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UAMS testing ways to solve fiscal woes

Funds dwindle as building needs grow

By Aziza Musa

This article was published February 15, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Vice Chancellor Mark Kenneday (foreground) talks with University of Arkansas System board of trustees members as he and Chancellor Dan Rahn (left) give board members a tour of a former nurse’s station area inside UAMS’s Central Building on the Little Rock campus. Kenneday’s tour through the building, built in 1955, was to illustrate deficiencies with the oldest structures on campus.

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There's a 60-year-old building tucked away in the center of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences complex.

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PollockJames03122346 says... February 15, 2016 at 8:17 a.m.

Why isn't anyone talking about ADMINISTRATION GROWTH of U.S. healthcare costs? Seems rather a large part ( HUGE ) of the problem to me.....perhaps a new "incentive based quality measure" should be focused on the number of administrators in a given entity and let those of us giving the care have a much needed break? Since 2001 the % of healthcare costs per capita has risen 3200 % ; when looking at HUMAN costs ( not drugs, tests, procedures) , , 97.6 % of this comes ftom the rise in ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS & only 2.4% from payroll of Physicians / Providers. When looking at ALL EXPENCES for the average hospital toad ( vs 2001) , there has been a 2500% rise in costs per capita ! This means the costs for ADMINISTRATION is the CORE VIRUS raising the overall 'Cost Curve'; UAMS, BAPTIST, etc... are NO DIFFERENT. Under the new Socialized Medicine directives ( made up as they go along), , vertically 90% of Physicians ( like ME) simply smile & shake our head when we see armies of " Disease Managers", " Area Managers" , " Office Managers", " Population Health Managers" , AND " MANAGERS TO SUPPERVISE ALL OF THE PREVIOUS! " which are 95-98% NOT NEEDED AT ALL & SIMPLY A BEAUROCRATIC COST MULTIPLIER & BALL/CHAIN TO GOOD PATIENT CARE..... don't even get me ( most of us Physicians) started on the drag of 'EMRs' & waisted costs via overuse of 'Extenders' which cost WAY MORE MONEY in reality that intuition would think. Sincerely, Dr JP of Arkansas for 22 Years now, but now going " Direct Pay" to flee bearocracy...GOD BLESS ...... JP

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Jackabbott says... February 15, 2016 at 8:53 a.m.

Don't forget the $$$$ for diversity managers and political correctness administrators.
The Trustees just approved millions for the football structure and built a million dollar plus facility for 12 bb players to practice in. Is this common sense and good use of taxpayers money to put more $$$ into sports and entertainment rather than health/?
Another reason people have developed a profound sense of distrust in government. The UAF may be one of the most corrupt organizations in the state of Arkansas.

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Popsmith says... February 15, 2016 at 9:33 a.m.

Those are very nice suits.

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