Coast hospitals sue state Medicaid for $20 million in under-funded reimbursements.


   Two large Coast hospital systems are ready to go to court to fight for what they claim are $20 million in under-funded Medicaid reimbursements. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport says it was shorted more than $10 million by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid during the past fiscal year. Singing River Health System also claims it's … Continue reading Coast hospitals sue state Medicaid for $20 million in under-funded reimbursements.

Telemedicine provider opposes regulations by MS Board of Medical Licensure


   Teladoc Inc., a telemedicine provider, has served notice it does not want to be reined in by rules changes proposed by the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure. The provider opposes the proposed requirement of a videoconferencing before medication is prescribed and a contract is signed between a telemedicine physician and a primary care physician. … Continue reading Telemedicine provider opposes regulations by MS Board of Medical Licensure

Dems positioning for new Medicaid expansion debate


Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-igniting¬†debate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health care coverage primarily to the … Continue reading Dems positioning for new Medicaid expansion debate

Longwitz: Think of the children.


As debate over bills in the MS Legislature gets into full swing, file this one away under 'right-before-you-said-that-you-should-have-shut-up'. Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison, hoping to stop debate about a bill that would legally require insurance companies to extend coverage, reportedly said: "I would ask you today if we're going to have an ideological battle, let's … Continue reading Longwitz: Think of the children.

Rep. Mark Formby’s HB 130 would allow parents conscientious objection to vaccinations for children.


Members of a group called Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights said they, and not the government, should decide whether and when to immunize their children. More than a dozen parents, some carrying babies or pushing strollers, have been at the Capitol the past two weeks talking to lawmakers and handing out fliers that call the … Continue reading Rep. Mark Formby’s HB 130 would allow parents conscientious objection to vaccinations for children.

SUN HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Legislature should revoke Open Meetings Act exemption for public hospitals.


Obviously, our own support for the measure has been bolstered by recent revelations about Singing River Health System mishandling its finances and pension plan. But the concern is not limited to the Coast. As the Natchez Democrat editorialized at the time Collins' bill was killed by inaction, "we had hoped against hope that Senate Bill … Continue reading SUN HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Legislature should revoke Open Meetings Act exemption for public hospitals.

MS Hospitals continue pressing for Medicaid expansion.


(graphic credit: Kaiser Family Foundation via MPBOnline.org) St. Dominic's president Lester Diamond says Mississippi hospitals are working on a proposal that would include changes to the existing Medicaid program to help convince reluctant state lawmakers to expand it. Diamond says there is a sweet spot that includes conservative changes to Medicaid but still open access … Continue reading MS Hospitals continue pressing for Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Bryant in DeSoto County to tout states ranking as best to practice medicine.


The state of Mississippi is found at the top of several state rankings, many of which are normally not positive. But for the second straight year, the Magnolia State tops the list of best states to practice medicine. Gov. Phil Bryant visited Southaven Thursday to promote that fact. Bryant also encouraged DeSoto County leaders to … Continue reading Gov. Bryant in DeSoto County to tout states ranking as best to practice medicine.

#ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.


Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak (JELL-ick) told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care … Continue reading #ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.

Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.


A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled against the Obama Administration in a case challenging the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services decision to extend tax subsidies to states without a state health insurance exchange. The decision comes on the heels of several other rulings, including the opinion of the D.C. Circuit in Halbig … Continue reading Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.