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Municipal Smokefree Air Ordinances: Mississippi Leads Nation

on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 14:07

by IQH / Atom Alliance


Mississippi ranks first in the passing of comprehensive municipal smokefree air ordinances in 2014. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights designated Mississippi as the 2014 first place winner of the Smokefree Challenge national award.


The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control and the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalitions congratulate the 14 cities who have joined the initiative.

With subsidies protected, hospital leaders see brighter future

on Fri, 06/26/2015 - 04:17

Hospital leaders expressed relief and delight Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court solidified the future of subsidized insurance for low- and middle-income Americans in all 50 states under the Affordable Care Act.

The 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell means that insurance will remain affordable for 6.4 million Americans in 34 states and that hospitals will have a payment source for many previously uninsured patients, though Republicans continue to call for repealing the ACA.


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19 clinical research findings to know this week

on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 19:06

Written by Shannon Barnet, Becker's Hospital Review


1. When trauma patients are admitted to a dedicated trauma intensive care unit instead of a mixed ICU, they experience lower complication rates and death after complication. Read more.


2. Electronic surveillance systems equipped with natural language processing algorithms are useful for identifying simple clinical variables but not as effective as standard surveillance methods for detecting CAUTIs. Read more.


3. Research from Veterans Affairs and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor suggests routine hospital stays can upset

2015 PQRS GPRO: 2 Weeks Left to Register by June 30 Deadline

on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:51

Groups have 2 weeks to register to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value - Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System. PQRS GPRO is an option available to groups with 2 or more eligible professionals (EPs). Groups must meet the satisfactory reporting criteria through the PQRS GPRO in order to avoid the -2.0% CY 2017 PQRS payment adjustment. More information is available on the PQRS Payment Adjustment Information web page.

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Rural Regulatory Updates

on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 20:07

On April 16, 2015, the President signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). In part, the bill:

  • Eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and replaces it with five years of 0.5% updates, then transitions practitioners to a system that emphasizes participation in alternate payment models such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) or value-based payment
  • Extends and supplements Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for two years
  • Extends several rural-relevant payment provisions

Mississippi schools add gateways to health care jobs

on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 01:58

The metro area has long been a stronghold for medical education in the Magnolia State. The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson is nationally recognized for its care, training and research, but it is no longer the only destination for those looking to enter the medical field.  Most Mississippi colleges and universities offer gateways to medical disciplines, but there has been expansion by both established and burgeoning programs in just the last few years. Here are some other medical programs.

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Information Regarding the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 21:21

On April 1, 2015, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) was updated using the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology as required by current law.

Gov. Bryant signs bill banning texting while driving

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:36

Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving. Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law this past week.  House Bill 389 prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages, emails or social media messages. It set a $25 fine until July 1, 2016 and $100 after that. Making and receiving phone calls would still be legal.  Mississippi was one of only six states without a texting ban, although it previously banned texting for beginning drivers under 18 and for school bus drivers.  Advocates cite studies finding bans have prevented deaths.


The Mississippi Rural Health Association's Business Services program is designed to connect Association members to key affinity partners that have special products especially for our members. 


Because we care about the success of our members, we have carefully selected services that will provide maximum impact for our health care professionald and facilities.  We are currently investigating additional partners. Please visit the links below to learn more about these Business Services partners.


FirstChoice Cooperative

From towels and bandages to MRI machines and pharmaceuticals,

Mississippi: Last in most things health, first in telemedicine

on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:35

By David Pittman, Politico

Mississippi has a sickly reputation.

The Magnolia State ranks at or near the bottom in most health rankings. Worst infant mortality and most kids born with low birth weight. Second-to-highest rate of obesity and cancer deaths; second from the last in diabetes outcomes.

But the state is a leader in one aspect of health care: telemedicine. The state’s only academic hospital has remote connections with 165 sites, providing specialized services to some of the state’s most far-flung, medically deprived cities and towns.