June 9, 2019, The Daily Journal, Editorial - Election season is a meaningful time to discuss important issues, and we believe there is a significant topic that must receive attention this summer and fall. Across the nation, rural hospitals are being squeezed by various financial pressures, a trend that is more acute in one of the country’s poorest and most rural states. Five Mississippi hospitals have closed since 2013, and four others declared bankruptcy last year, although they each remained open. A report released earlier this year by consulting firm Navigant claimed 31 of the state’s 64 rural hospitals were at risk of closing because of poor finances. It’s a challenge that demands solutions. It’s one that cries out for robust debate from candidates in this year’s statewide elections. Any time a hospital closes in rural Mississippi, it brings a myriad of consequences. Health care options are limited. Residents find themselves farther from emergency care, and many likely skip primary care visits because of inconvenience. Meanwhile, small communities lose a major employer and an economic driver.
June 7, 2019, The Clarion Ledger, Giacomo Bologna - One Mississippi nursing home repeatedly failed to administer medication correctly. Another lacked proper plans for residents’ medical conditions. One center allowed a diabetic resident’s toenails to grow long, curling upward and causing her pain. A nurse at a different facility was accused of being verbally abusive to an incontinent resident, who felt humiliated. These nursing homes are among six in Mississippi that ended up on a list of problematic care centers across the country. Two U.S. Senators from Pennsylvania, concerned about the care of people in nursing homes, released the list of about 400 facilities Monday. The facilities - which comprise about 3 percent of nursing homes nationwide - all qualify for a federal program that puts them under increased scrutiny.