Health/Healthcare

By Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50.com The city’s largest nonprofit hospital system has erased the debts owed by more than 6,500 patients it sued for unpaid hospital bills, less than two months after announcing an overhaul of its debt collection processes. The dramatic shift was prompted by an MLK50-ProPublica investigation that revealed that Methodist...
by Reps. Susan Lynn and John J. DeBerry Jr. The rising cost of health care in this country puts millions of Americans at risk. One of the many issues that Congress can and should address to help improve this situation is to eliminate surprise medical billing once and for all.  However,...
by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) One out of five times Americans visit a hospital emergency room, they are surprised several months later to receive a bill that could run into thousands of dollars. Last month (June), the U.S. Senate health committee by a vote of 20-3 approved legislation to end such...
The legacy of David Carnes – one of the first African Americans to purchase property in an area that houses Southland Mall in Whitehaven – is now interwoven with the “healthy place” concept being pioneered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. On Saturday and with much fanfare, the first...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is training to run in the healthyShelby 5k that is scheduled for Shelby Farms Park on Sept. 7 and he’s looking for partners. The healthyShelby ’19 campaign is focused on healthy eating, physical fitness and mental health and wellness. The theme for this year’s 5K...
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare on Tuesday announced two initiatives to uplift the financial wellbeing of its associates, patients and the Memphis community as a whole. In September of this year, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare employees will see a minimum wage increase from $10.08 to $13.50 hourly, and the minimum wage...
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The following is either a feel-good story with some serious ethical questions . . . or a story about serious ethical questions with a feel-good flavor. Much has been made over CRISPR, a relatively new technology that allows scientists to modify DNA, the building block of life on earth. Most...
At the foot of the entrance to the business corridor in the Raleigh area is where a farmer’s market is envisioned as a source point for healthier living. State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, who represents the area, and Mayor Jim Strickland announced the creation of the Raleigh Farmers Market and Community...
The water in Flint, Mich. had been contaminated with lead for months before the crisis entered the national consciousness in 2015. Like many African Americans, LaTricea D. Adams wanted to help, so she did what so many did, the only thing any average citizen could do – she sent...
CodeCrew, a non-profit organization aimed at cultivating initiatives for Computer Science education, will host its fifth-annual “Hackathon” at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Dr., on July 27-28. Participants will tackle various aspects of school health, and how to creatively address it. The CodeCrew Hackathon is the finale to...