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Cochran critiques healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has written a critique on the numerous tax provisions included in the healthcare reform bill now in its third week of debate in the Senate, warning that the legislation will result in higher fees and taxes for most middle class families. Cochran submitted his critique of the tax provisions in the Patient Protection and ...

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Baptist enhances ambulance service

COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle was recently awarded a grant from the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation to provide improved cardiac monitors and CPR devices for Columbus area ambulances. The cardiac monitors provide 12-lead EKGs and the ability to transmit EKGs from the field to the emergency room, which results in increased survival rates for cardiac patients. The new ...

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State scores high in emergency preparedness

The seventh-annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies and that the economic crisis is straining an already ...

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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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