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A Chattanooga mental health facility has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle federal and state allegations that it made fraudulent claims to the state's Medicaid program over a three-year period.

A Chattanooga 2-year-old is being treated at a local hospital after falling onto a sidewalk Monday afternoon from a window in a third-story Walnut Commons apartment downtown.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation and St. Barnabas Healthcare Center have long been linked by a bridge and a parking lot.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has announced that it plans to acquire St. Barnabas Healthcare Center.

E.R. in the sky

Those life-saving airlifts don’t come cheap, but now there’s a new way to pay for them

The journey from rural Bledsoe County to the trauma center in Chattanooga can be an hour-plus ambulance ride over mountainous terrain.

A question that's usually too embarrassing to ask even family members has begun confronting drivers across metro Chattanooga.

Every hour counts when it comes to testing newborns for serious illness.

Editor's note: This is the third in an occasional series on the 10 essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act.

At least 14 people in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia have died from flu-related complications this season, as health officials are reporting an increased severity in the virus.

For Chattanooga mom Amy Clarke and her neighbors, the past three days have been one tricky juggling act.

Waking up in the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday, it may have all seemed like a bizarre nightmare.

Call it the inch of snow that started an avalanche.

A strategic partnership forged last year between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Erlanger Health System is beginning to show fruit, a breakdown of local enrollees through the new health insurance marketplace indicates.

When Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System went their separate ways last year, one attorney likened the decision to breaking up but remaining friends.

The road to retirement just took a curve for Erlanger employees.

The road to retirement just took a curve for Erlanger employees.

Tré Johnson fought through his third birthday. He fought through Christmas, and into the New Year.

Hamilton County's fourth-largest employer is the latest to move toward phasing out its pension plan.

Erlanger Health System officials are taking the next steps to phase out the hospital's pension plan and shift employees into a new retirement savings plan.

When Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel envisions the Chattanooga skyline as it could look seven years from now, he sees a new building standing among the ranks of city icons like the Tennessee Aquarium, the Creative Discovery Museum and the Hunter Museum of American Art.

Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series on the 10 essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act.

Grandview Medical Center is familiar territory to Parkridge Health System.

In Tennessee, black babies die within their first year twice as often as white babies.

Old Man Winter has seized the Tennessee Valley in his death grip, and he's not letting the area out of his clutches just yet.

Tabitha Lockwood did not find out that her daughter's health insurance through the state's Medicaid program had been discontinued until she was already at the doctor.

Youth appears to be no match for the flu this year.

There is about to be a scene change in the drama surrounding the unfolding of the Affordable Care Act: Off the website and into the doctor's office.

Scout Beam flips through the scrapbooks on her kitchen counter, scanning page after page filled with photos of friends and family.

Elizabeth and Rick Thornburgh had finished wrapping the presents and placed them under the tree: a homemade blanket, trains and books for her 4-year-old son, Nick; and a little lamb bed and a Leapfrog baby laptop for her 4-month-old daughter, Violet.

Many of workers in the labor and the delivery unit at Hutcheson Medical Center had been there long enough to watch the babies they delivered return to have babies of their own.

For 52 years, thousands of North Georgians drew their first breaths in the delivery room at the hospital now known as Hutcheson Medical Center.

Hutcheson Medical Center trustees voted Wednesday night to suspend all labor and delivery services on Dec. 31 — which will involve cutting staff — as a part of the troubled hospital's strategic plan to "return the hospital to profitability."

Blame it on holiday cheer, New Year's optimism, or too much eggnog. No matter how unlikely the odds, hope springs eternal at gas stations and stores across the tri-state region today as scores of people line up to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets.

Tennessee may be able to open another front in its war against rampant prescription drug abuse through a rule under the new federal health care law requiring health insurance plans to cover substance abuse treatment.

For years, the Hamilton County school system has used its generous health insurance plan as a recruiting tool, a way to make up for relatively lower teacher wages. And it was easy to sell. With low copayments and hospital visits at only $100, the plan offers nearly incomparable coverage.

It is a common drama played out this time of year: A co-worker or spouse contracts the flu. Remaining on the offensive may mean a quick trip to the doctor's office, a flu test and a prescription.

While Tennessee's biggest health insurer will give individual policy holders another year before they must come under the requirements of the new health reform law, small businesses facing cancellations will not be granted the same reprieve.

Retirees from Erlanger Health System, Hamilton County's fourth-largest employer, will see their health insurance rates triple next year as the hospital joins a growing trend of employers backing away from such a benefit.

Chattanooga-area navigators and brokers say they are finally gaining traction on HealthCare.gov — with some navigators being able to walk consumers through the entire signup process for the first time in the two months since the site was launched.

Fluid traffic. Plenty of parking spaces. Short lines. Easygoing shoppers strolling through store aisles, sipping coffee.

Jaime Simonds' never-ending day begins at 5:45 a.m., give or take a few minutes for one of the 11 alarms she has set to jostle her awake.

A tragedy that flared in scorching heat reached its culmination as weather forecasters called for snow over Bradley County.

A Bradley County judge today sentenced Tasha Bates to two consecutive life sentences to run concurrentlywith 40 years for aggravated child neglect and drug charges.

Thousands of Tennesseans were able to breathe sighs of relief last week when the state announced that their canceled health insurance policies would stay in force for another year.

Surrounded by people in suits and white coats, Jimmie Lee took his seat in the Erlanger hospital board room Thursday in his blue floor tech jumpsuit.

Tennessee health insurance plans considered dead under the Affordable Care Act may be revived for another year.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that the state will allow insurance companies to extend health insurance policies cancelled under the Affordable Care Act for one year.

Citing savings and a need to focus more exclusively on medical services, Erlanger Health System is one step closer to outsourcing all of its food and housekeeping services.

Erlanger Health System is one step closer to outsourcing all of its food and housekeeping services.

For tens of thousands of Tennesseans facing the prospect of canceled plans under the Affordable Care Act, the past month has been nothing short of a roller coaster.

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