Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

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, […] [...]

After Blue Cross/hospitals dispute, insurance legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Insurance Committee voted 7-6 yesterday to approve House Bill 553, with four members present but not voting. The measure comes after a dispute between Community Health Services, […] [...]

Holland returns to hospital after surgery to get shunt

PLANTERSVILLE — A longtime state lawmaker was back in a Jackson hospital to have a medical shunt installed to help with drainage from the gallbladder surgery he underwent last week. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson last week after having abdominal pain. The first […] [...]

Winter weather impacts Coast hospital operations

GULFPORT — Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, including the Emergency Department, remain open; however, only inpatient and emergency surgeries will be performed today due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. All elective procedures are canceled for today. Smoking cessation classes are also canceled, and the Memorial Immunization Van will not be operational until road conditions improve. […] [...]

Bill to finance new UMMC facility passes in committee

JACKSON — Lawmakers are advancing a $31-million bond bill to finance a new medical school building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. House Bill 787 passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday. It moves to the full House for more debate. After that, it would go to the Senate. UMMC officials say the current […] [...]

Judge rules in ambulance lawsuit involving two local hospitals

HATTIESBURG — Years after Wesley Medical Center filed a lawsuit against AAA Ambulance Service, its CEO Wade Spruill and Forrest General for allegedly denying local residents their choice of hospitals for trauma care, a judge has ruled in Forrest General’s favor, according to Forrest General. “Wesley conceded that it did not have valid claims against Forrest […] [...]

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