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National Report: Mississippi ranks 16th in protecting kids from tobacco

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

WASHINGTON — Mississippi ranks 16th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. The report challenges states to do more by shining the spotlight on Florida, which has cut its high school smoking rate to […] [...]

Jackson County supes discuss hospital pension plan

by Published: December 9,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS, Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA — A judge in Jackson County has temporarily delayed the elimination of the pension for workers and retirees of Singing River Hospital System. Chancery Judge Neil Harris on Monday continued a temporary restraining order issued last week in a lawsuit filed over the pension. He will hold a hearing Friday. Singing River officials announced […] [...]

Woman sentenced to 10 years in Medicaid fraud

by Published: December 8,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Medicaid, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — A woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicaid recipients has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a state judge for failing to repay the stolen funds. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Gina Palasini was given the maximum sentence Monday by Circuit Court Judge Lester Williamson for the crime of felony false pretense […] [...]

UMC, Medicaid records changeover ‘on target’

By Jack Weatherly The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The interim report released Thursday […] [...]

Ocean Springs, clinic settle dispute

OCEAN SPRINGS — The city of Ocean Springs will pay $437,500 in damages in the Psycamore mental health clinic discrimination case. The Justice Department had cited the city for discriminating against people with mental disabilities in denying the permit. The city’s board of aldermen voted 5-1 in 2011 to deny a permit to allow Psycamore […] [...]

Where there’s smoke … there’s fired up doctors pushing lawmakers to make Mississippi a smoke-free state

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

For the sake of good health, a campaign against smoking is being waged across the country. Members of the Mississippi State Medical Association have joined that fight with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Mississippi Campaign. They hope to improve the state’s statistics which currently are lagging behind other states in the number of smoke-free communities and […] [...]

Aging boomers stress health services

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: baby boomers, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

As baby boomers age, their numbers are raising the demand for health services like never before and service providers in Mississippi and elsewhere are expanding their facilities and hiring more employees to meet the increased needs. “We’re constantly moving and growing to fill the need of taking care of those baby boomers,” said Tonya McGee, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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