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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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Mississippi governor joins others in backing GOP health plan

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has joined seven other Republican governors in a letter endorsing the GOP plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Thursday letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan was also signed by the governors of Indiana, Alabama, Idaho, Kanas, Maine, Missouri and Utah The governors say they support the ...

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Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers. The Democrat told reporters Thursday that he wants a law or regulations requiring physicians and others to check the prescription monitoring program run by the Mississippi Pharmacy Board to prevent patients from acquiring multiple prescriptions. Hood says he fears illegal sales ...

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Do your homework for open enrollment in Mississippi

By LISA MONTI The annual open enrollment process can be a dreaded chore for some employees who are choosing insurance options for the upcoming year. Experts, though, say it’s vital for employees to do their homework to ensure that they make the best decisions regarding their individual and family insurance coverage. Christine O’Brien, vice president of sales and account management for ...

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UPDATED: Medical board director sets new course for agency

By JACK WEATHERLY Transparency may not seem a top priority for an enforcement agency. But it is for Dr. John Hall, new executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure. Toward that end, Hall says that the board will do away with the $25 fee for going beyond a generic description of a board action against a physician such as ...

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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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