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Paul Cunningham

UAMS Medical Center in central Little Rock.
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UAMS Tops State In Net Patient Revenue

Of the 89 hospitals on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest hospitals and medical centers in the state, 14 reported a net loss of $1 million or more while 34 had a net income of $1 million or more. read more >
In 2015, Mercy opened its $53 million Virtual Care Center, which it touted as the world’s first building dedicated entirely to serving patients beyond its own walls. The 125,000-SF facility is in Chesterfield, Missouri.
 
Government & Politics / Health Care

The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

A law that eases restrictions in the way telemedicine is delivered in Arkansas goes into effect in August and will help Arkansas hospitals expand their range of virtual services. read more >
Scott Pace is the CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

The Trump Effect: Arkansans Brace for Obamacare Repeal

With Obamacare in critical condition, Arkansas hospital officials are closely watching Washington while warning that it’s too early to predict an outcome. read more >
Steven Rose is the CFO of Conway Regional Health System, which faces new competition.
Construction / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

Arkansas Hospitals Report Healthier Results in 2015

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. read more >
Pam Williams, HR director at Unity Health, fears a “domino effect” from awarding raises to hospital employees.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Hospitals Brace for New Overtime Regulations

The centerpiece of the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations raises the threshold of what salaried workers must be paid in order to qualify as an exempt employee. read more >
Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System in Batesville. 
Health Care / Insurance

Fulton County Hospital Gets a Partner: White River Health System

White River Health System in Batesville has agreed to help Fulton County Hospital save money and improve health care by entering into an affiliation agreement. read more >
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Arkansas Hospitals Keep Buying Physician Clinics

When hospitals buy physician clinics, the results are mixed. But the trend, which is as evident in Arkansas as it is nationally, shows no signs of going away. read more >
Scott Barrilleaux is the CEO of Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

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 >
Business Services / Health Care / Insurance

Truth in Billing (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

We have truth in lending and truth in sentencing. Maybe it’s time for truth in billing. I’m talking about truth in medical billing, and when I put it that way, you know exactly what I mean. read more >
National Park Medical Center, Hot Springs
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Education / Health Care / Insurance

National Park Medical Center on List For High Markups

An official with National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs last week blasted a report that said the hospital had one of the highest price markups in the country. read more >
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Cunningham
Education / Health Care

Arkansas Hospital Execs’ Pay Below Regional Average

A study recently released to the Arkansas Hospital Association shows that compensation for health care executives in Arkansas is almost 10 percent below averages in the region. read more >
Baxter Regional Medical Center
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Baxter Regional’s Fight Over Medicare Appeals Continues in Appeals Court

Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home is one of several hospitals appealing a federal court’s decision denying their request to speed up Medicare claim appeals by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. read more >
CHI St. Vincent Chief Operating Officer Chad Aduddell said CHI St. Vincent West Urgent Care opened in 2011 and sees about 50 to 60 patients a day. | (Photo by Michael Pirnique)
Health Care / Insurance / Public Companies / Retail / Small Business

Urgent Care Walk-in Clinics Expanding in Arkansas

Doctors, retailers and hospitals have been opening urgent care facilities or walk-in clinics to lure patients with non-life-threatening injuries away from hospital emergency rooms in a trend that has been slow to arrive in Arkansas. read more >
Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless outside the shuttered Crittenden Regional Hospital. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
Health Care / Nonprofits / Transportation

Former Employees, Patients of Closed Crittenden Regional Hospital Leave Town

The ripple effects from the closing of Crittenden Regional Hospital in September and the bankruptcy of the nonprofit that operated it have been felt across eastern Arkansas and into Tennessee. read more >
In June, Crittenden County voters approved a 1 percent sales tax for the West Memphis hospital. But before the tax could be collected, it shut its doors last month. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
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Crittenden Regional Hospital’s True Financial Status Surprised Directors

Directors of Crittenden Regional Hospital learned on Aug. 19 that its monthly revenue was only $2 million — about half what they had previously been led to believe — while expenses were about $5 million, the CEO of the shuttered hospital revealed in a bankruptcy court filing. read more >
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Cunningham
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Hospital Association’s Paul Cunningham: ‘Having a Payer is Always Better Than Not’

The Arkansas Hospital Association is in the process of surveying members about the immediate impact of the swarm of newly insured Arkansans, but Executive Vice President Paul Cunningham said the results would probably not be available for another month. read more >
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield said the lower reimbursements to specialists encourage the use of family practice doctors. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)
Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

Health Care Revenue Rises Slightly in 2013

While nine of the 11 health care organizations on Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private companies reported an increase in revenue in 2013, none of them had an increase of more than 9 percent. And five of the companies had increases of less than 2 percent. read more >
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Hospital Vendors Earn Millions for Range of Contract Services

Doing business with hospitals can mean big business for vendors, and tax forms filed by nonprofit hospitals provide a peek into how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. read more >
Baptist Health President and CEO Russ Harrington said the health system will be proactive. (Photo by Jason Burt)
Construction / Health Care

Baptist Health Plans for Growth with New Hospitals in Conway, Malvern

Despite hospitals facing millions of dollars in lower health care reimbursements, Baptist Health of Little Rock is pushing ahead with ambitious expansion plans. read more >
BJ Roberts, White County Medical Center, says his hospital is examining costs in order to save money while also trying to maintain the quality of health care it offers. 
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

Hospitals Worried About Impact of Insurance Exchanges

While hospital executives across the state welcomed the opening of the health insurance marketplace last Tuesday, several said they were worried about its financial impact. read more >