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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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SRHS, UnitedHealthcare strike deal

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health System (SRHS) and UnitedHealthcare have signed an agreement providing UnitedHealthcare commercial customers with access to the full range of the SRHS’ services. Terms were not disclosed. In addition to the two acute care hospitals, SRHS includes a network of primary care providers in Jackson and Harrison counties in Mississippi and Mobile County in Alabama. UnitedHealthcare ...

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Singing River lab accredited

PASCAGOULA — The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at Singing River Hospital has achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). The Singing River Hospital site is one of only seven in the state currently accredited by ICAVL. Singing River Hospital’s Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is one of a growing number of vascular laboratories in the United States, ...

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H1N1 flu vaccine available to priority groups

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces the availability of the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) injectable vaccine to all designated priority groups. The groups are pregnant women, children six months through 24 years of age, those living with or caring for an infant less than six months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services providers and ...

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Health Department awards CON

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a certificate of need (CON) to Neshoba County General Hospital and Nursing Home
. The CON authorizes the relocation and addition of 15 long-term care, skilled nursing facility beds from the former H.C. Watkins Extended Care Facility in Clarke County. The proposed project will not require additional personnel, new construction or ...

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