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NMHS, United Health reach agreement

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services and United Health Care have mended fences. Days before its provider participation agreement was set to expire, the Tupelo-based health system and the Minnesota-based insurer announced Friday they had signed a three-year agreement and resolved outstanding questions about more than $40 million in disputed claims. The agreement ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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FCCI announces new leadership in Ridgeland office

FCCI Insurance Group (FCCI), has promoted Tiffany Hawkins to regional vice president, and Trey Stone to assistant vice president in the Gulf Coast Regional office in Ridgeland. Hawkins will oversee agency relationships, underwriting, claims and risk management operations, working from the regional office in Jackson. Stone will continue to manage the Alabama office and will oversee FCCI’s state directors and ...

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Direct primary care: the doctor is in

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been a radical departure from the traditional way of delivery of health care in the United States. It is all about insurance. So is its replacement that is being hammered out in Congress. But there is a movement afoot in the models of health-care delivery that de-emphasizes insurance. It’s ...

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Deutsch Kerrigan adds Breeden as associate

Autumn Breeden recently joined Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, a Gulf Coast insurance defense firm, as a new associate to its Gulfport office. Breeden will focus her practice on commercial litigation, professional liability, and insurance coverage matters and helping clients achieve their desired outcome by brainstorming unique solutions and approaches to their problems.

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BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Mississippi’s Health Care Collaboration Act is good medicine

Say what you will about Mississippi’s government, our state Capitol building is an impressive structure. Even in the midst of a $8.7 million renovation, walking through the ground floor of the Capitol and looking up through the second floor opening into the dome far above, one gets the distinct impression that this is a thing that the state most certainly ...

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ALAN TURNER: Clouding the real issues in health care

After the hullabaloo in Congress over the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it still seems obvious that the real and underlying issues surrounding health care in America are somehow not coming to the forefront. Here are a few basics: 1) We all want quality health care; 2) We all want to live longer and healthier lives; ...

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As workplace changes, some firms re-examine bereavement policies

One of the most difficult passages in life is losing a family member. While most companies give employees three days off to grieve the loss of an immediate family member, recently Facebook decided to offer up to 20 days paid leave to grieve the loss of an immediate family member and up to 10 days leave after the death of ...

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