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Health spending a priority for local businesses

By JULIA MILLER With the dawning of November, most people’s attentions are turning toward the holidays, but for business owners, there’s the standard end-of-the-year checklist that must be addressed. From financial statements to plans for the new year, this time of the year can become a season of tying up loose ends. One thing you shouldn’t forget is health insurance ...

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55 cases of West Nile virus in Mississippi so far in 2017

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus. That brings the total so far this year to 55 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including two people who died weeks ago. The new case is in Monroe County. In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths. So far this year, there have ...

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Teladoc services give employees access to round-the-clock health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Anyone who had waited in a doctor’s office or emergency room for a long time either for themselves or a sick child can really appreciate the benefits of Teladoc, Inc. Not only do you avoid exposure to viruses and long wait times, but the cost is reasonable. Teladoc, Inc. is a service an employer can provide to ...

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Mississippi has 1st West Nile virus death of 2017

Mississippi is reporting its first West Nile virus death for 2017. State Health Department officials say Monday that a person from Grenada County has died. Nine new cases of the virus were confirmed in Mississippi during the past week, including the person who died. Those bring the state total to 19 laboratory-confirmed cases this year. Forrest and Hinds counties each ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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Oxford pre-op center to expand MRI capabilities

An Oxford medical imaging center will be expanding its MRI capabilities. The Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday approved Oxford Pre-Op and Imaging Center to expand its magnetic resonance imaging resources. The medical facility serves Lafayette County and the surrounding areas. The project will cost $1,935,457. Mississippi requires a certificate of need as part of a process meant to ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTH — Spinal patient becomes supporter, entrepreneur

By CAREY MILLER / Health and Research News Service Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s spinal cord injury support group plans to hold a meeting at Playtime, a restaurant/arcade that opened last April in Clinton. But it’s not just for the fun, food and games. The group also wants to show support for one of its most dedicated members. Playtime owner Sancho Johnson, 44, ...

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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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Amid cash crunch, hospital system cuts out neurosurgery

PASCAGOULA — A south Mississippi hospital that has faced financial problems is saving money by eliminating neurosurgery, and that means some patients are now being sent out of state after wrecks or other emergencies. A Singing River Health System executive spoke to Jackson County officials at a public meeting Monday, The Sun Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2nG0Tyz ). Brian Argo is chief financial ...

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