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Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in an email. Across the city, ...

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Nurses to plead guilty to roles in cancer center fraud

JACKSON — Federal court records say two nurses will plead guilty to withholding information about a crime at a former south Mississippi cancer clinic that prosecutors said was involved in a multimillion-dollar fraud related to chemotherapy treatments. Brittany Davis Powell and Courtney Michelle Young were charged with misprision of a felony on Aug. 22 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. ...

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More people now exercise while they work

Glued to your desk at work? Cross that off the list of excuses for not having the time to exercise. A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving workstations. Others are forgoing chairs in favor of giant exercise balls to stay fit. Walking on ...

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County enters hospital management agreement with Ochsner

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Hancock Board of Supervisors voted to enter into a 90-day management agreement with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans to manage Hancock Medical Center. Yesterday’s announcement comes less than a week after the supervisors terminated its management contract with Quorum Health Resources. The Hancock Medical Center is owned by the county. CEO of Ochsner-North Shore ...

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Feds cite Delta Oil Mill for 25 work safety violations, 22 termed 'serious'

GREENWOOD, Mississippi – Federal work safety regulators have slapped the more than half-century old Delta Oil Mill with a $83,415 fine after discovering 25 safety and health violations at the cottonseed oil plant. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint alleging a worker sustained a back injury after ...

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Hospital continues to operate in black after big losses

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County General Hospital and Nursing Home generated a profit of $3.5 million profit during fiscal 2012 after a $213,575 profit the previous year, according to audited financial statements. The Neshoba Democrat reports the hospital had a loss of $1.9 million in 2010. Hospital administrator Lonnie Graeber said overall expenses were reduced by about $2 million while revenue ...

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Michael J. Cox joins Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Michael J. Cox, MD, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in the practice of orthopaedic surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Cox completed an orthopaedic internship and residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic ...

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