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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the ...

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Natchez hospital plan awaits state comment

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Hospital Company is awaiting a staff recommendation from the Mississippi Department of Health to approve or disapprove its application to make millions of dollars in renovations to Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports the company applied in December for certificates of need to reopen the cardiac catheterization lab and expand the hospital’s emergency room, ...

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Mississippi sticking with its childhood vaccination law

JACKSON — Amid concerns about a measles outbreak in other states, Mississippi is sticking with its childhood vaccination law, which is one of the strongest in the country. A bill that would have weakened the law died Thursday because a chairman chose not to bring it up for a vote before a deadline. “I really didn’t want to put the ...

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Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don’t mess around. The states, among the poorest in the country, are the only ones that refuse to exempt school children from mandatory vaccinations based on their parents’ personal or religious beliefs. Separate ...

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Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment can cost thousands of dollars ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces Bill Crawford to board of directors

Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Bill Crawford to its Board of Directors. Crawford brings a diverse business and public service background to Anderson. He currently serves as the President of The Montgomery Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to serve as an innovative regional development organization for east central Mississippi and west ...

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HEADACHES FOR HOSPITALS — Regardless of ownership type, facilities face strong challenges

Do you know what type of hospital ownership you have in your community? Many people don’t, said Shawn Rossi, vice president for marketing and public relations, Mississippi Hospital Association. In Mississippi, about a third of hospitals are nonprofit, a third for-profit and a third owned by the government. “From a business perspective, in a nutshell, a nonprofit generally has a ...

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HEADACHES FOR HOSPITALS — Larger operations can give aid to struggling rural hospitals

An estimated 40 percent of rural hospitals in the country are operating at a loss, and the situation is getting worse for many rural hospitals not affiliated with larger healthcare facilities because of increased government regulations combined with reduced reimbursements. Closure of a rural hospital can have a devastating impact on a small community that is already losing population and ...

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Six hospitals in the region combine to create the new Merit Health system

JACKSON — Six hospitals in the Jackson/Vicksburg region, all affiliated with Community Health Systems, have formed as a single regional healthcare system, Merit Health. The member hospitals have been known as Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, River Oaks Hospital and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Madison River Oaks Medical Center in Canton and River Region ...

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Mississippi has 3 statewide systems of care in place

JACKSON — State health officials say Mississippi is now the first in the nation to have a third statewide system of care in place to help save the lives of trauma and stroke victims. Jim Craig, director of health protection for the state Department of Health, says in a news release that hospitals can add the Stroke System of Care ...

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