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Luke Mattingly, president and CEO of CareLink, says changes in eligibility determinations hurt patients and his bottom line.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

As Medicaid Denials Surge, Some Question Optum AssessmentsLock Icon

Arkansas in-home service providers say changes in Medicaid rules are hurting them and their elderly clients. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

DHS Still Scrutinizing Skyline HealthLock Icon

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is keeping a close eye on the nursing home chain Skyline Health. read more >
Highlands’ subsidiary operated Woodland Hills in Little Rock in 2015-16.
Health Care / Insurance / Investments / Legal

Trustee Seeks to Recover Millions From Nursing Home OperatorsLock Icon

The trustee for a bankrupt chain of Arkansas nursing homes has accused its out-of-state operators of pulling millions of dollars out of the facilities as unpaid bills piled up in 2015 and 2016. read more >
South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, after losing a bid in 2016 to continue managing the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center (above) and four other juvenile centers in Arkansas. Two of its former employees, Jennifer and Aric Knight, have been charged with theft.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Nonprofits

Youth Services Bankruptcy Unveils Theft Case, FBI ProbeLock Icon

The FBI and Arkansas’ attorney general are investigating the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, according to the nonprofit’s recent bankruptcy filing. read more >
Marci Manley
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Media & Marketing

Reporter Marci Manley Turns to PR; It’s Not Shocking News

After nearly a decade in TV news, including three years as a top investigative reporter at KARK/Fox 16 in Little Rock, Marci Manley left her first love, journalism, for a state public relations job that better suits her marriage and family plans. read more >
Keith Vire, former CEO of Arkansas Support Network Inc.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Nonprofits

Overtime Suit Adds to Home Care Wage Burden

The U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations that increased minimum wage and overtime coverage to home health workers has resulted in the Arkansas Support Network Inc. owing $650,000 in back wages to employees who worked overnight shifts in clients’ homes. read more >
Cindy Gillespie 
Government & Politics / Health Care

DHS Director Announces Agency Reorganization

The director of the state Department of Human Services on Tuesday announced a reorganization of the massive agency, creating a structure made of centralized offices with chiefs that report directly to her. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

HP Enterprise Gets $190M DHS Contract for Medicaid Management

HP Enterprise Services signs a $190 million contract with the state Department of Human Services to manage Medicaid in Arkansas through a new IT system. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

DHS Says Ted Suhl Was ‘Person C’ in Steven Jones Bribery Case

Ted Suhl, owner of behavioral health companies, including one formerly called Lord's Ranch, has been identified by the Arkansas Department of Human Services as "Person C," who allegedly provided bribes to former DHS Deputy Director Steven B. Jones. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Newly Insured ‘Private Option’ Arkansans Present Challenges, Opportunities

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. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

DHS: 55K People in Arkansas Want to Sign Up for Coverage Under Private Option

The state Department of Human Services says more than 55,000 low-income Arkansans have said they want to sign up for coverage under a recently approved plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Update: New Estimates Released on Arkansas Medicaid Private Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has released new cost estimates for a plan that would use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients. read more >