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Dermatologist joins clinic

V. Ashley Ford, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatology – South. Ford will assist Dr. Elizabeth Francis Rose. Dermatology – South, is a full-service dermatology clinic. Ford has worked at Hattiesburg Clinic since 2008.

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Bell joins Southern Bone and Joint Specialists

Hallie Bell, M.D., a board certified neurologist, has joined the staff of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. Bell received her a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mississippi State University. She received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed an internship from the University of Florida and her residency in neurology at UMMC. Bell completed ...

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Reeves earns certification

Erica Reeves, OTR/L, MS, CHT, an occupational therapist at St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Center and Hand Management Center in Jackson, has obtained the certified hand therapist credential. It is awarded by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission which involves meeting standards, developing a long-range career path, and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination. Reeves is ...

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Long receives certification

Jacob Long of Clinton, a physical therapist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, recently received his Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). The ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumers’ needs, and providing training ...

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3 Mississippi health agencies could be put under governor

Legislators could give the governor oversight of three more state agencies — the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The proposal is in Senate Bill 2567 , called the Mississippi Health Agency Reorganization Act of 2017. The three departments currently have directors appointed by boards. The bill says the governor would appoint ...

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Methodist Rehab expands to enhance spinal injury care

By SUSAN CHRISTENSEN During his first tour of Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Keith Tansey remembers being taken aback by the hospital’s research capabilities. “I visited in 2011 because I knew Dr. Dobrivoje Stokic (MRC’s administrative director of research), and I was curious what he was up to,” said Dr. Tansey, then a spinal cord injury researcher at Emory University, the ...

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Long term acute care facilities fill vital role in insurance crisis

By BECKY GILLETTE Government and private health insurance programs limit the number of days that patients can be hospitalized in an acute care hospital. For critically ill patients who need care longer, the answer can be staying in a “hospital within a hospital” that might even be managed by a different company specializing in long term acute care (LTAC). Two ...

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Hood suggests that regulatory definition may suffice to curb physician-patient sex

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is contemplating developing a statutory definition of “inappropriate sexual contact” between a physician and a patient. If written and passed by the Legislature, that could solve the challenge of passing a bill that would criminalize sexual misconduct by physicians. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would ...

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Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers. The Democrat told reporters Thursday that he wants a law or regulations requiring physicians and others to check the prescription monitoring program run by the Mississippi Pharmacy Board to prevent patients from acquiring multiple prescriptions. Hood says he fears illegal sales ...

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Bill introduced to make physician-patient sex crime

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would criminalize physicians having sex with patients. Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, said late in 2016 that he was working with lawmakers to draft such a bill. However, the effort ran into resistance from some members of the board. State Attorney ...

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