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Feds, state still in talks about exchange insurer replacement

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By JACK WEATHERLY  As of Monday, the federal government had not certified another health insurer for the Mississippi insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. The months-long effort to gain certification of the insurer is facing increasing pressure as UnitedHealthcare will pull its coverage from the exchange at the end of the year. Chaney said in an interview that ...

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US approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving final approval for a field trial releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. The FDA said Friday in a statement that after considering thousands of public comments, its Center for Veterinary Medicine concluded the proposal from biotech firm Oxitec would not significantly affect the environment. No mosquitoes will be released immediately. ...

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State approves rate jump for 1 of 2 health exchange insurers

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Mississippi’s insurance commissioner has approved a rate increase of 43 percent, on average, for one of two health insurers selling policies on the health exchange created under the federal health care overhaul. Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday he approved the increase, beginning Jan. 1, for Kentucky-based Humana because actuaries project a sharp increase in costs and he feared Humana would ...

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Hinds Community College celebrates 50 years of nursing

Becky Tustain  was insturmental in the creation of the learning lab in the Hinds Community College Associate Degree nursing program, including the positioning of electrical outlets and mirrors above the beds.

By BECKY GILLETTE Hinds Community College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Associate Degree Nursing program at a time when many researchers expect the current nursing shortage to become even more acute within the next five to 15 years. “Not only do nurses have job security, there are numerous nursing roles for graduates in acute care, long-term care, and ...

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Singing River Hospital upgrades robotic system

From left, Dr. David Spencer, Jr.  and Surgical Technologists Deandre Stevenson and Patricia Taylor with the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Singing River Health System recently acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which is designed to advance the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. The system has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. Dr. David Spencer, Jr., urology surgeon, was the first doctor at Singing River Hospital to perform a procedure using the ...

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ON LAW: Government intensifies HIPAA enforcement activity for covered entities, business associates

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For health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses, as well as for business associates that work with such entities, compliance with the privacy and security regulations enacted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is now more important than ever. In recent months, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

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Merit Health Biloxi begins search for new CEO

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BThe CEO of Merit Health Biloxi will resign at the end of the month after accepting a position with a hospital system in Texas. The Sun Herald reports Health Management Associates, which manages the hospital, has begun the search for a new chief executive officer to replace Monte Bostwick. The newspaper reports the job posting on the LinkedIn website said ...

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Health officials: Second Zika case reported in Mississippi

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A second case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Mississippi. The State Department of Health says Friday the case is in a Noxubee County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. The first, announced Thursday, is in a Madison County resident who also went to Haiti. The mosquito-borne virus may cause birth defects if contracted during pregnancy. Infection can cause ...

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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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