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Delta doctor convicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud

GREENVILLE — A Greenville doctor has been found guilty of defrauding the state’s Medicaid fraud system, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. A jury convicted Dr. Hosan Menanya Azomani, 45, of two counts of Medicaid fraud. The trial lasted six days. Sentencing has not yet been set. The attorney general’s investigation showed that Azamani was billing Medicaid for more expensive ...

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Doctor convicted of using phony church for tax shelter

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Pass Christian doctor has been convicted of tax evasion for using a phony church as a tax shelter. Timothy Dale Jackson, a 50-year-old orthopedic physician, has been found guilty on four counts of felony tax evasion and one count of obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws. Prosecutors say Jackson funneled his income ...

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Mississippi tops again in ranking of physician-friendly states

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For the second straight year, the Magnolia State is tops when it comes to a physician-friendly locale to practice medicine. Each year, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Physicians Practice compiles its list of the “Best States to Practice,” based on several analytics including cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita and physician density. Those states ...

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Court rules board can discipline West Virginia radiologist

MOSS POINT — Mississippi’s Court of Appeals says the state Board of Medical Licensure can discipline a radiologist for making what a federal judge found to be thousands of “manufactured” lung disease diagnoses. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower court verdict that the board had acted unfairly toward Dr. Ray Harron. The West Virginia physician’s work for lawyers who ...

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William Carey trustees approve doctor of physical therapy; school to raise startup funds

HATTIESBURG — The William Carey University board of trustees has approved a doctor of physical therapy program at the university’s Hattiesburg campus. At their regular meeting, the trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of WCU President Dr. Tommy King to initiate efforts to raise $1.5 million in startup funds for the program. The opening of the program will depend upon WCU’s ...

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Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope we get 100,000 people or ...

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State petitioning court to uphold abortion clinic law

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges. In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers yesterday ...

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Court of Appeals blocks provision in new state abortion law

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state’s only abortion clinic in business. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 yesterday to block a 2012 Mississippi law that requires abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. When ...

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Audit: Patients waiting more than a month to see doctor at VA hospital

JACKSON — Patients seeking care through the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor, according to a wide-ranging audit released yesterday. That’s about three times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department’s 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients, which the audit said was ...

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Medical Assurance's ratings upgraded by A.M. Best

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to “A (Excellent)” from “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to “stable” from “positive.” A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, its history of ...

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