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Telehealth network’s Southeastern expansion means more jobs, services

By BECKY GILLETTE The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for Telehealth and Intel-GE Care Innovations has had such success providing the Diabetes Health Telehealth Network that it is being expanded to serve those with other chronic diseases and those underserved across the Southeast. “UMMC’s Center for Telehealth has a history of creating sustainable telehealth models by providing high quality health ...

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Singing River employees honored

Two Singing River Health System employees were honored this week at the 2015 One Coast Awards. Laura Sessom, Community Benefit Coordinator, was named one of the Gulf Coast’s Top 10 Leaders under 40, while Singing River Health System Chief of Staff, Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, was named one of this year’s Top Community Leaders. The awards were presented by the Mississippi ...

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Report: State third worst in Medicare waste

  By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi was the third worst state in Medicare waste per beneficiary in fiscal 2014, according to the Council for Medicare Integrity. Overpayments in Medicare parts A and B for Mississippi totaled $55,048,689.18, ranking behind only the District of Columbia, which was the worst, and Arkansas. Nationwide, hospitals accounted for $29.6 billion of a total of $46 ...

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UMMC opens Teen Wellness Clinic at Lanier

By LYNN LOFTON Improving the health of all Mississippians is one of the goals of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. What better way to start than working with students? Students at Lanier High School in Jackson will learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle in addition to receiving primary medical care when they visit the school’s new Teen Wellness Clinic, ...

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Independent Coast pharmacy expansion built on customer care and those little extras

By LISA MONTI Independent pharmacist Rudy Letellier seems to have found the right customer service formula to expand business: earn the customer’s trust, provide attentive service and offer facials, massages and ice cream. He’s gone from one busy pharmacy in Waveland to adding a second and third location in Hancock County just this year. After graduating from Ole Miss, Letellier worked ...

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Infant mortality falls faster in Mississippi than nationwide

JACKSON — Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is falling faster than the national rate, but is still high, said the state health officer, Dr. Mary Currier. She said the rate fell 28 percent between 2005 and 2014. That included a 15 percent drop from 2005 through 2013, compared to a national drop of 13 percent — national statistics for last year ...

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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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