Health Care Archive

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.

Democrats Praise Governor's Call to Continue Private Option

by Associated Press 1/23/2015 07:42 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is praising Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's call on lawmakers to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year.

Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Have Task Force Find Reforms

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/22/2015 01:37 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling on lawmakers to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through the end of next year as a task force looks at the future of health care in the state.

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.

Development Duo Joins Centennial Bank in Jonesboro (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Joey Speir and Brock Ferguson have joined Centennial Bank in Jonesboro as business development officers.

Neurological Caretaker Gets $2.1M Judgment as Family of Former Patient Points Fingers

by Mark Friedman 1/19/2015 12:00 am

After a two-year federal court fight that involved a trip to bankruptcy court, a Virginia rehabilitation center earlier this month was finally paid $2.1 million for providing five years of care to an Arkansan injured when a surgeon operated on the wrong side of his brain in 2004.

Asa Hutchinson's Energy of Change Easier Said Than Done (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 01:29 pm

Asa Hutchinson urged Arkansans to embrace the "energy of change" when he was sworn in as the 46th governor of a state where his Republican party used to struggle. Getting them to embrace the messiness that comes with change will be the tough sell.

Arkansas Faces Challenge in Trying to Revamp Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/18/2015 01:20 pm

The program's fate is expected to become clearer this week, with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson set to deliver a speech Thursday on the future of health care in Arkansas that will also address his plans for the private option.

Mayberry, Irvin Bill Would Require Doctors to Give Abortion Pill in Person

by Associated Press 1/15/2015 02:34 pm

A new anti-abortion bill filed in the Arkansas Legislature would require women to take abortion-inducing medication in the presence of the doctor and have a follow-up checkup days afterward.

Hutchinson to Give Inaugural Address as Arkansas Governor

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 11:40 am

Republican Asa Hutchinson took the oath of office to become the 46th governor of Arkansas on Tuesday, finalizing the GOP's takeover of a Southern state once considered a Democratic holdout, but facing a potentially divisive debate over Medicaid expansion.

State Sen. David Sanders on the 'Stop-Gap' Private Option, Health Care Reform

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

David Sanders has served in the state Senate since 2013, when he helped craft the state's private option, which uses federal money to purchase private insurance for poor Arkansans.

Tammy Passafiume Cuts Into Diamond Lakes Federal as President/CEO (Movers & Shakers)

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

Tammy Passafiume has been named president and CEO of Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union in Malvern. She has 23 years of credit union experience and was previously president and CEO of River Valley Federal Credit Union in Camden.

Health Care, Not Socialism, Important (James Hargis Feedback)

by James Hargis 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Insurance is, of course, not free — and this program is very “front loaded” for a very bad “entrapment.” Health care is certainly important — as is life — but socialism is not the way. We are not supposed to be “helping hospitals,” but people.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Tim Irby Leaves UAMS for Revamped Irby Advertising

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Tim Irby, who has worked in the communications and marketing department of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for 19 years, is leaving to reopen his dormant advertising agency.

Transportation Companies in Arkansas Put Focus on Drivers' Health Into Maximum Overdrive

by Marty Cook 1/12/2015 12:00 am

A recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health revealed that long-haul drivers are twice as likely to smoke or be obese as the average working adult. Drivers also were more likely to have risk factors that could lead to chronic diseases.

Former Employees, Patients of Closed Crittenden Regional Hospital Leave Town

by Sean Beherec 1/12/2015 12:00 am

The ripple effects from the closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital in September and the bankruptcy of the nonprofit that operated it have been felt across eastern Arkansas and into Tennessee.

Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics Expanding in Arkansas

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

Doctors, retailers and hospitals have been opening urgent care facilities or walk-in clinics to lure patients with non-life-threatening injuries away from hospital emergency rooms in a trend that has been slow to arrive in Arkansas.