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Concussion regulation bills likely to be filed again

by Published: December 14,2012

Tags: brain injuries, concussion tests, football, student athletics

Officials in University of Mississippi Medical Center will again support legislation that establishes guidelines for how to treat concussions in youth sports and requires concussion education among coaches and officials. Three different bills that would have done that died in committee during the 2012 session. Rep. Toby Barker, R-Hattiesburg, authored one of the bills. He […] [...]

UMMC hoping to enlist young athletes for new baseline concussion test

University of Mississippi Medical Center is taking advantage of a new use for an old piece of equipment to spark a campaign for young athletes to participate in a new concussion test. Using a Computerized Dynamic Posturography device, which resembles an empty refrigerator, doctors can get an idea of an athlete’s normal equilibrium and balance. […] [...]

Hunter continues his passion after recovering from stroke

When Bill Meador began transforming his Hickory farm into a hunter’s paradise, he built one shooting house with a wheelchair ramp. He wanted to make sure guests with disabilities had a prime place to hunt. “There’s a heater in there, food plots nearby and you can look in three different directions,” he said. Of course, […] [...]

Physician workforce office assists residency program

A budding venture to put more physicians to work in Mississippi has scored its first triumph with the potential of a new family medicine residency program, only the third of its kind in the state. Dr. Diane Beebe, interim director of the newly formed Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce, announced that Forrest General Hospital in […] [...]

Enjoy – don’t regret – those holiday parties

by Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Christmas parties, diet, health & wellness, holiday food

By Melinda Duffie What’s the number one problem we all face during the holiday season? It is gaining weight! The average weight gain during the holidays is seven to 12 pounds. This is no surprise with the bombardment of food advertising on television and magazines covers displaying decadent desserts and recipes. Then, there is all […] [...]

Not all embrace electronic health record law

by Published: December 14,2012

Tags: Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform, Obamacare

While physicians and medical practices are eligible for federal grants to institute electronic health records, not everyone is convinced that it will make for a better medical practice. Dr. Dwalia S. South, North Mississippi Primary Care in Ripley, who has been transitioning to EHRs in the past six months, describes it as one of the […] [...]

Doctors concerned about Affordable Care Act may decide to simply retire

Recent polling indicates as many as 83 percent of doctors across the country are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act and some doctors are even saying that it will result in them retiring early. In states like Mississippi with shortages of physicians, that could make a bad situation worse. There was discussion before the election […] [...]

Medicaid changes provide incentives for providers to become more efficient and lower costs

Unlike some neighboring states facing Medicaid budget shortfalls of hundreds of millions, currently Mississippi does not have a looming budget deficit. But Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of Division of Medicaid in Mississippi, said all that could change dramatically in the months ahead. “The Medicaid budget is a very complicated dynamic that is often difficult […] [...]

Jeff Zackary thrives on serving clients — and doing missionary work in Peru

Jeff Zackary got a degree in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University in 1985. He did some work in the oil business for a while after graduation, but the oil industry was in a slump and very little drilling was being done. “Jobs were scarce,” Zackary said. “I decided to go back to school, and […] [...]

MSC: Original jurisdiction over CONs unconstitutional

A disagreement over a dialysis facility in North Mississippi ended up killing a law designed to streamline the certificate of need appeals process. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled June 21 that a 2011 law that provided for a direct appeal to that court in CON cases was unconstitutional. The ruling was in response to a […] [...]

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