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What are the pros of CONS? — Some states eliminate Certificates of Need, calling it barrier to competition, reduced costs

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, CON, healthcare, hospitals, Mississippi, NEWS

Mississippi law requires that Certificates of Need (CON) must be granted before a hospital can be built, begin operation or expand, and for a wide range of other medical facilities and services. A CON is needed for any capital expenditure more than $1.5 million for equipment, more than $2 million for operation of a clinical […] [...]

Singing River to liquidate employee pension fund

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System has frozen its employee pension plan and announced there will be no further employee or hospital contributions to it. In a letter this week to employees, CEO Kevin Holland said the plan will be liquidated in the company months. Holland’s letter gives “key decisions” employees have been waiting to […] [...]

A vision for the future of Mississippi health care

S everal hundred business and civic leaders gathered this week at the Jackson Country Club for MCEDA & the Madison County Business League’s 2014 Vision Celebration.  This year’s theme was health care, and 2 awards were presented at the event. Jan Collins, executive director of the Madison County Business League, opened the ceremony with a […] [...]

Humana and Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation partnering

NATCHEZ — Humana Inc. and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation have formed a partnership aimed at improving the health of Adams County by 20 percent by 2020. The multi-year initiative from Humana and the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) will work with people in Adams County to remove barriers to well-being and […] [...]

(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication […] [...]

Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication […] [...]

Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s […] [...]

UMC renovating facility to serve as Ebola isolation unit

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is renovating a vacant building to serve as an isolation and treatment unit in the event of a confirmed or probable Ebola case in Mississippi. UMMC officials said in a news release yesterday that the stand-alone structure is removed from other patient-care facilities on the Jackson campus. […] [...]

Pickering to look over Singing River’s finances

PASCAGOULA — The state auditor’s office is going to review the finances of Singing River Health System. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a statement that his office was taking up the task at the request of the hospital management company and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. What that financial review will entail hasn’t […] [...]

Study proves weight-loss effectiveness of Ole Miss-developed product

OXFORD — A recent study led by Saioa Gomez-Zorita published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has demonstrated the weight loss effects of pterostilbene in rats fed an obesogenic diet. The study confirms the results of a 2012 human clinical trial on the effect of pterostilbene on weight loss conducted by ChromaDex, an […] [...]

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