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Lawmakers concerned about mental health care cuts

JACKSON — Several Mississippi House members say they want budget writers to restore more than $6 million that could be cut from the Department of Mental Health for the coming year. The House and Senate face an early April deadline to agree on a $5.5 billion spending plan for all of state government. Fiscal 2014 begins July 1. Democratic Rep. ...

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Hospital unveils plan for new hospice facility; fundraiser underway

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital plans to open a 12-patient hospice facility for the terminally ill by mid-2015. The Hattiesburg American reports the Hospice House of South Mississippi will be built on five acres of donated land. Officials with the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation announced a capital campaign to raise $5 million to build the Hospice House. Foundation president Bill ...

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Foundation launches fundraiser for new health center

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is on its way to transforming the quality of health care provided to students, faculty and staff. The USM Foundation announced the Moffitt Health Center Campaign, which will aid in the relocation of the University’s Student Health Services to a new, state-of-the-art facility. The $1-million campaign has already received $750,000 in commitments toward ...

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Contract awarded for 'whistle stops' along Tanglefoot Trail

PONTOTOC — A Thaxton company has been awarded a $319,000 contract to construct four “whistle stops” along the Tanglefoot Trail in north Mississippi. Karen Heintze, project manager for Three Rivers Planning and Development District, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Hooker Construction Company will build “whistle stops” at Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and Houlka. “Whistle stops” will include restroom facilities, water ...

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Pediatricians supporting the expansion of Medicaid

JACKSON — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest professional organization of pediatricians in the United States and in Mississippi, favors Medicaid expansion. AAP announced its position in a news release. In part, the release said: “Pediatricians in the state of Mississippi, a predominately conservative group with conservative values, were recently surveyed about Medicaid expansion in Mississippi. The results: ...

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Dems look for new way to pass Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature say they’re trying a new approach to push for Medicaid expansion — an issue they support and Republican leaders oppose. Democrats hold a minority of seats in the House and Senate and they’ve pushed unsuccessfully this legislative session to bring up Medicaid expansion for debate in either chamber. They sent Republican Gov. Phil ...

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DRA, UMMC bringing telehealth center; to create 200 jobs

JACKSON — A new telehealth delivery and education center will provide Mississippians with access to affordable, quality health care as well as expand medical training to providers, according to a joint news release from the Delta Regional Authority and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Center leaders estimate that the new Mississippi Delta Healthcare Workforce and Technology Project will create ...

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Abortion clinic preparing for license revocation hearing

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later. The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to take away its license because the facility had failed to fulfill requirements of a 2012 ...

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Baptist chooses IDS solution to cut billing, revenue cycle

JACKSON — Medical Practice Solutions (MPS), a division of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc., has selected technology from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based IDS to expedite billing and tighten the healthcare system’s revenue cycle. AbbaDox Charge Capture gives physicians the ability to record and immediately submit patient care charge details directly to billing departments, according to a release from IDS. In addition ...

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