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Coast hospitals receive CON authority from MSDH for projects

GULFPORT and PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi State Department of Health has found there is a need to expand the neonatal intensive-care unit at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and add eight beds at Singing River Health System in Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports certificate of need (CON) applications were approved yesterday and work on both projects may proceed. Richard Lucas, vice ...

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Ex-hospital executive asks for acquittal or new trial

BATESVILLE — A former Mississippi hospital executive wants a federal judge to acquit him or grant a new trial in an alleged medical kickback and bribery scheme. Raymond Lamont Shoemaker of Tupelo was charged last year with receiving kickbacks for nursing services, conspiracy, embezzlement and other charges last year at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Shoemaker was convicted March 2 ...

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Union opposing planned affiliation of UMMC and HMA

JACKSON — A group touting itself as the nation’s largest health care union is taking issue with the planned affiliation between Health Management Associates and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In news release, the Service Employees International Union contends HMA “wants to partner with UMC to obtain a share of special Medicare payments reserved for teaching hospitals.” The union ...

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CEO says Greenwood Leflore Hospital is profitable

GREENWOOD — The CEO of Greenwood Leflore Hospital says the medical center made a more than $3 million profit in its latest fiscal year and continues to be in strong financial shape. Jim Jackson tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the facility reinvests that money to keep its facilities and technology up to date and attract physicians and staff. Jackson’s comments came ...

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Neshoba County General spinning off ambulance service

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County General Hospital has agreed to spin off its ambulance service. The Neshoba Democrat reports the ambulance service will become a separate entity under an agreement between the hospital and the county board of supervisors. “It will no longer be an extension of the emergency room as far as hospital billing is concerned,” said county administrator Benjie ...

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Supreme Court mulls certificates of need — again

JACKSON — Mississippi’s certificate-of-need law, which limits where hospitals can locate and expand and what services they can provide, is back before the state Supreme Court. From its inception by the federal government in 1974, the CON program has led to Herculean legal battles, most of them among Mississippi’s largest hospitals. Congress created the CON program to help rural areas ...

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Councilmen vote to hire consultant to determine hospital's value

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood City Council has voted to hire consultants to determine the dollar value of Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The hospital is owned jointly by the city and Leflore County. The city council voted Tuesday to hire the consultants. City and county officials have had early discussions about the possibility of selling the hospital. City Council President Ronnie Stevenson ...

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Medicaid agency lobbies lawmakers for more funding

JACKSON — Efforts to hold the line on Mississippi’s Medicaid spending are getting more daunting. The state Medicaid agency told House members yesterday that without changes, it now needs almost $884 million for the budget year that begins July 1. That’s up from the $870 million that the agency had previously requested. Gov. Phil Bryant is only asking lawmakers for ...

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City officials approve annexation of private property

OXFORD — Oxford officials will not oppose property owners wanting their 160 acres brought into the city limits. The Oxford Eagle reports the Board of Aldermen told City Attorney Pope Mallette to notify the Lafayette County Chancery Court that it will not object to the annexation request. The property owners are hoping to sell their land to Baptist Memorial Health ...

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