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CVS Casemark, Walgreen settle contract dispute

NEW YORK— CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. have settled a contract dispute that had been expected to prompt thousands of Walgreen customers to search for a new place to fill prescription drugs. Details of the deal announced today were not disclosed. Shares of both companies surged in pre-market trading. Both companies have been negotiating for months and earlier this ...

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Crisis centers' operations passing to nonprofits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Lincoln County supervisors have voted to become a member of Region 8 Mental Health Services, a geographically smaller but much better-funded organization promising to improve local mental health services. The county board of supervisors voted 4-1 to end a 36-year affiliation with Southwest Mississippi Community Mental Health Complex, also called Region 11. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports ...

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Ablitech receives more 'Seed' money from MTA

RIDGELAND and HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) president and CEO Tony Jeff announced that Ablitech Inc., a biotechnology company based in Hattiesburg, has received a second round Research and Development investment from the Mississippi Seed Fund. Ridgeland-based MTA invested $100,000 in Ablitech for further product and market development of Versadel, the company’s proprietary gene therapeutic delivery technology. Ablitech received ...

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Health insurance costs exceed $2 per hour

In March 2010, the average cost for health insurance benefits was $2.08 per hour worked in private industry. Among occupational groups, employer costs for health insurance benefits ranged from 92 cents per hour for service workers, to $3.03 per hour for management, professional, and related occupations. In March 2010, among other occupational groups, employer costs for health benefits averaged $1.87 ...

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UMC expansion draws opposition from hospitals

JACKSON — Major area hospitals are looking to state health officials to make the next move in a yearlong clash over how large and advanced the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) can become without regulation. UMC in Jackson must seek state approval before embarking on major construction projects or buying expensive, high-tech equipment, according to an opinion issued last ...

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Wesley names Neuendorf as new chief executive

HATTIESBURG — Michael S. Neuendorf has recently been appointed CEO of Wesley Medical Center. Neuendorf comes to Wesley from Foley, Ala., where he served as CEO of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center for the past three years. Before becoming the CEO at South Baldwin, he served there as the assistant CEO. “My family and I are thrilled at the opportunities ...

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Pharmacist found guilty of conducting 'pill mill'

GULFPORT — A federal jury has found pharmacist Nick Tran guilty on all 24 counts in his second trial on allegations of conspiring to dispense controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. yesterday ordered marshals to take the 42-year-old Tran into custody. The Sun Herald reports the judge set sentencing for Sept. 8 ...

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Court clears HMA to intervene in case

CANTON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has allowed Health Management Associates (HMA) to intervene in a lawsuit in a Madison County Chancery Court suit between St. Dominic Health Systems and the owner of an outpatient surgery center in Canton it wants to buy. The decision, issued this past week, doesn’t deal with the ongoing argument between HMA and St. Dominic ...

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Oil clean-up workers getting sick

GULF OF MEXICO — Twenty-nine workers hired for oil spill recovery tasks have complained along with 42 others of diverse ailments including nausea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms since May 2, state health officials reported yesterday. Several of those complaining of problems were treated and released and others quickly felt better, Louisiana’s Health Department reported. The health department said workers reporting ...

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Pharmacy group supports Medicaid decision

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On June 4, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid announced it was reversing proposed Medicaid reimbursements cuts for health care providers. Pharmacies would have been hit under the plan as their reimbursements would have been cut by 15 percent. The reversal follows on the heels of an intense lobbying effort by the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association (MIPA). MIPA ...

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