By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Traumatic brain injury can be a hidden disability, but for Richard Stafford it’s a chance to let the light of Christ shine. “I wanted people to see God is the only reason I’m alive,” said the 27-year-old Pontotoc man who has made significant strides since he was […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – If the Delta Regional Authority is defunded, Mississippi could lose access to an effective program that helps place doctors in underserved rural communities. Like the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Clarksdale-based authority that covers 252 counties and parishes in eight states was not funded in the preliminary budget […]

Daily Journal reports TUPELO – A Florida health care executive has been tapped as the new system chief financial officer for North Mississippi Health Services. Sharon Nobles, who is a certified public accountant with more than two decades of experience in health care finances, began her tenure with the Tupelo health care system last week. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Medicaid officials still are saying the health care agency will need an additional $89 million in state funds to get through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. At this point, legislation is alive that would provide Medicaid a maximum of $43 million – less […]

By Larrison Campbell Mississippi Today JACKSON – The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced Thursday it will eliminate 280 jobs statewide as part of its plan to close a $32.7 million budget shortfall. UMMC expects the financial action plan to save the medical center around $24 million through a combination of reduced expenses and increased […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare could offer some potential benefits, but they also come with plenty of concerns and loads of unanswered questions. Wally Davis, North Mississippi Health Services vice president for managed care, spoke at Friday morning’s Wake Up! Tupelo event sponsored by the Community […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal AMORY – Legacy Hospice of the South social worker Margaret Johnson recently ended her tenure with the office on a high note. After she pitched needs of the hospice’s Amory office, it was awarded a $50,000 donation from the Hospice Care Connection to help with a patient gift program. […]

Wire reports BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Children’s Hospital of Alabama is no longer accepting insurance through Mississippi Medicaid, a representative for the hospital confirmed Friday. As a result, the hospital is not treating the more than 400,000 children insured through Medicaid in Mississippi. Birmingham-based Children’s said in a statement the hospital and Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Chronic budget cuts are threatening Mississippi’s public health infrastructure, warns a leading Mississippi physician. Mississippi State Medical Association president Dr. Lee Voulters said he and other physicians are alarmed at the proposed budget cuts for the Mississippi State Department of Health. “We’re one disaster away from disaster. […]