Posts Tagged ‘physician’

Doctor convicted of using phony church for tax shelter

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Pass Christian doctor has been convicted of tax evasion for using a phony church as a tax shelter. Timothy Dale Jackson, a 50-year-old orthopedic physician, has been found guilty on four counts of felony tax evasion and one count of obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws. Prosecutors […] [...]

Mississippi tops again in ranking of physician-friendly states

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For the second straight year, the Magnolia State is tops when it comes to a physician-friendly locale to practice medicine. Each year, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Physicians Practice compiles its list of the “Best States to Practice,” based on several analytics including cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita […] [...]

Court rules board can discipline West Virginia radiologist

MOSS POINT — Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says the state Board of Medical Licensure can discipline a radiologist for making what a federal judge found to be thousands of “manufactured” lung disease diagnoses. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower court verdict that the board had acted unfairly toward Dr. Ray Harron. The West Virginia […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General […] [...]

Court of Appeals blocks provision in new state abortion law

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to block a 2012 Mississippi law that requires abortion doctors to obtain admitting […] [...]

Medical Assurance’s ratings upgraded by A.M. Best

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to “A (Excellent)” from “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to “stable” from “positive.” A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong […] [...]

Fate of state’s only abortion clinic in federal court

NEW ORLEANS — The future of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic soon will be up to a federal appeals court. At issue today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a 2012 Mississippi law requiring any physician who does abortions at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. […] [...]

Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi State University researchers say fewer than half of Mississippi’s primary care doctors are taking new Medicare patients. The state has fewer primary care doctors per capita than any other state to begin with. Social science professor Ronald Cossman says researchers posing as new patients called doctors’ offices, reaching 580 of the […] [...]

Forrest General selects first class for new residency program

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has chosen the first class of graduate physicians for its new Family Medicine Residency Program. The program began accepting applications from senior medical students last fall and will start its first class of resident physicians on June 30, 2014. “Our program received over 2,000 applications from some very qualified candidates. […] [...]

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