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Hospital honored for its breastmilk program

GULFPORT — Medela has chosen neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) for their breastmilk programs, helping to improve infant health by facilitating and increasing human milk consumption in the NICU. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, took first place winner. Memorial Hospital will receive $10,000 in Medela NICU products. Medela wrote: “Mississippi has the highest rate of premature […] [...]

Louisiana company buying Deaconess HomeCare

FLOWOOD — LHC Group Inc., a national provider of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute health care services based in Lafayette, La., has signed a definitive stock purchase agreement with BioScrip Inc. to purchase two of its operating subsidiaries, doing business as Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services, for $60 million. The transaction will add […] [...]

Southern Surgery Center again earns accreditation

HATTIESBURG — Southern Surgery Center, LLC has achieved its fourth consecutive three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. “This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest level of quality care to our patients, and the same […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Who gave up the money? Health care and our shifting economic priorities

by Published: February 7,2014

Tags: healthcare, insurance, MBJ, Mississippi

During the past few weeks, a number of very large, high-profile companies have announced that they are dropping existing health benefits for part-time employees. In the past year, other large companies have announced that they are suspending health benefits for spouses. With the pre-eminence of health care in the United States these days (and few […] [...]

Health Department scores well in CDC report

JACKSON — A new report on public health and emergency preparedness capabilities released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that Mississippi outperformed target scores in every area that was measured. The 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness, released last week, is a report demonstrating how federal investments enhance the […] [...]

UMMC selects Putt to serve as CEO of two different hospitals

LEXINGTON and GRENADA — David Putt has been appointed chief executive officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s community hospitals in Grenada and Lexington. Formerly a health network relationships advisor to UMMC’s vice chancellor for health affairs, Putt has been serving as interim CEO of the former Grenada Lake Medical Center since UMMC began […] [...]

After review, hospital to declare bankruptcy

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Regional Medical Center plans to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Chief financial officer Charles Mock tells The Natchez Democrat the decision comes after a careful review of the hospital’s finances, which indicated the hospital’s financial liabilities exceed that of its assets by approximately $3 million. Chief executive officer Donny Rentfro says […] [...]

Legislators mulling new regulation on abortions

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering banning abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, halfway through a normal full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks. Exceptions would be made to prevent permanent physical damage or death of the pregnant woman, or in cases of several fetal abnormalities. Health Department statistics show 2,176 abortions were done in Mississippi in 2012, […] [...]

Appeal of medical kickback case to begin in New Orleans

BATESVILLE — A case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital will be argued today before a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Ray Shoemaker, a former administration at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville, Miss., was sentenced in 2012 to 55 months in federal prison on six counts. A judge ordered a new […] [...]

MississippiCAN extends contract with Magnolia Health Plan

JACKSON ­ — Centene Corporation’s subsidiary Magnolia Health Plan has won a contract from the state of Mississippi to continue serving members enrolled in the Mississippi Coordinated Access Network (MississippiCAN) program, as one of two contractors. Magnolia has been serving members in the MississippiCAN program since 2011. Under the new contract, Magnolia will continue providing outpatient, […] [...]

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