Tagged: arkansas department of human services

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.

State to Run Youth Lockups For Another Year

by Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 2/7/2018 3:31 pm

A plan to reprivatize seven secure facilities housing delinquent youths has been pushed back by at least a year, the head of the Division of Youth Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services said Monday.

Reporter Marci Manley Turns to PR; It’s Not Shocking News

by Kyle Massey 1/15/2018 12:00 am

After nearly a decade in TV news, including three years as a top investigative reporter at KARK/Fox 16 in Little Rock, Marci Manley left her first love, journalism, for a state public relations job that better suits her marriage and family plans.

Overtime Suit Adds to Home Care Wage Burden

by Mark Friedman 1/8/2018 12:00 am

The U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations that increased minimum wage and overtime coverage to home health workers has resulted in the Arkansas Support Network Inc. owing $650,000 in back wages to employees who worked overnight shifts in clients’ homes.

Arkansas DHS Reveals Breach of Client Personal Information

by Associated Press 9/15/2017 12:42 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says personal and health information of more than 26,000 Medicaid recipients has been breached.

DHS, Dinged for Payment Problems, Will Repay $3M to Feds

by Gwen Moritz 9/15/2017 11:02 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services will repay about $3 million to the federal government after an audit found problems with a type of Medicaid payment to providers.

DHS Reshuffles to Create 'One-Stop Shop' for Medicaid Providers

by Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 8/25/2017 7:43 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services announces an internal reorganization that will shift 171 employees to a newly created division, impact more than 40 contracts and streamline oversight of Medicaid providers.

Arkansas Hospitals Fear Changes in Medicaid, Arkansas Works

by Mark Friedman 7/3/2017 12:00 am

As the fight over health care continues in Congress, Arkansas hospital executives are worried about changes being made to Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program known as Arkansas Works, which has saved hospitals $150 million annually in uncompensated care.

Breaking With the News: One Shooter, One Writer

by Kyle Massey 5/29/2017 12:00 am

Photographer Stephen B. Thornton has left the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after 23 years while former Arkansas Times reporter Benjamin Hardy is taking a stab at freelancing.

Procurement Prevails After Dental Contracts Approved

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients.

DHS Officials: 'Arkansas Works' 2.0 Cheaper for State

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 4/27/2017 10:10 am

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the changes it's seeking for the Arkansas Works medicaid expansion will save the state as much as $93 million over five years.

Disputed Contracts Place Procurement in Spotlight

by Kyle Massey 3/13/2017 12:00 am

Disputes over recent state contracts have put Republican lawmakers at odds with the Republican governor, angered potential vendors and muddied understanding on what businesses can expect from the process of awarding state work.

Navigating State Aid for Special Needs: TEFRA and ARKids First

by Dwain Hebda 11/14/2016 8:48 am

The state of Arkansas provides several programs to assist families in caring for their child’s special needs, particularly for families in lower income brackets.

UAMS Cures RxResults’ One-Sided Contract

by Mark Friedman 9/26/2016 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has corrected a contract that for nearly eight years gave a private company the exclusive right to market UAMS’ intellectual property and resulted in no royalty payments for UAMS.

Former Head of Medicaid to Work With Arkansas DHS, UAMS

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/2/2016 11:18 am

Dennis G. Smith, former head of Medicaid under President George W. Bush, will become a visiting faculty member at UAMS and senior adviser for Medicaid and Health Care Reform for the state Department of Human Services.

It Takes a Village II (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/29/2016 12:00 am

This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company.

Hutchinson Advisor Betty Guhman to Oversee Youth Services Division

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/19/2016 11:33 am

The state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that Betty Guhman, a senior advisor to Gov. Asa Hutchinson since 2014, will serve as interim director of the DHS Division of Youth Services while the agency searches for a permanent director.

DHS Director Cindy Gillespie Makes Health Care Coverage Personal

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/4/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Business talks to Cindy Gillespie, the new director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Before she joined DHS, Gillespie was a principal in the Washington office of the law firm Denton and was a health care adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

UAMS Fears More Red Ink, Eyes $34M Shortfall in Fiscal 2017

by Mark Friedman 4/11/2016 12:00 am

As bad as the financial picture at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is now, it could be a lot worse if the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion plan isn’t continued by the state Legislature.

Here's How Eating Snacks Throughout the Day Can Help School Performance

by Better Beginnings 3/28/2016 12:00 am

Nutrition plays a vital role in classroom success for children, which is why many schools allow children to eat snacks throughout the day. In fact, many nutrition specialists suggest that children eat a snack every three to four hours to stay full and focused all day, as well as learn smart eating habits that they can use in the future.