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AIDS-research pioneer, match.com founder are Innovate conference speakers

November 7, 2013

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Innovate Mississippi’s 14th annual Conference on Technology Innovation features two speakers from opposite sides of the spectrum, but a lineup that Innovate president and CEO Tony Jeff calls “one of the best we have ever had.” The two-day conference begins Tuesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets are $75. Visit www.innovatemsconference.com to view the complete […]

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Tupelo’s NMHS names Shane Spees as new president/CEO

November 7, 2013

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TUPELO, Mississippi — A national search for the new leader of North Mississippi Health Services netted a candidate that has strong ties to the Tupelo community. Shane Spees, a native of Tupelo who started his career in health care under the tutelage of Dan Wilford, a highly-respected and long-time administrator at North Mississippi Medical Center, […]

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Kaiser: 204,000 in state can get health insurance tax credits

November 6, 2013

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Once the federal government’s health insurance marketplace Web portal – healthcare.gov – is actually working, 204,000 uninsured Mississippians will be eligible for tax credits that can be used to lower the price of premiums on the exchange, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The Kaiser Foundation estimates the 204,000 has the potential […]

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Gov. Bryant may prefer Legislature instead of courts to face BlueCross

November 4, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant may not be ending his battle with BlueCross & BlueShield, but instead may be moving the contest to a different venue – a political venue where he has more expertise – the Mississippi Legislature. Bryant, for whatever reason, decided last week he did not want to […]

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Insurance chief says Bryant call for hearings on BCBS is premature

November 1, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant that he thinks Bryant exceeded his authority in directing the Insurance Department to hold hearings on a reimbursement impasse between Health Management Associates and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I am deeply disappointed that you did not […]

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Chaney obliging Bryant on probe of BCBS provider adequacy

October 31, 2013

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With a U.S. District judge having invalidated his executive order, Gov. Phil Bryant says he will no longer seek to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi to re-instate in-network status to policyholders who use the services of the 10 Mississippi hospitals owned by Health Management Associates. But the governor still wants to get […]

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A promise not a threat: Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

October 22, 2013

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JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of  BCBS’s […]

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CARTER: HHS advises Jurassic approach for health insurance sign-ups – use letter, phone or visit

October 21, 2013

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President Obama’s admission Monday that something is really, really wrong with the federally built health insurance market websites left the impression that our commander in chief would call in drone strikes on all the sites if only they’d stay up long enough to be viable targets. Though no heads have rolled at HHS that we […]

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State’s Medicaid refusal puts 1 of 3 poor Mississippians into Obamacare coverage gap

October 16, 2013

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Nearly one-third of Mississippians poor will fall into the “coverage gap” created by Mississippi and 25 other states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the federal health law next year, according to a study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Health News reports the study concluded that about 5.2 million poor, uninsured adults […]

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HMA pleased with Blue Cross reinstatement of 4 hospitals but bemoans continued ‘squeeze’

October 15, 2013

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Health Management Associates executives Tuesday welcomed Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals but say the contractual impasse still leaves some Mississippi communities facing a medical provider crisis. Late Monday afternoon, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi gave notice it is willing to reinstate […]

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