Tagged: arkansas blue cross & blue shield

Federal Health Fraud Case Against Barrows Postponed to February

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/20/2014 12:00 am

If you’ve wondered what’s happening in the case of the Little Rock husband-and-wife physician team who were charged with health insurance fraud in excess of $1.2 million, well, here’s your answer: Their trial has been postponed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Takes Health to Heart

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Blue Cross has grown to become one of the largest companies in Arkansas with more than 2,500 employees. As a benefits provider, it would only make sense that those employees working hard to keep Arkansas families healthy would also receive top-tier coverage and benefits of their own.

Wehco Media Drops Insurance Bombshell

by Michelle Corbet 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Wehco Media dropped a bombshell on its employees two weeks ago: Effective Sept. 1, one week after the announcement, they had a choice of having their annual health insurance deductible triple to $3,000 or paying 100 percent of the cost of keeping a policy with a $1,000 deductible.

Health Insurers Report Rising Premium

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

2013 was another good year for nearly all of the companies on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest health insurance companies that write premium in the state.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Opening Retail Store in Hot Springs

by Michelle Corbet 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield is opening its third health insurance retail store, known as ArkansasBlue, across the street from CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

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.

Health Care Revenue Rises Slightly in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

While nine of the 11 health care organizations on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private companies reported an increase in revenue in 2013, none of them had an increase of more than 9 percent. And five of the companies had increases of less than 2 percent.

Massage Therapist Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Barrows

by Mark Friedman 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Billy Marc Young, the Conway massage therapist who allegedly helped perpetuate a health care fraud, has taken a plea deal and will testify for the prosecution of Drs. Robert Barrow and Angela Barrow.

‘Any Willing Provider’ Bill Returns, This Time Without Wilson Off to Races

by Mark Friedman 3/31/2014 12:00 am

A bill that has occupied lawyers for a full decade might have been a mere blip in the state’s long legislative history had Nick Wilson, the powerful and ultimately disgraced state senator from Pocahontas, not been so eager to get to the horse races on one particular day in February 1995.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s Reimbursement Rates Raise Concerns From Specialists

by Mark Friedman 12/16/2013 12:00 am

Starting Jan. 1, ABCBS will pay physician specialists 15 percent less for the same procedures done by non-specialists, such as family practice doctors, for patients who bought policies through the new health insurance exchange, she said. The new fees won’t apply to the carrier’s current commercial policies or group plans.

Insurance Companies Concerned About Health Care Website

by Mark Friedman 12/2/2013 12:00 am

Two months after the launch of the health insurance marketplace website, Arkansas insurance companies are still concerned about it.

Mark White on Who Wins, Who Loses With Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/11/2013 12:00 am

Mark White first joined Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield as a staff accountant in 1970. He held various positions throughout his career before being named the company’s president and CEO in 2009.

Insurance Officials: No Difference Between Proposed, Announced Rates Of Some Companies

by Associated Press 9/24/2013 4:03 pm

Arkansas insurance officials say there was no difference between the rates originally proposed and those announced yesterday for half of the insurers participating in the state's marketplace under the federal health care law.

Premium Is On People At Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/23/2013 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield exists to serve its customers, but the state’s largest health insurer has made it a priority to take care of its employees too.

Premium Still Rising for Health Insurers

by Mark Friedman 9/2/2013 12:00 am

2012 was a good year for nearly all the companies on this year’s list of the largest health insurance companies. Eight of the top nine carriers on the list, which is ranked by premium written in Arkansas, saw their premium rise in 2012 over 2011 numbers.

With Portions of Obamacare Set to Begin, Questions Remain

by Mark Friedman 9/2/2013 12:00 am

Oct. 1 will mark one of the biggest changes in the history of health insurance in the United States. On that day, open enrollment begins in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Several unanswered questions exist about the ACA.

Health Care Revenue Up Slightly in 2012

by Mark Friedman 5/20/2013 12:00 am

National reports of slowing growth in health care spending were reflected in Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private companies.

Online Health Records for Patients Will Still Require Oversight

by Jan Cottingham 4/8/2013 12:00 am

The effort to digitize health care records has been underway for years, but it gained new momentum — and qualified health care providers gained financial incentives — with the 2009 passage by Congress of the Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health Act, known as HITECH.

American Medical Association Criticizes Lack of Competition In Arkansas Health Insurance Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/3/2012 12:00 am

The American Medical Association has called out a number of states, including Arkansas, for a lack of competition among large health insurers.