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Air ambulance service wins partial victory

PURVIS — A Lamar County jury has awarded $61,833 to Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District, half of what the company sought from the county. SMAAD had sued Lamar County after it paid a portion of its annual membership subsidy after the county left SEMAAD in February 2009. Joe Bounds, president of the board of supervisors, says any decision to appeal ...

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Medical collaboration to benefit underserved Mississippians

UMMC and Jackson Medical Mall Unite on Revolutionary Program to Increase Primary Care Access, Alleviate ER Burden Just in time for the new fiscal year, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC) will embark on an innovative collaboration to provide better access to primary care medical services to medically underserved Mississippians. Effective July 1, ...

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Lawyers are winners in healthcare reform

Increases in regulation will cost insurance companies, businesses and health providers more With the Health Care Reform Act and corresponding Reconciliation Bill totaling more than 2,000 pages, the only professionals who have time to read and attempt to interpret the new law are lawyers, accountants and other consultants who are paid to do just that. Although all the impacts of ...

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Improved broadband access could enhance telemedicine in rural areas

Northern District Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Brandon Presley is advocating that Mississippi consider following in the steps of other states such as Nebraska that have taken an active role promoting telemedicine by encouraging broadband Internet services in rural areas of the Magnolia State. “In Nebraska, they have had a successful effort to link rural health clinics with major medical centers,” ...

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AG rules UMC not exempt from CON law

But health department may have the ability to make exceptions to the rule Seven Jackson area hospitals urging the Attorney General to withdraw his opinion exempting University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) from state certificate of need (CON) law got what they wanted — sort of. In a June 9 decision, Attorney General Jim Hood said that under Mississippi law, ...

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Changes in the insurance industry

Consumers who like their current insurance may find that their life is going to change From an industry perspective, some of the health insurance policy mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) don’t look terribly appealing — for consumers or businesses. Consumers who like their current insurance plans may soon watch them disappear. Those currently insured by ...

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Electronic records coming to state

McIlwain confident state is ready to move forward with its federal mandate Electronic medical records will be required for health care providers under federal healthcare reform. Mississippi, however, has a head start because the State Health Information Exchange was established for that purpose by Gov. Haley Barbour after Hurricane Katrina. This task force established electronic healthcare records in the six ...

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A first for the Delta

Greenville’s DRMC first in state to transmit EKGs from ambulances All over the state, technology is joining healthcare to make a difference in patient care. Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville put that partnership into action with new technology through ZOLL Medical Corporation to aid in rapid cardiac management, allowing the hospital’s emergency medical services to transmit a 12-lead electrocardiogram ...

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Good news-bad news scenario for reform

State Medical Association president sees both sides for Mississippi with healthcare reform With some language of the federal Health Care Reform Act not going into effect until 2014, physicians in Mississippi are not sure at this point what the impact will be to patient care and their practices. Tim J. Alford, M.D., is the new president of the Mississippi State ...

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CVS Casemark, Walgreen settle contract dispute

NEW YORK— CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. have settled a contract dispute that had been expected to prompt thousands of Walgreen customers to search for a new place to fill prescription drugs. Details of the deal announced today were not disclosed. Shares of both companies surged in pre-market trading. Both companies have been negotiating for months and earlier this ...

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