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Alliance lands two grants

STONEVILLE — The Delta Health Alliance recently received two federal grants to expand its programs in the Mississippi Delta. One grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Human Services for $313,329. The other grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $186,200. Both grants will be used for the Delta Health Alliance to bring mental health services ...

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Fighting the good fight in flu season

The need remains for folks to continue to get vaccinated   The H1N1 flu season that affected nearly 1,300 Mississippians earlier this year has slacked off, but with seasonal flu months approaching, there is still a need for people to get vaccinated and take precautions.  Dr. Mary Currier, interim state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health, said ...

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What business can do to fight diabetes

Mississippi pays more than $2 billion in direct and indirect medical costs for diabetes each year   Mississippi leads the nation in prevalence of diabetes and in having residents who are obese or overweight, a contributing factor to the most prevalent form of diabetes, Type II.  But there are simple things the business community can do to help their employees ...

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‘Giant’ of state healthcare mourned

Thompson remembered for building, re-building Mississippi’s health department from the ground up   Healthcare professionals across Mississippi last week mourned the death of a “giant” in the field.  Dr. Ed Thompson, the state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health known for his trustworthiness, leadership and wit, died Dec. 1 of colon cancer. He was 62.  “He was ...

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Senators concerned over healthcare reform report

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said serious concerns are raised about the Senate healthcare reform bill in a new independent analysis that indicates the legislation would fail to contain healthcare costs and could result in healthcare shortages for many Americans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary issued a ...

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Wicker introduces Medicare bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) has introduced legislation to permanently repeal the Medicare physicians’ payment formula, or Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Wicker’s proposed amendment to the Senate healthcare bill would also create a majority-physician commission to provide Congress with a recommendation for replacing the physician payment system and would put that recommendation on a fast-track for congressional approval. ...

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Barbour writes lawmakers concerning Medicaid

JACKSON — Current Congressional healthcare proposals to expand Medicaid coverage to individuals above the federal poverty line would greatly increase costs to the states at a time when tax revenues are shrinking, Governor Haley Barbour wrote in a letter to Mississippi senators and U.S. Senate leadership. If Medicaid coverage were to apply up to 133 percent of the federal poverty ...

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Swine flu vaccine now available to all

JACKSON — The 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) injectable and nasal mist vaccine is now available to the general public, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). Both the injectable vaccine and the nasal mist vaccine are free at all county health departments. Some private providers and pharmacies also have the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine available. So far, ...

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Workers lose more than a ton of weight

PHILADELPHIA — Recently, employees of W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company competed in a company-wide health challenge and lost a total of 2,684 pounds. Approximately 350 employees split into teams and competed for four months. Each person’s weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides were recorded in July and then again in November. The three teams with the highest percentage of ...

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LHCR changes name to reflect growth

JACKSON — The parent company of HealthSystems of Mississippi (HSM), Louisiana Health Care Review (LHCR), has changed its name to eQHealth Solutions. The new name supports the company’s growth into other markets. “Although we are headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., the majority of our business is in other states,” said Gary Curtis, CEO of eQHealth Solutions. “We found that our ...

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