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Voulters to lead MSMA

Lee Voulters, M.D., a neurologist practicing at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, has become the 149th president of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Voulters grew up in the United Kingdom attending medical school at the University of London, making him the first international medical graduate to lead the state’s largest physician organization. Voulters will focus his tenure on advancing MSMA in ...

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Medical Journal honored

Editor Lucius Lampton of Magnolia and Managing Editor Karen A. Evers of Jackson of the The Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association recently accepted a Silver Award in the Most Improved Magazine or Journal category in the Association TRENDS All-Media Contest. The contest recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. ...

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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi physicians are willing to throw themselves on the mercy of the federal government as a Oct. 1 deadline nears for the implementation of a complex disease coding system they say is a disruptive threat. The system is called ICD-10. That stands for the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases. The codes have grown — ...

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Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope we get 100,000 people or ...

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Doctors, hospitals divided over Medicaid expansion

Associations representing hospital executives and physicians appear to be on opposite sides on whether to greatly enlarge the state’s Medicaid rolls. The Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties of the ...

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Mississippi doctors, hospitals take different stands on Medicaid expansion

JACKSON, Mississippi — With a legislative showdown expected any day now over expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 of the state’s uninsured working poor, the Mississippi State Medical Association has declared that Mississippi’s uninsured deserve medical care but cautioned “a Medicaid expansion may perpetuate a broken system.” The official MSMA statement is clear in expressing what it says are the anxieties ...

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Easterling gives presentation

Randy Easterling, MD, of Vicksburg was recently one of the key presenters at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit held in Orlando, Fla. Easterling, medical director for River Region’s Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Unit, presented on the topic of the cost of prescription drug abuse, both from a human and a financial perspective. Easterling is past president of the Mississippi ...

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Doctors concerned about Affordable Care Act may decide to simply retire

Recent polling indicates as many as 83 percent of doctors across the country are unhappy with the Affordable Care Act and some doctors are even saying that it will result in them retiring early. In states like Mississippi with shortages of physicians, that could make a bad situation worse. There was discussion before the election that the Affordable Care Act ...

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Johnson comes on board

Evelyn Johnson, a former executive at the Mississippi State Medical Association, has joined Capitol Resources, LLC’s state government relations team. Johnson, with a background as an association executive, registered nurse working at the State Capitol and paralegal, will focus on health care issues as well as other issues on behalf of Capitol Resources’ clients. Johnson has a BS in nursing ...

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Clinic welcomes Morris

Hattiesburg Clinic recently welcomed David Morris, M.D., to The Hematology and Oncology Clinic. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he also completed an internal medicine residency and hematology and oncology fellowship. Morris is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. His professional memberships include the Mississippi ...

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