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Infections up, 8 hospitals face cuts in Medicare pay

updated: 12/20/2014 4:12 a.m. Comments 2

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.

Private-option costs fall again per individual

posted: 12/19/2014 2:24 a.m. Comments 2

The average per-person payments to insurance companies under Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program fell this month for the eighth consecutive month, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Human Services.

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.

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.

Draft revisions to piercing, tattoo rules aired at hearing

posted: 12/16/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A draft update to the state's regulations on tattooing and body piercing has drawn objections from some practitioners who say the requirements are too burdensome, while others complain that the rules leave too many gaps.

Disability group faces funds loss

updated: 12/11/2014 10:21 p.m. Discuss

A state board should return to the federal government more than $280,000 in funding for services for Arkansans with developmental disabilities because the money was not spent within required time frames, state auditors said.

Board rejects UAMS clinic deal

posted: 12/06/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Citing concerns about the cost, a state board Friday rejected -- for the time being -- a proposal to help fund a clinic that would be operated by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for state employees near the Capitol.

Medicaid expansion accepts 4,600 more

posted: 12/06/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

More than 4,600 Arkansans were approved for coverage in the state's expanded Medicaid program in November, bringing the total number covered to 223,456, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Friday.

State board OKs heartbeat rule

posted: 12/05/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A divided Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday approved the implementation of a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to first conduct an abdominal ultrasound test and to inform the patient of the probability of the fetus' survival if carried to term.


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