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Report warns of lack of nurses in rural areas

STARKVILLE — A rural health authority and demographer at Mississippi State University warns that fewer nursing students returning to less populated parts of the state could have serious consequences on health care. Ronald Cossman, an associate research professor at the university’s Social Science Research Center, said a survey of nursing students currently enrolled in Magnolia State colleges and universities showed ...

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Bapitst completes acquisition of hospital, clinic

CARTHAGE — Baptist Health Systems has completed the purchase of Leake Memorial Hospital/Extended Care and Clinic facilities. Baptist had been overseeing operation at the facilities since March. Baptist officials anticipate the transition of leadership will be complete sometime in January. Baptist Health Systems, based in Jackson, is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care ...

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Barbour votes for 'personhood' initiative after all

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he voted after all for a state ballot initiative that would declare life begins at fertilization. The Republican said he voted by absentee ballot yesterday because he won’t be in his hometown for Tuesday’s election. >> RELATED STORY: MBJ EDITORIAL — Gov. Barbour shows leadership on Initiative 26 >> RELATED STORY: Personhood ...

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'Personhood' prop splits Mississippi religious leaders

Mississippi religious leaders are split on a “personhood” initiative on next Tuesday’s ballot. Initiative 26 would amend the state constitution to declare life begins at fertilization. The state’s largest religious group, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, supports the proposal, as does the Tupelo-based American Family Association. >> RELATED STORY: Barbour votes for Personhood amendment after all >> RELATED STORY: Op-Ed — ...

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Ex-surgeon to be sentenced for drug trafficking

GULFPORT — A Jan. 6 sentencing date has been set for a former Stone County surgeon who has pleaded guilty to selling prescriptions for pain pills and anxiety medication. A federal grand jury indicted 43-year-old Je Song in a 35-count indictment. Song has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. In exchange for his plea, ...

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Miss. lacks healthy food distribution model

>> A look at healthy food distribution in and out of Mississippi Mississippi’s achievement of “fattest state in the nation” for seven years running is an economic problem. In addition to significant health care costs to treat chronic illnesses like Type II diabetes and heart disease, the productivity lost due to poor health defies calculation. A large part of the ...

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Judge reschedules hearing in medical kickback case

BATESVILLE — A federal judge has rescheduled for Jan. 9 the trial of three men accused in a multi-million-dollar medical fraud scheme. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers approved the new trial date this week. The trial was scheduled for Dec. 12 in Oxford. Dr. Robert S. Corkern of Batesville asked for the delay, saying ...

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Pharmaceutical companies pay state in fraud case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office says it has recovered $6 million from three pharmaceutical companies that misreported the price of prescription drugs for Medicaid patients. In a statement, Attorney General Jim Hood says agreements were reached with Par Pharmaceutical Inc. and Alpharma USPD Inc. and Purepac Pharmaceutical Co., now known as Actavis MidAtlantic, LLC, and Actavis Elizabeth, LLC, ...

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