Health Care Archive

Medicaid Enrollment Surges, Stirs Worry About State Budgets

by Associated Press 7/21/2015 01:11 pm

More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.

UA Gets $1M Grant for Nursing Education

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2015 10:57 am

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville received a $1 million federal grant for a program to increase the number of advanced practice nurses.

Ronald McDonald Breaks Ground on $8.5M House

by Alexis Hosticka 7/21/2015 10:36 am

With $7.5 million raised and $1 million to go, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas broke ground on a new, 35,000 SF house on Tuesday morning at the entrance of Arkansas Children's Hospital.

UCA Adds Three Undergrad Courses to Online Offerings

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway has launched UCA Online, an online course portal offering three new undergraduate completion programs.

Tyson Among Poultry Giants Curtailing Antibiotic Use

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 12:00 am

Christine Daugherty is almost irrepressibly energetic. It's a trait that serves her well in her role as vice president of sustainable food production at Tyson Foods of Springdale.

Update: Report Says Arkansas Needs More Foster Homes, Caseworkers

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/16/2015 03:29 pm

An independent review says Arkansas' child welfare system is burdened by a high caseload for its workers and a lack of foster homes that at times has left children spending the night in state offices because no space could be found.

Arkansas Business to Honor 2015 Best Places to Work at Sept. 16 Luncheon

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/16/2015 11:33 am

Arkansas Business will honor its 2015 Best Places to Work in Arkansas at an awards luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 16.

UAMS Medical Center Earns 2015 Most Wired Award

by Associated Press 7/16/2015 06:59 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center has become the only hospital in the state to earn the 2015 Most Wired Award from the American Hospital Association Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

Baptist Health Marks Progess of Future Conway Hospital

by Mark Carter 7/15/2015 01:25 pm

Baptist Health holds a "topping out" ceremony at the 37-acre site in Conway that will soon be home to its newest hospital, set to open in the spring of 2016.

Crittenden County Voters OK Tax Increase to Reopen Hospital

by Lance Turner 7/15/2015 09:49 am

Despite severe weather that ripped through the area last night, Crittenden County voters approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to help reopen the Crittenden Regional Hospital, which closed last year.

Conway Interfaith Clinic Becomes Part of CHI St. Vincent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/14/2015 10:09 am

Conway Interfaith Clinic changed ownership on July 6 and is now CHI St. Vincent Interfaith Clinic.

Couple Donates $250K to Arkansas Children's Hospital Clinic in Jonesboro

by Associated Press 7/13/2015 07:00 am

Chris Fowler and his wife Kim recently donated $250,000 to create the Kim and Chris Fowler Pediatric Diagnostic Services Center at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Clinic in Jonesboro.

David Couch Ready To Deal Attorney General New Marijuana Initiative

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 12:00 am

David Couch, the Little Rock attorney who got approval to collect signatures for two ballot items concerning alcohol laws, says he's about to pop the cork on something even bigger.

Waste, Fraud & Abuse (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Wherever there are human beings, there will be waste, fraud and abuse. There is waste in your household budget. In any business of any size, someone is abusing a policy or a credit card. But hardly any human institutions present the opportunity for waste, fraud and abuse on the scale that we've seen in Medicare and Medicaid. And the revelations just keep on coming.

Crittenden County Hospital Reopening Rests on Vote

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Crittenden County residents will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote on a 1 percent sales tax that would be used to reopen the Crittenden Regional Hospital, which closed last year.

Jones Innovative Seeks FDA OK for Blood-Draw Device

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The Bifurcated Venous Access Device allows medical providers to draw blood from the same tube used for IV fluids. Spencer Jones entered the product in the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock in November and won a $150,000 investment.

Medicaid Fraud Leads To $33.6M Lawsuit Against LR Care Center

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The alleged Medicaid fraud at Step-by-Step Senior Care Inc. of Little Rock was so widespread that the company billed for services that a fictitious employee didn't provide.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Adds BSN

by Alexis Hosticka 7/10/2015 01:04 pm

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff received initial approval status for its pre-licensure bachelor's of science in nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing on Wednesday.

UAMS Names Keith Olsen Dean of Pharmacy College

by Arkansas Bride Staff 7/10/2015 10:59 am

Dr. Keith M. Olsen has been named dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. He'll begin work at the college around Nov. 1.

Hospitals: Uncompensated Care Fell 55 Percent in Private Option's First Year

by Lance Turner 7/9/2015 04:32 pm

Uncompensated care fell 55 percent, or $149 million, during the first year of Arkansas' private option, according to a report released Thursday by the Arkansas Hospital Association.