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Insurance chief says Bryant call for hearings on BCBS is premature

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that he thinks Bryant exceeded his authority in directing the Insurance Department to hold hearings on a reimbursement impasse between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I am deeply disappointed that you did not rescind Sections 1,2,3 and 6 ...

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Gaming executive to build "The Lube" restaurants on Gulf Coast

BILOXI, Mississippi — Louisiana-based I-10 Hospitality, LLC, a restaurant, hotel and gaming management company founded by former Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment, Inc. executive, Geno M. Iafrate, has signed a deal with Quaker Steak & Lube to develop branded restaurants along the I-10 Corridor from Beaumont, Texas, to Destin, Fla. — including the Biloxi/Gulfport area. Founded in 1974, Quaker ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Politics sometimes creates strange bedfellows

By Bobby Harrison At least one positive in the current dispute between insurance company BlueCross & BlueShield and private hospital company Health Management Associates is a rare glimpse of bipartisanship in the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood – often at odds – are joining forces to try to force Blue Cross to reinstate 10 ...

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UPDATE: Nissan sales up 14.2 percent in October, a record for the company

UPDATE: Full sales numbers are below. Here is an outline Mississippi-built products … »  Frontier sales jumped 71.8 percent in October to 5,242 units, thanks in part to the popularity and increased availability of fuel-efficient 4-cylinder models. »  Sentra sales rose by 49.3 percent to 8,399 units. »  Xterra sales were up 11.4 percent to 1,114 units. » Armada sales ...

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How important are benefits … to the employee and employer?

Employers still rely on an attractive benefits packages to help them fill vacancies but a new generation of employees and the recent economic downturn have changed the way benefits are looked at these days. “Good benefits and insurance continue to be a big draw when it comes to attracting employees,” said Cindy Webb, director of human resources at Mississippi Power. ...

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Managed care saving Medicaid money

» Executive director says enrolling recipients has saved the state about $40 million By BOBBY HARRISON   Medicaid executive director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed care program. The Medicaid budget ...

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Stein made director

BKD, LLP’s has promoted Jaime M. Stein, CPA to director. A member of the BKD National Financial Services Group, Stein has 15 years of experience in public accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. Stein has also participated in the Leadership Rankin program sponsored by the Rankin ...

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HORNE promotes seven staffers

CPA and business advisory firm HORNE LLP recently announced the promotion of seven team members in the firm’s administrative office. Karla Bennett was named finance manager for the firm. Stephany Griebler, a member of the firm’s learning and development team, was promoted to supervisor. Jordan Willett Haygood was promoted to senior associate. Haygood works as a recruiter for the firm. ...

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