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State approves rate jump for 1 of 2 health exchange insurers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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FOCUS ON HEALTH INSURANCE — Affordable Care Act ‘confusing’, but businesses and individuals advised to not delay action

By BECKY GILLETTE  Confused about what you need to do to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA)? You are not alone. Both individuals and business owners might not be fully aware of what to do, and how to do it, to prevent potential tax penalties. “What is the trickiest part is regulations have continued ...

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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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