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Bill to expand dyslexia voucher program clears Senate

The Mississippi Senate has advanced a bill that would let students with dyslexia receive public money to attend private or parochial schools that offer specialized services. House Bill 1046 passed the Senate after about two hours of debate Wednesday night. The bill cleared the House on Feb. 9. The Senate made changes, and the two chambers must agree on a final ...

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Court: Hospital system will have to pay its own legal fees

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Singing River Health System has lost its case in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals against an insurance company that has been paying the hospital system’s legal fees in the court battle against its retirees. The Sun Herald reports that over the course of two years, SRHS has had multiple attorneys and incurred about $3.4 million ...

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3 Mississippi health agencies could be put under governor

Legislators could give the governor oversight of three more state agencies — the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The proposal is in Senate Bill 2567 , called the Mississippi Health Agency Reorganization Act of 2017. The three departments currently have directors appointed by boards. The bill says the governor would appoint ...

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Methodist Rehab expands to enhance spinal injury care

By SUSAN CHRISTENSEN During his first tour of Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Keith Tansey remembers being taken aback by the hospital’s research capabilities. “I visited in 2011 because I knew Dr. Dobrivoje Stokic (MRC’s administrative director of research), and I was curious what he was up to,” said Dr. Tansey, then a spinal cord injury researcher at Emory University, the ...

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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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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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Medicaid underfunded to start year, director tells lawmakers

Mississippi’s Medicaid director says there are straightforward reasons the program is requesting an additional $75 million to get through the final six months of the state budget year. David Dzielak says legislators didn’t put enough money into Medicaid in the first place. Plus, it was one of the agencies that lost money because of state budget cuts in September. Medicaid ...

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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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