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MC unveils new medical program

CLINTON — Mississippi College (MC) leaders plan to launch the state’s only physician assistant program and enroll the first students in the summer of 2011. MC expects to welcome 25 to 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students will attend year-round for 30 months and earn a master’s degree in medicine. Physician assistants are health professionals who practice medicine ...

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Health Department issues CONs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) to the following hospitals: • Delta Regional Medical Center has received CON authority for the cost overrun to CON #R-0730 for the establishment of a 40-bed long-term acute care hospital. The proposed project entails the renovation of approximately 22,678 square feet of space. The additional ...

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Cochran wants more healthcare reform debate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) voted yesterday against limiting debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR.3590) and moving the healthcare reform plan crafted by Majority Leader Harry Reid toward Senate approval. Cochran voted against the cloture petition and advocated for additional consideration of the legislation. The Democratic majority reached the 60-vote threshold needed to move the ...

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UnitedHealthcare preparing for CHIP

JACKSON — The state’s youth health care program will have a new insurance provider beginning at midnight on Jan. 1, 2010. Approximately 67,000 Mississippi children currently enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the state division of Medicaid will transfer to coverage provided by UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi. Blue Cross Blue Shield held the contract for nearly a ...

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UnitedHealthcare prepares for CHIP

JACKSON — UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi will emphasize wellness and health promotion programs as it assumes responsibility Jan. 1 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM). Approximately 67,000 children currently enrolled in the program will transfer to UnitedHealthcare Jan. 1. Enrollment is through DOM, which determines eligibility for the program based on annual ...

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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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