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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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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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Personhood opponents angry over new life-at-conception bill

JACKSON — Opponents say they are angry that Mississippi lawmakers are considering proposals to declare life begins at conception, months after voters rejected a similar constitutional amendment. Several bills would also put new restrictions on abortion in a state that already requires a 24-hour waiting period before any abortion can be performed and parental consent for a minor seeking the ...

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Hybrid Plastics technology used in world's first synthetic organ transplant

HATTIESBURG — Technology from a Mississippi company has been used in an international medical breakthrough: Hybrid Plastics’ unique technology called POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane) was recently used to enable the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. In the surgery performed in June 2011 in Sweden, a terminally ill cancer patient received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from his own stem ...

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Man charged with practicing unlicensed medicine

OXFORD — An Oxford man has been freed on bond after being arrested for practicing medicine without a license. Agent-in-charge Keith Davis, agent-in-charge with the Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit, tells the Oxford Eagle 50-year-old Mukund K. Patel has been charged with eight counts. Davis says the investigation is continuing. Patel has been free on $2,000 bond. No trial date ...

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City leaders mulling medical corridor plan

JACKSON — Jackson city and business leaders are spearheading an effort to transform a five-miles stretch of road from Interstate 55 to Interstate 220 into a medical research corridor. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Mississippi Healthcare Corridor would include a previously announced research park the University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to build at the old Farmers Market and redevelopment of ...

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Calif. first to OK insurance exchange per health care reform

State exchange plans must be approved by Jan. 1, 2013 Source: amednews.com WASHINGTON — California has become the first state to create a health insurance marketplace as envisioned under the national health reform law. “Every state is going to have to have some sort of legislative action on this,” said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, chair of the Health Insurance ...

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Study: Obesity care costs twice previous estimates

ATLANTA – New research suggests that almost 17 percent of medical costs in the U.S. can be blamed on obesity. It suggests that the nation’s weight problem may be having close to twice the impact as previously estimated. The new study pegs annual obesity-related costs around $168 billion. The new research was done by John Cawley of Cornell University and ...

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6 projects underway at Biloxi VA hospital

BILOXI- – Six major expansion projects costing $150 million are in progress at the Veterans Affairs hospital complex in Biloxi. Officials expect much the work to be completed next year, according to The Sun Herald. The Biloxi complex, built in the 1930s, has taken on more patients since the Gulfport Veterans Affairs hospital closed just after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. ...

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Judge lets states' healthcare suit go forward

A Florida judge ruled Thursday that U.S. states can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn health care reform, according to Reuters. Mississippi has joined Florida and 18 other states participating in the suit. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson had said at a hearing last month that he would block efforts by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit. Apart ...

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