Friday, September 22, 2023


 The Mississippi Hospital Association fired Executive Director Tim Moore.  The organization issued the following statement: 

The Board is grateful for Mr. Moore’s service over the past 10 years," it reads. "The Board will immediately begin a search for a new President and CEO to lead the MHA. MHA will continue its mission of serving its members in the promotion of excellence in health through education, public information, advocacy, and service.

Mr. Moore probably found out the hard way it is no longer 1995 after MHA donated $250,000 to Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Brandon Presley.  


Anonymous said...

I bet Timmy has receipts that he is going to show us shortly!

Anonymous said...

What took so long?

Anonymous said...

This is Mississippi where the Republicans all used to be Pork Barrel loving DixieCrats and the Democrats are all wannabe Marxists and revolutionaries.

He got his (money)wires crossed somewhere!

Anonymous said...

Why would he not support Presley if he vowed to expand Medicaid? That is why rural hospitals are in such bad shape. But, then again, I’m not one to judge someone by the letter behind their name.

Anonymous said...

He did support Presley. It’s implied that the payment he authorized to Presley is why he was fired.

smart_guy said...

I don't know what Moore's precise motivation was for supporting Presley, but the most charitable assumption is that he was doing what he thought was best for the broadest group of his members by backing the candidate who supports Medicaid expansion. This would indeed benefit the rural hospitals and likely the larger systems as well. Makes complete sense.

Here are the systems that pulled out of MHA after Moore's ill-fated campaign donation:

- Singing River
- Memorial Health
- Forrest General
- Merit Health
- Ochsner Health
- North Mississippi
- George Health

Some 3D chess: While several of the above are not exactly in the best of financial condition, they are all (with the exception of George) in larger markets and probably much healthier than the rural/community hospitals out in the sticks. Medicaid expansion would likely disproportionately favor those rural hospitals and maybe offer a lifeline to many of them. Conversely, without Medicaid expansion, should some of those rural/community hospitals fail, where in the world will those patients go? Here's a hypothesis: maybe they could go to UMMC, Singing River, Memorial Health...

Anonymous said...

That's what happens when you piss away 250,000. Presley won't win the election

Anonymous said...

The association is just a well funded lobbying

Anonymous said...

I haven't been surprised by anything in American politics for a long time until now. Didn't these shills know to do what any other oily shills do and give a big-ass chunk of money to both the Democratic Party candidate and the Stupid Party candidate?

Anonymous said...

3:19 for the early win, with 3:52 and 4:19 on the podium.

4:30, it seems a large percentage of any such “association(s)” [professional, moral, religious, corporate, whatever] are just “well funded lobbying outfit(s).

He misplayed his politics. Turned the ball over at a critical time. It happens. He gets a seat on the bench, and can free agent his his way to another gig.


Whether we like it or not, the medical industry is headed to a model where the services are concentrated and people travel. Might it be a good investment to better stabilize preventive/routine heath clinics (private or public or hybrid) in the rural areas and concentrate the other funds in regional hospitals? Ought to cost less, too.

Or not. What is certain is that macro economic / demographic forces will remodel healthcare. Question is really whether we want gov’t to have input or just let it be.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry as that $700 million from the feds will replenish the $250,000 that went to Presley. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Anonymous said...

3:52 PM You are on the right track. The big hospitals are buying up the desperate rural hospitals for pennies on the dollar when they go under. The Greenwood hospital is in such bad shape because they bet everything on UMMC's promises to help them out. UMMC bought up the biggest physician practices in Greenwood and then pulled out of the hospital deal. The UMMC physicians steer patients to the UMMC hospitals in Jackson and Grenada instead of Greenwood causing it to be bankrupt. When the big hospitals finish their buying spree and have a monopoly there will be a sudden change of heart and Medicaid will be expanded.

Anonymous said...

@4:30 - exactly. Where’s Anna Wolfe? She used to be their mouthpiece.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Presley can get him a job in Nettleton after the election.

Anonymous said...

Ten years of this blow hard doing nothing.

Good. Bye.

Anonymous said...

He was a favorite of Paul and Girard. What, oh what, will they do?

This guy had a huge salary and will immediately land on his feet in another state.

He wasn't fired for donating to Presley. He was fired because so many member-hospitals dropped out after that donation. Had that not happened, the board would have been silent and Tim would have continued to be fat and happy making north of 300k.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when at first we ...........f**k it up.

Thank you Tim, you played this card once two many times. You were the only association that fought against Haley in 2003; and again in 2007. Thought you might learn that your advisor, former GOP ED (albeit gone in a scandal) wasn't the brightest bulb in the candlelabra) but continued to go down this primorse path.

And of course you had columnist, and Hospital Board member Crawford, advising you that the world agreed with you in your windmill jousting against reality. But I'm sure with the $$$$millions available in the broke hospitals' fund of your association, those poor broke hospitals will be paying you a substantial parachute as you are pushed out of the plane -- hopefully without a (golden) parachute.

Marcus Welby said...

The tired-terms 'skill set' and 'tool chest' are almost passe', but his are in high demand in larger, democrat markets.

It's undeniable that the MHA is simply a lobbying outfit funded by member fees and dues. When the bigger players leave the team, so does their money.

Anonymous said...

He tried a number of ways to help the hospitals. Got caught up on wrong side of Big Republican machine. Big hospitals left him hanging.

Anonymous said...

Marcus, and just as undeniable that the Barksdalers are running a left-wing Democrat loving PAC posing as a media outlet.

Anonymous said...

@3:52- that’s a very significant list. The first 5 on your list are probably the 5 biggest and best hospital systems in the entire state.

Anonymous said...

The other thing that cost him his job was standing up to the Managed Care Organizations.

Anonymous said...

"Works and plays well with others" is just as important in the workplace as it is in kindergarten.

Anonymous said...

If you look at the Managed Care donations to politicians you can see what all hospitals were up against.

Anonymous said...

Dear 2:47........ you DO realize that Tim and the MHA own one of the managed care companies, don't you???!!!

Anonymous said...

MHA started an MCO whose profits were going back to hospitals as opposed to for profit companies. Check the political donations from for profit mcos .

Anonymous said...

I was told the rural hospitals were in trouble because they misused covid money and now have to pay it back., but they don’t have it. Coukd be a rumor

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