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Mississippi hospital fires employee over racial slur video

A Mississippi hospital says an employee recorded on video using a slur offensive to African-Americans has been fired. WJTV-TV reports the video was taken Saturday at a Flowood doughnut shop. Donut Palace employee Keaundrea Wardlaw filmed the encounter with Kyle Thomas using a cellphone. Wardlaw says Thomas was upset about the service. She says she didn’t want to get him ...

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Duffield joins Hattiesburg Clinic Immediate Care

Derrick Duffield Derrick R. Duffield, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Immediate Care, where he provides treatment for acute illness and minor urgent care needs. Duffield received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Baton Rouge, La. He completed a family medicine internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He is board ...

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Duck Hill resident wins statewide home care recognition

The Mississippi Association for Home Care (MAHC) is proud to announce that Christie Winters, RN of Duck Hill, Mississippi has received statewide recognition as the recipient of the 2018 J.T. Gilbert Clinical Award. Winters has been a Home Health Nurse for Sta-Home for 4 years, recently becoming a Clinical Supervisor for the Clarksdale area. As noted in her nomination, Winters ...

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Mississippi officials seek return of Medicaid overpayments

Mississippi officials are trying to get two insurance companies that manage care for patients to repay Medicaid funds. State Auditor Shad White says most of the $616,000 in overpayments from 2014 to 2017 were connected to money paid after people died or moved into long-term care. Division of Medicaid spokesman Matt Westerfield says UnitedHealthcare still owes nearly $196,000 and Magnolia ...

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Prosecutors charge top figure in $400M-plus pharmacy fraud

Federal prosecutors are filing criminal charges against a pharmacist they say is one of the central figures in a $400 million health care fraud. Thomas E. Spell Jr. of Ridgeland was charged Wednesday with one count of attempt and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Spell faces a charge filed by prosecutors, not an indictment, often a sign a defendant ...

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Nurses striving to make for a better Mississippi

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT When we step into a doctor’s office the first person we meet is a nurse who does seemingly everything in preparation: measuring and weighing, symptom-tracking, and even needle poking. Nowadays in Mississippi it may be more common to visit a nurse than it is to visit a doctor, especially an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). An APRN ...

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Another health care provider pleads guilty in drug scheme

A former Hattiesburg oral surgeon has pleaded guilty to participating in a pharmacy scheme that prosecutors say bilked more than $400 million from insurers. Brantley Nichols waived indictment and pleaded guilty July 24 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Nichols is the ninth person ...

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Mississippi reports 6 more West Nile virus cases for 2018

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming six more cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s 2018 total to 13 so far. Two new cases were reported in Hinds County. Reporting single cases were Adams, Forrest, Marion and Oktibbeha counties. Seven previous cases were reported in Copiah, Hinds, Itawamba and Pearl River counties. Mississippi reported 63 West Nile ...

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