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Arkansas Works tab put at $300M more

posted: 07/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Because of the rising cost of prescription drugs, a consulting firm hired by the state now expects the Arkansas Works program to cost about $9.4 billion over the next five years, about $300 million more than the consultants predicted in an estimate published in May.

Medicaid's care cuts reversed for Cash alderman suing DHS

posted: 06/25/2016 2:19 a.m. Discuss

A hearing officer on Friday reversed a decision by state Medicaid officials to reduce the reimbursement for home-based services provided to a Cash alderman with cerebral palsy who has filed a federal lawsuit over the issue, the alderman's attorney said.

Firms push to revise telemedicine law

posted: 06/24/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

A state senator said Thursday that she's open to revisiting an Arkansas telemedicine law to address concerns that it prevents Arkansans from being able to take advantage of benefits offered by employers such as Wal-Mart and J.B. Hunt.

Decision to cut care for man, 79, reversed at DHS

posted: 06/22/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A hearing officer has reversed a decision by the state Department of Human Services to take a 79-year-old Parkin man off a Medicaid program that helps people with daily living tasks.

Eligibility screening weighed for developmentally disabled

posted: 06/15/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

State officials are considering using independent assessments to determine Arkansans' eligibility for placement in state-run facilities for the developmentally disabled, the director of the state Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Services Division told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday.

State seeing rise in prescription overdose deaths

posted: 06/15/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

Making treatment programs more available and expanding the use of a drug prescription database are among the ways Arkansas can reduce painkiller abuse and overdose deaths, a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences told lawmakers Monday.

State sees rising toll in overdoses tied to prescription drugs

posted: 06/14/2016 5:44 a.m. Comments 2

Making treatment programs more available and expanding the use of a drug prescription database are among the ways Arkansas can reduce painkiller abuse and overdose deaths, a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences told lawmakers Monday.

Advice is to raise state-job premiums

updated: 06/11/2016 3:57 a.m. Discuss

State officials should consider increasing health insurance premiums for public school and state employees by at least a small amount in 2017 if they want to avoid large increases in future years, an actuary told a board subcommittee Friday.

Medical Board backs rules to introduce telemedicine

posted: 06/10/2016 5:47 a.m. Discuss

Doctors would be allowed to use video and audio technology to remotely treat patients they have never examined in person under proposed regulations unanimously approved by the Arkansas State Medical Board on Thursday.

Board suspends license of Arkansas doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients

updated: 06/10/2016 10:26 a.m. Comment 1

In a 9-3 vote Thursday, a state board suspended the license of a Conway doctor accused of sexually assaulting two patients, despite the doctor's contention that the patients' allegations are false.

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