Health Care Archive

Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/5/2018 09:39 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on announces appointments to boards and commissions.

Report: Opioid Addiction Costs Employers $2.6B A Year for Care

by Associated Press 4/5/2018 09:18 am

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees' children.

Arkansas Sees Increase in Residents with Alzheimer's

by Associated Press 4/2/2018 06:50 am

The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia is expected to grow on a state and regional level in the coming years.

Cantrell Drug Still Feeling Heat of FDA

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Federal regulators said last week that it still has concerns about sanitary conditions at Cantrell Drug Co. and asked a U.S. Bankruptcy judge to let them go forward with a lawsuit to stop the Little Rock company from selling the drugs it produces.

Piggott Community Hospital Adding Services

by Mark Friedman 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Piggott Community Hospital started an outpatient mental health program last month and plans to offer an infusion outpatient service by the end of April or early May, as a way to improve the hospital's finances.

Marijuana Commission's Carlos Roman Defends Panel's Choices

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Dr. Carlos Roman, a member of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, disputes what he calls the “false narrative” about his scoring of the applicants and defended the honesty of the commission.

VP, Foundation President Latest to Leave CARTI

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Rebecca Pearrow is no longer vice president of business development for CARTI. Kathi Jones has also announced her retirement after more than 12 years as president of the CARTI Foundation.

Forrest Whichard Named VP at CHI St. Vincent (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/2/2018 12:00 am

Forrest Whichard has been hired as vice president of operations for CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock.

Walmart Reportedly Eyes Deal with Insurer Humana

by Associated Press 3/30/2018 11:13 am

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal, which says the company is in early talks with Humana, a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and older.

NWA Reaps $137M In Economic Benefits From Bicycling

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2018 10:18 am

Bicycling provided $137 million in economic benefits to northwest Arkansas in 2017, according to three new studies by the Walton Family Foundation.

Arkansas Sues Drugmakers It Blames for Deadly Opioid Crisis

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/30/2018 07:38 am

Arkansas officials filed a lawsuit against three drug manufacturers Thursday, claiming overzealous and deceptive marketing contributed to an increase in opioid abuse that fueled a spike in overdose deaths.

Arkansas Company Says Its Pot Growing License Should Proceed

by Associated Press 3/29/2018 11:45 am

A company that had been slated to be among the first to grow medical marijuana in Arkansas is asking a judge who halted the licensing process to allow the firm's permit to go forward.

Kent Westbrook Honored for Lifetime Achievement at Health Care Heroes Event

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/29/2018 09:15 am

Dr. Kent Westbrook, a distinguished professor of surgery and cancer surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Health Care Heroes awards luncheon.

Firm Asks Judge to Lift Order Halting Medical Pot Licenses

by Associated Press 3/28/2018 11:38 am

One of five companies that had been slated to receive Arkansas' first licenses to grow medical marijuana has asked a state judge to lift his order halting the permitting process and declaring it unconstitutional.

Arkansas State Veterans Home Gets Quick Fix-Up

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2018 12:00 am

A little more than a year after opening, the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock is regrouping after cold winter weather revealed problems with heat pumps, pipes and ceiling insulation in some of the buildings housing veterans.

Plan Now for a 'Black Sky Event' (David Maxwell Commentary)

by David Maxwell 3/26/2018 12:00 am

The causes that would trigger a black sky event take the response and restoration to a new level. In a longer electrical outage, the cascading effects magnify.

Fayetteville Investor Pays $3.75M for Office Square (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 3/26/2018 12:00 am

A Fayetteville investor paid $3.75 million for a 41,800-SF office complex across the street from the Northwest Arkansas Mall on College Avenue.

CHI St. Vincent Adds Two Neurosurgeons in Hot Springs (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2018 12:00 am

James Arthur and Justin Dowdy have been hired as neurosurgeons for CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

Arkansas' February Unemployment Rises to 3.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/23/2018 10:14 am

The state Department of Workforce Services said Friday that Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 1,794 from January, a result of 17 more Arkansans being unemployed and 1,811 dropping from the workforce.

Judge Voids Marijuana Commission's Cultivation Choices

by Lance Turner 3/21/2018 11:20 am

A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge declares the Arkansas Marijuana Commission's scoring of cultivator applicants "null and void," preventing the commission from officially awarding cultivation licenses.