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Harborside/HHC Nutrition case settled

OXFORD — Harborside Healthcare and HHC Nutrition Services will pay the United States $1.375 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that the company received kickbacks and assistance under the guise of a sham durable medical equipment (DME) provider, the Justice Department announced. The government alleged that McKesson Corp., and its affiliate MediNet Corp. provided the kickbacks and assistance and, ...

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Health literacy program expands

TYLERTOWN and BILOXI — Three years after establishing a health information center inside the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is expanding its services to reach more people statewide with its Mississippi Health Literacy Network. The network establishes satellite health literacy resource centers in both Tylertown and Biloxi. “Our plan is to share pertinent ...

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West Nile virus claims another life

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the death of a Leflore County resident due to complications from West Nile virus (WNV), and seven additional human cases of WNV for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 46 with three deaths. The new cases are in Forrest (two), Rankin (three), Harrison and Marshall counties. The MSDH reports both confirmed and ...

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WCU receives large donation for new college

HATTIESBURG — By naming William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) in his trust, Joel McKenzie of Foxworth has established one of the largest gifts by an individual in the history of WCU McKenzie and his mother, Lois McKenzie of Foxworth, have endowed a professorship and scholarship in the WCU-COM. The trust will initially endow The Joel W. and ...

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Fitch removes negative watch from bonds

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has affirmed 20 classes of senior bonds, removed the rating watch of “negative” and affirmed seven classes of subordinate bonds issued by Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation (MHEAC) 1999 Trust. The rating outlook remains “stable” for the senior bonds. The actions are based on the improving credit profile of the trust as reflected by the parity ...

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Health Department getting stimulus funds

JACKSON — More than 60 awards totaling in excess of $7.6 million has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help states recruit new healthcare clinicians and alleviate their debt burden. The funds are part of the $500 million appropriated to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment ...

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MSDH chosen to test new program

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has been chosen by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) as one of 30 health departments nationwide to participate in a test of the new national voluntary public health accreditation program. MSDH was selected from more than 145 applicants to work through the accreditation process and provide valuable feedback prior to ...

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Baptist utilizing new technology

MEMPHIS — Baptist Memorial Health Care has selected the Allscripts’ Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution to automate and connect clinical and business functions for their 65 employed physicians and the more than 3,100 independent physicians affiliated with the health system’s 15 hospitals in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. “To support Baptist’s goal of providing compassionate, safe, high-quality ...

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Southeast Medical acquires property

FLOWOOD — Southeast Medical Properties I, LLC, an affiliate of Jackson-based Duckworth Realty, Inc., has purchased the 12,000 -square-foot former Baker Engineering building from Cress Realty Group for an undisclosed amount. The property, located at 2925 Layfair Drive in Flowood, will be renovated as a medical office facility for Jackson-based University Physicians, PLLC. Rick Wood and Jon Van Hoozer with ...

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Cardiologist utilizing new procedure

LAUREL — Wassim E. Mouannes, M.D., a cardiologist with Hattiesburg Clinic’s The Heart Care Center-Laurel, recently became one of the first cardiologists in Mississippi to use an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) that utilizes the latest in defibrillator lead technology. This new technology, known as the Attain StarFix, is used treat patients who suffer from irregular heartbeats or heart failure and ...

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