Insurance & Benefits Archive

Delta Hospital Takes Opioids to Court

by Mark Friedman 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Hospitals in the Arkansas Delta are fighting the opioid epidemic with every weapon at their command, including a little-noticed lawsuit by a Monticello hospital against the larger opioid manufacturers.

Why Are Banks Shuttering Branches? (Julie Stackhouse Commentary)

by Julie Stackhouse 3/5/2018 12:00 am

It seems inevitable that this long-term trend in branch closings will continue as consumer preferences evolve and financial technology becomes further ingrained in credit and payment services.

The Virtual Doctor Can See You Now

by Mark Friedman 3/5/2018 12:00 am

Out-of-state telemedicine companies wasted no time offering their services in Arkansas after a law went into effect in August that eased restrictions in the way telemedicine is delivered in the state.

Insurance Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/28/2018 11:07 am

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its 2018 class.

Simmons First Insurance Names Employee Benefits President

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2018 09:11 am

Simmons First Insurance Services announced Tuesday that Christi Pittman has been named president of employee benefits.

Davis, Smith Promoted at American Safeguard (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2018 12:00 am

Jeremy Davis and Jason Smith have been named managing partners of American Safeguard Insurance's new office in Mountain Home.

When the Going Gets Tough (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 2/26/2018 12:00 am

Smart leaders understand that to deal with difficult times, the culture and attitude of their workforce must be critical to survival.

Blueprint For 2018? Architecture Firms See Busy Year

by Mark Friedman 2/26/2018 12:00 am

Spending on construction projects across the country could rise by 4 percent this year over 2017, which is welcome news for Arkansas architects and engineers.

St. Bernards, UnitedHealthcare Announce Network Relationship

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/21/2018 11:31 am

St. Bernards Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship.

Arkansas Metros Show Wide Gap in Post-Recession Employment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2018 12:00 am

Although the unemployment rate gets the most attention, Arkansas economist Michael Pakko recently also looked at the employment rate in the state over the last year and since the Great Recession.

Insurance Agent Josh Casada Accused of Taking $205,000 in Premiums

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2018 12:00 am

IPFS Corp. alleges that it provided Josh Casada of the Casada Insurance Group with $205,000 to finance customer premiums, which they say Casada never did.

Is the U.S. Due for a Recession? (Commentary)

by David Andolfatto and Andrew Spewak 2/19/2018 12:00 am

The U.S. economy has been expanding for the last eight and a half years, but how much longer will that expansion last?

Ben Goodwin of Our House on Where Nonprofits, Businesses Can Meet

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2018 12:00 am

Our House Director Ben Goodwin reveals how a deeply personal experience affirmed his commitment to serving the homeless.

Presenting the 30th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas Business honors the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Copper Run Acreage Assembled for $2.6M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/19/2018 12:00 am

Layman Lane LLC, led by Graham Smith and Russell James, bought the more than 85 acres at 10601 Layman Road from Glenda C. Pehrson Family Ltd.

Sunstar, in Growth Mode, Acquires WLR's Matson Agency

by Kyle Massey 2/12/2018 10:10 am

Keeping up an aggressive pace of growth, Sunstar Insurance Group LLC of Memphis has absorbed the business of the Matson Agency of west Little Rock, its second acquisition just this year.

Tax Changes: The Good, Bad and Quirky

by Kyle Massey 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas Business asked a panel of tax experts for insights on the new code, which was signed by President Donald J. Trump in late December. After hitting the highlights, they delved into provisions that surprised them.

Biggest Deals of 2017: Arkansas Transactions Soar 50 Percent, Reach $14.7B

by Jan Cottingham 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Tax reform expected to increase pace, size of acquisitions in 2018.

Invest in Your Culture; It's Reflected in the Bottom Line (Karen Armstrong Expert Advice)

by Karen Armstrong 2/12/2018 12:00 am

Today's workforce, especially among millennials, rates companies that are desirable to work for based on their culture. From a recruitment and retention standpoint, culture is critical, but how do the characteristics of that environment translate to profitability?

Youth Services Bankruptcy Unveils Theft Case, FBI Probe

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

The FBI and Arkansas' attorney general are investigating the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, according to the nonprofit's recent bankruptcy filing.