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UnitedHealthcare pulling out of ACA exchanges in Mississippi, other states

By JACK WEATHERLY  UnitedHealthcare will depart the Mississippi insurance exchange at the end of the year, leaving the state with only two insurers, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Tuesday. That comes as part of the nation’s largest health insurer pullback from all but a few such markets mandated under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The pullout, which ...

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Legislature considers auditing welfare recipients

Lawmakers are considering a bill requiring audits of Medicaid recipients and tightening restrictions on other government aid. A joint House-Senate committee filed the latest version of House Bill 1116 Monday. It would have an outside company build an electronic records system for Medicaid. Officials would periodically verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine whether they’re still eligible for aid. ...

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Dobbs promoted to CEO for Merit Health Mississippi

By ALAN TURNER After serving as CEO for Merit Health’s Central Mississippi facilities, Steve Dobbs has been promoted to CEO for all of Merit’s operations throughout the state of Mississippi. Dobbs is relatively new to Mississippi, arriving in 2015 after a career spanning decades in health care in Oklahoma, Florida, and Kansas. “I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity,” he said ...

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Consumer Reports: Mississippi medical license board website ranks last

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is ranked last among 65 medical licensing boards in terms of websites, according to Consumer Reports. The state had a composite score of 6, compared with top-ranked California, which scored 84. Of eight categories, the Magnolia State’s Board of Medical Licensure was given a poor rating in seven, and one assessment of fair. Dr. Virginia Crawford, ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Reductions in federal programs could force some rural hospitals to close

By BECKY GILLETTE Hospitals in Mississippi are facing daunting financial challenges today and in the years ahead. In addition to having high costs for uncompensated care linked to the state’s decision not to participate in the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion, there are numerous federal budget cuts to Medicaid and Medicare that are causing concern. One example is that hospitals saw ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Medicaid now exchanging patient medical data in real time with with UMMC

By NASH NUNNERY Mississippi is no stranger to producing “firsts” in the health care field. After all, doctors performed both the world’s first human lung and heart transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1963 and 1964, respectively. In 2013, UMMC researchers collaborated with other HIV experts in the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a narrower version of a bill that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would contract an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version would have Medicaid officials then verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine ...

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Senate passes bill merging welfare, Medicaid, rehab agencies

Mississippi’s departments of Human Services and Rehabilitation Services could be combined with its Medicaid agency under a legislative plan. Senators voted 37-14 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 2384 (http://bit.ly/1SfvrTp), which would merge the three agencies. It moves to the House for more work. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Buck Clarke, a Hollandale Republican, says the bill aims to save money by ...

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