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Judge rules — no ombudsman for bankrupt hospital

NATCHEZ — A federal bankruptcy judge has declined to appoint a patient care ombudsman for Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack said he would look at the issue again if someone brings a patient care issue to him. The hospital’s bankruptcy attorney, Eileen Shaffer of Jackson, had argued to Olack that the hospital ...

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Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on today signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. House Bill 1400, which becomes law July 1, will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ gestational age. That’s defined as 20 weeks since the start ...

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Grant to be used for more efficient delivery of pediatric services

JACKSON — Mississippi officials hope that a $5 million grant will create a more seamless system to care for children’s medical, mental and behavioral needs. The partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi Children’s Home Services was announced yesterday. The effort, which aims to break down walls between medical and mental health care, will be funded with ...

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County leaders hire company to provide health care to inmates

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have hired a private company to handle medical, mental health and dental care for inmates at the jail. Supervisors say the $650,000 annual contract covers health care services to inmates at the adult and juvenile detention centers. The company is offering primary care, mental health and 24-hour, on-call service. Board president Troy Ross has said ...

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Transcript Pharmacy earns dual accreditation

JACKSON — Transcript Pharmacy Inc. has been awarded specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. Transcript Pharmacy is dually-accredited and holds Board of Pharmacy permits allowing it to serve patients in all 50 states. In addition to meeting the mandatory accreditation requirements, Transcript Pharmacy also met ...

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Study: Most rural hospitals' finances at or above national average

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has released a study of Mississippi’s publicly owned, rural hospitals’ financial health. Public finances and the efficiency and effectiveness of their use are areas frequently studied by the Office of the State Auditor. The study, which gathered data from audited financial reports for the years 2009-2012, includes 25 hospitals in Mississippi that meet the ...

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Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi State University researchers say fewer than half of Mississippi’s primary care doctors are taking new Medicare patients. The state has fewer primary care doctors per capita than any other state to begin with. Social science professor Ronald Cossman says researchers posing as new patients called doctors’ offices, reaching 580 of the 678 individual and group practice ...

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Forrest General selects first class for new residency program

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital has chosen the first class of graduate physicians for its new Family Medicine Residency Program. The program began accepting applications from senior medical students last fall and will start its first class of resident physicians on June 30, 2014. “Our program received over 2,000 applications from some very qualified candidates. We are very excited and ...

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House votes for medicinal marijuana oil legislation

Mississippi lawmakers have voted to make the use of marijuana legal— kind of. The Mississippi House of Representatives voted yesterday to make a medicinal marijuana oil legal in the state under tightly controlled circumstances. The House voted 112-6 to pass the final version of House Bill 1231. The Senate still must approve the agreement before it goes to Gov. Phil ...

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