Tagged: arkansas department of human services

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

by Mark Friedman 11/24/2014 12:00 am

A U.S. District Court case highlights brewing concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2012 and treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

DHS Director John Selig on What Changes He'd Make in Public Policy

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

John Selig joined the Department of Human Services in 1988 as a special assistant to the director. He left the agency for two years in 1994 to work at the Department of Health before returning to DHS as the director of Behavioral Health Services. He was named director by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005.

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was 'Person C' in Steven Jones Bribery Case

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 1:31 pm

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones.

Human Services Deputy Pleads Guilty to Bribery

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/2/2014 3:36 pm

Steven B. Jones, 49, a former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

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.

Dawn Stehle Named State's Medicaid Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 2:01 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.

Wilkes & McHugh Law Firm’s Departure Highlights Fall in Nursing Home Lawsuits

by Jan Cottingham 6/9/2014 12:00 am

The departure of Wilkes & McHugh, known for winning historic, multimillion-dollar verdicts against nursing homes, illustrates the changing economics of nursing home litigation in Arkansas.

Nursing Home Profits Up, So Were Losses

by Gwen Moritz 4/21/2014 12:00 am

About 70 percent of the nursing homes in Arkansas made a profit in the year that ended June 30, 2013, according to cost reports audited by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Lawmaker Jane English Helps Spur Workforce Training Reform

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.

Davy Carter Expects Private Option Funding Will Be Approved

by Mark Friedman 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Davy Carter, speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, said he thinks legislators will hold their noses and vote to continue funding the “private option” Medicaid expansion during the fiscal session that begins Feb. 10.

Arkansas DHS Names Keesa M. Smith as New Deputy Director

by Associated Press 8/27/2013 5:17 pm

Keesa M. Smith, 32, will oversee five of the Arkansas Department of Human Services's 10 divisions - including Aging and Adult Services, Youth Services, Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Community Service and Nonprofit Support and Services for the Blind.

Hospitals Fear Proposed Medicaid Change Could Be Costly

by Mark Friedman 8/12/2013 12:00 am

The Arkansas Hospital Association fears an Arkansas Medicaid policy proposal could cost hospitals much more than the $11 million estimate from the Department of Human Services.

State Drops Request for Insurance Exchange Workers

by Associated Press 6/21/2013 3:53 pm

DHS Division of County Operations director Joni Jones told the Legislative Council on Friday that the request was dropped after the agency learned that the federal government would not fully pay for the workers.

Arkansas DHS Names Joy Figarsky As Behavioral Health Services Director

by Associated Press 6/4/2013 7:13 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has named a new director for its Behavioral Health Services Division.

Medicaid Formula ‘Transformed’ Nursing Homes

by Gwen Moritz 4/8/2013 12:00 am

Three quarters of Arkansas’ nursing homes were profitable in the fiscal year that ended in June 2012, a testament to the Medicaid formula developed in 2001 to reimburse the actual cost of patient care.

Medicaid Expansion In Arkansas Worth Serious Consideration

by John Selig 9/10/2012 12:00 am

One of the biggest impacts of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act is to give states the option of offering Medicaid coverage to those with the lowest incomes. In Arkansas, that would mean providing much-needed access to care for about 250,000 mostly working adults.