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In Arkansas, Rural Hospitals Fight to Recruit Doctors
James Magee

In Arkansas, Rural Hospitals Fight to Recruit Doctors

Rural hospitals are using every tool at their disposal to lure doctors: recruiting firms, competitive pay packages, signing bonuses, stipends. And still they struggle. The reasons behind the dearth of doctors seeking to join rural hospitals are many, longstanding and, sometimes, structural.
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Consultants: Arkansas' Health Plan Should Move People Upward

Consultants hired to review the state's "private option" Medicaid plan recommended that the program continue but suggested changes that would move participants into jobs and ensure they are leading healthy lives.
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Arkansas Children's Hospital Releases Strategic Plan For Growth

Arkansas Children's Hospital's announcement in August that it was building a hospital in northwest Arkansas was part of its plan to expand its services across the state.
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Planned Parenthood Asks Judge to Expand Arkansas Case

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to expand a ruling that temporarily blocked Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments for three patients.
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