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Infections up, 8 hospitals face cuts in Medicare pay

updated: 12/20/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 3

Eight Arkansas hospitals, including UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, will face reduced Medicare reimbursement rates after a federal agency determined they had higher rates of patient infections and other complications compared with other hospitals, records released this week show.

U.S. awards state $100M to build insurance hubs

posted: 12/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas has been awarded $99.9 million in federal funding to establish state-run health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individual consumers, officials said Thursday.

Peripheral arterial disease screenings set for Jan. 5

posted: 12/18/2014 1:55 p.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will offer a free screening for peripheral arterial disease Jan. 5 in Maumelle, the university said Thursday.

State keeps lid on names of insurance-exchange bidders

posted: 12/18/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The six competitors for a contract to build a health insurance exchange for Arkansas small businesses won't be named publicly until the contract is awarded late next month, officials with a state-created nonprofit entity said Wednesday.

Year's health site sign-ups near 2.5 million

posted: 12/17/2014 4:39 a.m. Comment 1

Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law surged last week, driven by a deadline for getting covered by Jan. 1, officials said Tuesday. Unlike last year, the healthcare.gov website was working well.

State, school plans expect to cut 2,300 in '15

posted: 12/17/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

About 1,700 spouses of state and public-school employees are expected to be dropped from health insurance plans covering those workers starting next year because they qualify for coverage from their own employers or did not respond to inquiries from the health plans' administrators, a state official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Health care adviser sorry for 'glib' remarks

posted: 12/10/2014 4:10 a.m. Comment 1

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber -- an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law -- told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he said it was "the stupidity of the American voter" that led to the law's passage.

Arkansas study: Medical complexity leads to unmet needs

posted: 12/09/2014 7:12 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A new study by two Arkansas professors says special-needs children with medical complexity who see multiple specialists for more than one chronic condition are more likely to have a health care need go unmet.

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