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Cochran questions proposed chronic disease grants

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services to explain how plans to create a chronic disease grant program would benefit rural states like Mississippi that might not have the resources to effectively compete for the new grants. Cochran serves on the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee ...

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Baptist-DeSoto's Emergency Department elevated to Level III

SOUTHAVEN — The trauma level at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto’s emergency department has been upgraded from Level IV to Level III status, enabling the hospital to be able to serve trauma patients. Baptist DeSoto’s emergency department saw 55,757 patients last year. Of that total, 12,880 patients arrived by ambulance, and 395 were trauma arrivals. One reason for the raised trauma designation ...

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Insurance workers indicted, accused of fraud costing $500K-plus

BRANDON — Fourteen people, including three employees of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, have been indicted by a Rankin County grand jury on charges of insurance fraud, Attorney General Jim Hood said yesterday. The investigation involved the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan. Blue Cross/Blue Shield administers those health plans for the state. An indictment alleges the ...

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Memorial Hospital opening clinic in Wal-Mart

GULFPORT — Memorial Hospital’s first medical clinic to operate in a Wal-Mart will open Monday in Gulfport. Memorial Physician Clinics, owned by Memorial Hospital, will operate The Clinic at Wal-Mart seven days a week. Hospital CEO Gary Marchand tells The Sun Herald that Wal-Mart was specifically seeking a healthcare service provider to occupy space in the store. Wal-Mart announced in ...

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ACS expanding in-state operations, adding jobs

RIDGELAND — Affiliated Computer Services Inc. (ACS), A Xerox Company, is expanding its operations in Ridgeland, creating 50 new permanent full-time jobs in the area, which is expected to rise to 200 in the next two years. The jobs will support the Dallas-based company’s many healthcare clients across the country, including the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. “We are expanding in ...

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Pharmaceutical association's ads target state lawmakers

WASHINGTON — A new ad campaign by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) “warns Mississippi legislators that SB 2445 would increase healthcare costs by granting the State Board of Pharmacy (instead of the State Insurance Commissioner) authority to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).” This power transfer would create a conflict of interest since the board members are pharmacists, a group ...

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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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