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Supervisors approve hospital's acquisition of clinic

ITTA BENA — Leflore County supervisors have approved the purchase of a building in Itta Bena by Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that hospital administrator Jim Jackson told officials that the building is already leased for a clinic at $1,190 a month. Jackson says the hospital could buy the 3,900-square-foot building for $80,000. Greenwood Leflore Hospital is co-owned ...

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Two men indicted for alleged kickback, bribery

OXFORD — A federal grand jury in Oxford has indicted two men in a medical kickback and bribery scheme. The 10-count federal indictment charged 38-year-old Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of Tupelo with a nursing services kickback and bribery conspiracy, receiving kickbacks for nursing services, conspiracy to commit and committing healthcare fraud, making false statements and embezzlement from Tri-Lakes Medical Center. Shoemaker ...

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Justice Department investigating mental health system

JACKSON — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Mississippi’s mental health system is discriminating against disabled persons by funding large psychiatric institutions at the expense of community-based care. The state Department of Mental Health said Mississippi has significantly improved care for disabled patients since the ruling, despite a lack of funds. Critics, however, said state policymakers have resisted shifting ...

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St. Dominic buys Madison Medical Imaging

MADISON and JACKSON — St. Dominic Hospital has acquired Madison Medical Imaging located in the Highland Medical Arts building in Madison. Terms were not disclosed. Madison Medical Imaging is now operating as part of St. Dominic’s imaging services and will be called St. Dominic’s Madison Medical Imaging. “The acquisition was made possible by working with Lakeland Radiologists, who are physician ...

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MC to offer state's first physician assistant program

CLINTON — Mississippi College plans to add a physician assistant (PA) program beginning in May, representing the first PA training program in Mississippi, according to the private, Baptist-affiliated college. The college will learn this month if the program is accredited. Classes are set to begin May 25. Applications for MC’s PA program are being accepted for the first class of ...

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Eye Associates opens another Coast clinic

OCEAN SPRINGS — Eye Associates of the South, which has long-time clinics in Biloxi and Gulfport, has opened a third clinic in Ocean Springs. This is the medical group’s second expansion since its main clinic was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Rainna Bahadur, a partner in the group of four ophthalmologists and two optometrists, said the doctors have confidence in ...

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Bill creating registry of midwives dies in Senate

JACKSON — A bill creating a registry for midwives who practice in Mississippi is dead this session. Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee chairman Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said he would not bring up the House legislation for a vote today, the deadline for House and Senate committees to pass general bills that started in the opposite chamber. The bill earlier ...

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Barbour to Congress: States need more Medicaid flexibility

WASHINGTON — States need more flexibility to design Medicaid programs that fit unique local needs, Gov. Haley Barbour today told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The healthcare law will be too costly to states, enlarging Medicaid rolls and siphoning money from other needs, including public schools and law enforcement, Barbour said. In Mississippi, Medicaid is estimated to grow ...

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New comparative healthcare publication available

STARKVILLE — Information about healthcare access in the state’s 82 counties now is available through an annual publication of a Mississippi State University research center. “Monitoring Mississippi 2011: Assessing Our Health Workforce” is published by the Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center’s research arm, the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce. (For online orders, visit nemsahec.msstate.edu/book.php.) The health workforce center is ...

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Chiropractor gets two years' house arrest for fraud

COLUMBUS — A Columbus chiropractor has been sentenced to serve two years house arrest for insurance fraud. The state Attorney General’s Office says 63-year-old Dr. James Donovan, owner of the Donovan Chiropractic Clinic, was sentenced Tuesday to three years with one year suspended and two to serve on house arrest in a plea agreement. Lowndes County Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens ...

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