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Hood suggests that regulatory definition may suffice to curb physician-patient sex

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is contemplating developing a statutory definition of “inappropriate sexual contact” between a physician and a patient. If written and passed by the Legislature, that could solve the challenge of passing a bill that would criminalize sexual misconduct by physicians. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would ...

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Bill introduced to make physician-patient sex crime

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would criminalize physicians having sex with patients. Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, said late in 2016 that he was working with lawmakers to draft such a bill. However, the effort ran into resistance from some members of the board. State Attorney ...

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GREGG HARPER — Obamacare is officially on life support

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done ...

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Medicaid underfunded to start year, director tells lawmakers

Mississippi’s Medicaid director says there are straightforward reasons the program is requesting an additional $75 million to get through the final six months of the state budget year. David Dzielak says legislators didn’t put enough money into Medicaid in the first place. Plus, it was one of the agencies that lost money because of state budget cuts in September. Medicaid ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Health care laundry to create 50 more jobs

Crown Health Care Laundry Services is investing $800,000 and creating 50 more jobs in Columbia. Crown Health Care announced in April 2013 a $12 million investment and the initial creation of 150 jobs. Crown Health now employs 200. The additional 50 jobs are expected to be created over three years. The Mississippi Development Authority provided a $57,000 grant for equipment installation. In 2013, ...

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Record number of signings in Mississippi for endangered Obamacare

By JACK WEATHERLY A record number of Mississippians have signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange, deadline for which is Thursday for those who want coverage starting Jan. 1. Those who sign up or make changes during open enrollment after Dec. 15 but by Jan. 31 will get that coverage starting March 1. Meantime, the Trump administration vows ...

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Medical license panel continues discussion of physician sex abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY  A committee of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure talked briefly on Dec. 7 about possible legislation addressing sexual abuse of patients by physicians. The Rules and Regulations Committee took up the matter at the end of the three-hour meeting. It had been referred unanimously to the committee by the full board on Monday. Major Gen. (ret.) ...

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Illness affects 47 residents at Gulfport retirement home

Several residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport have recently become ill. AFRH spokesman Christopher Kelly tells local media that since Monday evening, 47 residents have fallen ill and nine have been hospitalized. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. All ill residents were in the independent living area. Kelly says staff at the home are trying to curb ...

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Workplace depression results in 200 million lost workdays in U.S. annually

By NASH NUNNERY  Depression at work isn’t always merely a case of the blues or deadline burnout. Unlike many physical illnesses such as the flu or measles, depression can be easily misunderstood by both workers and employers, according to Dr. Bradford M. Smith. Smith is a licensed psychologist and director of Belhaven University’s Institute for International Care and Counsel. He says ...

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