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Baptist Health Battles UnitedHealthcare Over Reimbursement RatesLock Icon

Baptist, the state’s largest health care provider, says it and other hospital groups have faced “unprecedented” costs to cover wages, supplies and pharmaceuticals since the pandemic, but has seen stingy reimbursement deals from insurers. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

New Hospital Designation Offers Hope in Pocahontas

On Sept. 1, the Pocahontas hospital was the first in the state to receive the newly created Rural Emergency Hospital designation. read more >

Arkansas Hospitals Offer Fewer Places to Give Birth

Some hospitals are closing their obstetric units due to financial struggles, creating “maternity deserts” in Arkansas and beyond. read more >

Hospitals Question UnitedHealthcare’s Rates

Tough negotiations over reimbursement rates prompt another hospital to consider dropping UnitedHealthcare. read more >
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Hospitals Report Margins Are Better, but Still Worry

A financial hit could be looming with nearly 220,000 Arkansans having lost their Medicaid coverage since April 1. read more >
Jennifer May-Brust
Legal / Nonprofits

Jennifer May-Brust Joins Hall Booth Smith in Rogers (Movers & Shakers)

May-Brust spent a decade in the oil pipeline transportation industry, then was with Walmart Inc. for nearly 18 years. read more >
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Hospitals Brace for Another Blow as Thousands Lose Medicaid EligibilityLock Icon

On April 1, the Arkansas Department of Human Services began reassessing the eligibility of beneficiaries who throughout the pandemic were guaranteed a place in the federal-state health care insurance program for low-income residents. read more >
Tracie Ford, a registered nurse on the medical surgical floor, reviews a patients chart.
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Condition Critical At Rural HospitalsLock Icon

The Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden offers prime example of the financial stress hospitals are under since COVID. read more >
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Losing Money, Some Arkansas Hospitals Face Closure

As many hospitals struggle financially, the Arkansas Department of Human Services has proposed using $60 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act to help keep their doors open. read more >
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It’s Not Over Yet (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

It can be difficult to determine exactly where we are in this continuing COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock
Health Care

As Hospital Pressures Mount, St. Vincent Faces $75M LossLock Icon

Across the country, hospitals and health systems saw negative operating margins in March, the third consecutive month that was the case. read more >
UAMS Medical Center in central Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

Government Aid Rescues Hospital Financials

Hospitals and medical centers in Arkansas benefited from government relief money last year to offset losses caused by COVID-19. read more >
Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association
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Calling All Nurses: The Crisis ContinuesLock Icon

Hospitals in Arkansas and around the country are desperately seeking nurses to care for a surging number of COVID-19 patients, and providers fear the demand will rise during the upcoming flu season. read more >

Mercy to Require Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Mercy, which operates hospitals in Fort Smith and Rogers, says it will require workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective Sept. 30. read more >
Amanda George, chief financial officer for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, worries that pre-COVID-19 patient volumes may never return.
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COVID-19 Slashes UAMS ProfitsLock Icon

At the end of February 2020, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock had a surplus of $22 million. But then COVID-19 surfaced. read more >
James Quick, president of SimpliFi.
Business Services / Health Care / Transportation

Nursing Now: Have Scrubs, Will TravelLock Icon

With some hospitals nearly full with COVID-19 patients, the demand for nurses has soared across the country in recent weeks, as some providers dangle pay packages worth $7,000 a week to attract nurses. read more >
Baptist Health, which has 11 hospitals in Arkansas, saw its patient revenue fall nearly 5% to $666.3 million in the first half of the year compared with the same period a year ago.
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Hospitals Remain Besieged by COVID-19Lock Icon

Arkansas hospitals are still losing millions of dollars to the COVID-19 pandemic, and executives say they can’t count on a second injection of federal stimulus money. read more >
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Arkansas Industries Attempt to Divine The Post-Pandemic FutureLock Icon

Some, like the hospitality industry, are bracing for a long, slow return to pre-COVID vitality. Others, like the energy sector, see a quicker recovery after the early swoon. Some trends seem baked into expectations, like reliance on home-based employees and the technology they use. read more >
Ron Peterson, president and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, said hospitals might have to wait years before they receive a decision on their appeals of Medicare claim cases.
Government & Politics

Baxter Regional Works to Survive As Volume Declines Amid COVID-19

Baxter Regional Medical Center has not yet had a confirmed case of COVID-19, but the Mountain Home hospital is nevertheless feeling the impacts of the pandemic. read more >
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison
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Coronavirus Could Kill Rural Hospitals on BrinkLock Icon

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the survival of rural hospitals in Arkansas, several hospital administrators told Arkansas Business last week. read more >