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Memorial Health Care System announced layoffs of about 70 people Thursday, the third area hospital to cut staff this year.

Memorial Health Care System and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee have not been able to reach an agreement in contract negotiations, leaving Memorial hospital patients out-of-network with the insurer on Aug. 1, Memorial said in a news release this afternoon.

Memorial Health Care System announced layoffs and restructuring plans today, laying off about 70 employees, or less than 2 percent of its workforce, according to a news release.

The good news -- health and education are getting better for kids. The bad news -- poverty is getting worse.

Some Erlanger Health System employees may see a bigger paycheck by the end of the year -- if first they can help get their hospital back into the black.

Erlanger at Hutcheson in Fort Oglethorpe continued its financial improvement in June, recording its lowest losses in 2 1/2 years.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- Adam Loveless recognizes the customers addicted to prescription drugs. Their voices full of gravel, their demeanor edgy and nervous.

The latest U.S. News and World Report hospitals ranking released this week names Erlanger Health System as sixth in the state in their "Best Regional Hospital" rankings, which looks at a wide number of factors including patient survival rates, safety rates, nurse-to-patient ratios and a hospital's reputation.

Finding authentic and noteworthy Mexican or Latin-inspired restaurants is a never-ending passion of mine.

About a year ago, Elizabeth Billups had the weight conversation with her doctor.

BlueCross patients at Memorial Health Care System will not have to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for their services even if a new contract isn't inked before the old one expires on July 31, hospital officials say.

The Hamilton County Commission's Legal Committee will not support a Tennessee General Assembly amendment that would boost the Erlanger Health System board from 11 to 12 members.

One local hospital gets an A for patient safety, another scores 55 out of 100 on overall safety, while a third is rated worse than the national average for serious complications.

One hundred dollars a month.

As they anticipate an increase of thousands of patients with health insurance and a decrease in the need to provide charity care, local hospitals welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Local residents responded to a much-anticipated and momentous Supreme Court ruling with outrage and welcome as they, like much of the nation, tried to decipher what the decision means for them.

Implementation of a federal health care law means a mixed bag of concerns for local doctors, including possible cuts to Medicare payments, increased patient demand and better coverage for their patients.

NASHVILLE -- A state board approved a certificate for Dr. Deanna Duncan to open an additional hospice in the Chattanooga area during its monthly meeting Wednesday.

A state board approved a certificate for Dr. Deanna Duncan to open an additional hospice in the Chattanooga area during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.

The Chattanooga area's two public hospitals had their best numbers in more than year in May, with Erlanger Health System posting it's first monthly profit since August and North Georgia's Erlanger at Hutcheson seeing it's smallest losses in two years.

North Georgia’s public hospital saw its smallest monthly loss in two years in May, a number officials highlighted during a monthly finance committee meeting on Monday.

Many hospitals count bad debt in their uncompensated costs, but experts differ on whether it should be included. They acknowledge a gray area between charity care and bad debt -- more of a continuum rather than two absolutely different numbers.

In the last four years, Memorial Hospital raked in more than $130 million in profits, and its charity care costs rose by half.

Memorial Health Care System's contract with the state's largest health insurer expires in six weeks, and the hospital is asking the public to help in the dispute over reimbursement rates.

Every year, Dr. Chip Harris sees a good number of his privately insured patients for an annual wellness visit, but his Medicare patients are much less frequent visitors for a service that has been free since last year.

Local Chattanooga hospitals received a mixed report card in a first-ever hospital safety review by a national patient-safety advocacy group, even as hospitals across the country protested the scores as incomplete and inaccurate.

Erlanger and Memorial health systems claim similar shares of the Chattanooga market, and both operate as tax-exempt hospitals.

When the Olympic Games begin at the end of July in London, top athletes from around the world will burn through thousands of loaves of bread and tons of fruits and vegetables.

Last year, the top 10 medical prescribers in Tennessee wrote prescriptions for more than 20 million doses of restricted pain medication, with the top prescriber in the state doling out more than one-quarter of those.

A local doctor has applied for a certificate to open a hospice in the Chattanooga area, citing a need for additional services and research for hospice patients.

Two weeks ago, Dorothy Caplenor tried to evade tendrils of cigarette smoke at a Friday night Nightfall concert -- even as she counted dozens of children and other pregnant women in the hazy air.

Tennessee ranks third lowest nationally in placing children in the foster system with other family members, with only 8 percent of foster children placed with a relative, according to a national report released Wednesday.

The two public hospitals in the Chattanooga area have lost more than $33.5 million since July 1, with both reporting additional losses this week.

Erlanger Health System had its second-best month in eight months in April and may break even in May, after nearly a year of dismal reports, officials said Monday evening.

In the last 10 years, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama have made huge strides in how many low-income children receive dental services

Erlanger Health System had its second-best month in eight months in April and may break even in May, after nearly a year of dismal reports, officials said Monday evening.

Tennessee's dental health can be measured in so many ways:

The business community "let down" the school system and "disappointed" school board members by not adequately funding a science, technology, engineering and math school in Hamilton County, board members said Thursday evening during their monthly meeting.

About 190 Memorial Health Care System employees will begin working for Conifer Health Solutions as part of a 10-year agreement for Conifer to take over billing and collection services at the hospital.

With the federal health care reform law awaiting a Supreme Court decision due by the end of June, Tennessee officials continue to hedge their bets as they move to implement a key part of the law.

Everything comes in birth order in the Rehring family.

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee will speak at a Chattanooga-area wellness event next month, talking about how he lost 110 pounds and ran four marathons after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

A new onsite method of dealing with injured during a disaster -- implemented after last year's tornadoes -- proved to be effective during the March tornadoes, according to Hamilton County's EMS director.

Dan Cowart knows what it's like to not be able to pay his medical bills or to skip his medication because he doesn't have money for the prescriptions.

Erlanger officials announced the appointment of an interim chief medical officer Monday, after the public hospital's former chief medical officer tendered his resignation on Friday.

Although Tennessee frequently ranks in the bottom tier of health measurements, a new report praises the state for dramatically reducing hospital-associated infection rates.

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist used to carry a handful of organ-donor cards with him, hoping that by passing them out, he might get a few people to donate their organs.

State and federal prosecutors have declined to pursue a whistle-blower lawsuit that says Erlanger Health System made false Medicare claims, a second such decision within the last month.

Call it the invasion of the creepy, crawly -- and potentially lethal -- monsters.

Last year, the sound of wailing sirens and people crying for help filled the air as the smell of leaking gas drifted through town. A year later, savory barbecue wafted down the street and kids laughed as they zipped down a bouncy slide.

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