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Jackson physician convicted of fraud scheme

JACKSON — A federal jury has found a Jackson physician guilty of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas faces a maximum 125 years in prison after his April 8 conviction on 10 counts by a jury of eight women and four men. The 54-year-old Thomas and many of her family and friends sobbed after ...

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Lawmakers debating Medicaid enrollment procedures

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are arguing over Medicaid enrollment procedures. For the past seven years, Medicaid recipients have been required to go to state offices once a year to renew their enrollment in the government health plan for the poor. Before then, recipients could re-enroll by mail. That’s the procedure most states use. The Democratic-controlled House voted 65-49 Feb. 8 ...

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MHA caught off-guard by Guv.’s plan to cut payments

Hospitals thought provisions in bill would protect them from Medicaid provider payment reduction Before last Monday, Sam Cameron probably expected the upcoming legislative session to be free of any major drama. Those plans changed once Gov. Haley Barbour unveiled his executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2012, which starts July 1. To fill the massive hole left by the disappearance ...

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Jobs bill defeat leaves massive Medicaid deficit in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The defeat of a jobs bill in the U.S. Senate last week created an almost $200-million hole in the Alabama Medicaid budget, raising the prospect that medical services for the state’s poor may be curtailed in 2011. The $1.6-billion General Fund budget passed by the state Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Bob Riley anticipated receiving $197 ...

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Pharmacy group supports Medicaid decision

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On June 4, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid announced it was reversing proposed Medicaid reimbursements cuts for health care providers. Pharmacies would have been hit under the plan as their reimbursements would have been cut by 15 percent. The reversal follows on the heels of an intense lobbying effort by the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association (MIPA). MIPA ...

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Medicaid nixes plan to cut payments

JACKSON — The Mississippi Medicaid program is withdrawing a proposal to reduce payments to doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers for April, May and June. The federal government never approved the proposed reductions, and no providers lost money because of the proposal, Medicaid spokesman Francis Rullan told The Associated Press. Medicaid director Bob Robinson told providers March 31 that the ...

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Expert: Prepare for health reform changes now

Post-reform financial outlook is grim   No implementation details are yet available for federal healthcare reform, but most healthcare providers feel sure about one thing: From a financial standpoint, the changes don’t look good.  Healthcare providers cannot do business as usual, said David Williams, a partner at HORNE LLP, a CPA and business advisory firm. Healthcare providers must anticipate “delivery ...

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Pharmacists voice opposition to proposed plan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly opposing Mississippi’s plan to reduce pharmacy reimbursements by 15 percent for the remainder of this fiscal year. The approval is required by the federal government in its partnership with states to provide health care services to economically ...

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Still no approval for state to cut Medicaid payments

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Medicaid program still hasn’t received federal permission to cut payments to doctors, dentists and other providers for the final three months of the budget year, the program’s spokesman said today. The chairman of the state Senate Public Health Committee, meanwhile, said the planned cuts for April, May and June are counterproductive. “It just further irritates the very ...

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