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Medicaid gets new EHR/e-prescribing system

JACKSON — The Mississippi Division of Medicaid and Shared Health Inc. have launched the state’s electronic health record (EHR) system and electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) solution for more than 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. Under the contract announced last August, Shared Health is working with the Division of Medicaid to connect the Medicaid beneficiaries’ medical information across his/her network of clinical providers using ...

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Baptist will not appeal state's hospital decision

OLIVE BRANCH — Baptist Memorial Healthcare says it won’t appeal the state’s approval of plans for a competing hospital in Olive Branch. The deadline line to appeal the state decision was yesterday. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has plans for a 100-bed hospital in eastern DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports that Baptist Memorial had opposed past bids by Methodist, but ...

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Hospital backers in appeal wait-and-see

OLIVE BRANCH — Supporters of a proposed $137-million hospital in Olive Branch are hoping to clear one last hurdle this week so the project can move forward. Tomorrow is the deadline to appeal the state’s July 29 approval of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s proposal. Hospital and city officials want the deadline to pass quietly. The Commercial Appeal reports that if ...

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Big money at stake

As St. Dominic’s fight for Madison continues, it raises the question of whether hospitals should be allowed to follow urban sprawl A recent decision by a state Health Department officer recommending that St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson not be allowed to move some of its acute care beds closer to its Madison patients brings up interesting questions about whether Mississippi’s ...

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Facelift and expansion of 1950s era Monfort a go

Attala Co. hospital waits for bids now, expects to break ground in October   Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko is searching for a general contractor for a $15-million expansion comprising approximately 58,000 square feet. Hospital administrator John Dawson said he hopes the facility will see lots of new patients as federal healthcare reform kicks in.   Montfort released its ...

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Officer: No CON for St. Dominic Madison hospital

An administrative hearing officer is recommending St. Dominic Hospital not be allowed to build a new, $121 million hospital in Madison County, where it would transfer 71 of its existing beds. The recommendation from administrative law judge Cassandra B. Walter, which was released yesterday, says St. Dominic’s hasn’t justified its case for a certificate of need (CON) from the state ...

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State to file healthcare reform rebuttal today

Twenty states — including Mississippi — and the nation’s most influential small business lobby plan today to file their response to the government’s attempt to dismiss their lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The Justice Department in June asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the U.S. District Court in Pensacola lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over some of ...

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Health Department awards certificates of need

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for the following projects: • Methodist Healthcare – Olive Branch Hospital has received CON authority for the construction and establishment of a new 100-bed acute care hospital that will include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, two therapeutic cardiac catheterization labs, an open-heart surgery room ...

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Barbour: Healthcare overhaul too expensive

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the federal healthcare overhaul will clobber small businesses with expensive mandates. The Republican spoke to hundreds of people yesterday during a meeting sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and other business groups. Several weeks ago, Barbour joined a Florida lawsuit that seeks to block the health law that President Barack Obama signed in ...

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Nurse practitioner's clinic hearing postponed

CANTON — A public hearing on a nurse practitioner’s request to operate a medical clinic out of a historic home in Canton has been postponed until mid-August. Donald Lawrence, city zoning administrator, says the Canton Zoning Commission was scheduled to hear Mary Allen’s special exception and dimensional variance request Monday night, but there was a problem with the advertisement of ...

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