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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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BLAKE ADAMS — Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers

For the vast majority of health-care providers in Mississippi, Medicare reimbursement is an essential component of any practitioner’s or institution’s revenue stream. But let’s face it — no one likes dealing with Medicare enrollment forms. The byzantine paperwork and forms required to participate in the Medicare program (each identified by a jumble of letters and numbers such as the CMS-855A, ...

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IIAM’s new leadership

Durr Boyles of Boyles Moak Insurance Services in Ridgeland was recently elected Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi. Durr’s previously was Vice-Chairman, Chairman-Elect, and as a Board and Executive Committee member. He began his career at Boyles & Moak, Inc. in 1984, and now is a principal in Boyles Moak Insurance Services. He has been on several industry ...

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Costs grow faster for states lacking Medicaid expansion

By BOBBY HARRISON Barely a word was spoken of possible Medicaid expansion recently during meetings of legislative working groups formed by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to look at state’s revenue collections and expenditure. Instead, the focus of the working group dealing with Medicaid was the growth in the existing state program that Executive Director David Dzielak ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs every federal dollar it can get

Let’s get real.    Ignore political ideology for a moment.   Mississippi is a poor state, persistently landing near the bottom on income, health, and education rankings. Many families depend heavily on federal benefits to survive. So, too does state government (44 percent of total spending). Many small businesses’ survival depends heavily on federally subsidized families and government.   Yes, federal ...

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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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Feds, state still in talks about exchange insurer replacement

By JACK WEATHERLY  As of Monday, the federal government had not certified another health insurer for the Mississippi insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. The months-long effort to gain certification of the insurer is facing increasing pressure as UnitedHealthcare will pull its coverage from the exchange at the end of the year. Chaney said in an interview that ...

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Shempert presented honor

Debbie Shempert of Renasant Insurance in Tupelo has received the JH Johnson Award from the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi. Shempert has worked with Renasant Insurance since May 2000, serving as Sr. Vice President/Operations & Compliance. Prior to joining Renasant Insurance, she was president of a Tupelo insurance group. Debbie is a certified hospice volunteer and contributes to her community ...

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State approves rate jump for 1 of 2 health exchange insurers

Mississippi’s insurance commissioner has approved a rate increase of 43 percent, on average, for one of two health insurers selling policies on the health exchange created under the federal health care overhaul. Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday he approved the increase, beginning Jan. 1, for Kentucky-based Humana because actuaries project a sharp increase in costs and he feared Humana would ...

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