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Changes and challenges

Organizations waiting for specific instructions Healthcare financial experts have raised concerns about how non-profit hospitals will be impacted by healthcare reform that will bring difficult challenges of reduced payments while hospitals are also being tasked to improve efficiency. Moody’s Investors Service warns stand-alone community hospitals could suffer, which might force spending cuts and mergers among smaller hospitals after healthcare reform ...

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Growth has mirrored population

River Oaks continues expansion with emergency department, surgical suites opening in spring Perched on the edge of one of the most consistently fastest-growing counties in Mississippi over the last two decades, River Oaks Hospital in Flowood has mirrored the population spike with expansions since its original development in 1981. Right after the summer solstice, River Oaks began construction on an ...

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UMMC ahead of curve on uninsured FQHCs

In Sept. 2008, the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson began an innovative program to match Emergency Room patients with preventative care physicians in medical homes. Now the hospital believes it is seeing positive results. UMMC sees more than 100,000 ER patients a year. More than 30,000 of those patients are uninsured, and about 17,000 don’t have a medical ...

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Bucking trends by expanding and adding

Already country’s largest non-metro hospital, NMMC is adding space and medical staff Service, space and medical specialties are growing at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) in Tupelo. As America’s largest non-metropolitan hospital, the 650-bed facility continues a pattern of growth. “We’ve had amazing growth and that’s good for the city and region,” said Steve Altmiller, president of NMMC. “We stay ...

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UMMC opens two new state-of-the-art clinics

One offers specialty care for women, the other marks a first If you need medical care in Flowood, life just got a little easier. University Physicians has recently opened two clinics. University Physicians-Women’s Specialty Care at Mirror Lake opened in May, offering women of all ages some of the most advanced care in the region. Designed exclusively for women who ...

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Le Bonheur gets nod for new hospital

OLIVE BRANCH — The state Department of Health has approved Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s request to build a 100-bed hospital in Olive Branch. The approval by state health officer Dr. Mary Currier and the state Board of Health was announced yesterday. Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur plans a $137-million hospital in Olive Branch on 20 acres off U.S. Highway 78. Memphis-based ...

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Cochran co-sponsors bill backing rural practices

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has affirmed his support for legislation to encourage more veterinarians to practice in rural areas by exempting a loan repayment program from federal taxes. Cochran is co-sponsoring the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (S.3621), bipartisan legislation that would give tax-exempt status to the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) and similar state ...

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Study: Imported fish pose public health hazard

The Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) last week released the findings of a study evaluating the risks associated with eating catfish. The report, conducted by Exponent, backs CFA’s prior claims that imported fish bring greater risks to public health than domestic aquaculture and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should conduct catfish inspections. Based on its review of the ...

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Fitch rates health system's bonds 'AA'

TUPELO — Fitch Ratings has assigned an “AA” rating to approximately $75 million in Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority revenue bonds (North Mississippi Health Services), 2010 series 1. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the “AA” rating on North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS) approximately $127.6 million in outstanding parity debt, as well as the “F1+” short-term rating on the parity debt. ...

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Board of Health shorthanded due to Senate inaction

JACKSON — When the state Board of Health met earlier this month, Tupelo physician Ed Hill and Iuka physician-banker Kelly Segars were present, having been appointed to the panel earlier this year by Gov. Haley Barbour. Neither Hill nor Segars actually participated in the meeting because, for a variety of reasons, they weren’t confirmed during the 2010 session by the ...

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