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Barbour lists problems with healthcare reform

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and 19 other Republican governors have submitted a list of potential healthcare law improvements for the administration to consider, if the law passed last year by the Democratic Congress isn’t repealed or struck down by the courts. “In addition to its constitutional infringements, we believe the system proposed by the (administration) is seriously flawed, favors ...

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Healthcare reform lawsuit dimissed, but judge gives second chance

HATTIESBURG — A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit in Mississippi that challenges part of the Obama administration’s healthcare law, but he is giving the plaintiffs 30 days to make changes to their complaint. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett ruled Thursday that a group of people who filed the suit haven’t shown that they will be required to comply with ...

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Dead on arrival

Like most legislation the first time it is introduced at the Capitol, a bill that would have removed a signature provision in the nurse practitioner-physician relationship died last week. Rules governing nurse practitioners require that a “protocol,” or what amounts to a course of treatment for a patient, must earn the signature of a collaborating physician whose practice area is ...

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Delta ingrained in Brown

You can take Bill Brown out of the Delta, but you can’t take the Delta out of Bill Brown. That’s because a conversation with Brown is sprinkled with references to the flatland region that is often romanticized by the folks that are born and reared there. “There’s no place like the Mississippi Delta,” said the Greenville native. “I went to ...

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Surgical first for Mississippi

Just a few years ago, it wasn’t conceivable that major surgeries could be performed without a single visible incision scar. Times have changed. Last November, surgeons at St. Dominic Hospital performed what is believed to be the first total laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure in the State of Mississippi.  The procedure, termed a “robotic-assisted single port,” was performed by John Baten, an ...

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Covered?

Two senate bills that would have required nursing homes in Mississippi to carry a minimum amount of $500,000 in liability insurance died at the committee deadline last week. Senate Bill 2062 was double-referred to the Senate Insurance Committee and to the Public Health and Welfare Committee. SB 2248 went to Public Health and Welfare and to the Appropriations Committee. Both ...

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Officials, hospital to continue negotiations

OXFORD — The City of Oxford will join Lafayette County supervisors in moving ahead with negotiations with Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi on the medical center’s plans to build a new $300-million facility in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle reports that with the city’s action last Tuesday, both local governments have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital. The hospital ...

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RCG-Starkville awarded CON for new location

STARKVILLE — Renal Care Group Mississippi (d/b/a RCG-Starkville) has received certificate of need authority (CON) for an amendment to CON #R-0772 (“Relocation of RCG-Starkville”) because the originally proposed site is no longer acceptable to the applicant’s patients and physicians. The proposed new location will be near 124 Eudora Welty Drive, which is less than one mile from the originally approved ...

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CDC: No links between deaths and Chinese drywall

NEW ORLEANS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has not found a link between tainted Chinese drywall and the deaths of 11 people living in homes with the defective drywall in Louisiana, Florida and Virginia. The CDC said in a report yesterday that the people died “without exception” due to “preexisting chronic health conditions unrelated to ...

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Singing River breaks ground for new building

OCEAN SPRINGS — Singing River Health System (SRHS) has celebrated the beginning of construction of a multi-million dollar neuroscience building in Ocean Springs with a brief groundbreaking ceremony. The Ocean Springs Neuroscience Building will provide one location for all neuroscience services, housing neurosurgery, adult and pediatric neurology, pain management, sleep medicine and all of the associated rehab services. Each service ...

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