Tagged: medicare

Conway Regional Offers an Inside Peek Into Its Operation

by Mark Friedman 9/4/2017 12:00 am

Conway Regional Health System CEO Matt Troup has a plan to deal with the increased competition from the Little Rock health system’s Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.

Health Care – Right or Privilege? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/27/2017 12:00 am

The philosophical question of whether health care is something every American is entitled to or something every American must earn underlies all discussion of how best to provide it.

Keep Trump’s Promise (Feedback)

by Ellen M. Gray 2/20/2017 12:00 am

While on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump made a crystal-clear pledge to protect Medicare and Social Security, declaring, “You made a deal a long time ago.” Now, as his term begins, older voters are counting on Congress to support President Trump’s vow.

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

by Mark Friedman 1/9/2017 12:00 am

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it’s too early to predict an outcome.

CARTI Losses Bring Worry, Advice for Financial Cure Inside New Center

by Mark Friedman 11/21/2016 12:00 am

CARTI already was experiencing operating losses before it opened its $88 million cancer center in west Little Rock last November. Since then, operating losses have widened to $20.5 million over the last three fiscal years and a financial benchmark for its $49 million bond wasn't reached.

Aetna Cuts Hot Springs Village Pharmacy from Medicare Network

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

A pharmacy in Hot Springs Village has hauled an insurance company to court for attempting to kick it out of its network.

Battle Over Air Ambulance Pay Lands in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 5/30/2016 12:00 am

Air Evac EMS Inc. of O’Fallon, Missouri, an air ambulance operator, says it is owed $10 million or more by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, which hasn’t properly paid for medical flights provided to policyholders.

Middle Class, Cash Poor And Desperate (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/25/2016 12:00 am

A couple of smart, talented, outwardly successful guys fell into the fatal trap of believing that they deserved a lifestyle they simply couldn’t afford.

CARTI Center Offering Care Under 1 Roof

by Mark Friedman 3/7/2016 12:00 am

CARTI's $88 million cancer center in west Little Rock offers medical, surgical, interventional and radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology and hematology services.

Let Medicare Negotiate (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/7/2015 12:00 am

Congress should repeal the ban on negotiating and give Medicare the leverage it needs to bargain down the prices of prescription drugs.

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

by Mark Friedman 8/3/2015 12:00 am

By the time most doctors talk to terminally ill patients about end-of-life care, it’s already too late. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to change that. On July 8, CMS proposed paying doctors for their time spent talking with Medicare patients about end-of-life planning.

Conway Interfaith Clinic Becomes Part of CHI St. Vincent

by Alexis Crowe 7/14/2015 10:09 am

Conway Interfaith Clinic changed ownership on July 6 and is now CHI St. Vincent Interfaith Clinic.

Waste, Fraud & Abuse (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/13/2015 12:00 am

Wherever there are human beings, there will be waste, fraud and abuse. There is waste in your household budget. In any business of any size, someone is abusing a policy or a credit card. But hardly any human institutions present the opportunity for waste, fraud and abuse on the scale that we’ve seen in Medicare and Medicaid. And the revelations just keep on coming.

National Park Medical Center on List For High Markups

by Mark Friedman 6/15/2015 12:00 am

An official with National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs last week blasted a report that said the hospital had one of the highest price markups in the country.

Nursing Home King Michael Morton Expanding His Empire

by Mark Friedman 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Even though Michael Morton has been hit by shrapnel from former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s bribery scandal, the Fort Smith nursing home magnate is pushing forward with plans to expand his empire.

Report: Rural Hospitals Get Billions in Extra Medicare Funds

by Associated Press 3/9/2015 11:27 am

A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.

Baxter Regional's Fight Over Medicare Appeals Continues in Appeals Court

by Mark Friedman 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home is one of several hospitals appealing a federal court’s decision denying their request to speed up Medicare claim appeals by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Arkansas Hospital Association's Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not’

by Gwen Moritz 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month.

Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Teams With Aledade To Arm, Reward Docs

by Gwen Moritz 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Aledade is what’s called an ACO, an accountable care organization, a relatively new type of entity established by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act for the purpose of improving health care quality while controlling unnecessary spending.

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