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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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Easing tensions

Hopes are that new program will help alleviate future issues While the relationship between nurse practitioners and physician assistants has historically been competitive, there is a chance things could soften, with the executive director of the Mississippi Nurses Association having recently taken a spot on the advisory board of Mississippi College’s new physician assistants program. “Maybe we’ll reach that point ...

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Moving forward

New $2.7-million medical park, wellness center part new construction, improvements At a time when some hospitals are struggling with financial and staffing issues, the Singing River Health System is thriving. Based in Pascagoula, the system includes Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital. The system is moving forward with a new $22.7-million medical park and wellness center in Pascagoula and ...

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Filling a nursing need

MC’s new PA program may help with statewide shortage The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that by 2020 the U.S. will have a shortage of family practitioners that could exceed 40,000. In Mississippi, the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants thinks it can fill the void. Currently, there are 100 practicing physician’s assistants in Mississippi, according to number provided by ...

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Poll: Americans split on health care repeal

WASHINGTON — First it was President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it’s the Republican cry for repeal. An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care. Tea party enthusiasm for repeal has failed ...

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College Board scraps plan to increase requirements

JACKSON — The state College Board has abandoned a plan to increase course requirements for Mississippi’s public universities. The universities had planned to increase the number of required high school courses – mostly with advanced classes – from 15.5 to 19.5 for high school students graduating in 2012. Education leaders believe that requiring courses like calculus and physics would better ...

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Federal biomedical research director, UMMC grad, lectures Friday

Source: UMMC press release JACKSON — One of the nation’s top scientists and director of the federal agency charged with mobilizing production of last year’s H1N1 flu vaccine, the largest amount in U.S. history, will give the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences 2010 Research Day Distinguished Alumni Lecture on Friday. Dr. Robin Robinson received ...

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