Arkansas Healthcare

Local & Regional News
5:38 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Legislators Mull Risk Private Option Poses To Community Health Centers

The chief operating officers for several community health centers at a legislative hearing Thursday.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Community health clinics, which provide services to the neediest Arkansans, are objecting to one aspect of the private option.

At a hearing Thursday, the leaders of several clinics told state lawmakers that a waiver included in the plan will cut into reimbursements so deeply that some won’t be able to stay open.

But some Republicans dispute whether they will indeed be affected.

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Local & Regional News
5:45 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hearing Set On Health Overhaul In Arkansas

Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.

The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment.

The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.

Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.

Public Health
6:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Arkansas Life Expectancy Rates Lower Than Most Of U.S.

Figure shows average life expectancy (in years) for the entire population of each state at age 65.

Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.

The report by the from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention measured life expectancy after the age of 65. Man-Huei Chang, head of the CDC's Division of Epidemiology helped compile the data. She says the study also measured healthy life expectancy across the nation.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Couple’s Donation To Youth Home Provides Transportation For Teens

from left to right: Chrissy Chatham, Dan Miller III, Phoebe Miller, and David Napier at ribbon cutting ceremony for Youth Home's new vans.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Works To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

While prescription drug abuse has declined slightly on a national scale - Arkansas officials say they're working to expand efforts improve public awareness of the danger of addiction and death that can result from such addictions.

Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener says an important element in reducing the potential for abuse is to cut into the supply of available prescription drugs through drug takeback efforts.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Back Health Care Law Delay

Arkansas's four congressmen have voted for proposals to delay implementing two key parts of the federal health care law.

Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack on Wednesday voted for proposals that would delay the implementation of the employer and individual mandates of the federal health care law.

Griffin had introduced the bill on the employer mandate, which codified the Obama administration decision to delay for a year the requirement that businesses provide insurance or face a penalty.

Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Baptist Health System Laying Off 170 As Hospitals Cope With Medicare Cuts


Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit.

Baptist Health has hospitals, clinics and medical facilities throughout Arkansas. The health care organization is one of the state’s largest private employers with more than 7,300 workers.

In a statement provided to members of the media, Mark Lowman, Vice President, Strategic Development at Baptist Health said:

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Hospital Worker Fired For Hitting Patient

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a worker at the State Hospital has been fired for hitting a patient with a closed fist.

The hospital on Tuesday dismissed the worker for failing to follow proper guidelines.

Officials say the worker was hit by a patient last Wednesday. The worker responded by punching the patient, who needed a trip to the hospital for stitches.

DHS didn't name the worker because he can still file an appeal. The employee was placed on administrative leave the day of the incident, pending the outcome of an investigation.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Arkansas Officials Hold Hearing On Insurance Expansion

Arkansas officials are holding a public hearing on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday planned to hold a hearing on the "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

Lawmakers approved the plan this year, but it still must get final clearance from the federal government.

The plan was touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Local & Regional News
6:03 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hospital Merger Talks Off In Hot Springs

Two health care companies have ended talks about the prospect of merging two Hot Springs hospitals.

Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee and Mercy Health of Chesterfield, Missouri said Thursday that talks are no longer taking place about merging National Park Medical Center and Mercy Hot Springs.

Arkansas Business reports reports that the talks had gone on for more than a year and would have brought the facilities under Capella's ownership.