Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

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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 […] [...]

Court: UMMC subject to CON law, with exceptions

A June 14 decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court pulled off the nearly impossible task of satisfying the opposing sides. There is a catch, though. The high court found that the law governing the certificate of need process — which the Mississippi State Department of Health uses to approve or disapprove medically related projects – […] [...]

Lacking workforce: While job market for new RNs is tougher than in the past, Mississippi still has a shortage of nurses

The field of health care is shifting, and with it the role of the 35,000 RNs actively working in Mississippi. And while in the present economy new RNs may have a tougher time than in the past landing that first job, there is still a shortage of nurses in the state. Although a formal survey […] [...]

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