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Let's Try Again: CDC issues stronger Ebola standards

on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 21:24

Conceding its previous Ebola safety protocols failed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more robust standards aimed at better protecting workers who confront Ebola and other deadly infectious diseases.  CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said late Monday that the new guidelines were designed to increase the margins of safety for healthcare workers.

4 ways to improve primary care delivery

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:26

Several practical solutions could offset the primary care shortage, according to a new report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.  As more primary care physicians (PCPs) practice at a local level, avoidable readmissions and emergency department (ED) use declines, according to the report, "Advancing Primary Care Delivery: Practical, Proven and Scalable Approaches." Despite this correlation, the aging population and a steep decline in the number of insured, PCP office visits fell between 2012 and 2013, according to the report

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Cochran Signs Letter to Help Rural Healthcare Providers

on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:18

By Marla Stuart

Senator Thad Cochran joined with other senators Thursday to send a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking for a more robust review of rural impacts of any new regulation.  The letter was initiated by Senators Heitkamp (ND) and Thune (SD) and came to the attention of Cochran’s office due to the efforts of the National Rural Health Association and its local affiliate, the Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA). In an email to MRHA Executive Director, Ryan Kelly, Senator Cochran’s office stated, “We understand the importance of this issue and as

Federal judge rules against ACA subsidies

on Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:38

A federal judge in Oklahoma today ruled that Affordable Care Act federal subsidies cannot be issued to residents living in states that do not run their own exchanges.  This marks the second ruling against ACA subsidies--in the July case of Halbig v. Burwell, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that subsidies are illegal on federal exchanges. A few hours later on that same day, in the case of King v. Burwell, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that state- and federal-run exchanges can provide subsidies.  Judge Ronald A.

MDA Approves $3M for Health Complex

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:02

The Mississippi Development Agency has approved $3 million in funding for a new health education complex in Biloxi’s Tradition community.  The Health and Wellness Commons is a master plan to create health care education facilities and clinics on 100 acres.  It will be part of the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act, which MDA administers. The act provides incentives to health care projects in the state, as part of Blueprint Mississippi, which has a goal of 4,000 new nurses by 2016.

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Bryant Hosts Third Annual 5k Run

on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

Gov. Phil Bryant is hosting Saturday the third annual 5K Run for Health with proceeds going to the Pediatric Heart Center at Baton's Children Hospital in Jackson.  The run will honor four-month-old John Pearson Clay. The child died in March at Batson after being born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome — a congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.  The boy's father, Wesley, is a native of Columbus.  Bryant says the run is the first to benefit the Pediatric Heart Center. The first two raised money for Batson.

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HCAHPS Webinar Interest Session

on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:37

If you participated in this year’s 12-part webinar on improving HCAHPS scores, or if you missed the opportunity and would like to learn more, there is a complementary interest session available on Thursday, August 21st at 2:30 p.m.  This session will give you a brief overview of the session.  E-mail if you would like to learn more. 

Reform Update: Doctors' employment contracts due for renewal

on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:40

Physician employment contracts with hospitals that were signed in the early days of healthcare reform are coming up for renewal.  Experts say the expectation of payment reform requires that these new deals include the flexibility to adapt to expected and unforseeable changes.  “We're seeing a fair amount of handwringing in terms of these deals,” said Max Reiboldt, president and CEO of the Coker Group, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based healthcare consultant. “We are changing the paradigm of how doctors are being paid.

Quality Improvement Initiative II - Funding Opportunity

on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 21:14

The following is information regarding a funding opportunity through the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Preventative Health, Chronic Disease Bureau

Phone: 601-206-1559
Fax: 601-899-0154

Part I. Overview Information
A. Funding Agency Name: Mississippi State Department of Health - Office of Preventive Health, Chronic Disease Bureau
B. Funding Opportunity Title: Mississippi Quality Improvement Initiative II (MSQII-2)
C. Dates: A Letter of Intent is required.

The Letter of Intent Deadline Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Application Deadline

Health Officials Investigating First Possible Case of Chikungunya Virus in Mississippi

on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:08

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti.  A mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, chikungunya virus has recently appeared in the Caribbean, and could possibly infect Mississippians who travel there.  Symptoms of chikungunya infection include fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Deaths from chikungunya virus are rare, but anyone with a compromised immune system is at higher risk of complications from the infection.