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Health Department confirms state’s first flu cases of season

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the first confirmed cases of influenza in the state. According to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, all the confirmed cases are influenza A (2009 H1N1) and are covered by the current flu vaccine. Health officials say although flu season usually peaks in January through March, […] [...]

Medicaid director wants expansion into managed-care program

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid director wants to expand a managed-care program that he says has helped save the state about $40 million. David Dzielak said 22 percent of Medicaid recipients are in managed care, in which a company is paid a set fee to provide medical services, regardless of the services’ actual cost. Dzielak said […] [...]

Judge blocks governor’s attempt to force Blue Cross to pay in-network rates

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday blocked Gov. Phil Bryant from compelling Mississippi’s largest health insurer to resume paying its in-network rate to a chain of 10 hospitals. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate read a temporary restraining order from the bench saying Bryant didn’t provide enough proof to justify an executive order he issued […] [...]

Blue Cross going to court to block Bryant’s order

JACKSON — Mississippi’s largest health insurer is going to court with its fight against Gov. Phil Bryant and 10 Health Management Associates hospitals. U.S. District Judge District Judge Henry Wingate is scheduled to hold a hearing today on Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s lawsuit. The insurer wants to block Bryant’s executive order that […] [...]

Three more West Nile virus cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says three newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 43 this year. The new cases were in Forrest, Lamar and Rankin counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (6), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar […] [...]

Second nurse pleads guilty to role in cancer center fraud

SUMMIT — A second nurse has pleaded guilty to failing to report a crime at a south Mississippi cancer clinic that was shut down over unsafe practices and accused of a multimillion-dollar fraud. Brittany Davis Powell pleaded guilty yesterday to misprision of a felony during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Her lawyer, […] [...]

Supervisors to hear latest from CEO on sale of hospital

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors will meet this week with the chief executive officer of the company hired to sell Natchez Regional Medical Center. The board has scheduled on the agenda for its meeting today an appearance by Scott Phillips of Healthcare Management Partners. HMP was hired in June to market NRMC […] [...]

HMA turns down Blue Cross’ reinstatement offer to four Mississippi hospitals

JACKSON — Health Management Associates has rejected an offer from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to reinstate four of 10 HMA-owned hospitals in Mississippi into the insurer’s provider network. HMA says the terms were unacceptable. Blue Cross Blue Shield issued a news release Monday stating it would be willing to reinstate the four hospitals […] [...]

Nurse pleads guilty to role in cancer center fraud

SUMMIT — A nurse has pleaded guilty to failing to report a crime at a former cancer clinic involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud. Courtney Michelle Young pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony today in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A plea agreement filed in court records said Young faces up to three years in […] [...]

Another West Nile case confirmed; brings 2013 total to 40

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says one newly confirmed case of West Nile virus bring the state total to 40 this year. The new case is in Hinds County. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), […] [...]

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