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Bryant Prepares to Sign Proclamation Declaring November 20th Mississippi Rural Health Day

on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 19:59

This week is National Rural Health Week, and around the country rural hospitals, clinics, and associations are celebrating with a number of exciting ventures. In Mississippi, your Rural Health Association is releasing a news article modified from its original release in the Fall 2015 Crossroads magazine about the need for the community to support rural and critical access hospitals.  This article has appropriate timing considering the recent news of Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton closing due to the federal government’s enforcement of the 20-mile rule.

MRHA's Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient for 2015

on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 21:44

The Mary Ann Sones Distinguished Leadership Award is given each year to a member of the Mississippi Rural Health Association that goes above and beyond in his or her duty as a member, but also goes above and beyond in their activity as a rural health champion. This year's award was presented at the Association's 20th Annual Conference to Mrs. Susan Campbell of Rush Health Systems. Susan is the president-elect of the Association and has been a very involved member for many years in the MRHA. Congratulations Susan!

Rural Health Champion Awarded

on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 21:40

Each year the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute at the University of Mississippi Medical Center holds nominations for Mississippi’s Rural Health Champion.  This award goes to an individual in rural Mississippi that has shown a great dedication and passion for rural health and the support of our rural citizens.  This year’s Rural Health Champion award recipient was announced at the MRHA’s 20th Annual Conference to be Dr. Patrick Brent Smith of Cleveland, MS.  Dr.

Carey Medical College Develops Fully-Equipped Telemedical Drone

on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 20:50


The first fully-equipped medical multirotor drone with telemedicine capability is the newest innovation from Dr. Italo Subbarao, an associate dean and associate professor at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a third-year Carey medical student from Wheaton, Illinois.

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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