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Physical therapist spreads her knowledge to patients, therapists

Physical therapist Jodie Stogner travels far and wide in her job as a rehab product specialist for Pride Mobility/Quantum Rehab. Stogner markets complex rehab wheelchairs to help people with disabilities get what they need, and also travels the country teaching physical therapists, occupational therapists, and medical equipment suppliers how to evaluate and recommend appropriate products. Jean-Michel Geoffriau, PT, director of ...

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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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Chaney says some may have no access to federal health insurance

JACKSON — Many Mississippians may have no options when the new federal health insurance marketplace starts enrolling customers in October. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, and they plan to serve 46 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Unless something changes, consumers in remaining counties will have no options to buy health insurance through the online ...

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Hospitals suing Blue Cross, allege reduced payments

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Ten Mississippi hospitals have filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi alleging the insurer wrongfully reduced inpatient payments it was obligated to make for medical services rendered to patients. This is according to a news release from Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA). The lawsuit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, ...

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Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the program himself, even if lawmakers ...

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Woman indicted for Medicaid fraud; faces up to 35 years in prison

GREENVILLE —A 31-year-old Greenville woman has been indictment on seven counts of Medicaid fraud. The attorney general’s office says Marguerite Wilson turned herself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office June 11 following indictment by a local grand jury. In a news release, the attorney general’s office says Wilson was working as a case manager for Delta Community Mental Health ...

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Hood subpoenas Google's records over online drug sales

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he still considers Google’s responses to allegations that it’s not doing enough to prevent illegal online sales of drugs without prescriptions and says he’s sending out subpoenas for company documents to further his investigation. Hood urged fellow attorneys general from other states to do the same at a meeting in Boston yesterday, even ...

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