Tagged: patient protection & affordable care act

Our Health Care System Is Stupid (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/10/2016 12:00 am

There are still so many problems with the health care industry in our country that every week seems to bring fresh outrage.

Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion is Unnerving Some States

by Associated Press 10/5/2016 10:37 am

The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

by Mark Friedman 10/3/2016 12:00 am

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 61 out of the 86 hospitals on this year’s list of the state’s largest hospitals and medical centers — 71 percent — reported making money. That compares with 62 percent on the list that ran in 2013, just before the main features of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act took effect.

US Health Care Spending Grows

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

U.S. health care spending grew by 5.3 percent in 2014, to $3 trillion, or $9,523 per person, according to the latest figures available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. That was an increase over the 2.9 percent growth seen in 2013.

Health Care Construction Spending in Arkansas Is Climbing

by Mark Friedman 4/25/2016 12:00 am

Spending on health care-related construction projects in Arkansas nearly doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year.

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.

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.

‘Free’ Federal Money Costs Arkansas (Eric Fruits and Dan Greenberg Commentary)

by Eric Fruits and Dan Greenberg 12/21/2015 12:00 am

With the 2016 election right around the corner, the candidates are searching for wedge issues to appeal to large swaths of the electorate. Medicaid expansion, especially in Arkansas and other states that have already broadened the federal program, is proving to be a major sticking point.

QualChoice Self-Insurance Plan Targets Small Employers

by Jan Cottingham 11/9/2015 12:00 am

Obamacare is causing employers to rethink the health insurance plans they offer workers, and QualChoice has a new product to take advantage of the flexibility companies are seeking.

Consultants: Arkansas' Health Plan Should Move People Upward

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 10/7/2015 1:51 pm

Consultants hired to review the state's "private option" Medicaid plan recommended that the program continue but suggested changes that would move participants into jobs and ensure they are leading healthy lives.

Obamacare’s Costs (Feedback)

by Jerry B. Jackson 9/14/2015 12:00 am

What’s happening in Arkansas and throughout the country is only a portion of the extra cost of Obamacare and its related tentacles that can be expected in government programs.

The Problem With Percentages (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/31/2015 12:00 am

Big numbers made for a technically accurate but deeply misleading story in The New York Times. But even knowing the approved changes isn’t very helpful.

Aledade Gets Slow Start in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 8/3/2015 12:00 am

A Maryland accountable care organization operator that began recruiting primary care physicians a year ago has had limited success in Arkansas, in part because dozens of the most likely practices are temporarily occupied with a federal pilot program with similar goals.

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.

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care

by Sean Beherec 8/3/2015 12:00 am

Hospitals around the state have reported that the so-called “private option” provided a needed boost by reducing losses associated with uncompensated care.

It Ain’t Over Till … (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday, upholding a key component of the Affordable Care Act by a comfortable 6-3 vote.

Analysts: Repeal of Health Law Would Boost Economy But Add to Deficit

by Associated Press 6/19/2015 11:26 am

Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday.

The Ignorant American (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Ignorance is bliss, or so they say, but ignorance can also be dangerous. Ask Luis Lang, a 49-year-old who made a comfortable living as a self-employed handyman, who ignored the law requiring him to buy health insurance — and then discovered what happens to diabetics who don’t take care of themselves.

Affordable Care Act Pushes Up Revenue for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

by Mark Friedman 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s remarkable 42.6 percent surge in revenue in 2014 over the previous year is mainly a result of the Affordable Care Act.

UAMS Eyes Expansion, Sees Increase in Patient Demand

by Mark Friedman 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act as applied in Arkansas has worked so well for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that administrators are considering expanding the 10-story UAMS Medical Center.