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Clinic chooses Epic's EMR/practice management system

HATTIESBURG — Epic, an integrated electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management system, has gone live across Hattiesburg Clinic’s network of locations and providers, changing the technology of the practice. Since then, patients who have visited Hattiesburg Clinic have experienced a different kind of appointment where they have left the office more informed and with increased access to their health ...

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Property owner balks on homeless shelter project

VICKSBURG — Plans for a transitional shelter for homeless people near the former ParkView Regional Medical Center have been scrapped. But planners tell the Vicksburg Post they will look for another site. Owners of the property where the former medical complex sits “weren’t interested in making it available for it anymore,” said Tina Hayward, executive director of Mountain of Faith ...

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Officials to break ground for new Choctaw County Hospital

ACKERMAN — The Choctaw County Medical Foundation and Pioneer Health Systems will hold a ground-breaking ceremony Friday for the new Choctaw County Hospital in Ackerman. Pioneer Health Systems, the parent Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw, is building the hospital and a medical office building in Ackerman. U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) is scheduled to speak at the 2 p.m. event ...

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Judge gives cancer center defendants more time for defense

SUMMIT — A federal judge has granted a request to delay the trial of a doctor and two employees charged in a scheme to dilute cancer drugs and use old syringes on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for trial Feb. 7. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan signed an order last week pushing ...

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Budget writers looking at significant cut to Health Department funding

JACKSON — Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million — the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million. That recommendation comes at a time when the state ranks first in the nation for adult obesity, teen birth rate and infant mortality; second ...

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Board approves $112M bond issue for UMMC

JACKSON — The state College Board has approved a $112 million bond issue for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, even though one board member questioned whether it was appropriate to borrow the money. UMMC had originally proposed to use some of the money to buy software to comply with a federal requirement that it start using electronic health records ...

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Long-abandoned hospital could get new life

LUMBERTON — Assuming the legal language can be satisfactorily completed in time, the initial cleaning of the former Lumberton hospital could begin this spring. That would be the first step in determining whether the long-shuttered building could be renovated and turned into a personal care facility for the elderly that would be leased from the city. “That’s the first thing ...

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Hospital group won't oppose tax to fund Medicaid

JACKSON — The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won’t fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid. The association protested in 2009 when then-Gov. Haley Barbour pushed for the hospital tax. Now, the association’s president and CEO, Sam Cameron, says the tax gives hospitals predictability in their expenses. Medicaid is a government ...

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Conerly dies in hospital named for him

JACKSON — Dr. A. Wallace Conerly, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean emeritus of the School of Medicine, died yesterday in the UMMC hospital that bears his name. He was 76. Conerly, who served as vice chancellor from 1994-2003, had been hospitalized early yesterday at the Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital ...

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Physician pleads guilty to role in kickback scheme

OXFORD — A Batesville physician has pleaded guilty to bribing then-Panola County administrator David Chandler with $25,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 51-year-old Robert S. Corkern appeared before U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford yesterday. In taking the plea deal, Corkern avoids trial with two co-defendants, Raymond Shoemaker of Tupelo, a healthcare executive, and Lee Garner, ...

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