Health Care Archive

Ouachita County OKs Election for Hospital Tax

by Associated Press 11/12/2014 08:42 am

The Ouachita County Quorum Court has approved several proposals asking voters to consider a sales tax increase to fund a county hospital.

Two Conway Women Face Medicaid Fraud Charges

by Lee Hogan 11/11/2014 10:16 am

A Conway mother and daughter are accused of fraudulently billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for nearly $100,000 and fraudulently withdrawing more than $65,000 from the accounts of patients at a shuttered Faulkner County facility for the developmentally disabled.

UAMS Provides Telemedicine

by Associated Press 11/11/2014 08:22 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is providing telemedicine support for high-risk pregnant women at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences' Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Brad Phelps Named Associate General Counsel for Arkansas State University System (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Brad Phelps, formerly chief deputy attorney general for the state of Arkansas, has been named associate general counsel of the Arkansas State University System.

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Arkansas Had Soda Tax Long Before Berkeley Caught the Wave

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Berkeley, California, the birthplace of liberal nanny-state policies like smoke-free restaurants and curb cuts for wheelchair access, got a lot of ink last week for passing the nation's first “soda tax.”

Tenet HealthSystem Medical Inc. Was Prospective Crittenden Regional Hospital Buyer

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Through an up close and personal look at the minutes of the Crittenden Hospital Association's many meeings in August and September — Arkansas Business has learned the potential buyer for the Crittenden Regional Hospital was Tenet HealthSystem Medical Inc. of Dallas.

Crittenden Hospital's Directors, Officers Compensation Could Pay Off

by Sean Beherec 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The nonprofit Crittenden Hospital Association paid its directors and officers' liability insurance ahead of employee health benefits, and that may have been a smart strategic decision for all concerned.

Jay Bradford Worries Lloyd's Challenge Could Create Crisis

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says Lloyd's of London underwriters are approved to sell insurance in Arkansas. But a lawsuit filed last year keeps moving forward, and Bradford says he's worried that it could create a crisis in the Arkansas insurance market.

Judge Dismisses Ben Burris Lawsuit Over Dental Practices Act

by Mark Friedman 11/7/2014 08:21 am

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners by orthodontists Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Gohl of Fayetteville. The judge said the matter belongs in state court. Burris filed the suit in May.

GOP Sweep Clouds Arkansas Medicaid Plan's Future

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/6/2014 04:01 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson says he won't make a decision about whether to expand the state's compromise Medicaid expansion until late January at the earliest.

Arkansas Marshallese Population to Be Studied

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 02:12 pm

A panel discussion that explores the health disparities, cultural understanding and social policies of the state's thousands of Marshallese residents has been scheduled for next week.

The Future of the Private Option in Wake of GOP Wins

by Lee Hogan 11/5/2014 10:29 am

There are still a few races yet to be called, but what we know already about the results from Tuesday's election in the state legislature sets up what is sure to be an interesting battle over the state's private option.

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic a Good Home for New Owner (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Brian Barron, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is the new owner of Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic at 304 N. Shackleford Road in Little Rock. Barron has practiced at the clinic since May 2008. He earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and practiced in Bastrop, Louisiana, for a year before coming to Little Rock.

Household Debt: Delinquency Rate Hits Lowest Point Since '08

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The New York Fed's Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that overall household debt in the U.S. fell by $18 billion during the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first quarter. Housing debt stood at $8.62 trillion in the second quarter, while nonhousing debt was $3.02 trillion.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Dina Wood Named Senior Director of Development for UAMS Northwest

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/30/2014 10:30 am

Wood moves to UAMS Northwest from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, where she served as director of development. Previously, she spent 11 years in university advancement at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

US Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in 3Q

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:14 am

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.