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House passes bill increasing ID requirements for Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would increase the amount of personal income and identify details Medicaid recipients must report before getting the health coverage. Legislators voted 76-40 to pass the bill without reading or discussing it. House Bill 1116 would require state officials to build a computerized system to keep records of Medicaid recipients. Officials ...

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Mississippi vaccine requirements could be eased under bill

JACKSON — A bill that would let physicians exempt children from Mississippi’s vaccination requirements is advancing in the state House. A split Education Committee voted Tuesday to push House Bill 938 (http://bit.ly/1S02JWj) to the full chamber for more debate. Rep. Mark Formby, a Picayune Republican, says the state should honor physicians’ wishes. Under current law, the state Health Department must ...

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Telemedicine providers propose legislation on rules

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s been about six months since the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board said it would provide an economic impact statement linked to its proposed rules changes for telemedicine. Meantime, Teladoc Inc., the nation’s largest telemedicine provider, has introduced a set of rules of its own in a bill in the Legislature. The board is seeking to require videoconferencing ...

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Gulf Coast ophthalmologist helps first responders

By LYNN LOFTON  Like many Americans, Rainna Bahadur, M.D., was moved by the courage of first responders in the tragedy of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City. The Gulf Coast ophthalmologist and partner of Eye Associates of the South wanted to find something she could do for local first responders. An idea presented itself one night as ...

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Collaboratory in Madison County helps create new jobs in biomed industry

By BECKY GILLETTE  The Madison County Economic Development Authority opened a unique business center designed for health care companies about a year ago called the Mississippi Biomedical Business Collaboratory. The 60,000-square-foot building in Canton that was previously a training facility for Nissan was converted to attract health care companies together in a building where they could share ideas and prosper. ...

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Telehealth network’s Southeastern expansion means more jobs, services

By BECKY GILLETTE The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for Telehealth and Intel-GE Care Innovations has had such success providing the Diabetes Health Telehealth Network that it is being expanded to serve those with other chronic diseases and those underserved across the Southeast. “UMMC’s Center for Telehealth has a history of creating sustainable telehealth models by providing high quality health ...

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Report: State third worst in Medicare waste

  By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi was the third worst state in Medicare waste per beneficiary in fiscal 2014, according to the Council for Medicare Integrity. Overpayments in Medicare parts A and B for Mississippi totaled $55,048,689.18, ranking behind only the District of Columbia, which was the worst, and Arkansas. Nationwide, hospitals accounted for $29.6 billion of a total of $46 ...

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UMMC opens Teen Wellness Clinic at Lanier

By LYNN LOFTON Improving the health of all Mississippians is one of the goals of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. What better way to start than working with students? Students at Lanier High School in Jackson will learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle in addition to receiving primary medical care when they visit the school’s new Teen Wellness Clinic, ...

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