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Medicaid plans to go forward with contracts after no action by review panel

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  Members of the state Personal Service Contract Review Board refused to adopt its own staff recommendations to approve contracts totaling about $2 billion annually awarded by the Division of Medicaid to three managed care companies. But the five-member board also refused during Tuesday’s hearing to reject the contracts, meaning Medicaid has the option of ...

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Legislators consider limits on new health care facilities

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The chairmen of the House and Senate public health committees would not say whether they would support efforts to repeal the process where certain health care facilities must obtain a certificate of need to operate in the state. But Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, chairman of the House committee, and Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, chairman ...

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West Virginia edges Mississippi for fattest state

A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was ...

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Baptist’s Madison property continues mixed-use expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY The southeast quadrant at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and Highland Colony Parkway in Madison was originally envisioned as a second medical campus for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. But the 60-acre site bordered on the east by Interstate 55 has evolved into a mixed-use development – still with the possibility of a hospital being built there – ...

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Privacy in wired hospitals in Mississippi

By JULIA MILLER Whether you’ve been admitted to the hospital or checked into a clinic for a wellness checkup, it’s likely you have a firsthand understanding of the how much information is entrusted to your healthcare provider. Five hospitals in Mississippi are leading the charge in making sure that patient safety and privacy stay at the forefront in the today’s ...

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Medicaid managed care contracts pending review by state board

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Division of Medicaid, at the behest of Gov. Phil Bryant, is asking the Personal Service Contract Review Board to review the managed care contracts it awarded earlier this summer. A coalition of Mississippi hospitals, which formed its own managed care company and tried unsuccessfully to win a contract with the Division of ...

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Medicaid managed care program remains controversial

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Controversy has swirled around the state’s efforts to control cost in its Medicaid program through a managed program almost since its inception. In 2013, about 22 percent of the state’s Medicaid recipients were enrolled in a managed care program where an insurance provider receives a set fee to provide medical services regardless of how ...

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HIGH TECH, HIGH TOUCH: Transcript Pharmacy has the prescription for annual growth

By BECKY GILLETTE When Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., opened in January 2003 in Jackson, it initially was hoping for just some regional success in Mississippi and neighboring states, because there is a lot of competition with specialty pharmacies. But the company now is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as ...

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Community health centers called ‘best kept secret’

By NASH NUNNERY In his over three decades practicing medicine, Dr. Rashad Ali has worked in both private practice and the community health arena. For a plethora of reasons, the veteran OB-GYN physician and CEO for Laurel’s Family Health Center prefers the community health center environment over the more perceived glitz of private practice. “There is a tremendous difference in ...

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UMMC dedicates school of medicine

Elected officials and other dignitaries attending the dedication of the University of Mississippi’s new, $74 million School of Medicine building celebrated a new era in medical education and health care for the state. The breadth of the 151,000-square-foot facility on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus means more space for students, more students for each class and, consequently, more ...

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