Health Care Archive

Asa Hutchinson Seeks New Restrictions on Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/6/2017 03:22 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to add a work requirement to Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion and to lower its eligibility cap — even as the future of the federal health overhaul remains unclear.

‘Nobody Knew ...' (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/6/2017 12:00 am

The issue of health care is, as the president said, unbelievably complex and made infinitely more so by being a partisan political issue in Washington and a deeply personal issue everywhere else.

Podiatrist's Purchase of Convention Center Gives Texarkana Officials Cold Feet

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

A Texas podiatrist with a past that includes a federal conviction wants to buy the troubled Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn out of bankruptcy — and that has some Texarkana officials on the Arkansas side concerned.

Midsouth Bank Accuses Arkansas Convention Center Owner of Fraud

by Mark Friedman 3/6/2017 12:00 am

MidSouth Bank of Lafayette, Louisiana, has asked a bankruptcy court judge not to allow Dr. Hiren D. Patel, who owns the Arkansas Convention Center & Holiday Inn in Texarkana, to be allowed to walk away from a $13.3 million debt he owes the bank.

White River Medical Center Promotes Two (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2017 12:00 am

Doyle Cockrill has been appointed to director of surgical services, the cardiac catheterization lab and the cardiac observation unit and Samantha Tate has been promoted to medical surgical nursing director at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Proposal for 4 Percent Tax on Marijuana in Arkansas Advances

by Associated Press 3/3/2017 07:30 am

Arkansas' Republican-dominated House has approved a proposal that would levy an extra 4 percent tax on marijuana.

Richard Johns Pleads Guilty In Pill Mill Conspiracy

by Gwen Moritz 3/2/2017 02:36 pm

Richard Johns' wife, children and priest watched as he tearfully pleaded guilty to taking money in exchange for prescribing tens of thousands of painkiller tablets to middlemen who federal prosecutors said resold them.

Arkansas Panel Advances Medical Pot Smoking, Edibles Ban

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 07:06 am

An Arkansas Senate committee advanced bills to change the medical marijuana law approved by voters in November by banning smoking medical marijuana and the selling of food or drinks containing the drug.

Arkansas House OKs Bill to Cap Enrollment in Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 3/2/2017 07:05 am

The Arkansas House has approved and sent to the state Senate a bill to freeze enrollment in the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion while the future of the federal health overhaul that enabled the program remains unclear.

Arkansas Lawmakers Consider Freezing Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:56 am

A bill that would freeze enrollment in Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion program has advanced out of a state House committee.

Arkansas Senate OKs Bids for Marriage, Abortion Amendments

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/1/2017 06:55 am

The Arkansas Senate endorses a long-shot effort to push for amending the U.S. Constitution to effectively ban gay marriage and abortion, a move one Republican lawmaker said is needed to overturn rulings from the nation's highest court.

Arkansas House Votes to Put Tort-Reform Proposal on Ballot

by Associated Press 2/28/2017 07:03 am

The Arkansas House has voted to place on the ballot a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney's fees and punitive damages in lawsuits.

Arkansas Hospitals Pinched Following Insurance Aftermath

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

Some Arkansas hospitals are feeling the fallout from Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield not receiving the premium increase it requested last fall.

Richard Johns To Change Plea in Pill Mill Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

Richard Johns, who has been fighting charges of operating a “pill mill” of fraudulent painkiller prescriptions, is now scheduled for a change of plea — presumably to guilty — on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Brian Miller.

US Compounding Purchase Leads Million-Dollar Deals in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

This week's installment of multimillion dollar real estate transactions features a Conway quartet.

Planet Fitness in Fayetteville Sold

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

BNC Rental LLC, led by Rick Carpenter of Fayetteville, bought the property from Forest Hills Village LLC, led by Charles Palmer of Fort Smith.

In Northwest Arkansas, Health Care Industry Building On the Boom

by Marty Cook 2/27/2017 12:00 am

The health care industry is expanding to keep up with northwest Arkansas' growing population, and it's not just construction companies that are benefiting.

All Theater, Except For... (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/27/2017 12:00 am

Tom Cotton, our junior U.S. senator, gamely faced a couple of thousand constituents in Springdale last week in a bit of political theater that was irresistible to the national news networks.

Faisal Khan Joins Surgical Staff at Sparks (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2017 12:00 am

Dr. Faisal H. Khan has recently joined the surgical team at Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren.

Here Are the Draft Rules for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Cultivators

by Lance Turner 2/24/2017 11:45 am

Final draft rules of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission will be published in statewide newspapers starting tomorrow and running through Monday, Feb. 27, marking the start of the formal 30-day public comment period.