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Vicksburg to file lawsuit to acquire abandoned hospital

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The city of Vicksburg plans to file an eminent domain lawsuit to take ownership of the unused Kuhn Memorial Hospital. The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday approved plans to file the suit, which allows the city to covert property to public use on paying its market value. Owners have abandoned the property and city officials have been trying ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

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Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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Analysis: Mental health lawsuit was a long time coming

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When the U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi last week over adult mental health services, it might as well have delivered the legal papers with a neon yellow sticky note saying: We told you this was coming. The Justice Department has sued about a dozen states over the way they provide services for people with mental illnesses, and Mississippi Attorney General ...

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State’s telemedicine landscape earns ‘A’ from national group

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Mississippi’s supportive policy landscape for telemedicine, including services for residents coping with mental illness, has earned the state an overall “A” rating from the American Telemedicine Association in its 2016 state-by-state report card. Mississippi is among only eight states earning that highest score in the association’s evaluation of performance in telemental and behavioral health. The Center for Telehealth at the ...

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Procedure providing hope for some brain cancer patients

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Tiny electrical fields that help your cells communicate are being harvested at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to fight a type of brain cancer that primarily strikes adults. Dr. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of neurology specializing in neuro-oncology, said the Optune device, designed and distributed by Novocure, delivers a steady stream of low-intensity electric fields that seems to slow ...

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Memorial Hospital and Singing River Health System file second lawsuit over Medicaid underpayments

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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System (SRHS) have filed a second lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery Court following a denial of their appeal to the Division of Medicaid (DOM) regarding underpayments that occurred in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014. The lawsuit claims that DOM has a payment methodology   that is contrary to state law. The lawsuit seeks ...

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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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