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Senate keeps alive possibility of increasing cigarette tax

JACKSON – The Senate leadership is keeping alive the option of increasing the cigarette tax. Wednesday was the deadline to pass revenue bills, such as tax increases, out of at least one chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. While the Senate did not vote to increase the cigarette tax, it did pass a bill with four dissenting votes that contains the ...

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Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina

Mississippi doc named chief medical office for Molina Molina Healthcare has tapped a Mississippi physician to served as the chief medical officer for its Mississippi operations. Jackson area family physician Dr. Thomas Joiner will be responsible for overseeing the clinical operations, including utilization management, case management and quality improvement for Molina Healthcare of Mississippi, which won a contract last year ...

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Soto Joins Hattiesburg Clinic Critical Care Medicine

Eduardo Soto, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Critical Care Medicine, where he provides treatment to patients with life-threatening medical problems. Soto received his medical degree from Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America in Costa Rica. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. ...

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Sarah Link earns Certified Association Executive credential

Sarah Link, Associate Executive Director of the Mississippi Optometric Association has earned the Certified Association Executive designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the American Society of Association Executives industry. To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours ...

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Margaret Chester of Greenwood named 2018 Paraoptometric of the South by Southern Council of Optometrists

Margaret Chester of Greenwood is the 2018 Paraoptometric of the South, an annual award given by the Southern Council of Optometrists (SECO) to recognize an outstanding paraoptometric. Chester, CPOC, CPOA, the Practice Business Coordinator for The Eye Station of Greenwood is also the Mississippi Optometric Association’s (MOA) 2017 Beverly Roberts Paraoptometric of the Year. Paraoptometrics are health care professionals who ...

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Memorial Hospital Auxiliary officers

Gary Fredericks, Memorial Board of Trustees Secretary, administered the Oath of Office to induct the 2018 Auxiliary Officers. The officers are, from left, Ellen Lindsey, President; Bill Matheny, Vice President; June Magnusen, Parliamentarian; and Judy Crim, Secretary. Not pictured are Sandra Morrison, Treasurer and Joanne Vicory, Corresponding Secretary. (Courtsey of Memorial Hospital)

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Medical board president defends hiring of director

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Charles Miles, president of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, issued a statement Monday defending the board’s selection of an executive director whose medical background includes malpractice lawsuits. Dr. Kenneth E. Cleveland was sued 12 times in Hinds County Circuit Court in a 10-year period. Settlements were reached in some and others were dismissed outright. Miles ...

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Ridgeland researcher recognized as elite reviewer by the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Dobrivoje Stokic of Ridgeland, administrative director for research at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, has been recognized as an Elite Reviewer for the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the highest ranked journal in the field. Awarded to only the top 3 percent of the journal’s almost 3,000 reviewers, the designation recognizes contributions to the journal’s peer-review process. Stokic ...

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Medical board selects executive director

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Kenneth Cleveland has been named executive director of the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board. The position has been vacant since July 1, when Dr. John Hall left after the board voted to not extend his contract after a year during which his aggressive style was brought to bear on physicians’ sexual behavior with patients. “We did more ...

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Medicaid expansion debate pops up in Senate

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The issue of Medicaid expansion, which seldom is debated in the Mississippi Legislature, was briefly the topic of conversation Tuesday in the state Senate. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, bemoaned that working people, who cannot afford private insurance, were having to go without health care because the state would not expand Medicaid as allowed under ...

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