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Trial set for ex-Rose Cancer Center doctor, billing agent

SUMMIT — An October 29 trial date has been set for a cancer doctor and a billing agent charged with health care fraud that includes allegations of using diluted chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks were indicted last August on charges including conspiracy and witness tampering related to the activities of Rose Cancer ...

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Plant pathologist's work could lead to new drug for humans

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug. The potential drug shows significant promise for the treatment of serious fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatments and those with HIV or AIDS. While MSU holds numerous patents ...

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Associate director at VA hospital arrested for prescription drug fraud

JACKSON — An associate director at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Mississippi has been arrested and charged with prescription fraud as part of an ongoing investigation, authorities said Thursday. Dorothy White-Taylor, 59, the associate director of patient care services at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, was arrested Tuesday and released on a $10,000 bond, said Michael ...

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Ex-cancer clinic officer manager pleads guilty to health care fraud

SUMMIT — An ex-office manager has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors say was a multi-million-dollar health care fraud in which a cancer clinic gave patients diluted chemotherapy drugs and used old syringes on multiple people. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks were indicted last August on charges including conspiracy and witness tampering related to the activities of Rose ...

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Catholic groups suing White House over birth control provision

AROUND MISSISSIPPI ­— Ten Catholic groups in Mississippi are suing the Obama administration over a mandate that most employers provide birth control coverage as part of health insurance plans. Roman Catholic groups across the nation filed 12 lawsuits yesterday. One was filed in federal court in the southern half of Mississippi. “This lawsuit is an attempt to vindicate one of ...

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UMMC unveil plans to build new $35M research facility

JACKSON — University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say a new research building will include space for startup biotechnology companies. UMMC officials say construction could start in January 2013 at cost of $35 million for the eight-story shell of the Cancer and Biomedical Science Research Center. They say $20 million in funding comes through the National Institute of Standards and ...

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Prosecutors say medical kickback charges shouldn't be dismissed

OXFORD — Federal prosecutors say the owner of a nursing services company acknowledged paying a hospital executive for “procuring business” and a judge should not dismiss the corruption charges against him. Earnest Levi Garner Jr. of Batesville was convicted in March on charges including conspiracy and embezzlement related to work at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic pioneers new diagnostic scanning procedure

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Clinic Neurology is the first in Mississippi to perform the recently FDA-approved DaTscan test, which helps physicians differentiate between essential tremor and parkinsonian syndromes, according to the clinic. After the FDA approved DaTscan in May 2011, Hattiesburg Clinic Neurology performed the diagnostic imaging modality just two months later. On July 14, Wendell R. Helveston, M.D., and Ronald ...

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