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Judge upholds state's tort cap, but criticizes law

JACKSON — A federal judge has upheld Mississippi’s cap of $500,000 on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. The ruling came in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a woman and her unborn baby who died after being denied potential lifesaving treatment at a hospital on the Choctaw Reservation in Neshoba County. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ...

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Hospitals suing Blue Cross, allege reduced payments

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Ten Mississippi hospitals have filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi alleging the insurer wrongfully reduced inpatient payments it was obligated to make for medical services rendered to patients. This is according to a news release from Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA). The lawsuit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Hinds County, ...

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Woman indicted for Medicaid fraud; faces up to 35 years in prison

GREENVILLE —A 31-year-old Greenville woman has been indictment on seven counts of Medicaid fraud. The attorney general’s office says Marguerite Wilson turned herself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office June 11 following indictment by a local grand jury. In a news release, the attorney general’s office says Wilson was working as a case manager for Delta Community Mental Health ...

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Supervisors hire HORNE to conduct hospital-sale feasibility study

NATCHEZ and JACKSON — The Adams County Board of Supervisors has selected the HORNE Group as the firm that will determine if the sale of county-owned Natchez Regional Medical Center is feasible. The Jackson-based certified public accounting and business advisory firm completed a similar study for the county in 2008. The feasibility study is the first legal step necessary in ...

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Woman pleads not guilty to murder in second buttocks-enhancement case

JACKSON — A Mississippi woman has pleaded not guilty to killing an Alabama woman by giving silicone injections as a buttocks enhancement. Tracey Lynn Garner entered the plea today in Hinds County Circuit Court. Judge Winston Kidd says he’ll consider Garner’s request to be released on bond. Kidd also extended a gag order to prevent attorneys from discussing charges against ...

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VA adds to staff as part of White House initiative

JACKSON — The G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson has added 30 new mental health professionals. President Barack Obama has set a goal of adding 1,600 providers in the nation’s 152 VA medical centers. Jackson VA Medical Center Director Joe Battle says in a statement that the hirings include four marriage and family therapists and three licensed ...

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Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep Medicaid in business once the ...

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Doctor appeals Medicaid, Medicare fraud conviction

JACKSON — A Mississippi doctor convicted of orchestrating a $6.9-million Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme will have her appeal heard in July by federal judges in New Orleans. Oral arguments in the appeal by Dr. Cassandra Faye Thomas will be heard July 10 by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas was convicted on 10 ...

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