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Three more plead guilty to health insurance fraud

BRANDON — Three more defendants have entered guilty pleas concerning their role in an insurance fraud scheme involving the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Fourteen people were charged in the case where three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi were accused of conspiring with 11 state employees. Seven others recently ...

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Team performs first heart transplant in years

JACKSON — According to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), its pediatric heart transplant team has performed the first heart transplant in eight years on 13-year-old Malcolm Jones of Winona. Jones underwent surgery Sept. 18 at Batson Children’s Hospital. He is listed in fair condition. The pediatric heart transplant program had become inactive due to a gradual loss of ...

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Work to begin on The Esplanade wellness complex

MADISON — Work will begin in October on athletic fields and a sports training facility, the first phase of The Esplanade, a multi-million-dollar health and wellness complex on 110 acres owned by St. Dominic Hospital in Madison County. Lester Diamond, executive vice president for operations for St. Dominic, tells The Clarion-Ledger the public-private partnership is designed to provide the City ...

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Cancer doctor pleads not guilty to fraud charges

SUMMIT — A cancer doctor stood shackled before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing millions of dollars from Medicaid and Medicare by diluting chemotherapy drugs and reusing old needles on multiple patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, said little other than to answer the judge’s questions during ...

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Officials: Hospital rebounding from bankruptcy

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center officials say the hospital’s financial problems should be cleared up by the next fiscal year. According to the Natchez Democrat, CFO Charles Mock says the hospital will pay off its debts in compliance with bankruptcy orders. Mock talked Monday with members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors. Mock says the hospital will have ...

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Cancer doctor to plead not guilty to fraud

SUMMIT — A Mississippi cancer doctor is expected to plead not guilty today to charges of diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles on patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva is the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit. She’s scheduled for arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sachdeva’s attorney, Robert McDuff, says she would plead not guilty. Prosecutors ...

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Cancer doctor petitions court for release from jail

SUMMIT — A Mississippi cancer doctor wants a federal appeals court to let her out of jail as she awaits trial on charges that her clinic diluted chemotherapy drugs and used old needles as part of a multi-million-dollar Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old owner of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit, has been jailed in the ...

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Health Department reports five new cases of West Nile virus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Nine newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 33. Yesterday, the state Health Department says new cases were found in Forrest, Hinds, Jasper, Jones, Lincoln, Madison (three) and Rankin counties. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (four), Hinds (five), Jones (four), Madison (five), Pearl River ...

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Physician wins lawsuit, hospital to appeal decision

JACKSON — A jury has returned a $2.27-million judgment against Central Mississippi Medical Center in a breach of contract lawsuit. The Clarion-Ledger reports Dr. Adolfo Morales, a board-certified ophthalmologist, had alleged the medical center breached a physician recruitment contract in 2004, which would have allowed him to establish a surgery practice in Jackson. The hospital said in court papers the ...

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Pharmacy's growth makes Inc. 5000 ranking

JACKSON — Transcript Pharmacy has landed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in America for the fourth year in a row. It ranked 116 in the health industry. “We are blessed to be trusted by so many healthcare professionals and so many patients who, month after month, give us the opportunity to serve their needs,” ...

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