Health Care Archive

Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not'

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month.

Lawsuit Hits Nerve for Former Friends Fighting Over Medical Fees Earned

by Mark Friedman 9/1/2014 12:00 am

A legal case between Dr. Eren Erdem and Dr. Scott Schlesinger serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of having a contract in place and how quickly a friendship can sour when money is involved.

Newly Insured 'Private Option' Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Whether thoroughly successful, a total failure or something in between, this much is sure: Roughly a quarter-million Arkansans who did not have health insurance in 2013 are now insured, mostly because of the private option, and this historic deluge of new health care customers bring with them challenges and opportunities.

Labor Force Down Across State, Five Metro Areas in July

by Lee Hogan 8/27/2014 10:13 am

While the number of unemployed workers and the unemployment rate in Arkansas and its six metropolitan areas was lower in July than a year ago, the labor force was also down in Arkansas and in five metropolitan areas.

Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 02:01 pm

Dawn Stehle has been named the state's Medicaid director. She will have the interim tag taken off her title, a distinction she's held since June 1. The Arkansas Department of Human Services conducted a national search for the spot.

Crittenden Regional Hospital Will Close Sept. 7

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 10:42 am

Crittenden Regional Hospital will close its doors permanently on Sept. 7, citing "the challenges of a struggling economy and continued declines in patient volume and reimbursement."

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Owes Millions to Fed

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

CHS, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, agreed on Aug. 8 to pay $98.15 million to resolve “multiple lawsuits alleging that the company knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been billed as outpatient or observation services,” according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Women Doctors Sue Veterans Affairs Over Unequal Pay

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two women emergency room doctors at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock have sued the Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly not paying them the same as men in the same position.

UAMS Gets $2.1M For Marshallese Health Study

by Mark Friedman 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been awarded a $2.1 million grant to attempt to reduce diabetes in the Marshallese community in northwest Arkansas.

LR Retail Centers Draw $6.1 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Two retail projects in southwest Little Rock tipped the scales at $6.1 million. Geyer Springs Shopping Center LLC of Brooklyn, New York, bought its namesake 152,852-SF property at 8717 Geyer Springs Road and the 21,760-SF Geyer South project at 8521 Geyer Springs Road.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Pediatrics Plus Opens Russellville Facility

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 08:53 am

Pediatrics Plus opened its new, 23,000-SF facility in Russellville on Monday. The developmental preschool and therapy center is located at the former home of Hog Wild Fun Center. The project was $4 million for acquisition and renovations.

Hospital Operator Community Health Systems Reveals Cyberattack

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 10:40 am

Community Health Systems Inc., which operates hospitals in Fort Smith, Bentonville, Springdale and seven other cities in Arkansas, on Monday blamed Chinese hackers for a cyberattack that accessed "non-medical" data on 4.5 million patients of its affiliated physicians.

Some New CVS Pharmacy Locations Seek Beer and Wine Permits

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

CVS Caremark Corp. of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is wading deeper into the Arkansas market, and some locations plan to sell beer and wine.

Landers Toyota, Baptist Health School Subjects of Latest Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Our latest lineup of big real estate transactions features a quartet, three in the capital city and one in North Little Rock.

Functional Health & Fitness Emphasizes Care for the Aging

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

David Houk, a strong advocate of the drug-free approach to therapy, said the options he provides at Functional Health & Fitness for osteoporosis and fibromyalgia care set his facility apart from others.

New Regulations a Pain in the Neck for Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Mark Friedman 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A combination of regulation and enforcement has begun to chip away at the lucrative business plan that has generated so many complaints that the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners had to add another full-time staff position.

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

Kudos: Goodwill Gains Rehab Accreditation, UAMS Names Oral Health Clinic After Delta Dental

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, based in Little Rock, has received full three-year accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The accreditation process began more than a year ago, and a two-day study by CARF determined Goodwill's status.