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Amazon wades into health care, with JPMorgan and Berkshire

Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, to create a company that helps their U.S. employees find quality care “at a reasonable cost.” The leaders of each company, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Buffett, and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, offered few details Tuesday and said that the project is in ...

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Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation

A clash of ideology was on display last week in the Mississippi Legislature. On one side were free-market conservatives who want to overturn the state’s longtime system of limiting new medical facilities and services. On the other side are defenders of the current system who fear that changes could harm financially fragile parts of the state’s current health care system. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Cuts put Mississippi health care infrastructure at risk

Our politicians these days seem to look only at the costs of health care when making policy decisions. Thus, it is no surprise legislative leaders are proposing to cut already low Medicaid reimbursements by 5% while Congressional leaders look to slash health care spending wherever they can.   People with health crises have a different view. During this flu epidemic, ...

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Potter joins Wiggins Clinic

Jeffrey N. Potter, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Wiggins Clinic as a family medicine physician for patients of all ages. Potter received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed an internship and his residency in family practice at Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pa. Potter is board certified in family medicine by ...

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Mississippians not required to be 21 to buy tobacco products

A House committee doesn’t want to require Mississippians to be 21 to buy tobacco products. The House Ways and Means Committee, on a split voice vote Wednesday, rejected House Bill 835 . The measure sponsored by Rep. Debra Butler Dixon, a Raymond Democrat, would have increased the age to buy cigarettes and other products from the current 18. States with ages above ...

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Batson Children’s Hospital getting a much-needed facelift

By NASH NUNNERY Easing the anxiety of a hospital stay for children – and their parents – while providing the absolute best care available has always been the hallmark for Children’s of Mississippi’s Batson Children’s Hospital. The only medical facility in Mississippi devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents, Batson will be getting a much-needed facelift with the ...

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HEALTHCARE MISSISSIPPI — Two thirds of all falls can be prevented

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Two years ago on a March, Anderson Regional Health Center (ARMC) rose to a call for patient safety by reducing fall risks in healthcare practice, and its successful method became a nationwide practice. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sponsored a program seeking solutions to reduce fall risks, and selected ARMC along with 10 other ...

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Vicksburg family physician appointed to National Commission of Public Health

Dr. Susan Chiarito, MD, FAAFP, of Vicksburg has been appointed to a 4-year term on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Health of the Public and Science, one of eight commissions that direct AAFP policy. Board certified in family medicine, Chiarito practices at Mission Primary Care Clinic in Vicksburg. She is an advocate for healthy lifestyles and ...

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American Diabetes Association Recognizes Diabetes Program at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

The American Diabetes Association has awarded Education Recognition to the Gulfport Memorial Diabetes Self-Management Program through Dec. 1, 2021. Facilitated by Diabetes Care Coordinator Pamela D. Davis, RN-CDE, the Memorial Diabetes Care program has been in existence since 1990. It was originally awarded Education Recognition in 2003, again in 2014. The American Diabetes Association Education Recognition program has grown to ...

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After 23 years, Swetman steps down as Memorial Hospital Foundation Chairman

Peoples Bank President Chevis Swetman, recently stepped down as Gulfport Memorial Hospital Foundation Chairman of the Board. He has served as chairman since 1994. He passed the gavel on to incoming chairman, Paul Bertucci of FEB Distributing. The board has also welcomed two new members: Emily “EA” Allen and Linda Zakkak. Allen is retired from the mortgage business after 26 ...

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