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Analysis: Mississippi budget practices receive mixed grades

A nonpartisan group that evaluates state government budget practices is giving mostly midlevel marks to Mississippi. The Volcker Alliance was formed four years ago by Paul A. Volcker, a former board chairman of the Federal Reserve, with the goal of making government more efficient. The alliance issued a report Nov. 2 called “Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting,” which evaluates all states’ ...

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Mississippi Medicaid looking at work requirement

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid wants permission from the federal government to impose a requirement that a small percentage of recipients work or are in work force training programs. Medicaid officials have scheduled two public hearings later this month in Jackson to garner public input on the proposal. Collecting public input on the proposal ...

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Oktibbeha County voters reject sale of hospital

By MICHEALA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal  STARKVILLE – Oktibbeha County voters want OCH Regional Medical Center to remain a county-owned hospital. In unofficial results from the Tuesday referendum, there were 5,271 votes against the sale of the Starkville hospital– just shy of 58 percent of the ballots cast. Those in favor of the sale had 3,819 votes, 42 percent. ...

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Rural hospital in north Mississippi sold to new owner

A rural hospital in the Mississippi Delta has been sold by one Tennessee company to another. Northwest Mississippi Medical Center, in Clarksdale, has 181 beds. Community Health Systems, Inc., based in Franklin, Tennessee, said in a news release that one of its subsidiaries completed the sale of the hospital Nov. 1 to Curea (CURE-a) Health, based in Clinton, Tennessee. Curea ...

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MORE FUNDING, MORE OPTIONS — More than 322,000 breast cancer deaths averted between 1989 and 2015

By BECKY GILLETTE While women in the U.S. still face the probability that one in eight will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer in American women,  survival rates are improving, said Dr. Barbara Craft, a medical oncologist who is an associate professor of medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center Division of Oncology. The American Cancer Society has reported ...

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Jana Neely finding the answers among the many questions

By JULIA MILLER At 37, Jana Neely stepped into her OB-GYN’s office for her annual wellness check up. “During the routine breast exam, my doctor felt a small lump,” she recalled. “It would roll back and forth, so he said not to worry. We’ll just keep an eye on it.” At that time, the lump was only about the size ...

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Gulfport woman living proof of success of new treatments for metastatic breast cancer

By BECKY GILLETTE When Freda Johnson was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 41, what she read online was dismal. “It was very shocking,” said Johnson. “What I read online was that metastatic breast cancer has no cure and you die very quickly.” When Johnson had her first mammography as recommended at age 40, the scans ...

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BREAST CANCER — A matter of life — and death

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT She is a researcher. She is a wife and mother. And she has breast cancer. Jennifer Caldwell, who lives in Senatobia, found out she had Stage Three breast cancer (ER+PR+ meaning invasive ductal) when she was 28 in 2008. “I had just gotten off birth control so that we could try to start a family,” Caldwell said, ...

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Vicksburg trims health expenses with clinic for city workers

A Mississippi mayor says his city is reducing its health care expenses by running a clinic for municipal employees. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs says the city expects to save almost $611,000 this year. He tells the Vicksburg Post that savings could increase if the city expands the clinic’s hours to make it more convenient. Since the clinic opened in November, more than ...

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Physician is latest indicted in pharmacy fraud schemes

A Mississippi Gulf Coast physician is the latest person indicted on health care fraud charges as part of a series of schemes that federal officials allege cost hundreds of millions. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Dr. Albert Diaz of Gulfport was indicted Wednesday in federal court. Hurst says the 16-count indictment accuses Diaz of defrauding Tricare, a federal military health ...

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