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In just a few days hospital patients all over will be able to see what the charges are for their medical procedure... starting in 2019, a federal rule requires all hospitals to post the prices for common procedures.

Our quentin smith speaks with a hospital administrator about this new change.... he joins us live in the studio with more.... scott, this allows patients to shop online for the best and lowest hospital prices... hospital leaders say this new rule will be beneficial because it brings about transparency.... however they say it could also lead to confusion... whenever someone gets sick..

They usually go pay the doctor a visit at the hospital..

However, sometimes how much patients are being charged can catch them off guard....but starting in january... that will no longer be the case.... "the new rule is basically the center for medicare services is requiring all healthcare facilities, hospitals, to post what is referred to as the charge master out on our website.

It hassto be in a machine readable format.

The new rule will show charges for all procedures in which that specific hospital performs.... winston medical center ceo paul black says....the new rule will be beneficial because it'll help provide more transparency for pricing patients....however he thinks it might also be confusing.

" we don't have an insurance company out there that pays us based on what our charges are.

We have contracts with the insurance company and some of them pay us a separate percentage from medicare, some pay a negotiated rate, both for inpatient and eat our services, so really the charge is insignificant.

It's something that's put out there so that we have to adjust the patients bill accordingly" black says despite the charges being listed, it still doesn't give the patients the exact dollar amount they'll have to pay out of pocket for their procedure " a prime example is we could do a service and provide a service where the charges are $1000.

Our contract with the insurance company says we are only going to pay you $800 for that service, well we've got a contract with them.

So we except the $800, we are writing off the 200 difference as what we call a contractual adjustment, and we make no attempt whatsoever to collect that $200."

Under the new rule, each medical facility has to update its prices online at least once a year... black says his staff is currently in the process on gathering all of their information ahead of the january first deadline.

A car finds its way into a ditch after veering off the road on highway 69 in lowndes county.

2 men were in the vehicle when the accident took place.

Flood waters on the highway are likely to have played a role in the crash.

The accident is under further investigation.

But area residents aren't surprised.

They say heavy rains have become a real problem on that stretch of road..

They redid this bridge at kincaid creek, because the bridge was getting to the point of being washed out with this amount of water.

And after that the nice volunteer fire department is here, and i like it; it's good, but the driveway into it has a culvert that will not access this amount of water, and this is the 3rd time it's run across the road, since that has been in..

The storm system that caused that ditch to overflow dropped nearly four inches of rain on lowndes county.

And the water is causing headaches for drivers all across the county.

Several roads are closed.

Our cash matlock spoke with lowndes county road crews today to find out what they're doing to get these roads reopened.

Road management crews have been out since 6 this morning trying to clear the roads in lowndes county of flood waters.

"we've actually brought crews out all over the county and started un-stopping the coverts and all that because anytime you have a big rain it brings stuff out of the woods and everything and clogs the coverts and our main thing today is to make sure we can get the water flowing and keep it flowing to drain off as quick as possible."

Over the course of the week, lowndes county has received almost 4 inches of rainfall forcing some roads to close.

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"we've got about six or seven roads that are actually closed now because of high water that's not drained off and all but we had one road that the covert is washed slap out on it.

We've been able to put it back together and got it open again."

"we've also had several roads that have been closed.

Gatlin, alomar, spurlock road, old macon road, dickerson road, all those roads are presently closed."

And although roads crews want to get everything back up and running as soon as possible, they say their primary concern is keeping everyone safe.

"i want to urge people more than anything and if we've got road closed signs up don't go through the high water because it's very dangerous.

I've noticed several vehicles today going through the road closed signs.

That's the most dangerous thing you can do because the road can be washed out or anything like that when you go through it so i advise them if you see a road closed sign turn around."

"the one thing we want to say to citizens, please do not remove the barriers.

The barriers are there for a purpose, because the roads are flooded, and if they're washed out it could cause many hazards.

It could either cause problems with your vehicle or if you try to walk the waters you could easily be drowned."

If you find yourself caught in the middle of a flood, there's a few things you can do.

"there's nothing we can do to prevent the rain from coming, but we can ask our citizens who live in low lying areas to please monitor the weather closely.

If you need to evacuate, you can call 911 to let them know the water is around your house and you need to back away from your home so we can get shelters open and come and assist in the evacuation of that area."

The road manager says they hope to have all the roads back open in the next day or two, but more rain is expected to come later this week and early next week.

First look stinger first look friday night: partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Some fog is possible with all of the lingering moisture around.

Saturday: drier conditions appear more likely now but clouds are expected to filter back in as the day wears on.

Northeasterly breezes continue between 5 and 10 mph.

Highs top out in the 50s.

Saturday night: clouds fill in and showers develop around a shooting in west point takes a bizarre twist as the focus of the investigation shifts from the alleged shooters to the victim... our rylie livingston was in west point today.

She has more on these new developments... deomonta cantrell was shot in the head on december 17th at west poin'ts marshal park.

Now, he finds himself in jail on child pornography charges.

"the two arrests that we made yesterday are tied with the shooting that happened a couple weeks ago."

Deonta congious is also charged with child pornography in that investigation.

West point police chief avery cook says cantrell was sexually involved with an underage family member of jason dean's and lacequiu starks.

"the shooting stemmed from a juvenile being involved and that led to the juveniles father getting upset and doing what he did."

Dean and starks were charged with aggravated assault after the marshal park shooting.

Investigators believe the men found out about a sexually explicit video on social media and went to confront cantrell.

"once the video started sharing and people started putting it out there got to the parent and the juvenile parent brought it to us and showed us and we were able to get a subpoena for the phone."

Cook says sexual videos were found on cantrell's phone.

Court documents show investigators charged congious after a video was shared on facebook messenger.

"we don't know if there are any other victims out there now we are still like i said investigating still going through the phone."

Cantrell and congious could face more charges.

If you have any information to investigators, call west point police.

Stinger friday night: partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Some fog is possible with all of the lingering moisture around.

Saturday: drier conditions appear more likely now but clouds are expected to filter back in as the day wears on.

Northeasterly breezes continue between 5 and 10 mph.

Highs top out in the 50s.

Saturday night: clouds fill in and showers develop around the region.

Look for lows in the low 40s.

Sunday: highs should be in the 50s with extensive cloud cover and areas of rain around.

Some thunder showers may occur as well.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Sunday night: showers and thunder showers remain possible.

Lows in the 50s may occur early with rising temperatures into the 60s late in the night as warm and humid air surges northward from the gulf.

Monday: 2018 will wrap up on a warm and potentially stormy note.

We're going bump up forecast highs to around 70 with the trade off being a 90% chance of showers and storms. strong to severe storms and heavy rain appear possible somewhere in the region with the setup so be sure to stay tuned for updates as we go through the weekend.

New year's day: a cooler, drier air mass settles in briefly.

It should be a decent day with highs in the 50s and variably cloudy skies.

Wednesday-thursday: the potential exists for a cold rain and perhaps even some wet snow at some point.

There are still lots of variables that can change but it's certainly all on the table at this point.

Highs in the 30s and/or 40s appear likely.

Stinger friday night: partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Some fog is possible with all of the lingering moisture around.

Saturday: drier conditions appear more likely now but clouds are expected to filter back in as the day wears on.

Northeasterly breezes continue between 5 and 10 mph.

Highs top out in the 50s.

Saturday night: clouds fill in and showers develop around the region.

Look for lows in the low 40s.

Are mississippi's students being tested átooá much... the legislature may be hitting the books to find out..

We explain when we come back... welcome back everyone..

Calls for change to the state's testing system are getting some traction as we approach 2019.

Courtney ann jackson has new information on proposals that will be filed during the legislative session.

Representative tom miles has been pushing for an end to excessive testing for two years now.

"we know now that the federal government is allowing states to have more flexibility through their accountability model which is called the essa plan.

And some states are taking advantage of that.

And we don't want to be last in mississippi."

Miles plans to offer up three different bills this upcoming session.

One to stop tying subject area tests to graduation.

Federal requirements say students should be tested in certain subject but not as a grad requirement.

Parent and teacher christy mangum says while the state has created alternatives--- "the state test is still tied io every option.

Because they have to fail the test in order to take another option.

So, the state test is still tied in and the stress and level of stress that goes into those tests is still tied into every available option that i'm aware of."

The u.s. history test is a state mandate and miles would like to see it scrapped.

It's something speaker philip gunn has recently said the house will likely explore to cut down on the amount of testing.

But miles' ultimate goal is to get the subject area tests replaced with the act.

Mississippi wouldn't be the first to make the swap to act.

Several states, including alabama, have already gotten the approval from the feds.

Mangum says she's seen the stress the state tests put on students and wants what's best for them and their future.

"any student who feels like these tests are determining their level of success, it's just not going to happen.

It's what you do and what you put in."

Richard overton probably could have passed the state's american history test - because he lived much of it.

At 112 years old overton was the oldest world war 2 veteran in the u.s., and believed to be the oldest person in the country.

Overton died thursday..

Richard overton was a member of the army's all black 18 -87th engineer aviation battalion.

Born in 19-06, he joined the army shortly before the u.s. joined the war... he was at pearl harbor just after the japanese attacked.

And saw action in the major campaigns of the pacific theatre.

In 2013, president barack obama honored overton at a veterans day ceremony at arlington national cemetery.

Stinger day two in tampa and mississippi state football hits the practice field...more on that coming up next in sports spx open mississippi state football having quite an eventful day for just its second day in tampa...sports director tom eble reports from florida after a full day following the bulldogs rick leverette >> laws are probably happy to be back on the football field after going to travel issues yesterday of the walk-through and attend outside of the team until thursday large preparing looking confident is reported yesterday joe morgan is saying that everyone is happy everyone is academically eligible tooth next and being the only one not attempted.

Issues dogs feel confident that this iowa team is much different than what they used to seeing in the sec but besides all of that we have a new sports reporter here at wci a special start related milling willie gave us awillie , florida you know we have the mississippi state bulldogs against the iowa hawkeyes.

We're about to ask some guys some questions and see what they think about this game.

First we've got marcus murphy..

Marcus murphy: kobe jones: willie gay: ...we out.

Tom:..reporting here in tampa florida outside of raymond james stadium tom eble for wcbi sports.

Courtney we'll send it back to you in columbus.."

Willie gay: ...we out.

Tom:..reporting here in tampa florida outside of raymond james stadium tom eble for wcbi sports.

Courtney we'll send it back to you in columbus.."

Itawamba community college announces it's 2019 upcoming schedule the indians will have 22 home games throughout the 46 game season... last season the indians boasted a 33-17 season with an appearance in the njcaa tournament head coach rick collier says the tough non division they have helps prepare for what's to come later in the season rick collier: the sneak they did extremely well in alabama calhoun southwest and see we picked up columbia stay a really good we all display powerhouses up the north in late lakeland that schedule helps us just see, what is going to be like we get the city play it




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