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Ex-office manager pleads not guilty in fraud case

SUMMIT — The former office manager of a South Mississippi cancer clinic pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that she was involved in a massive health care fraud that included using old needles and giving patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were led to believe. Brittany McCoskey, 24, of Monticello, stood shackled before a federal judge in Jackson ...

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Hearing set for alleged fraud at cancer clinic

SUMMIT — A hearing is scheduled today for the third woman facing charges related to a cancer clinic that allegedly used old needles and gave patients less chemotherapy than they were led to believe. Some of the charges in the 15-count indictment allege bodily harm and patients are being tested for diseases. Authorities say Rose Cancer Center in Summit made ...

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Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals cuts global deal with CoPlex

MADISON — Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals Inc. has struck an exclusive global licensing deal with CoPlex Therapeutics on hawAD14, a preclinical oral small molecule candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Under the terms of the agreement, Hawthorn will receive an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize hawAD14 and will be responsible for funding all future development. “In ...

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Clinic accused of Medicaid/Medicare fraud

SUMMIT — A clinic in South Mississippi gave cancer patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were told and reused the same needles on multiple people as part of a multimillion-dollar Medicare and Medicaid fraud, a 15-count indictment alleges. Three women, including Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Center in Summit, were charged in the indictment ...

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Le Bonheur to break ground for new hospital

OLIVE BRANCH — Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has chosen the design and construction team for its new Olive Branch Hospital and set the groundbreaking for 3 p.m. on Oct. 19. Gresham, Smith and Partners, Smith Seckman Reid Inc. and Turner Construction Company have been selected as an integrated project delivery team for the design and construction of the new hospital. ...

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Slyter named new CEO of Baptist Health Systems

JACKSON — Mark F. Slyter, FACHE, has been named CEO of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, replacing Kurt W. Metzner, FACHE, who retired August 31. Since 2009, Slyter has served as Baptist Health Systems COO and president for Baptist Medical Center. Before coming to Mississippi, he was the administrator of Baptist Medical Center Beaches (Baptist Health, Jacksonville, Fla.) and administrator ...

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State wins drug-pricing lawsuit against Sandoz

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the state has been awarded $38.2 million in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit. Hood says a judge found that a pharmaceutical company, Sandoz Inc., inflated the average wholesale prices for its generic drugs. In a news release yesterday, Hood says the inflated number caused Mississippi Medicaid to lose money by paying pharmacies too ...

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PEER recommends changes to UMMC purchasing policies

JACKSON — The Peer Committee has released a Report 552, “An Analysis of Selected Procurement Decisions of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.” According to PEER, in 2009 and 2010 complaints arose about UMMC’s procurement of building automatic controls systems. The complainants believed that because the medical center was a member of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)/Novation2 group purchasing organization ...

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