Health Care Archive

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

'Private Option' Enrollment Jumps to Nearly 205K

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 03:35 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Service says nearly 205,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents.

Volunteer Directors, Take Note (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 10/13/2014 12:00 am

It may be that the volunteer directors of the nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association were being deliberately misled. That's something an investigation should determine. But the Crittenden case does serve as an excellent reminder to volunteer directors of nonprofit organizations everywhere, and especially the thousands who read Arkansas Business: When you accept the job of director, you have responsibilities.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

Judge Awards $725K, Turns Screw on VA Hospital in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently found that a surgeon at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock had botched a surgery and awarded the 75-year-old patient $725,000.

Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers

by Associated Press 10/7/2014 11:46 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 03:18 pm

Wal-Mart plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was 'Person C' in Steven Jones Bribery Case

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 01:31 pm

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones.

Crittenden Regional Hospital's True Financial Status Surprised Directors

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing.

Hospital Executives Report Better Finances

by Michell Corbet, Jan Cottingham and Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Arkansas Business staff writers checked in with the top administrators of five hospitals, large and small. Here's what we learned.

Examination of UAMS Radiology Grinds On

by George Waldon 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Two UA audits of the radiology department at UAMS and its business dealings with Medical Assets Holding Co. of North Little Rock are under review for possible criminal charges.

2 New Osteopathic Med Schools Hope to Fill Need

by Marty Cook 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Groundwork has already started on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith, which will include a 100,000-SF main building and several other buildings with an expected price tag of approximately $32 million. Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is building a College of Osteopathic Medicine with its partner, the New York Institute of Technology.

Former Crittenden Regional Employees Sue Over Unpaid Medical Bills

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital put about 400 people out of work, and their woes were compounded by the discovery that they were already uninsured. Several employees filed a lawsuit in Crittenden County Circuit Court last month because their medical bills were unpaid even though the hospital withheld health insurance premiums from their paychecks.

Little Rock Hospitals Dominate List of Largest Medical Centers

by Mark Friedman 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business' list of the largest hospitals and medical centers was once again dominated by hospitals in Little Rock. UAMS Medical Center remained No. 1 on the list with net patient revenue of $648.7 million for its fiscal year that ended June 30.

Census Says 42 Million Americans Without Health Insurance in 2013

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

The percentage of Americans without health insurance in 2013 was 13.4 percent, or 42 million people, according to a report released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Catherine Robinson Moves Into New Executive Director Role at Arkansas Children's Hospital

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Catherine Robinson began her new role as executive director of children's specialty services at Arkansas Children's Hospital in September.

Sparks CEO Dan McKay on Staying Stable in Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Dan McKay was named CEO of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith in August after serving as CEO for Northwest Health System of Springdale for five years.

HD Nursing Shines Light on Falls Management

by Mark Carter 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Amy Hester and Dees Davis, nurses at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, recognized a need within the health care industry that wasn't being, well, properly recognized: falls management.

Amy Hester's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Amy Hester of Innovate Arkansas client firm HD Nursing of Little Rock shares her five tips for startup success, including giving yourself permission to make money on your idea.

Insurance Department Releases Health Insurance Premiums

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2014 11:45 am

Arkansans who buy health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 should on pay about 2 percent less for premium than they did in 2014.