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Bill approved requiring abortion doctors to be OB/Gyn certified

JACKSON — Doctors at Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would be required to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals under a hotly contested bill that passed the House yesterday. During a debate that lasted more than an hour, opponents argued the requirement could close the clinic in Jackson if no doctor could ...

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CEO says Greenwood Leflore Hospital is profitable

GREENWOOD — The CEO of Greenwood Leflore Hospital says the medical center made a more than $3 million profit in its latest fiscal year and continues to be in strong financial shape. Jim Jackson tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the facility reinvests that money to keep its facilities and technology up to date and attract physicians and staff. Jackson’s comments came ...

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Neshoba County General spinning off ambulance service

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County General Hospital has agreed to spin off its ambulance service. The Neshoba Democrat reports the ambulance service will become a separate entity under an agreement between the hospital and the county board of supervisors. “It will no longer be an extension of the emergency room as far as hospital billing is concerned,” said county administrator Benjie ...

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Supreme Court mulls certificates of need — again

JACKSON — Mississippi’s certificate-of-need law, which limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide, is back before the state Supreme Court. From its inception by the federal government in 1974, the CON program has led to Herculean legal battles, most of them among Mississippi’s largest hospitals. Congress created the CON program to help rural areas ...

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Councilmen vote to hire consultant to determine hospital's value

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood City Council has voted to hire consultants to determine the dollar value of Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The hospital is owned jointly by the city and Leflore County. The city council voted Tuesday to hire the consultants. City and county officials have had early discussions about the possibility of selling the hospital. City Council President Ronnie Stevenson ...

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Anti-abortion groups pushing for another personhood vote

JACKSON — Mississippi groups that oppose abortion said yesterday they want voters to again cast ballots on a state constitutional amendment to define life as beginning at conception. The so-called “personhood amendment” was defeated by a wide margin when it appeared on the November 2011 ballot. Similar amendments died in the legislature this session. Groups including Pro-Life Mississippi, Personhood Mississippi ...

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PERS bills strike certain benefits from retirement salary calculations

A pair of identical Mississippi House and Senate bills that tinker with compensation calculations for public employee retirement purposes survived last Tuesday’s cutoff for advancing out of committees. Legislators held off this year tackling major reforms to the Public Employees Retirement System suggested by former Gov. Haley Barbour’s 12-member study commission. Barbour created the commission and pushed for aggressive reforms ...

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Medicaid agency lobbies lawmakers for more funding

JACKSON — Efforts to hold the line on Mississippi’s Medicaid spending are getting more daunting. The state Medicaid agency told House members yesterday that without changes, it now needs almost $884 million for the budget year that begins July 1. That’s up from the $870 million that the agency had previously requested. Gov. Phil Bryant is only asking lawmakers for ...

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City officials approve annexation of private property

OXFORD — Oxford officials will not oppose property owners wanting their 160 acres brought into the city limits. The Oxford Eagle reports the Board of Aldermen told City Attorney Pope Mallette to notify the Lafayette County Chancery Court that it will not object to the annexation request. The property owners are hoping to sell their land to Baptist Memorial Health ...

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