Health Care Archive

Mark Pryor: Not Ready to Call for Eric Shinseki Resignation

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/29/2014 03:25 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said Thursday he's outraged over treatment delays within the Veterans Affairs health care system, but said he's not ready yet to call for the VA secretary's resignation over the problems.

Ben Burris Sues Dental Board to Change Law

by Mark Friedman 5/27/2014 10:50 am

Dr. Ben Burris sues members of the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners in an attempt to change state law so that he and other dental specialists can provide teeth cleaning services.

Mike Beebe Announces 18 Appointments to Board, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/27/2014 10:03 am

Gov. Mike Beebe announces appointments to state boards and commissions.

Four Join List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.

St. Bernards' Revenue Climbs 8 Percent to $355 Million in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

St. Bernards, which operates the 438-bed St. Bernards Medical Center and clinics in northeast Arkansas, saw its net revenue climb 8 percent to $354.6 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. It was good enough for No. 26 on Arkansas Business' list of largest private companies ranked by revenue.

Health Care Revenue Rises Slightly in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

While nine of the 11 health care organizations on Arkansas Business' list of the largest private companies reported an increase in revenue in 2013, none of them had an increase of more than 9 percent. And five of the companies had increases of less than 2 percent.

Your Brain on Lists (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/26/2014 12:00 am

There is something in the human brain that likes to see data organized in lists. In our newsroom, we know that our weekly lists are primarily used for sales leads — that's a service to our audience that we are happy to perform.

I've Got a Tip for You (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Every other year since 2000, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has issued a big, thick study that it calls, ominously, “Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud.” The eighth Report to the Nations was released this month, and it came to the same conclusion as earlier ones: A typical organization loses 5 percent of revenue each year to fraud.

Methodist Family Health Foundation Gains Three on Board (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Laura Borg of Little Rock, Rev. Wayne Clark of Conway and Tara Wright of Fayetteville have joined the board of directors of Methodist Family Health Foundation of Little Rock, a 115-year-old nonprofit that provides psychiatric and behavioral health care to children and families in Arkansas.

Proposed Fort Smith Osteopathic School Gets Anonymous $14M Donation

by Lee Hogan 5/23/2014 10:27 am

The donation pushes the project's cash available for the school to $80 million including $58 million approved for the project by the Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation.

Fayetteville's TiFiber Develops Potential Replacement for Triclosan

by Mark Carter 5/23/2014 09:38 am

Fayetteville's TiFiber has announced an exclusive license to commercialize synthetic, antimicrobial polymers that could replace the controversial antibacterial agent triclosan through a bar soap product from Bradford Soap Works.

Export Awards Honor Arkansas Steel, Triangle Engineering, SweepScrub, Harris International, POM

by Mark Carter 5/22/2014 02:11 pm

Five Arkansas companies that do business overseas were honored at the fifth annual Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade awards luncheon.

Primary Voters Mixed on Arkansas Private Option

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 5/21/2014 07:26 am

Arkansas voters gave mixed signals Tuesday about the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, ousting one "private option" backer from his legislative office, nominating another for re-election and sending a third to a runoff.

Little Rock Firm Blazes Its Own PGx Testing Path

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 03:50 pm

Personalized medicine has grown to encompass the practice of tailoring health care to a specific patients' DNA profile. Doctors use this practice, called pharmacogenetics (PGx), to help determine how individuals metabolize and respond to certain drugs and treatments. One Innovate Arkansas client firm is helping them do just that.

Arkansas Business to Honor 21st 40 Under 40 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2014 10:24 am

For the 21st consecutive year, Arkansas Business will honor the state's outstanding young professionals at a luncheon for its 40 Under 40 class.

Ascendant Dx Closes $2M Funding Round, Adds Board Members

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 08:22 am

Ascendant Dx of Fayetteville, has developed an early detection test for breast cancer, closes a $2 million funding round and adds two members to its board of directors.

Trucking Firm ArcBest Opens Its Own Clinic as Antidote to Rising Health Care Costs

by Marty Cook 5/19/2014 12:00 am

A few years ago, ArcBest, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp., began to research how to control rising health care costs and handle the effects of the federal Affordable Care Act. Discussions kept returning to the idea of an employee-dedicated clinic that would be free to all workers on the company's health care plan.

Retailers Walmart, Amazon Rolling Out Same-Day Deliveries

by Mark Friedman 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Amazon.com Inc. of Seattle recently expanded their pilot programs to offer same-day service to customers in select cities. Both companies in some cases are using their own trucks and drivers to deliver the items, which can range from groceries to televisions.

Ripped From the Headlines (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Someone else might describe it as hypocrisy that Rep. Jim Hendren recommended moving part-time public school employees off the state's health insurance plan so that they would be eligible for federally subsidized insurance under Obamacare - plan Hendren opposed, but not me. I'm the lottery opponent whose sons have benefited from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to the tune of $24,000 so far. Like Hendren (and undoubtedly other members of his task force), I've just tried to make the best use of what I consider a bad policy.

Decision-Making in an Uncertain Environment (Karen Moustafa Leonard Expert Advice)

by Karen Moustafa Leonard 5/19/2014 12:00 am

We all make decisions every day. But in uncertain external and internal business environments, organizational decision-making is becoming a more complicated art. Both environments offer unique challenges for every leader.