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Humana Names Matt Berger as regional president

Humana Inc. recently appointed Matt Berger as Regional President for its Louisiana and Mississippi Medicare markets. Berger assumes responsibility for continued development and expansion of Humana’s Medicare business in the Gulf States, and for staff leadership in those markets. Berger has served in regional finance roles for Humana, including the past four years as its Medicare Central Division chief financial ...

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Children’s of Mississippi collaborating with Memorial Hospital in Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE Children have different medical needs. Their diseases are different. The way you care for them is very different. They require a different focus, says Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children’s of Mississippi, which is the pediatric care arm of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). And families from the second largest population area in Mississippi, the Gulf ...

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UMMC physicians creating opioid use alternatives model

Mississippi’s statistics on opioid use resulting in addiction and deaths are bad, but the failure of data to deter abuse is also troubling. A team of University of Mississippi Medical Center physicians and caregivers is changing the way they offer patients pain relief at a time when an average half million opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors statewide. The ...

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Balch & Bingham adds 7 healthcare attorneys in Jackson

Balch & Bingham recently announced the addition of partners Tom Kirkland, Allison Simpson and Andy Lowry, and associates Mary Jordan Fuller, Matt Sitton, Perry Taylor and Bea Tolsdorf to the Jackson office. This new healthcare team has experience providing counsel to private tax-exempt hospitals, for-profit hospitals, physicians and physician-practice groups, long-term care providers, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, cancer centers, ...

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Thompson joins Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates

Joshua M. Thompson, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Eye Associates. A native of Hattiesburg, Thompson has been working in the health care field since 2013. At Eye Associates, he works with Christopher L. Cooley, MD, in providing ophthalmologic care to patients. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., and a Master of ...

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Forrest General nurses become certified lactation counselors

Two nurses with Forrest General’s Women and Children’s Services, Samantha Marshall, RN, and Brittany Brabham, RN, have become Certified Lactation Counselors. CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems.

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Haley Hayes, Pharm.D. earns certificate

Haley Hayes, Pharm.D., regional director of Pharmacy Operations for Forrest Health, has earned the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate. She joins pharmacy professionals who are dedicated to higher standards of practice in the appropriate use of antibiotics. SIDP’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program is a practice-based certificate program focused on the role pharmacists play in the appropriate use ...

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Insurance experts watching for new rules

Insurance experts are watching Washington to see how new rules on health insurance will affect premiums and plans available to consumers on and off the exchanges. “The prognosis is that the (Affordable Care Act) market is not collapsing, but it’s not a bed of roses,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute during a briefing ...

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