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Do your homework for open enrollment in Mississippi

By LISA MONTI The annual open enrollment process can be a dreaded chore for some employees who are choosing insurance options for the upcoming year. Experts, though, say it’s vital for employees to do their homework to ensure that they make the best decisions regarding their individual and family insurance coverage. Christine O’Brien, vice president of sales and account management for ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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Renasant’s Shempert honored with Johnson Memorial Award

By NASH NUNNERY Imagine selling insurance products for 30 years while never considering yourself a salesperson. Meet Debbie Shempert. Now senior vice president of operations and compliance for Renasant Insurance in Tupelo, the personable Shempert admits she more or less fell into insurance sales as a career option in 1986. “Becoming involved in the insurance business was the last thing on ...

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BLAKE ADAMS — Practice pitfalls: Minor mistakes in Medicare enrollment can lead to major consequences for health-care providers

For the vast majority of health-care providers in Mississippi, Medicare reimbursement is an essential component of any practitioner’s or institution’s revenue stream. But let’s face it — no one likes dealing with Medicare enrollment forms. The byzantine paperwork and forms required to participate in the Medicare program (each identified by a jumble of letters and numbers such as the CMS-855A, ...

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Magnolia Health to expand exchange coverage to all 82 counties

By JACK WEATHERLY Magnolia Health Care will offer insurance in all 82 of Mississippi’s counties through the federal insurance exchange starting Jan. 1, state Health Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday. The news comes as UnitedHealthcare will pull out from the exchange at the end of the year. The insurer, which had expanded its coverage to all counties this year, announced its ...

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Feds, state still in talks about exchange insurer replacement

By JACK WEATHERLY  As of Monday, the federal government had not certified another health insurer for the Mississippi insurance exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. The months-long effort to gain certification of the insurer is facing increasing pressure as UnitedHealthcare will pull its coverage from the exchange at the end of the year. Chaney said in an interview that ...

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State approves rate jump for 1 of 2 health exchange insurers

Mississippi’s insurance commissioner has approved a rate increase of 43 percent, on average, for one of two health insurers selling policies on the health exchange created under the federal health care overhaul. Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday he approved the increase, beginning Jan. 1, for Kentucky-based Humana because actuaries project a sharp increase in costs and he feared Humana would ...

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2 hospitals to sue state over Medicaid reimbursements

PASGACOULA — Two health care systems plan to sue the Mississippi Division of Medicaid over what they describe as a flaw in the state’s funding formula for Medicaid. In a news release Wednesday, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System assert the payment formula used to reimburse community hospitals for care provided to the uninsured and Medicaid beneficiaries ...

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Not all businesses aware of new OSHA requirements

By BECKY GILLETTE Even with penalties of up to $7,000 for failure to report serious workplace injuries, a report by OSHA estimates that only about 50 percent of severe injuries in the U.S. are being reported within the required period. The revised rule that went into effect in January 2015 didn’t change previous requirements to report all work-related fatalities within ...

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