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Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s an option for those who ...

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Report: State sees slowest growth in consumer spending in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Overall consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state’s slow recovery from the recession. A report released yesterday by the U.S. Commerce Department finds overall personal consumption spending grew 2.5 percent in Mississippi in 2012, compared to 4.1 percent nationwide. With other figures showing Mississippi’s economy grew by ...

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American HealthTech passes Medicare tests

JACKSON — American HealthTech, a Jackson-based leader in LTPAC EHR, has passed the ICD-10 claim test for Medicare Billing 837i and Form CMS-UB04, along with passing testing with all Medicare fiscal intermediaries, the private insurance companies that serve as the federal government’s agents in the administration of the Medicare program. These recent advances ensure AHT customers that its EHR software ...

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Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi State University researchers say fewer than half of Mississippi’s primary care doctors are taking new Medicare patients. The state has fewer primary care doctors per capita than any other state to begin with. Social science professor Ronald Cossman says researchers posing as new patients called doctors’ offices, reaching 580 of the 678 individual and group practice ...

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Anti-fraud group names Rose Cancer Center investigation year's best

SUMMIT — The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) has presented its Investigation of the Year Award to a team of federal and state agencies and a Medicare Part C health plan that together helped uncover a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme committed by now-convicted Mississippi physician Meera Sachdeva. The joint investigation into the treatment and billing practices of Meera ...

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Judge postpones Medicare fraud trial of hospice owner

GREENWOOD — A federal judge has delayed the trial of the owner of a Mississippi hospice charged with running a multimillion dollar Medicare fraud. Regina Swims-King was charged in June in a 37-count criminal indictment related to the actions of Angelic Hospice in Greenwood. Her trial had been scheduled for December. Swims-King’s lawyer had asked for a delay due to ...

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J. Paul Childress joins to People Lease team

J. Paul Childress has joined People Lease, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of Medicare and government-regulated health benefits. He has years of experience as a corporate training manager for a national provider of enhanced Medicare benefits. He attended the University of Mississippi and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Childress currently lives in Brandon where ...

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Hospice owner wants more time for Medicare fraud defense

GREENWOOD — An attorney for the owner of a Mississippi hospice charged with running a multimillion dollar Medicare fraud has asked a federal judge to delay the Dec. 2 trial. Regina Swims-King was charged in June in a 37-count criminal indictment related to the actions of Angelic Hospice in Greenwood. Swims-King’s lawyer said in a court filing Tuesday that she ...

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Prosecutors: Hospice owner bilked Medicare for millions

GREENWOOD — Newly released court records claim the owner of a Mississippi hospice ran a multimillion Medicare fraud and used some of the money to buy 20 cars since December 2009. The details about Angelic Hospice in Greenwood and its owner’s purchases were outlined in a 27-page document dated Feb. 19 but only made public Oct. 3 in U.S. District ...

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Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During an interview with The Associated ...

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