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More than 75,000 in Mississippi keep insurance subsidies

Jessica Ellis, right, with "yay 4 ACA" sign, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act, react with cheers as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republican leaders who criticized the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, as he called the law “a socialist takeover of health care.” Mississippi is one of 34 states where consumers use the federal health insurance marketplace because the 34 did not create their ...

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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements

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By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi physicians are willing to throw themselves on the mercy of the federal government as a Oct. 1 deadline nears for the implementation of a complex disease coding system they say is a disruptive threat. The system is called ICD-10. That stands for the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases. The codes have grown — ...

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UMMC medical students donate stem cells, bone marrow in the ‘Be the Match’ program

Second-year medical students John Howard, left, and Ian Mallett entered the national Be the Match program as possible bone marrow or stem cell donors. Howard matched as a stem cell contributor, Mallett as a bone marrow donor

  By LYNN LOFTON Two Mississippi medical students still have some time before completing their training, but they’re already having a positive effect on the health of others. Ian Mallett and John Howard, both second-year students at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, have donated bone marrow or stem cells to individuals whose lives were threatened by leukemia. A third ...

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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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Walnut, Oxford earn healthy hometown honors in Mississippi

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BILOXI — Tippah County’s Walnut has earned the title of “Mississippi’s Healthiest Home Town” and a $50,000 grant. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Oxford was also recognized on Wednesday, along with Morton and Kosciusko, by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation as part of its annual program to encourage cities around the state to create healthier communities. ...

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Canton drugstore — the state’s oldest — is pioneer in walk-in video health care clinics

Nurse practitioner Heather Mangum, telehealthONE's chief nursing officer talks via computer with patient technician Jae Erickson  at the telehealthONE Canton clinic.

Mississippi’s oldest drug store is the launching pad for one of the state’s newest healthcare endeavors. Mosby’s Drug Store, founded in Canton by three Mosby brothers in 1843, is the first in a string of walk-in telehealth clinics that telehealthONE will put in rural parts of Mississippi in the coming months and years. It’s a new avenue for Mississippi-based telehealthONE ...

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First case of chikungunya virus reported in Mississippi

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JACKSON — State health officials are confirming its first case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Honduras. Last year there were eight cases of chikungunya reported in Mississippi. All were in international travelers — five to the Dominican Republic, one to Haiti, and one to Puerto Rico. Chikungunya is a risk to all travelers ...

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UMMC top doctor bears the torch into the future

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Do no harm. That has been the guiding light of the Hippocratic Oath for the physician-patient relationship for 2,500 years. It takes on a broader meaning in modern medicine. And that’s certainly the case for Dr. Michael Henderson, new chief medical officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His emphasis for the past decade in his long, ...

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Chaney readies contingency plan if court rules against insurance exchanges

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The Mississippi Insurance Department has developed a proposed contingency plan  in case the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates federally run health-insurance exchanges in 36 states, including Mississippi. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday in an interview with the Mississippi Business Journal that the replacement would protect the federal tax credits that would otherwise be lost to about 100,000 Mississippians. ...

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Merit Health Wesley to debut 2 residency programs

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  HATTIESBURG — The way Dr. Sherry Turner has it figured, familiarity in fact breeds contentment and a certain comfort level. That’s at least part of the reason that Merit Health Wesley has plans to roll out a pair of residency programs in July that once fully-operational will engage 34 up-and-coming physicians annually. And those who train in Hattiesburg may ...

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