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State taking applications for federally-funded health insurance

JACKSON — Some residents of Mississippi who have not had health insurance coverage in the past due to pre-existing health conditions may now be able to acquire insurance, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. A federally-run and funded high-risk pool began taking applications July 1 for people who have not had insurance coverage for at least six previous months and ...

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New University Physicians clinic complete

FLOWOOD — Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN has completed the new 50,575-square-foot University Physicians – Grants Ferry medical office building in Flowood. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 30. Charlotte, N.C.-based Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN owns the $14-million multi-specialty clinic, which houses clinical offices and imaging services. The facility, located at 1010 Lakeland Place, will open to patients July 7. University Physicians, PLLC, ...

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Ablitech to begin testing cancer treatment

HATTIESBURG — Ablitech’s CEO Ken Malone announced that the company is closer to advancing technology that has the ability to stop bladder cancer through its product Versadel.
 Malone said, “The proof is in the lab; a place where we are seeing very promising ways of ending certain cancers and degenerative diseases as we know them today.” “Our technology effectively carries ...

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Baptist begins major construction projects

COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle has begun two construction projects totaling more than $11 million; a new behavioral and mental health facility and a parking lot expansion and renovation project. The parking lot is projected to be completed this fall, just as construction will begin on the new building, which is set to open in early 2012. The new ...

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Clinic expanding services of Spine Center

PICAYUNE — In collaboration with Forrest General Hospital and Lowery A. Woodall Outpatient Surgical Center, Hattiesburg Clinic’s Spine Center plans to expand its services to the Picayune, operating as Spine Center–Picayune. “This new service is a direct result of the growth the Spine Center has experienced,” Joy Yates, assistant administrator of the Spine Center, said. “We are pleased this opportunity ...

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Air ambulance service wins partial victory

PURVIS — A Lamar County jury has awarded $61,833 to Southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District, half of what the company sought from the county. SMAAD had sued Lamar County after it paid a portion of its annual membership subsidy after the county left SEMAAD in February 2009. Joe Bounds, president of the board of supervisors, says any decision to appeal ...

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Medical collaboration to benefit underserved Mississippians

UMMC and Jackson Medical Mall Unite on Revolutionary Program to Increase Primary Care Access, Alleviate ER Burden Just in time for the new fiscal year, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC) will embark on an innovative collaboration to provide better access to primary care medical services to medically underserved Mississippians. Effective July 1, ...

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Lawyers are winners in healthcare reform

Increases in regulation will cost insurance companies, businesses and health providers more With the Health Care Reform Act and corresponding Reconciliation Bill totaling more than 2,000 pages, the only professionals who have time to read and attempt to interpret the new law are lawyers, accountants and other consultants who are paid to do just that. Although all the impacts of ...

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Improved broadband access could enhance telemedicine in rural areas

Northern District Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Brandon Presley is advocating that Mississippi consider following in the steps of other states such as Nebraska that have taken an active role promoting telemedicine by encouraging broadband Internet services in rural areas of the Magnolia State. “In Nebraska, they have had a successful effort to link rural health clinics with major medical centers,” ...

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