Health Care Archive

Weight-Loss Surgery Arrives at Arkansas Heart Hospital

by Mark Friedman 3/20/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock recently began offering weight-loss surgery as a way to fight heart disease and rising obesity rates in Arkansas.

CHI St. Vincent Contract with UnitedHealthcare to End April 1

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2017 03:25 pm

CHI St. Vincent says that, effective April 1, its physicians and services will not be considered in-network for United Healthcare members.

SPONSORED: Self-funded Insurance Plans Combat Rising Health Care Costs

by 3/14/2017 11:17 am

Plans grow in popularity as employers seek affordable heath insurance solutions.

Nominate by Friday for Arkansas Business 40 Under 40

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2017 11:14 am

Arkansas Business is seeking nominations for its 40 Under 40 program, which recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who excel in their profession and are leaving their mark on the Arkansas business and nonprofit community.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to a Record 3.8 Percent

by Sarah Campbell 3/13/2017 09:58 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate continued to fall in January to the lowest on record, 3.8 percent. The rate was 3.9 percent in December and 4.2 percent in January 2016.

UAMS-Baptist Health Partnership Could Expand in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences already provides emergency room and orthopedic services to Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, but more could be on the way.

One Bad Doctor: Richard Johns Pill Mill Scheme Leads to Death of One, Ensnares Dozens

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2017 12:00 am

By the end of this month, at least 52 people will have pleaded guilty to being a part of what prosecutors believe are the largest drug rings ever busted in both Lonoke and White counties, including the one bad doctor who was the indispensable element: Richard Duane Johns.

Misconduct Allegations Shadowed Richard Johns

by Gwen Moritz 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Richard Johns, the internist who pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions, first appeared in Arkansas Business in September 2012 for a completely different reason:

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

Brandy Utter Joins Physicians Staff at Conway Regional (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Dr. Brandy L. Utter has joined the hospitalist staff at Conway Regional Health System. She most recently practiced at Unity Health After Hours Clinic in Searcy.

CHI St. Vincent Moves Neuroscience Institute to North Campus

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2017 01:07 pm

CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock announced on Wednesday that is renovating its CHI St. Vincent North campus for $10 million over the next 18 months to move its Arkansas Neuroscience Institute there.

UAM, UAMS Announce New Pre-Pharmacy Transfer Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2017 12:30 pm

The University of Arkansas at Monticello announces the Rural Health Early Admissions Program, which will offer pre-pharmacy students the opportunity to transfer early to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' College of Pharmacy.

Barbara Ross-Lee: Arkansas Can Support 3 Medical Schools

by Sarah Campbell 3/7/2017 03:50 pm

Arkansas "absolutely, positively" needs doctors and can sustain three medical schools, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee tells the Little Rock Rotary Club.

‘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.

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 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.

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