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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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Medical association offering discount prescription cards

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The Mississippi State Medical Association has begun offering prescription discount cards, promising substantial savings. The card can help uninsured and under-insured residents afford prescription medications at hundreds of pharmacies across the state, according to the association. “Helping patients get prescriptions they need is a priority,” association President Claude Brunson, M.D., said in a release. The card can ...

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More Miss. hospitals switch to Merit Health brand

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Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory has changed its name to reflect its affiliation with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. The hospital is now Merit Health Gilmore Memorial. Community Health Systems acquired Gilmore and nine other Mississippi hospitals last year in a merger with Florida-based Health Management Associates. Several other hospitals also switched to the new brand Monday. Tri-Lakes Medical Center ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces new CEO

MERIDIAN — Anderson Regional Medical Center announced John G. Anderson, FACHE, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. “We, as a Board, have every confidence in John’s ability to lead Anderson,” Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board, told hundreds of community leaders and staff who had gathered for the announcement. “John has earned this position by working his ...

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Prison system could save money with health care contract

JACKSON — The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections says the state could save $2 million over the next three years by choosing a new private contractor to provide health care for inmates. The health services contract is one of several Department of Corrections financial pacts that are being redone after last year’s federal criminal indictment of former Commissioner ...

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