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Biloxi VA completes largest-ever expansion

BILOXI — A crowd of veterans and their supporters were on hand when the Biloxi Veterans Affairs medical care facility marked the completion of five new buildings and other improvements with a dedication ceremony. WLOX television reports that the expansion was the largest in the history of the Biloxi VA. The $310 million improvement project nearly doubles the size of ...

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Patient claims HIV infection from Rose Cancer Center

SUMMIT — A cancer clinic doctor in south Mississippi who was already facing federal criminal charges for allegedly using old syringes and watered-down chemotherapy drugs is now facing a civil lawsuit that claims a patient contracted HIV from a dirty needle. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, has been held without bond since her arrest in ...

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Beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A Nebraska meatpacker has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, ...

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HMA names new CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center

JACKSON — Charlotte W. Dupre’ has been promoted to CEO at Central Mississippi Medical Center (CMMC) in Jackson, effective Dec. 14. Dupre’ joined Health Management Associates (HMA), which operates CMMC, in January as the COO of Physicians Regional Medical Center–Pine Ridge in Naples, Fla. Prior to joining HMA, she was the CEO at River Parishes Hospital with LifePoint Hospitals, in ...

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RETIREMENT VERDICT — Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

The strategy is to structure benefits consistent with a  policy that encourages workers to stay on the job until age 62 “All the cards are on the table face up.” So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees ...

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PEER conducts review of Medicaid cost-control

JACKSON — During its 2009 Second Extraordinary Session, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 71 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 43-13-117 [1972]), which contained several provisions designed to control Medicaid costs, including a provision authorizing the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to implement a managed care program on or after January 1, 2010. The bill included a mandate for ...

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UMMC/HMA hospital alliance could help educationally, financially

Partnership between state’s academic medical center and for-profit hospital group could help keep more paying patients in state In response to rising healthcare costs and the uncertainty of federal healthcare reform, health care providers nationwide are consolidating, and academic medical centers and for-profit hospitals are entering into partnership agreements. The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has announced it is ...

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Hospital trims staff's hours in budget-cutting move

MERIDIAN — A Meridian hospital has reduced hours for its staff in what is described as a budgetary move. Anderson Hospital CEO Ray Humphreys tells WTOK-TV hours have been trimmed from 40 per week to 36. He says it covers everyone except those in jobs considered critical. Humphreys says the hospital has experienced a $1.4 million reduction in Medicaid reimbursement ...

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Hospital reports outbreak of salmonella, source unclear

CORINTH — Officials at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth say the hospital has received 11 positive salmonella cultures since Nov. 28. Hospital CEO Nick Napper tells the Daily Corinthian some of the cases have been admitted to the hospital. Napper says the patients who tested positive for salmonella are in stable condition or have been treated and released. He ...

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State ranks as unhealthiest in U.S. for 10th consecutive year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The latest national health rankings show that once again Mississippi is the unhealthiest state in the nation. The study done by the United Health Foundation ranked Vermont the most healthy for the third year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years. New Hampshire ranked as the second healthiest state and Maine ranked ...

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