Health Care Archive

Jobless Rates Fall in All Arkansas Metros

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 09:11 am

Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Little Rock Low-T Clinics Servant Healthcare, Arkansas Urology Settle Case

by Mark Friedman 4/7/2014 12:00 am

A high-testosterone legal battle was settled Wednesday between low-testosterone treatment clinics in Little Rock. Servant Healthcare P.A. sued Arkansas Urology P.A. of Little Rock in February over the opening of Arkansas Urology's testosterone therapy clinic, Epoch Health – North Little Rock PLLC.

Conway Regional Health System Still Mulls Affiliation Options

by Mark Friedman 4/7/2014 12:00 am

In October, Conway Regional announced it was exploring “potential strategic affiliation options,” including partnering with another health care provider or system. Conway Regional invited potential partners to offer ideas about different affiliation options.

Labeed Diab Replaces John Agwunobi as Head of Wal-Mart's Health & Wellness Division

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Dr. John Agwunobi, who joined the Bentonville retailer in 2007 as president for the professional services division in the U.S., departed late last month. Agwunobi's replacement is Labeed Diab, whose title is senior vice president and president for health and wellness. Diab had been senior vice president for Wal-Mart U.S.'s Midwest Division.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Taxing Medical Records Copies

by Associated Press 4/3/2014 11:51 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the collection of state sales taxes for copies of a patient's medical records.

Catholic Health Initiatives Announces Deal to Buy QualChoice Holdings

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2014 03:12 pm

Catholic Health Initiatives says its subsidiary, Collab Health, has entered a stock-purchase agreement to buy QualChoice Holdings Inc. of Little Rock.

Arkansas Insurance Exchange Hires Cheryl Smith as Executive Director

by Lee Hogan 4/1/2014 03:38 pm

Cheryl Smith, the former director of Utah's health insurance exchange, has been hired as the executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The nonprofit organization was created, and compelled to explore the creation of the state's own health insurance marketplace, by the Arkansas Legislature.

Arkansas Sees Rush of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

by Associated Press 3/31/2014 02:18 pm

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate at 7.1 Percent in February

by Lance Turner 3/31/2014 09:11 am

The state Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January to 7.1 percent in February.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Officials Want Key Figure Paul Simmons in BioPlex Project Out

by Ted Wagnon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

​A proposed development that was to have catapulted Arkansas into the forefront of high-technology manufacturing is in disarray now, less than two months after its unveiling.

M. David Howell's Debts May Total $60 Million

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

M. David Howell, the former bank CEO in Little Rock and Fayetteville who died in a Beverly Hills hotel on Oct. 23, may have received $60 million or more from investors to whom he promised exorbitant returns, sources have told Arkansas Business.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

‘Any Willing Provider' Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state's long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995.

Signs of $14.7 Million Medicare Fraud from Mountain Home Doctor Date Back for Years

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

If Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home had not died earlier this year at 63, he likely would have been charged with overbilling Medicare by $14.7 million, according to a criminal investigator's affidavit that was recently made public.

Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:16 am

Signups for insurance under the federal health care law are far below the state's targets, with more than 33,500 people enrolled in the marketplace as the deadline nears.