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34 on List of Largest Hospitals Report Losing Money

On the annual checkup of hospitals, 34 out of the 88 hospitals on this year’s list — 38 percent — reported losing money, which is slightly higher than last year’s list, which showed 35 percent of the hospitals losing money. read more >
Paul Cunningham
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Hospitals Fear Proposed Medicaid Change Could Be Costly

The Arkansas Hospital Association fears an Arkansas Medicaid policy proposal could cost hospitals much more than the $11 million estimate from the Department of Human Services. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Doctors Expect More Demand Under Affordable Care Act

Some health care professionals fear there won't be enough primary care professionals to meet demand next year as newly insured Arkansans gain coverage under the federal health care law. read more >
Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System, says it’s unclear what impact the health care reform will have on the Batesville hospital. 
Construction / Health Care / Insurance

White River Health System Preps ER for Health Care Reform

White River Health System in Batesville is preparing for the possible rush of patients once health care reform is fully implemented next year. read more >
St. Bernards Healthcare’s president and CEO Chris Barber saw the company’s revenue climb 15.2 percent to $620.8 million in 2012.
Health Care

Health Care Revenue Up Slightly in 2012

National reports of slowing growth in health care spending were reflected in Arkansas Business’ list of the largest private companies. read more >
Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern may form a partnership with Baptist Health. 
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Malvern Hospital Seeks Baptist Health Deal

Hot Spring County Medical Center of Malvern is in talks to form a partnership with Baptist Health of Little Rock. If the deal is approved by the Hot Spring County Quorum Court, Baptist Health would operate the 72-bed hospital, said HSC Medical Center CEO Sheila Williams. read more >
Ray Scott
Health Care

Hospitals Move Toward Electronic Records Exchange

On Feb. 11, the 471-bed Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff became the third hospital this year to join Arkansas’ network that will let health care providers access patients’ electronic medical records. read more >
Larry Morse
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Medicare Cut Threatens to Cost Arkansas Hospitals $407M

Congress delayed automatic spending cuts that included pushing back a 2 percent Medicare payment reduction until March 1. But it has done little to ease the uncertainty of how much financial pain health care providers, particularly hospitals, will have to endure in the budget process. read more >
St. Vincent Health System CEO Peter Banko said cuts to Medicare and Medicaid could force hospitals to consolidate in order to survive. 
Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Hospitals Fear Looming Cuts to Medicaid

Adding to the mix of bad news, Arkansas hospitals could lose $403 million in total Medicare payments for seniors over the next 10 years if the Budget Control Act of 2011 goes into place on Jan. 1. read more >
Congress will face a steep fiscal cliff when it returns to Washington D.C.
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The Fiscal Cliff: Recession Looms Without Compromise, Leaders in Arkansas Fear

If Congress fails to address the so-called fiscal cliff, the United States faces another recession, leaving Arkansas political and business leaders to hope the critical hour of decision will force the appearance of bipartisanship read more >