Tagged: patient protection & affordable care act

High Cost of New Drugs Weighs on Medicaid

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

A U.S. District Court case highlights concerns over the high costs of specialty drugs such as Kalydeco, which treats some cystic fibrosis patients at an approximate annual cost of $300,000.

Americans’ Opinion Remains Split on The Affordable Care Act

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Americans’ opinion about the Affordable Care Act remains divided, according to a mid-October poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion, while 59 percent of Democrats report a favorable opinion.

Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping

by Associated Press 10/6/2014 3:18 pm

Wal-Mart plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

Hospital Executives Report Better Finances

by Michell Corbet, Jan Cottingham and Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Last week, Arkansas Business staff writers checked in with the top administrators of five hospitals, large and small. Here’s what we learned.

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.

Baptist Health CEO Troy Wells on Best & Worst of Obamacare

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

Troy Wells has been the president and CEO of Baptist Health of Little Rock since July.

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.

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.

As You Hoped And/Or Feared (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas, through sheer political will that strikes me as more miraculous every day, bucked the trend of conservative states turning away federal dollars to fund health insurance for the working poor.

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.

White County Medical Center Searches for Ways to Replace $51M

by Mark Friedman 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Ray Montgomery, WCMC’s president and CEO, said that he projects the 438-bed hospital in Searcy will miss out on $66 million in revenue over the next six years.

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.

Ripped From the Headlines (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Someone else might describe it as hypocrisy that Rep. Jim Hendren recommended moving part-time public school employees off the state’s health insurance plan so that they would be eligible for federally subsidized insurance under Obamacare - plan Hendren opposed, but not me. I’m the lottery opponent whose sons have benefited from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to the tune of $24,000 so far. Like Hendren (and undoubtedly other members of his task force), I’ve just tried to make the best use of what I consider a bad policy.

Trucking Firm ArcBest Opens Its Own Clinic as Antidote to Rising Health Care Costs

by Marty Cook 5/19/2014 12:00 am

A few years ago, ArcBest, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp., began to research how to control rising health care costs and handle the effects of the federal Affordable Care Act. Discussions kept returning to the idea of an employee-dedicated clinic that would be free to all workers on the company’s health care plan.

Central Arkansas Medical Centers Collaborate, Compete in Tight Health Care Market

by Mark Friedman 4/21/2014 12:00 am

Hospitals in central Arkansas must collaborate to survive, according to St. Vincent Health System President and CEO Peter Banko, who says he doesn’t think Little Rock can support three hospitals.

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 1:00 pm

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November.

Arkansas Sees Rush of Last-Minute Exchange Signups

by Associated Press 3/31/2014 2:18 pm

Arkansas officials are seeing a rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law as the enrollment deadline arrived.

Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/28/2014 10:16 am

Signups for insurance under the federal health care law are far below the state's targets, with more than 33,500 people enrolled in the marketplace as the deadline nears.

From Wal-Mart to Small Business, Health Care Law Has Uneven Effect

by Associated Press 3/20/2014 11:11 am

The health care overhaul affects businesses both big and small in ways that are wide-reaching. Wal-Mart expects $330 million in additional health care costs this year. But a small business in Philadelphia will save money because its 12 workers can shop for coverage on public insurance exchanges.

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 3/12/2014 8:52 am

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead.