Health Care Archive

No Rest for Michael Morton in Lonoke County Nursing Home Buys

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

A trio of Lonoke County nursing homes is under new ownership in transactions totaling $8.4 million.

Arkansas' 1st-in-the Nation Medicaid Expansion Survives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/5/2015 04:01 pm

Arkansas' first-in-the-nation program using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor survived another year after the state House reauthorized the program on Thursday.

Arkansas Panel Advances Bill Creating Medicaid Task Force

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/3/2015 11:23 am

A House panel has advanced legislation that would create a task force to look at alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.

Entergy Arkansas Elevates Three to Economic Development Team (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Clarissa McWherter, Chris Murphy and Russell Harris have joined Entergy Arkansas in Little Rock as members of the economic development team.

Central Arkansas Employment Realigns After Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Manufacturing, unsurprisingly, took the greatest hit in central Arkansas during the Great Recession.

Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the 'No' Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 09:22 am

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes.

Tax Cut, Medicaid Plan Near Resolution in Arkansas Legislature

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/1/2015 09:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers are on the verge of resolving two of the biggest issues looming over this year's session, while an independent commission is taking the first step toward granting legislators and other elected officials substantial pay raises.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Names Max Greenwood Director of Governmental, Media Relations

by Mark Friedman 1/30/2015 11:46 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield named on Friday Max Greenwood its director of governmental and media relations.

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 11:24 am

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction.

Senate Votes to Continue 'Private Option,' Form Task Force

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 10:15 am

The Arkansas Senate has voted to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion for another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of low-income Arkansas residents receiving coverage through the program.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 02:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Sparks' Fort Smith Internal Medicine Location Adds Second Doctor

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 01:50 pm

Solangel Pollock, a Fort Smith physician practicing internal medicine with Sparks Health System, has moved her practice to Sparks' location at 708 Lexington in Fort Smith.

Compassionate Conservatism (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a fine speech Thursday when he finally shared his plans for the future of Arkansas' unique — and successful — private option health insurance program.

In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

by Jan Cottingham 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.

AT&T Project Boosts Wireless Coverage at Baptist

by Sean Beherec 1/21/2015 04:08 pm

AT&T has finished installing a Distributed Antenna System at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

Dale Asbury, Jeffrey Medlock Join Sparks Fort Smith Family Practice

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2015 11:09 am

Dr. Dale Asbury and Dr. Jeffrey Medlock have joined Sparks Fort Smith Family Practice.