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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements

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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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Push for ‘personhood’ creates uncertainty for state businesses

Casting the human embryo into the Mississippi Constitution as a living person promises to bring “drastic change” to the way medicine is practiced in Mississippi, the president of the Mississippi State Medical Association predicts. The unknowns are immense, but you could see physician defections to other states and a migration of patients to Tennessee, Arkansas and other border states, says ...

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Dead on arrival

Like most legislation the first time it is introduced at the Capitol, a bill that would have removed a signature provision in the nurse practitioner-physician relationship died last week. Rules governing nurse practitioners require that a “protocol,” or what amounts to a course of treatment for a patient, must earn the signature of a collaborating physician whose practice area is ...

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