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Dr. Joe Thompson, president and CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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$1M Grant Funds Planning for Delta Health Initiative

A coalition of organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi intends to spend up to 18 months developing the plan, which will "harness the region’s strengths to address its key disparities." read more >
Kenley Money, director of information systems architecture at ACHI
Health Care

Kenley Money Named Board Chair of National Health Data Group

Money, who has worked for ACHI since 2010, previously served as a board member and board secretary for NAHDO. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Review Finds 20% of NWA Medicare Dollars Leaves Region

The analysis by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement provides more evidence that health services in northwest Arkansas have been strained by recent demand. read more >
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Government & Politics / Real Estate

Taxes Rise as Property Values Continue to ClimbLock Icon

The flurry of residential real estate sales in Arkansas during the pandemic is powering a general surge in property values and rising property taxes. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Nonprofits / Retail / Small Business

Adult-Use Cannabis on Horizon as Study Looks at Medical Marijuana Data

Proponents say the plan is for recreational marijuana to complement the existing medical marijuana program, not replace it. read more >
Dr. Joe Thompson of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Government & Politics / Health Care

Most Arkansas Public School Students Under Mask Mandate

Most Arkansas public school students will be required to wear masks when classes begin next week, following moves by dozens of districts in response to a judge blocking the state's mask mandate ban. read more >
Michael Manley of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Education / Health Care / Nonprofits

Manley Promoted at UAMS (Movers & Shakers)

Michael Manley has been named the chancellor’s chief of staff at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences of Little Rock. read more >
Dr. Joseph Thompson, president and CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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Dr. Joe Thompson Says Communication is Key in Conquering COVID-19

Dr. Joe Thompson is responsible for developing health policy, research activities and programs that promote better health and health care in Arkansas. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
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Tracing Virus, Asking How Much to Tell Public

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is caught between his deep allegiance to faith and commerce and his duty to public safety in deciding how much to tell the public in the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits

Arkansans to Ask, Experts to Answer

With questions flying about the coronavirus pandemic, its local effects and the latest in what Arkansans can do, Arkansas PBS plans to supply answers from health experts at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special live broadcast, "Arkansans Ask: COVID-19." read more >
Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Government & Politics / Small Business

Video: Dr. Joe Thompson Shares How Employers Should Respond to COVID-19

Dr. Joe Thompson, CEO of the Arkansas Center of Health Improvement in Little Rock, said Friday that employers are important actors in the effort to staunch the spread of COVID-19. read more >
Dr. Joe Thompson, president and CEO of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing

Website Tracks Financial Health of Hospitals

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement unveiled a website last week to help people track the financial health of Arkansas hospitals, a move that comes during a time of struggle for rural hospitals. read more >
Dr. Joe Thompson, former Arkansas surgeon general, says the state should be proud of its expanded Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Kicking Around Obamacare: Arkansas Keeps Score on ACALock Icon

Insurance and health pros talk winners, losers and the future of the Affordable Care Act and its effects felt in Arkansas. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Approach to Federal Health Care Law Divides Texas, Arkansas

Called "Obamacare" by opponents, the Affordable Care Act is highly unpopular in both Texas and Arkansas, but the sharply different approaches the states have taken is evident in the availability and cost of health care - in the span of a few miles. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Greg Bledsoe Named Surgeon General

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new surgeon general. read more >
Joe Thompson
Health Care

Joe Thompson To Leave Surgeon General Post; John Selig Asked to Stay at DHS

Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson said Tuesday he will not serve in the role under Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Report: Adding Vision, Dental Would Cost $43M

Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits. read more >
About 300 people attended Wednesday's Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

At Symposium, Employers Told to Budget Now for Health Care Reform

Employers should assess their business quickly to determine a plan of action that minimizes risk as they face looming health care reforms that are already taking place, according to speakers at Wednesday’s Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Report: Shortage of Primary Care Providers in Rural Arkansas

A study released Wednesday showed Arkansas' health care workers aren't going to rural areas of the state. The report found there was a 4 percent shortage in the state of primary care providers. There was a 38 percent oversupply of them in the central part of the state while there was a 33 percent shortage in southwest Arkansas. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

For Your Information (Editorial)

Expanding insurance coverage to the working poor through the new health care exchange rather than through the traditional Medicaid program is a good idea, as long Arkansas still receives the hundreds of millions of dollars offered by the federal government. read more >