Arkansas Health en Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare <p>This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.</p><p>In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:06:28 +0000 Chris Hickey 21673 at Arkansas Surgeon General: More Transparency Means Better Healthcare Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week <p>Local government officials and the Arkansas Department of Health are trying to raise awareness about issues like obesity, childhood hunger, fitness and nutrition for National Public Health Week.</p><p>On Monday, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, representatives from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and others gathered at the Big Dam Bridge to advocate for various educational initiatives.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:00:32 +0000 Chris Hickey 21435 at Arkansas Officials Kick Off Public Health Week Study: 1 Out Of Every 65 Arkansas Kids Diagnosed With Autism <p></p><p>A new report shows a sharp increase in the number of Arkansas kids being diagnosed with autism.</p><p>The study released Thursday says one in every 65 eight-year-olds have the disorder, which is characterized by impaired social interaction and restricted behaviors. The estimate is based on data from 2010.</p><p>Eight years earlier, one in every 145 kids at that age in Arkansas were considered to be autistic.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:26:36 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20965 at Study: 1 Out Of Every 65 Arkansas Kids Diagnosed With Autism With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace <p>The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is nearing. Those seeking to enroll have until next Monday, March 31<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17.5px;">,&nbsp;</span>or <a href="" target="_blank">they may face a fine.</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:55:58 +0000 Chris Hickey 20773 at With Deadline Near, More Arkansans Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace Arkansas Flu Deaths Reach 52 So Far This Season <p>The Arkansas Health Department says 52 people have died from influenza so far this flu season.</p><p>Officials said Tuesday that there's about one week left in peak flu season and the toll could still rise. Last flu season, 61 people in Arkansas died from the respiratory virus.</p><p>Little Rock television station KTHV reports that most of people who developed fatal infections were adults between ages of 25 and 62.</p><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says the flu is classified as widespread in Arkansas.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:24:39 +0000 Associated Press 19521 at Arkansas Flu Deaths On The Rise <p>Arkansas's number of flu deaths this season is now 25.</p><p>Doctor Dirk Haselow, the state's epidemeologist says he thinks the state's flu season has peaked, but total deaths could top 50 before the season is fully over. He says with more flu season ahead, it's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't had one already.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:44:29 +0000 Nathan Vandiver 17957 at UAMS Opens A New Sickle Cell Anemia Clinic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new clinic for adults with sickle cell anemia is opening at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program will offer a 24/7 call center as well as provide yearly flu shots and things not always available in more rural areas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Physician with the program, Dr. Robin </span>Devan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says approximately 1,300 children and adults suffer from sickle cell in Arkansas, but treatment isn’t consistent.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:27:36 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17785 at Plenty Of Young Arkansans Choose Private Option, says DHS <p><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a significant number of younger adults are enrolling in the state’s private option. It allows people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,850 for an individual) to receive subsidized private health coverage using federal money devoted to Medicaid. Andy Allison, state Medicaid director, says its no surprise younger people are qualifying for the private option, since they tend to earn less.</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:55:45 +0000 Chris Hickey 17553 at Plenty Of Young Arkansans Choose Private Option, says DHS Special Election Bodes Ill For Arkansas Health Plan <p>A Republican takeover of a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat dims the prospects for continuing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan and could be a troubling early sign for Democrats who had hoped to rebound from recent losses at the polls.</p><p>Republican John Cooper's win in the special election Tuesday for the seat vacated by Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout over ethics violations gives Republicans a 22-13 majority in the Senate and takes away a key vote for the "private option" Medicaid expansion lawmakers approved last year.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:23:03 +0000 Associated Press 17515 at Northeast Arkansas Voters Pick GOP Candidate For State Senate <p></p><p>Republican John Cooper has won a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat, giving Republicans an extra seat in the Legislature in a race that was viewed as an early bellwether for this year's general election.</p><p>Cooper defeated Democratic nominee Steve Rockwell and replaces Democratic state Sen. Paul Bookout.</p><p>Bookout resigned last year after he was fined by the Ethics Commission for spending thousands in campaign funds on personal items such as clothing and theater equipment.</p><p>Complete but unofficial reports showed Cooper winning 57 percent of the vote.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:11:00 +0000 Associated Press 17516 at Northeast Arkansas Voters Pick GOP Candidate For State Senate