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Health plan tax break a target again

WASHINGTON — Job-based health care benefits could wind up on the chopping block if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans get serious about cutting the deficit. Budget proposals from leaders in both parties have urged shrinking or eliminating tax breaks that help make employer health insurance the leading source of coverage in the nation and a middle-class mainstay. The idea ...

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UM pharmacy school creates residencies

OXFORD — In response to the growing number of pharmacy graduates seeking opportunities to further develop their practice skills, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy has created a Community Pharmacy Residency Program. The residency is a one-year training program focused on advancing skills in providing direct patient care, patient care service development and practice management. The first resident was ...

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Chaney calls healthcare reform communism

OLIVE BRANCH — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says some parts of the federal healthcare overhaul won’t work because they came from “pure socialist-communist ideas.” The Republican’s comments came Nov. 10 during a speech to the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce. The Commercial Appeal reports that Chaney said he and his staff are sorting through the federal law that started ...

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River Region looking for new chief executive

VICKSBURG — River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg is looking for a new CEO. CEO Vance Reynolds announced Nov. 10 that he’s leaving Dec. 10 to take a similar job in his hometown of Sherman, Texas. Reynolds has been in healthcare management 12 years and was hired by River Region in Dec. 2008. River Region said in July that it ...

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US city bans toys in some fast-food kids meals

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has become the first major American city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines. The city’s Board of Supervisors gave the measure final approval Tuesday on an 8-3 vote. That’s enough votes to survive a planned veto by Mayor Gavin Newsom. The ordinance, which would go ...

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Global Obesity Summit held this week in Jackson

Source: Press release JACKSON — The Global Obesity Summit 2010 will be held this week at the Jackson Convention Center. Internationally renowned scientists, clinicians, state leaders, business leaders, and health care policy makers will discuss innovative solutions to the causes of obesity, preventive strategies, and therapeutic management approaches. This summit marks the founding of the Center for Obesity, Nutrition and ...

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High court turns down early health care challenge

Federal appeals court has not yet considered case WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The decision Monday to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost ...

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Forrest General cancer center receives accreditation

Source: Forrest General Hospital press release HATTIESBURG — The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Forrest General’s Cancer Center. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program like Forrest General’s Cancer Center ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, a multispecialty team approach, information about clinical ...

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Mergers between insurers and hospitals expected to accelerate

Source: The American Medical Association Health care reform, in combination with economic factors and other trends, is expected to speed consolidation of health insurers and hospitals, leaving physicians to figure out how they should adapt, reports the American Medical Association. The prospect for mergers and acquisitions throughout the industry is high thanks not only to health system reform, but also ...

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Crisis point

DMH desperate to keep facilities open, available Last Tuesday, Gov. Haley Barbour asked state agencies to submit to him by Nov. 1 cost-cutting plans for fiscal year 2012. The request comes in advance of Barbour’s executive budget recommendation he will unveil in November, and is designed to provide a financial outline for the massive budget deficit the state will encounter ...

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