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Physicians, nurse practitioners at odds over bill

JACKSON — Some Mississippi physicians and nurse practitioners are at odds over a bill that would change the way they work together. The House bill would delete a regulation that the advanced-practices nurses enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician located within 15 miles. A hearing on the proposal was held Tuesday at the Capitol. According to the Mississippi ...

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College gets $350K for scholarships, equipment

HATTIESBURG — The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg recently gave $350,000 to Pearl River Community College for scholarships and dental hygiene equipment. The grant will be used to further the education of students living in the eight counties served by the foundation, said executive director Bill Ray. “They are usually students who stay at home and contribute to the Mississippi economy,” ...

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MDOT's 'MED-COM' wins another national award

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has been chosen as the recipient of the International Road Federation’s (IRF’s) 2010 Global Road Achievement Award for Safety for an interagency project that will assist first responders. MDOT’s Traffic Engineering Division will be accepting the award for the “msTraffic MED-COM Project,” which allows travel network information to be rapidly shared and utilized ...

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Medicaid spending to come in under budget

JACKSON — It looks as if Medicaid spending is going to come in under the forecast, but Gov. Haley Barbour is still urging lawmakers to be cautious. “(Yesterday) the Division of Medicaid advised me spending for Medicaid beneficiaries will actually be less than the amount budgeted last April. My conservative estimate is there will be $40-50 million less spent by ...

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Law firm: St. D agrees to lawsuit settlement

JACKSON — Seven more hospitals, including one in Mississippi, have agreed to pay the government a total of $6.3 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving the overcharge of Medicare for a type of back surgery known as “kyphoplasty,” according to the law firm of Phillips & Cohen, LLP, which cited a Department of Justice announcement made Jan. 4. The ...

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NMMC begins major construction project

TUPELO — North Mississippi Medical Center has started construction on its $55-million expansion that includes a new five-story west tower plus renovations to the hospital’s main unit. NMMC officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that when work is completed in 42 months, rooms in the old tower and the new facility will be larger. Officials say staff will have ...

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Anderson completes agreement to purchase Riley

On Dec. 28, Meridian’s Anderson Regional Medical Center and Riley Hospital reached an agreement for Anderson to acquire Riley, pending regulatory approval. Anderson’s pursuit of Riley officially began Dec. 1, when the hospital filed with the Mississippi Department of Health a notice to change ownership of Riley. The purchase, according to a press release from Anderson, will be finalized Dec. ...

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Pharmacy closing after 118 years in business

AMORY — Peoples Drug Company will close the doors Dec. 31, ending its run as Amory’s oldest pharmacy in Amory. A pharmacy has existed in the same location on Main Street since 1892. The pharmacy burned in 1893 and was rebuilt in 1894. The only thing saved from the fire were blue apothecary jars that have been on display at ...

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Hospital spending nearly $1M to build vault

MCCOMB — Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center has awarded an $879,500 bid to build a vault for the cancer center’s new linear accelerator. The Enterprise-Journal reports Smith Painting & Contracting of Hattiesburg was awarded the project in late December. The new vault at the Mississippi Cancer Institute will be next to the existing structure that holds the accelerator, used for ...

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Health Department: Flu activity 'widespread'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Flu activity is monitored through the Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Sentinel Surveillance System, made up of healthcare providers in Mississippi such as family practice clinics, student health centers, pediatricians, primary care physicians and hospital emergency departments that report the percentage of patients with ...

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