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State’s drug epidemic leading to increased workload for child welfare agency

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  The state’s growing drug problem is one of the factors in the increasing caseload for Mississippi’s Department of Child Protection Services, its new executive director told legislative leaders recently. To deal with that growing caseload, during the 2018 legislative session, the new agency is requesting $113.2 million in state funding, an increase of $15 ...

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Uncertainty in Mississippi before health insurance sign-up

The federal health insurance market for individuals won’t open for enrollment until Nov. 1, but regulators, insurers and those who help Mississippians find coverage are already dealing with waves of uncertainty. In the latest development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pulled out of meetings around the state organized by the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program. Those meetings were ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Rights, entitlements, public interest and health care

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service lists the following as the rights of American citizenship: freedom of expression; freedom to worship as you wish; right to a prompt, fair trial by jury; right to vote in elections for public officials; right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship; right to run for elected office; and freedom to pursue “life, liberty, ...

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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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