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Hospital group won't oppose tax to fund Medicaid

JACKSON — The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won’t fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid. The association protested in 2009 when then-Gov. Haley Barbour pushed for the hospital tax. Now, the association’s president and CEO, Sam Cameron, says the tax gives hospitals predictability in their expenses. Medicaid is a government ...

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Hood preparing fight to keep $17M from settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi’s effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Alper Ozinal, spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells the Clarion-Ledger the agency had received Hood’s extension request ...

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Governor, AG spar over Medicaid settlement

JACKSON — The federal government says Mississippi must turn over $17 million of a $20 million settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Attorney General Jim Hood told The Clarion-Ledger the state doesn’t owe anything, because the companies paid the federal government under separate settlements. “I will sue to stop (them) from double-dipping,” Hood said Tuesday. “This office ...

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PEER conducts review of Medicaid cost-control

JACKSON — During its 2009 Second Extraordinary Session, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 71 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 43-13-117 [1972]), which contained several provisions designed to control Medicaid costs, including a provision authorizing the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to implement a managed care program on or after January 1, 2010. The bill included a mandate for ...

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Three more plead guilty to health insurance fraud

BRANDON — Three more defendants have entered guilty pleas concerning their role in an insurance fraud scheme involving the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Fourteen people were charged in the case where three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi were accused of conspiring with 11 state employees. Seven others recently ...

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Cancer doctor to plead not guilty to fraud

SUMMIT — A Mississippi cancer doctor is expected to plead not guilty today to charges of diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles on patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva is the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit. She’s scheduled for arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sachdeva’s attorney, Robert McDuff, says she would plead not guilty. Prosecutors ...

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Some defendants to plead not guilty to health insurance fraud

JACKSON — Several people charged in a state health insurance fraud scheme have indicated they plan to go to trial despite numerous co-defendants pleading guilty. In the last week, seven people pleaded guilty to multiple counts of conspiracy, insurance fraud, mail fraud and false representation. Most were sentenced, receiving 10 to 15 years from Circuit Judge John Emfinger in Rankin ...

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Ex-office manager pleads not guilty in fraud case

SUMMIT — The former office manager of a South Mississippi cancer clinic pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that she was involved in a massive health care fraud that included using old needles and giving patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were led to believe. Brittany McCoskey, 24, of Monticello, stood shackled before a federal judge in Jackson ...

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Hearing set for alleged fraud at cancer clinic

SUMMIT — A hearing is scheduled today for the third woman facing charges related to a cancer clinic that allegedly used old needles and gave patients less chemotherapy than they were led to believe. Some of the charges in the 15-count indictment allege bodily harm and patients are being tested for diseases. Authorities say Rose Cancer Center in Summit made ...

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Clinic accused of Medicaid/Medicare fraud

SUMMIT — A clinic in South Mississippi gave cancer patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were told and reused the same needles on multiple people as part of a multimillion-dollar Medicare and Medicaid fraud, a 15-count indictment alleges. Three women, including Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, were charged in the indictment ...

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