Lawmakers debating alternative to Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to work out their differences on a proposal to expand state subsidies to health clinics. The efforts, proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant, are meant as a partial alternative to expanding the Medicaid insurance program for poorer people. The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill […]

Delta case manager gets prison time for Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville resident is going to prison for Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood says Marguerite Wilson, 31, of Greenville, appeared before Judge Ashley Hines in Washington County Circuit Court yesterday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three counts of Medicaid Fraud in January. Wilson was sentenced to five years in prison, […]

Delta doctor arrested, charged with Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been charged with 13 counts of Medicaid fraud. WABG-TV reports 43-year-old pediatrician Hosan Azomani was arrested by the attorney general’s office and Washington County sheriff’s deputies. Azomani was indicted in December. The indictment became public when he was arrested. Azomani works at the Children’s Medical Group. He is free […]

Study says state sacrificing billions of dollars, 20,000 jobs in refusing Medicaid expansion

by Published: December 12,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, Obamacare

Mississippi walked away from a long-term economic development bonanza in rejecting Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. So says an economic impact report researched and written by University of Alabama at Birmingham economists David Becker and Michael Morrissey. The report by Becker and Morrissey of the university’s Department of Health Care Organization and […]

Eye clinic operator faces Medicaid fraud charges

JACKSON — The owner of a Jackson eye clinic is facing charges of Medicaid fraud, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Barbara Faye Jones, 30, of Jackson turned herself into authorities with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following recent indictment by a Hinds County grand jury. The indictment alleges that Jones, as owner/operator of Clear View […]

Managed care saving Medicaid money

by Published: November 1,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi

» Executive director says enrolling recipients has saved the state about $40 million By BOBBY HARRISON   Medicaid executive director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed […]

Medicaid director wants expansion into managed-care program

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid director wants to expand a managed-care program that he says has helped save the state about $40 million. David Dzielak said 22 percent of Medicaid recipients are in managed care, in which a company is paid a set fee to provide medical services, regardless of the services’ actual cost. Dzielak said […]

Managed care saving Medicaid money, says Dzielak

by Published: October 28,2013

Tags: David Dzielak, Medicaid, Rep. Steve Holland

By Bobby Harrison, Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON, Mississippi – Medicaid Executive Director David Dzielak says enrolling Mississippi Medicaid recipients in managed care has saved the state about $40 million. To increase those annual savings, Dzielak said recently the Legislature will have to remove the restrictions on the managed care program. The Medicaid budget for […]

CEO says Medicaid extension will save Delta hospital $7M

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Legislature’s decision to extend Medicaid will save Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville about $7 million. DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey tells the Delta Democrat Times that numbers from 2011, the most recent available, show 70 percent of patients in Greenville receive coverage through either Medicaid or the federal Medicare program. […]

Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is […]

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