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Medicaid managed care contracts pending review by state board

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid, at the behest of Gov. Phil Bryant, is asking the Personal Service Contract Review Board to review the managed care contracts it awarded earlier this summer. A coalition of Mississippi hospitals, which formed its own managed care company and tried unsuccessfully to win a contract with the Division of ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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Baptist Medical Center names Tyler Winford, MD, as Otolaryngologist

Tyler Winford, MD, has joined Baptist Medical Centers in Jackson as an otolaryngologist. Winford received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Mississippi College in Clinton, then attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. Winford completed an Otolaryngology residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Winford has research experience spanning ...

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Neurosurgeon joins Merit Health staff

Neurosurgeon Menarvia Nixon Gaddis, MD, has joined the medical staff of Merit Health Central. Nixon Gaddis specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including trauma, tumors, infections of the brain or spine, and developmental and degenerative diseases of the spine. Nixon Gaddis completed her neurological surgical residency at Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center ...

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Forrest Health Board of Trustees approves succession plan for CEO Dillard

Forrest Health Board of Trustees has approved a succession plan for Evan Dillard, president and chief executive officer of Forrest Health. Andy Woodard, Forrest Health’s current chief financial officer, will replace Dillard beginning in January 2019. Dillard, who has also served in healthcare leadership roles in Alabama and Florida, first began his tenure at Forrest Health in 2008. Under Dillard’s ...

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Downtown Fitness, Powered by Baptist Health Systems, to opening in downtown Jackson

Chris Baker, who formerly managed the University Wellness Center in downtown Jackson, has been named the executive director of Downtown Fitness, powered by Baptist Health Systems, which has moved into the facility at 100 E. Capitol St., Suite 107. Baker has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness facility industry and holds numerous fitness certifications. With approximately 17,000 ...

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Woodward wields national influence as accreditation chief

Dr. LouAnn Woodward has taken over as chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which sets standards for U.S.- and Canadian-chartered medical education programs run by universities or medical schools. Woodward, Mississippi Medical Center’s vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine since 2015, has served simultaneously as chair-elect of the LCME for the past ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will tax cuts ease economic distress and health disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year.   What do these rankings mean? ARC calculates the economic status of counties based on unemployment rates, per capita market income, and ...

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Forrest General Hospital welcomes new group of 3-year residents

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg recently welcomes its fourth class of 3-year residents into the Family Medicine Residency Program. These doctors will practice at the Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Center located on the first floor of Hattiesburg Clinic and will rotate through departments throughout the 3-year program. Residents have an inpatient service allowing them to admit patients into the ...

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