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Transcript Pharmacy makes Inc. 5000

JACKSON — Transcript Pharmacy has landed on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in America for the third year in a row. President Cliff Osbon attributes the honor to loyal support from practitioners, patients and other health care industry workers, as well as his company’s high-touch patient model. In addition to being highlighted on the list, ...

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SMSH expands service into four more counties

PURVIS — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has revised the psychiatric services catchment areas for Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield and South Mississippi State Hospital (SMSH) in Purvis. Effective immediately, the catchment area for SMSH will include Hancock, Harrison, Stone and Pearl River counties in addition to the nine counties the Purvis facility currently serves. Since it’s opening in ...

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Taylor signs petition to repeal healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is a cosponsor of HR 4972, the bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the healthcare reform bill. He signed the discharge petition to bring HR 4972 to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote to repeal the bill that became law March 23. A discharge petition ...

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Smith replacing Silverman as CEO at CMMC

JACKSON — Scott Smith, a veteran hospital executive who has led hospitals in Mississippi and Louisiana, will become the new CEO at Central Mississippi Medical Center later this month. This announcement follows the Sept. 1 appointment of Glen Silverman, current leader of Central Mississippi Medical Center, as CEO of Madison County Medical Center in Canton and of the future Madison ...

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Medicaid officials: Reform to be costly

JACKSON — Mississippi Medicaid officials say the federal healthcare overhaul could push as many as 400,000 additional people onto the rolls of the state program. Medicaid director Bob Robinson said in a news release yesterday that the state is struggling to pay for its current program. About one-fifth of Mississippi residents are already covered by Medicaid, a government health insurance ...

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Another West Nile virus case identified

CALHOUN COUNTY — Health officials say one new case of West Nile virus has been reported in Mississippi, bringing the state total to five so far this year. The Mississippi Department of Health said in a news release that the new case occurred in an adult in Calhoun County. Earlier, two positive cases were reported in Leflore County with one ...

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Mental health centers avert funding crisis

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has agreed to pay half the cost of Medicaid matching funds to help the state’s 15 community mental health centers through June 2012. Officials feared the community centers may close because they didn’t have funds for the state’s share of the match to pull down federal funds to treat Medicaid recipients. ...

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Coast hospital set to begin major renovations

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock Medical Center hopes to get started in two months on its $24-million face-lift. Hospital spokesman Tom Carlton tells The Sun Herald that bids went out last month for the renovation project. He said hospital services will not be interrupted by the construction. The project will take about three years to complete. “The construction phase will ...

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Coast hospital lays off nearly 50 workers

GULFPORT — Forty-seven employees have been laid off at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Gary Marchand, the hospitals president and CEO, says the layoffs came Friday and included 35 full-time employees. He says 10 nurses were laid off. Marchard said yesterday that Memorial Hospital is trying to offset an anticipated $11 million shortfall related to reimbursement reductions from Medicare and Medicaid. ...

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Health Department awards CONs for three projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for three projects. The projects are: • Covington County Hospital and Nursing Home (d/b/a Arrington Living Center) in 
Collins — for the cost overrun to CON #R-0556-A for the construction/establishment of a 60-bed skilled nursing facility. The additional capital expenditure is $170,000
, and the total capital ...

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