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HU MEENA — C Spire Health mobile app redefines the traditional doctor house call

Back in the 1930 and 40s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.   Fast forward 80 years through the industrial, information and technology revolutions to the modern digital era. Research, practice and consumer preference shows that the days of the ...

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Expanded health coverage debated in race for insurance post

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s got more work to do as he seeks a fourth term. But Democratic challenger Robert Amos says Chaney is ignoring the most important work he should be doing — advocating for more health insurance for lower-income Mississippians. The state’s chief insurance regulator wouldn’t have the power to expand coverage without support from the ...

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Hughes, Hosemann chart similar paths on schools, Medicaid

Democrat Jay Hughes spent four years in the state House staking out a place as a champion of public schools and teachers, only to end up running against three-term secretary of state Delbert Hosemann, a Republican who’s promising a teacher pay raise every year and progress toward more funding for public schools. Now, as an underdog who’s at a financial ...

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School counselor cheered on through breast cancer journey

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS Until Kimberly Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, she didn’t realize she had an army at her back. When the Shannon High School counselor had breast cancer surgery on April 1, the school organized a pink out in her honor, calling themselves Johnson’s Army. “I had no idea, no clue,” that so many people would rally ...

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Progress being made at state’s mental health facilities

By LYNN LOFTON The state’s mental health system is complex and serves not only people who have a mental illness, but also those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Strides have been made over the past several years to strengthen the mental health care system to meet residents’ needs. “The progress that has been made and the ...

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Physician assistants playing increasingly important role in Mississippi health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks as having the worst physician shortage in the country. One way to help meet that gap is the use of “physician extenders” like advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PA). Mississippi was the last state in the country to allow PAs to practice. The state’s first training program was launched at Mississippi College ...

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Mississippi State to launch first public university physician assistant program

By BECKY GILLETTE The first physician assistant training program at a public university in Mississippi is scheduled to begin no later than January 2021. “The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, housed on Mississippi State University’s Riley Campus in Meridian, will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare,” said Sid Salter, chief communications officer for MSU. “The ...

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Southwest Health System, UMMC announce health care affiliation

JACKSON —  A new affiliation between Southwest Health System in McComb and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will strengthen and expand health care services in McComb and southwest Mississippi. The affiliation brings the advanced health care offerings of Mississippi’s only academic medical center to Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, a 165-bed, progressive hospital with a medical staff ...

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Mississippi hospital gets upgrades as part of takeover

WIGGINS — A Mississippi hospital is getting some upgrades as it gets taken over by another hospital. WLOX-TV reports that Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is assuming control of Stone County Hospital in Wiggins. Chas Pierce, Senior Director of System Development for Memorial Hospital, tells the news station Stone County Hospital is getting updated lighting and paint. Floors and patient rooms are also ...

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State’s health lab confirms first flu case for 2019-20 season

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2019-2020 flu season. The case was reported in a child under 18 years of age. While flu cases have been diagnosed and treated by healthcare providers throughout the state already this season, this is the first case confirmed in the MSDH Public Health ...

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