Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

August 3, 2015

Lawsuit, Liens Hit Scott Reed's Main Street Projects

Lawsuit, Liens Hit Scott Reed's Main Street Projects

Contractors have more than $1.5 million in claims for unpaid work on two unfinished Main Street redevelopments in downtown Little Rock. The liens and lawsuit add to a track record of overreaching, underfinanced, subsidy-supported development in the city. read more >

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care

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

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

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. read more >

This Week's List

‘Private Option' Benefits List of Largest Health Insurers

‘Private Option' Benefits List of Largest Health Insurers

The effect of the “private option” — Arkansas' use of federal Medicaid expansion funding to buy private health insurance for the working poor — is written all over this year's list of the state's largest health insurance companies. read more >


Rank Name City Assets
1 Health Care Service Corp., A Mutual Legal Reserve Co. Chicago 17,829,420,895
2 United HealthCare of Arkansas Inc. Little Rock 17,190,812,777
3 Humana Insurance Co. Little Rock 9,184,850,194
4 Cigna Corp. Bloomfield 6,785,569,938
5 Aetna Inc. Hartford 2,498,734,690

Executive Q&A

Regions Insurance's Fred Stone on the Most Important Item Your Company Should Protect

Regions Insurance's Fred Stone on the Most Important Item Your Company Should Protect

In 2005, Fred Stone became CEO of Rebsamen Insurance, which changed its name in December 2007 to Regions Insurance. Stone lives in Rogers and commutes most weeks to Little Rock. read more >

Spotlight: Health Insurance

Aledade Gets Slow Start in Arkansas

Aledade Gets Slow Start in Arkansas

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. read more >

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Results Mixed

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Results Mixed

Fifty-nine primary care practices representing 254 physicians are currently participating in a four-year pilot program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services known as CPCI, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. read more >

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks

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. read more >

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care

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

Opinion & Analysis

The First Draft of Panic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The First Draft of Panic (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Journalism has been called the first draft of history, and often it is. Initial news reports, especially on sweeping issues or developing events, often capture small details — the who, what and when — but it may be months or years before the why and how become clear. read more >

Trump Won't Win, but How Much Could He Lose? (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Trump Won't Win, but How Much Could He Lose? (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Donald Trump. Man or myth? Well, 69-year-old Donald John Trump is certainly a living, breathing, human male — a man. But there has also been cultivated over time a mythical-like aura associated with the Trump name. Or, more importantly, the Trump brand name. What does the Trump brand stand for? What is its worth, its value? read more >

New Opportunity for Contractors (Vic Lance Commentary)

New Opportunity for Contractors (Vic Lance Commentary)

Arkansas Act 1275 of 2015, the Local Government Energy Efficiency Project Bond Act, allows municipalities and counties to take part in guaranteed energy cost savings contracts. These local governmental entities can seek to reduce energy consumption or operating costs of government facilities by using the services of qualified providers. The length of a contract can be up to 20 years after the implementation of a project. read more >

A Common Core Rebrand (Editorial)

A Common Core Rebrand (Editorial)

The Common Core standards last week survived a review by a council assembled by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. We think the standards survived. Well, actually, it was a little hard to tell. read more >