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Board approves $112M bond issue for UMMC

JACKSON — The state College Board has approved a $112 million bond issue for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, even though one board member questioned whether it was appropriate to borrow the money. UMMC had originally proposed to use some of the money to buy software to comply with a federal requirement that it start using electronic health records ...

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Foundation launches fundraiser for new nursing school

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has launched an $8-million fundraising campaign to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing Building Campaign has received a $4-million commitment from the Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg Inc., a gift that will name the proposed building Asbury Hall, pending College Board approval. The facility, ...

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Long-abandoned hospital could get new life

LUMBERTON — Assuming the legal language can be satisfactorily completed in time, the initial cleaning of the former Lumberton hospital could begin this spring. That would be the first step in determining whether the long-shuttered building could be renovated and turned into a personal care facility for the elderly that would be leased from the city. “That’s the first thing ...

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Hospital group won't oppose tax to fund Medicaid

JACKSON — The leader of the Mississippi Hospital Association says his group won’t fight renewal of a tax his members pay to help fund Medicaid. The association protested in 2009 when then-Gov. Haley Barbour pushed for the hospital tax. Now, the association’s president and CEO, Sam Cameron, says the tax gives hospitals predictability in their expenses. Medicaid is a government ...

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Hood preparing fight to keep $17M from settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the federal government to give him until Jan. 30 to file documents supporting Mississippi’s effort to keep $17 million from a settlement with pharmaceutical companies accused of inflating wholesale prices. Alper Ozinal, spokesman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells the Clarion-Ledger the agency had received Hood’s extension request ...

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Surgeon cleared on charge of growing marijuana

JACKSON COUNTY — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against former heart surgeon, who in 2009 was accused of growing marijuana on his 50-acre property in Jackson County. District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a statement yesterday that Circuit Robert Krebs signed the order to dismiss Monday. David Bruce Allen was charged in February 2009 after a raid on his north ...

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Conerly dies in hospital named for him

JACKSON — Dr. A. Wallace Conerly, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean emeritus of the School of Medicine, died yesterday in the UMMC hospital that bears his name. He was 76. Conerly, who served as vice chancellor from 1994-2003, had been hospitalized early yesterday at the Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital ...

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Man charged with practicing unlicensed medicine

OXFORD — An Oxford man has been freed on bond after being arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Agent-in-charge Keith Davis, agent-in-charge with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit, tells the Oxford Eagle 50-year-old Mukund K. Patel has been charged with eight counts. Davis says the investigation is continuing. Patel has been free on $2,000 bond. No trial date ...

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Physician pleads guilty to role in kickback scheme

OXFORD — A Batesville physician has pleaded guilty to bribing then-Panola County administrator David Chandler with $25,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 51-year-old Robert S. Corkern appeared before U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford yesterday. In taking the plea deal, Corkern avoids trial with two co-defendants, Raymond Shoemaker of Tupelo, a healthcare executive, and Lee Garner, ...

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