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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Medicaid now exchanging patient medical data in real time with with UMMC


By NASH NUNNERY Mississippi is no stranger to producing “firsts” in the health care field. After all, doctors performed both the world’s first human lung and heart transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1963 and 1964, respectively. In 2013, UMMC researchers collaborated with other HIV experts in the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients


A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine ...

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ALAN TURNER — MANP: Looking to the future of health care

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In previous columns, I’ve written about the state of health care in America, and the uncertainties about where the industry is headed in the future.  Specifically, the continued growth in the cost of health care in America is a reason for concern for all of us. As I have reported previously, the total cost of health care in 1960 was ...

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Senate passes bill merging welfare, Medicaid, rehab agencies


Mississippi’s departments of Human Services and Rehabilitation Services could be combined with its Medicaid agency under a legislative plan. Senators voted 37-14 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 2384 (http://bit.ly/1SfvrTp), which would merge the three agencies. It moves to the House for more work. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke, a Hollandale Republican, says the bill aims to save money by ...

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House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would increase the amount of personal income and identify details Medicaid recipients must report before getting the health coverage. Legislators voted 76-40 to pass the bill without reading or discussing it. House Bill 1116 would require state officials to build a computerized system to keep records of Medicaid recipients. Officials ...

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Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill


JACKSON — A bill that would let physicians exempt children from Mississippi’s vaccination requirements is advancing in the state House. A split Education Committee voted Tuesday to push House Bill 938 (http://bit.ly/1S02JWj) to the full chamber for more debate. Rep. Mark Formby, a Picayune Republican, says the state should honor physicians’ wishes. Under current law, the state Health Department must ...

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Telemedicine providers propose legislation on rules


By JACK WEATHERLY It’s been about six months since the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board said it would provide an economic impact statement linked to its proposed rules changes for telemedicine. Meantime, Teladoc Inc., the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, has introduced a set of rules of its own in a bill in the Legislature. The board is seeking to require videoconferencing ...

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Gulf Coast ophthalmologist helps first responders

LASIK patient, policeman Nick Sonnier, is examined by Dr. Rainna Bahadur

By LYNN LOFTON  Like many Americans, Rainna Bahadur, M.D., was moved by the courage of first responders in the tragedy of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City. The Gulf Coast ophthalmologist and partner of Eye Associates of the South wanted to find something she could do for local first responders. An idea presented itself one night as ...

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Collaboratory in Madison County helps create new jobs in biomed industry

The Collaboratory’s Global Training Institute, a surgical simulation lab and training center, provides training across four sectors: health care professionals, law enforcement officers, fire service/first responders and military personnel.

By BECKY GILLETTE  The Madison County Economic Development Authority opened a unique business center designed for health care companies about a year ago called the Mississippi Biomedical Business Collaboratory. The 60,000-square-foot building in Canton that was previously a training facility for Nissan was converted to attract health care companies together in a building where they could share ideas and prosper. ...

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Telehealth network’s Southeastern expansion means more jobs, services

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Chief telehealth and innovation officer, UMMC

By BECKY GILLETTE The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for Telehealth and Intel-GE Care Innovations has had such success providing the Diabetes Health Telehealth Network that it is being expanded to serve those with other chronic diseases and those underserved across the Southeast. “UMMC’s Center for Telehealth has a history of creating sustainable telehealth models by providing high quality health ...

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