Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State Medical Association’

Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope […] [...]

Doctors, hospitals divided over Medicaid expansion

Associations representing hospital executives and physicians appear to be on opposite sides on whether to greatly enlarge the state’s Medicaid rolls. The Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says […] [...]

Easterling gives presentation

Randy Easterling, MD, of Vicksburg was recently one of the key presenters at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit held in Orlando, Fla. Easterling, medical director for River Region’s Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Unit, presented on the topic of the cost of prescription drug abuse, both from a human and a financial perspective. Easterling is […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Johnson comes on board

Evelyn Johnson, a former executive at the Mississippi State Medical Association, has joined Capitol Resources, LLC’s state government relations team. Johnson, with a background as an association executive, registered nurse working at the State Capitol and paralegal, will focus on health care issues as well as other issues on behalf of Capitol Resources’ clients. Johnson […] [...]

Clinic welcomes Morris

Hattiesburg Clinic recently welcomed David Morris, M.D., to The Hematology and Oncology Clinic. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed an internal medicine residency and hematology and oncology fellowship. Morris is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. His […] [...]

Dead on arrival

Like most legislation the first time it is introduced at the Capitol, a bill that would have removed a signature provision in the nurse practitioner-physician relationship died last week. Rules governing nurse practitioners require that a “protocol,” or what amounts to a course of treatment for a patient, must earn the signature of a collaborating […] [...]

Providers keeping an eye on federal reform

Controversy is the one thing that has been a constant of the federal healthcare reform act as the uncertainty about its future continues. Mississippi healthcare providers will be watching closely to see what the courts and Congress do in 2011 as new members take their seats. The Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) is partnering closely with […] [...]

Good news-bad news scenario for reform

State Medical Association president sees both sides for Mississippi with healthcare reform With some language of the federal Health Care Reform Act not going into effect until 2014, physicians in Mississippi are not sure at this point what the impact will be to patient care and their practices. Tim J. Alford, M.D., is the new […] [...]

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