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Jackson physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps

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A physician associated with a company that provides health care for prisoners has been indicted on charges of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they’re charging Dr. Carl Reddix, 57, with six counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. The indictment says Reddix began paying Epps $6,000 ...

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Supreme Court ends legal fight over Mississippi abortion law

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A physician at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is praising the end of a legal fight over a state law that threatened to close the facility by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn’t fulfill. However, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant still says the law he signed in 2012 — now blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court — was designed to help ...

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Construction projects’ topping out ceremonies celebrate important milestones

Among those who signed the construction beam during the March 28 UMMC  topping-out ceremony are, from left, second-year medical student John Lippincott; former Vice Chancellor Dr. James Keeton; fourth-year medical student Sara Ali; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; and first-year medical student Michelle Wheeler.

By LYNN LOFTON Major construction projects usually have topping out ceremonies at a certain point in the progress of the project. Is this merely ceremonial, or does it serve a more fundamental purpose? Some recent high profile projects that had topping out ceremonies include the Biloxi Shuckers baseball park, the new medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in ...

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2 hospitals to sue state over Medicaid reimbursements

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PASGACOULA — Two health care systems plan to sue the Mississippi Division of Medicaid over what they describe as a flaw in the state’s funding formula for Medicaid. In a news release Wednesday, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System assert the payment formula used to reimburse community hospitals for care provided to the uninsured and Medicaid beneficiaries ...

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Houston woman sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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A 42-year-old Chickasaw County nurse is headed to prison for one year after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Tuesday Cheryl Renee Hamblet, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Loper Jr. on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining ...

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Analysis: Mississippi health care trust fund whittled away

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It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund. The idea was to sock away the state’s multimillion-dollar annual payments from a tobacco lawsuit. The trust fund balance would grow, the money would be invested and the state would spend only the earnings to cover health care expenses. ...

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State now has 67 stroke hospitals working together to improve care

The Delta Primary Stroke Center combined stroke awareness activities with a anniversary ribbon cutting in late May.

By BECKY GILLETTE Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, in Mississippi is the highest in the nation and the leading cause of death, accounting for more than one third of all deaths in the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Health. But there are now 67 hospitals statewide that network together to provide care that not only ...

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Lawyer, former Ole Miss football standout leads Baptist Health Systems’ board

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By LYNN LOFTON Well known attorney, community leader and former Ole Miss football standout Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. is the new chairman of the board of trustees of Baptist Health Systems. A nine-year member of the board, he is a partner with Jernigan, Copeland & Anderson law firm in Ridgeland. Jernigan, who’s practiced law since 1972, says the role of ...

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UMMC sets $36M contract to outsource hospitals’ food service

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to hire an outside vendor to handle food services at its three hospitals. The College Board approved the 5-year, projected $36 million contract with Atlanta-based Morrison Management Specialists on Thursday. UMMC has been running its own food service on its Jackson campus since 2013, but the medical center says it failed to achieve ...

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