Health Care Archive

Tougher Fight Ahead on Arkansas Medicaid Plan (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/11/2016 06:47 am

The Legislature's approval of bills outlining Asa Hutchinson's proposed restrictions for the hybrid expansion are a preview of the debate he's about to face with fellow Republicans who have vowed to block its funding.

Larry Crain Leads Land Swap in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

A Conway property swap near the northwest interchange of Dave Ward Drive and Interstate 40 yielded a flip-flop of ownership.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn't continued by the state Legislature.

Praise for Senator's Unselfish Principles (Feedback)

by Jerry B. Jackson 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Cecile Bledsoe is to be congratulated for voting for principles instead of selfishly caving in because not voting for Arkansas Works might make the state look harder on budget items.

Caroline Morgan Ford Named New Executive Director of Wolfe Foundation (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

The Wolfe Street Foundation board of directors has named Caroline Morgan Ford the new executive director of the foundation after a regional search conducted upon the resignation of Markey Ford, longtime executive director (and no relation to Caroline Ford).

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Adds Rick Heiser to Staff (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/11/2016 12:00 am

Rick Heiser, an occupational therapist, has joined North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison as director of outpatient rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Asa Hutchinson Signs Medicaid Plan Into Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/8/2016 10:14 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law his plan to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, as he now faces a fight from fellow Republicans who want to block the program's funding.

At Delta Conference, Panel Says 'Arkansas Works,' More Doctors Crucial

by Sarah Campbell 4/7/2016 01:31 pm

The Arkansas Delta needs more doctors, and passage of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's "Arkansas Works" plan for Medicaid expansion is crucial, attendees of "The Arkansas Delta: Why It Still Matters" conference were told Thursday.

Arkansas House, Senate Approve Governor's Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 4/7/2016 11:26 am

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

UAMS Researchers Receive $1.6M to Study Childhood Obesity

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2016 09:42 am

The Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center will use a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study infancy and childhood obesity.

Arkansas House, Senate Panels OK Hybrid Medicaid Expansion

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2016 08:36 pm

Arkansas House and Senate committees advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to keep the hybrid Medicaid expansion. But opponents said they didn't believe the state or federal government could afford the expanded coverage. The House and Senate are expected to take up the plan on Thursday.

SBIR Road Tour Allows Entrepreneurs to Compete for $2.5B in Funding

by Alexis Hosticka 4/6/2016 04:16 pm

The state's science and technology entrepreneurs have an opportunity to meet with leaders of the $2.5 ­billion Small Business Innovation Research federal funding program when the SBIR Road Tour visits Arkansas on April 19.

Asa Hutchinson Urges Lawmakers to Back Medicaid Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2016 12:28 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged lawmakers Wednesday to approve his plan to keep and rework the program that provides subsidized health coverage to more than 250,000 people.

Hutchinson: I've Struck Right Balance with Effort to Retain Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/6/2016 11:42 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the criticism he's facing from both sides on his push to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion is an indication he's struck the right balance.

Asa Hutchinson Says Managed Care Won't Be On Special Session Agenda

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 10:53 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he won't put his proposal to have private firms manage some Medicaid services before lawmakers as they convene for a special session this week. The special session is set to begin Wednesday morning.

Cumberland Consulting Buys Oleen Pinnacle Healthcare of Little Rock

by Sarah Campbell 4/5/2016 09:14 am

Cumberland Consulting Group acquires Oleen Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting of Little Rock, with Oleen's Little Rock office becoming the main office for Cumberland's payer division.

Legislative Leaders Ask Hutchinson to Drop Managed Care Plan

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 06:47 am

Arkansas legislative leaders asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to drop his managed care proposal from this week's special session agenda, saying the plan faces too many questions.

Assistance Programs Seen as 'Lot of Bang' for Companies' Buck

by Marty Cook 4/4/2016 12:00 am

The legal profession is especially vulnerable, but there are employees with mental health and substance abuse problems in every walk of life.

Suicide: Unseen Public Health Crisis

by Gwen Moritz 4/4/2016 12:00 am

In Arkansas, suicide is as common as traffic fatalities and three times as common as homicide. But both of those causes of death are reported routinely, while self-harm is not, making suicide seem far more rare than it really is.

Keep It Up, Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/4/2016 12:00 am

As Arkansans and especially our legislators begin yet again to consider the ways we provide health insurance to our poorest and most vulnerable neighbors, it was encouraging to see our state's previous efforts recognized by the Los Angeles Times.