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Medicaid fraud indictments name JRA member Andria Jones and business partner

Jackson Redevelopment Authority Commissioner Andria Jones and business partner Jennifer Green were jailed Tuesday after a Hinds County grand jury indicted the pair on charges of Medicaid fraud and conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Jim Hood said Green, 36, of Pearl, and Andria Jones, 38, of Jackson, are charged with  three counts of Medicaid fraud and one count ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Medicaid now exchanging patient medical data in real time with with UMMC

By NASH NUNNERY Mississippi is no stranger to producing “firsts” in the health care field. After all, doctors performed both the world’s first human lung and heart transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1963 and 1964, respectively. In 2013, UMMC researchers collaborated with other HIV experts in the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected ...

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‘Obamacare’ foe tries to save expanded Medicaid in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Long before the state turned solidly red, Asa Hutchinson was the face of the Republican Party in Arkansas. Born in the arch-conservative hometown of Wal-Mart, the mild-mannered attorney made a bold effort to unseat a Democratic political giant, Sen. Dale Bumpers, and later as a congressman even prosecuted the impeachment case against native son President Bill Clinton. ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Senate passes bill merging welfare, Medicaid, rehab agencies

Mississippi’s departments of Human Services and Rehabilitation Services could be combined with its Medicaid agency under a legislative plan. Senators voted 37-14 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 2384 (http://bit.ly/1SfvrTp), which would merge the three agencies. It moves to the House for more work. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke, a Hollandale Republican, says the bill aims to save money by ...

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House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would increase the amount of personal income and identify details Medicaid recipients must report before getting the health coverage. Legislators voted 76-40 to pass the bill without reading or discussing it. House Bill 1116 would require state officials to build a computerized system to keep records of Medicaid recipients. Officials ...

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Dispute over Medicaid payments kicked back to chancery court

JACKSON — A long legal battle between the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and a dozen hospitals is headed back to chancery court. The dispute is about payments Medicaid made to the hospitals for outpatient services in 2001. Medicaid said in 2010 that it had mistakenly overpaid hospitals nine years earlier because it used an outdated payment formula. The hospitals, in ...

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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UMC, Medicaid records changeover 'on target'

By Jack Weatherly The $111 million implementation of electronic health records for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and state Division of Medicaid is on schedule and within budget after two vendors pulled out of their contracts, according to Max Arinder, director of the legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. The interim report released Thursday shows that “everything in building ...

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