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Commercial Realtors assess an active year for the industry

Members of the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors are taking a year-end look at trends in sectors of the state’s commercial real estate industry. They see continuing strong markets for retail and office space and for agricultural and recreational land with growth in distribution/industrial land in North Mississippi. “We are still experiencing an active market in retail,” said Philip Holman ...

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Fitness centers focused on client motivation this time of year

Keeping clients motivated to maintain workout schedules is a big issue for fitness centers this time of year. Some are giving prizes and starting new programs to keep the momentum going. The Baldwyn Wellness Center introduced the Twelve Days of Christmas Fitness program with a log of recommended exercises in 15-minutes increments for clients. “We keep a record and put ...

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Physical therapy centers wrestling reimbursement issues

Physical therapy centers around the state are treating a wide range of patients for a variety of reasons. They’re also battling insurance issues along with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. “It’s a constant fight to be reimbursed by Medicare. That’s our biggest issue,” said James Griffin II, a physical therapist assistant and clinic director at the Human Performance Center in Monticello. ...

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Worksite wellness program for state employees could pay off

The largest employer in the state —the State of Mississippi — is launching a new worksite wellness program that could produce major benefits by creating healthier state employees, reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care while also setting a good example for the rest of the state. Gov. Haley Barbour is working with the Department of Finance and ...

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Worksite wellness programs building momentum with businesses

Costs to provide employee health insurance and healthcare are one of the biggest challenges currently facing Mississippi employers. According to the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), national studies continue to show Mississippi’s workforce leads the country in battling chronic conditions including high cholesterol, hypertension, smoking, obesity and diabetes. On average, the annual estimated direct and indirect costs to Mississippi for treating ...

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Trauma care system improving, but additional funding needed

Mississippi has made significant strides with its trauma care network in recent years. But, like the rest of the country, there is a shortage of trauma surgeons and nurses and providing the care can be a burden because of the large number of uninsured patients. “The number of trauma surgeons produced every year and ones that are available are in ...

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State sees fewer reported cases of West Nile virus in 2007

Mississippi is ending 2007 with fewer cases of West Nile virus than last year. The Department of Health’s statistics reveal 126 confirmed cases with the most in the three counties of the metro Jackson area. Madison County had 21 cases and Hinds and Rankin counties each had 13. Leflore County ranked fourth with eight cases. Many of the state’s counties ...

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Primary stroke center certification boosts patients’ odds

Stroke patients in South Mississippi have high odds of recovery with the care now available at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. The facility has become the first hospital in the state to be certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission. Memorial achieved at least 85% compliance rate of the performance measures for 90 consecutive days in accordance with ...

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