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Arkansas Mental Health Providers Charged with Medicaid Fraud

Arkansas Mental Health Providers Charged with Medicaid Fraud

The two top billers in the Arkansas Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program have been charged with 20 felony counts involving false claims for Medicaid reimbursement.
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New Holding Company Prepares Arkansas Mutual for Expansion

A.M. Best Co.'s succinct announcement that Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. had achieved an A rating was the culmination of two years of work by the Arkansas-only medical malpractice carrier to get ahead of a changing market.
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Health Insurance Companies Owed More than $7.1M in Rebates

Arkansas consumers and businesses are owed more than $7.1 million from health insurers because those companies collected too much in premiums last year than what they spent on medical care, according to federal officials.
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