming demand from physicians and the community."

Tennessee's Medicaid agency will try to overturn a federal judge's ruling that ordered the agency to take responsibility for long delays in getting applications processed.

Last year, activists helping to sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act were in new territory. Little was known about who would actually sign up for the newly available coverage, or how best to reach them.

State health officials are warning patients not to use drugs made in a Cleveland, Tenn., pharmacy after an investigation found a series of major violations in its drug-making process.

For many Tennesseans struggling to get Medicaid coverage this year, a federal judge's decision appeared to signal an end to a months-long limbo.

The cars were already lining up on the road around Ooltewah High School around 6 p.m. Friday, and the line only grew as the sun went down.

Leann Crane does not care how UnitedHealthcare and Erlanger Health System reach a deal to keep the hospital in the insurer’s network.

The Chattanooga region’s largest hospital system may soon be out of network for thousands of patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance if a bitter dispute with Erlanger Health System over payment rates is not resolved by the end of the month.

As a growing number of children in surrounding states show up in hospitals with severe respiratory problems from a rare virus strain, Tennessee health officials say it is likely just a matter of time before the virus arrives up in the state.

Prescription laws begin taking hold

Database, other requirements are having an impact on Tennessee’s drug war

Three years ago, it was pretty easy for a patient to walk into a doctor’s office in Tennessee needing help with pain or anxiety, then walk back out with a prescription for a 90-day supply of Vicodin or Xanax.

The CEO of Blood Assurance is starting a four-year term as Erlanger Health System’s newest board member.

Rhasean Lowry told police the injuries to his girlfriend's daughter were an accident.

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee’s state Medicaid program to take responsibility for long-delayed applications, calling for the agency to hold hearings for people who have waited months to find out whether they will receive coverage.

A federal judge has ruled against Tennessee's Medicaid agency, granting class action status to a lawsuit filed against the state agency by 11 patients who alleged months-long delays getting TennCare coverage.

As a nurse in the intensive care unit, Meghan Buffat always thought she empathized with her patients’ families.

Just days before TennCare leaders head to court over accusations that state failures have created months-long delays in coverage, the agency’s director faced questions from lawmakers about the unfinished computer system that led to those delays.

TennCare’s director acknowledged Tuesday that contractors have not finished even the first of four testing phases required to launch a new computer system that was supposed to begin handling Medicaid enrollment last October.

Seeking a more “industry-standard” basis of reporting financials, Chattanooga’s public hospital will be switching from its traditional monthly to quarterly financial reports.

Fighting ravages of West Nile virus

2 years later, Chattanooga area woman still trying to recover what the disease took from her

The tiny bite arrived and faded from Dot Ingle’s skin before she even noticed it was there.

Faced with deepening cuts, leaders of five Tennessee children’s hospitals met with state officials in Nashville this week, appealing for a voice in budget discussions that impact their doctors and patients.

Accused of creating monthslong delays for thousands of Tennesseans trying to apply for Medicaid, TennCare officials named in a federal lawsuit said Thursday that another name needs to be topping the lawsuit: The federal government.

Over 6 percent of health insurance buyers in Georgia who bought plans on the federal new marketplace now face losing that coverage if they do not produce documents proving their citizenship or immigration status, federal officials said Wednesday.

While a group of civil rights attorneys demands that TennCare officials turn over a series of documents related to delays to its enrollment process, TennCare attorneys Tuesday called the motion an “11th-hour” attempt to gather information as a federal hearing looms.

Facing “significant growth” in orthopedics and spine care, Parkridge Medical Center leaders hope that an over-$2 million investment in a new magnetic resonance imaging unit will expand their services in that area.

Over the last seven months, shoppers in the new health insurance marketplace have become patients, using their new plans for the first time.

By the time Mark Horner signed up for insurance on Healthcare.gov in March, the furor over the site's botched rollout had largely been replaced with news that millions of people were flooding the site to enroll.

Erlanger Health System trustees passed what the hospital CEO is calling an “aggressive” budget for the upcoming year, which includes a 2.2 percent increase in patients.

Using the words “disgraceful” and “atrocious” to describe long delays in the TennCare application process, three legal advocacy groups say they hope a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the state agency will put more pressure on state officials to overhaul the system.

Three legal advocacy organizations filed a federal class action lawsuit today against TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, saying that the state has “broken a decades-old promise to its most vulnerable residents” by implementing new policies the groups say deprive thousands of eligible people — including newborns, pregnant women and the elderly — from coverage.

More than 120,000 Tennesseans who bought health insurance plans off the new federal marketplace this year — 80 percent of those who bought such plans — made the purchase with the help of federal tax credits.

A Chattanooga family backed by a state disability advocacy group has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Erlanger Health System claiming the hospital did not provide the husband and wife — both deaf — with a medical interpreter during crucial health procedures and for prolonged periods while they were patients at the hospital.

One year after budgeting for a bottom line in the red for the first time, Erlanger Health System officials are aiming for a much higher mark.

Erlanger Health System officials are budgeting for a $10.8 million profit this year — a more "aggressive" budget than what officials aimed for last year, when the hospital budgeted for a deficit for the first time.

As patients, doctors and health analysts look to see how the Affordable Care Act plays out, the emergency room is one of the closely watched stages.

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