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State agency found in contempt of court over rule changes

posted: 05/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A judge on Wednesday found the state Department of Human Services in contempt of court for violating his order that barred it from using an algorithm to award hours of home-based care to disabled Medicaid recipients.

Teacher, worker insurance rate decision put off

posted: 05/23/2018 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Members of a state board decided Tuesday to wait another month before setting the health insurance rates for public school and state employees for 2019.

Arkansas judge orders state to end care-hours setup, sets hearing on whether to hold DHS in contempt

posted: 05/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

For the second time in just over a week, a judge on Monday ordered the state Department of Human Services to stop using an algorithm to award hours of home-based care to disabled Medicaid recipients.

Panel affirms state method to assign care

posted: 05/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Despite some lawmakers' misgivings, the Legislative Council on Friday approved an emergency rule allowing the state to resume using an algorithm to allot hours of home-based care to disabled Medicaid recipients.

Health agency to revamp anti-smoking hotline

posted: 05/18/2018 1:59 a.m. Discuss

State health officials said Wednesday that they will revamp the state's smoking cessation hotline to divert some callers to services covered by their insurance plans.

Anti-smoking tool in line for changes

posted: 05/17/2018 1:02 a.m. Discuss

State health officials said Wednesday that they will revamp the state's smoking cessation hotline to divert some callers to services covered by their insurance plans.

Judge orders Arkansas home-care aid formula's end

posted: 05/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state must stop using a formula that has resulted in reduced home-based care for thousands of disabled Medicaid recipients, a judge ordered on Monday.

Judge orders state to stop using allocation formula to determine home-based care of disabled Medicaid recipients

posted: 05/14/2018 5:50 p.m. Comment 1

A judge Monday ordered the state to stop using an allocation formula that has resulted in reductions in home-based care for thousands of disabled Medicaid recipients.

UAMS sets up opioid advice line for doctors

posted: 05/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 15

Doctors who treat patients for opioid addiction can now get free phone advice from experts at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, officials announced Friday.

UAMS to offer free phone consultations for doctors treating patients addicted to opioids

posted: 05/11/2018 2:25 p.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Friday announced a service offering free phone consultations for doctors treating patients who are addicted to opioids.

Little Rock midwife's appeal to panel rejected; client didn’t get 2 prebirth exams

posted: 05/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A state Board of Health committee on Thursday recommended upholding disciplinary action against a Little Rock midwife whose client refused a vaginal exam during an assessment by the state Department of Health.

Panel recommends upholding disciplinary action against Arkansas midwife whose client refused vaginal exam

posted: 05/10/2018 3:18 p.m. Comments 5

A committee of the state Board of Health on Thursday recommended upholding disciplinary action against a licensed lay midwife whose client refused a vaginal exam during an assessment by the state Department of Health.

State protocol on births at home raises ire; exam rule snarls midwives, clients

posted: 05/09/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas midwives and their clients are complaining about a new protocol used by the state Department of Health for determining whether a woman can safely give birth at home.

State logs one more flu-related death

posted: 05/09/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

One additional flu-related death was reported in the state in the past week, raising the state's death toll from the current flu season to 223, the state Department of Health reported.

State agency seizes 2 nursing homes

posted: 05/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Judges in Prairie and Howard counties on Friday temporarily transferred two nursing homes to state control after state officials raised concerns about the finances of the facilities' New Jersey-based operator.

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