| Current Mississippi Medical News|
|Carrying the Olympic Flame|
Mississippi Family Doctor Runs Historic Route to Winter Games
On a wintry day in Canada, on the cusp of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Timothy Alford bundled up to carry the Olympic Flame through Strathmore, a hamlet located along the Trans-Canada Highway in southern Alberta.
|Overcoming the Next Hurdle|
Methodist Ready for DeSoto CON Opposition Hearing
So far, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has submitted the only certificate of need (CON) application to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) for a new hospital in DeSoto County.
|Doctors Compare Statistics for the State of Health in Mississippi|
Public Health Report Card Ranks “Worst Firsts”
RIDGELAND – Mississippians need to move more and eat less to avoid being at risk for “worst firsts,” according to the 2010 Public Health Report Card which appears in the January issue of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association (JMSMA), a monthly scientific periodical. As physicians who care for Mississippi, the members of the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) have collaborated with the Mississippi State Department of Health to evaluate the health of Mississippians and the adequacy of programs to meet and improve the health needs of our population.
MISSISSIPPI STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
|Stepping up to the Plate|
Harold Ingram Preps for MGMA of MS Leadership Role
When he’s in the HR mode, one thing Harold Ingram looks for is to see if applicants flush when being interviewed for a job.
“Especially on the neck,” said Ingram, president of Jackson-based PerforMax, Inc., and president-elect of the Medical Group Management Association of Mississippi (MGMA of MS). “You can tell how some candidates do under stress by how their skin flushes when they’re asked particular questions. All else equal, sometimes that makes a difference.”
|Finding Money in the Microbiology Laboratory|
While several laboratory sections are very straightforward in coding and billing, such as chemistry and hematology, the micro lab has numerous “add on” procedures that are routinely performed to complete the culture report. Frequently, add on charges are never captured.
BETTY HATTEN, HORNE LLP
|Greening Your Practice Will Save Green|
Environmentally Friendly Operations Benefit Budget, Employees and Patients
When the University of Florida in Gainesville built its new freestanding Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute five years ago, the practice made the decision to be eco-friendly. It was a good move, both for environmental sustainability and for the practice’s pocketbook, says the institute’s administrator, Leslie Jebson.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Disruptive Behavior is Bad for Patients|
Survey Reveals Troubling Conduct in the Healthcare Environment
Being a good member of a team means playing well with others, but a recent survey by the American College of Physician Executives reveals that disruptive behavior by professional members of healthcare teams compromises patient safety, undermines cooperation and makes going to work a miserable experience.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Mapping Out a Plan of Attack|
The Cancer Genome Atlas Provides Repository for Data, Discoveries
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is a comprehensive effort to create a data repository for the discoveries and findings of more than 150 of the nation’s top researchers who are working in concert on specific cancer types. These scientists, who are based out of more than two dozen renowned institutions, are systematically mapping genomic changes to create a cancer atlas accessible to all who are searching for better methods to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
|Making Headway in Brain Cancer|
TCGA Data Generates New Findings for Glioblastoma Multiforme
Through the work of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), researchers have confirmed the most common form of malignant brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), isn’t one disease as once believed but is, instead, four distinct molecular subtypes.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Terry Pinson, MD|
Medical Director, North Mississippi Medical Center’s Bariatric Center
TUPELO—A Mississippi boy from birth, Terry W. Pinson, MD, was born in Oxford and grew up in Hattiesburg, where his dad, James, was a chemistry professor at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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