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Appeals panel denies bond for doctor charged with chemo fraud

SUMMIT — A federal appeals panel has upheld the denial of bond for a doctor charged in a chemotherapy fraud case that authorities say swindled millions from Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, and two others are charged with numerous federal crimes for allegedly participating in a scheme to dilute chemotherapy drugs and ...

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Medicare and working folks: The myths and misgivings

LEADERSHIP ANYTOWN, MISSISSIPPI: YOUR TIME HAS COME … The staff of the Stennis Institute has been fortunate to have had a number of opportunities to speak to community Leadership classes around Mississippi. Such events afford us the chance to meet civic-minded citizens from Mississippi’s wonderful small towns and rural counties. It was at one such speaking engagement in one of ...

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Medicare, working folks: The myths and misgivings

The recent firestorm over Medicare has sparked the need to revisit the whole healthcare debate from the viewpoint of the working man and woman. In other words, forget all of the horrifying data related to multi-trillion-dollar deficits and percentages of GDP. While these and similar statistics keep economists and speculators of all stripes up at night, they tend to make ...

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Jackson physician convicted of fraud scheme

JACKSON — A federal jury has found a Jackson physician guilty of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas faces a maximum 125 years in prison after his April 8 conviction on 10 counts by a jury of eight women and four men. The 54-year-old Thomas and many of her family and friends sobbed after ...

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Healthcare reform: Good for retirees or not?

WASHINGTON — A report on the financial condition of the Medicare and Social Security programs contends the Obama administration’s sweeping healthcare overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years — an assertion that Medicare’s top numbers-cruncher disputed. The report acknowledged in its own right that the brighter outlook for Medicare assumes achievement of significant ...

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Government study: Overhaul will result in Medicare savings

WASHINGTON — The new health overhaul law will start producing savings for Medicare right away, and over time add 12 years of solvency to the program’s giant trust fund for inpatient care, the Obama administration says in a report to be released today. Medicare will save about $8 billion by the end of next year, and $575 billion over the ...

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Will 21% cut to Medicare reimbursements get repealed?

In addition to speculating about federal healthcare reform implementation, physicians are also wondering when Congress will provide an answer regarding an additional 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursements that went into effect April 1. Healthcare providers believe the cut will increasingly compromise healthcare access for Medicare patients, as doctors who serve those patients are taking a big hit to their ...

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Pharmacists voice opposition to proposed plan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly opposing Mississippi’s plan to reduce pharmacy reimbursements by 15 percent for the remainder of this fiscal year. The approval is required by the federal government in its partnership with states to provide health care services to economically ...

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Insurance Department releases 'Medigap' guide

JACKSON — The difference between what Medicare covers and actual medical bills can put an extra financial burden on the already strained budgets of Mississippi Medicare recipients. Many seniors turn to a Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) policy to ease that gap. To aid consumers in choosing the best Medigap policy this year, the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) announces the publication ...

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