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Long term acute care facilities fill vital role in insurance crisis

By BECKY GILLETTE Government and private health insurance programs limit the number of days that patients can be hospitalized in an acute care hospital. For critically ill patients who need care longer, the answer can be staying in a “hospital within a hospital” that might even be managed by a different company specializing in long term acute care (LTAC). Two ...

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Hood suggests that regulatory definition may suffice to curb physician-patient sex

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is contemplating developing a statutory definition of “inappropriate sexual contact” between a physician and a patient. If written and passed by the Legislature, that could solve the challenge of passing a bill that would criminalize sexual misconduct by physicians. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would ...

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Hood wants doctors to check for painkiller prescriptions

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says doctors should have to check an electronic registry before prescribing potentially addictive painkillers. The Democrat told reporters Thursday that he wants a law or regulations requiring physicians and others to check the prescription monitoring program run by the Mississippi Pharmacy Board to prevent patients from acquiring multiple prescriptions. Hood says he fears illegal sales ...

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Bill introduced to make physician-patient sex crime

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would criminalize physicians having sex with patients. Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, said late in 2016 that he was working with lawmakers to draft such a bill. However, the effort ran into resistance from some members of the board. State Attorney ...

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GREGG HARPER — Obamacare is officially on life support

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done ...

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Another record amount given to Children’s Hospital

The charity of the Sanderson Farms PGA Championship donated yet another record amount to Friends of Children’s Hospital. A check for $1.125 million was presented to Friends on Tuesday. The amount surpassed the $1.11 million given last year to the fund-raising organization that supports Batson Children’s Hospital. In 2015, the tourney passed along $1.1 million. The donations go toward a ...

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Upon turning 50, USM’s Nursing College moves to state-of-the-art home

By TED CARTER The opening of University of Southern Mississippi’s Asbury Hall for classes Jan. 17 gives USM a leading role in a strategy by which Mississippi has more than doubled its nursing school graduates since the start of the previous decade. USM’s college of Nursing already accounts for 23.55 percent of nursing baccalaureate degrees awarded in the state, followed by ...

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Tupelo hospital, insurer reach temporary accord

By BOBBY HARRISON  A temporary agreement has been reached to ensure that  people covered through United HealthCare can continue to receive medical care at Tupelo-based North Mississippi Medical Center and its affiliates. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney announced the temporary agreement Thursday. He said it impacts more than 50,000 policy holders. In October, North Mississippi Medical Center announced that  it ...

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Health care laundry to create 50 more jobs

Crown Health Care Laundry Services is investing $800,000 and creating 50 more jobs in Columbia. Crown Health Care announced in April 2013 a $12 million investment and the initial creation of 150 jobs. Crown Health now employs 200. The additional 50 jobs are expected to be created over three years. The Mississippi Development Authority provided a $57,000 grant for equipment installation. In 2013, ...

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Water ban lifted after Corpus Christi chemical contamination

By JACK WEATHERLY A water ban was lifted in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday as officials seek to determine what caused the leak of a chemical last week from a plant operated in part by Flowood-based Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Environmental Quality Commission said in a Sunday release that none of 28 ...

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