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NLR hospital to pay $2.7M to end Medicare billing case

posted: 02/28/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle claims that it improperly billed the federal Medicare program for some hospital stays in 2008 and 2009, federal officials said Friday.

Parent programs get $9.2M

posted: 02/28/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Health has been awarded almost $9.2 million in federal funding for programs that provide education and support for parents on pregnancy and child-rearing, department officials said Friday.

Health-hub bids winnowed to 3

posted: 02/28/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Three companies will compete as finalists for the contract to monitor the implementation of an Arkansas-based health insurance exchange for small businesses, a committee decided Friday.

Medicaid program accepts 10,000

posted: 02/19/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

More than 10,000 Arkansans were approved for coverage under Arkansas' expanded Medicaid program in December and January, bringing the total to 233,518, the state Department of Human Services reported Wednesday.

Health market's open-enrollment deadline nears

posted: 02/14/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Millions of Americans who lack health insurance have until 2 a.m. Monday to sign up for coverage through exchanges established under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sole bid reels in health exchange

posted: 02/12/2015 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

The firm that provided the technology for the federal small-business health insurance exchange used by Arkansas and more than 30 other states was hired Wednesday to supply the technology for an Arkansas-based version.

Firm chosen for Arkansas health exchange work

posted: 02/12/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK -- The firm providing the technology for the federal small-business health insurance exchange used by Arkansas and more than 30 other states was hired Wednesday to supply the technology for an Arkansas-based version.

Finalist in bid to build health exchange quits

posted: 02/10/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

One of the two finalists for a contract to build a small-business health insurance exchange for Arkansas withdrew its bid Monday after an inquiry into whether two people attempted to improperly contact a state board member about the contract.

Jailed doctor's license suspended

posted: 02/10/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

An Ash Flat doctor's Arkansas medical license was suspended Monday after his arrest Friday on charges that he arranged for someone he thought was the mother of a 4-year-old girl to take her daughter across state lines for sexual purposes.

Finalist in bid to build health exchange quits

posted: 02/10/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

One of the two finalists for a contract to build a small-business health insurance exchange for Arkansas withdrew its bid Monday after an inquiry into whether two people attempted to improperly contact a state board member about the contract.

Board reaches agreement with pain doctor, rescinds findings

posted: 02/07/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

In a 9-3 vote, the Arkansas State Medical Board on Friday agreed to drop its findings that a Sherwood doctor violated state law and board regulations by prescribing excessive amounts of pain medication and failing to keep the proper records.

Health insurer gives bonuses for care costs

updated: 02/04/2015 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' largest health insurer awarded bonuses to 85 doctors, hospitals and other health care providers for their low costs in 2013 for delivering babies, replacing a knee or hip, or treating congestive heart failure patients, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.

Board look a must on health plan bids

updated: 02/03/2015 12:11 a.m. Discuss

At a special meeting Monday, the board governing the health plans for public-school and state employees adopted a policy requiring the board's approval before bid solicitations are issued for certain types of contracts.

Budget falls short for state children, advocate asserts

updated: 01/29/2015 3:51 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed budget falls short in providing funds for preschool and other programs that benefit children, the director of an advocacy group said Wednesday.

Health exchange advisers support keeping criteria

updated: 01/29/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

An advisory panel for Arkansas' federally operated health insurance exchange on Wednesday approved a recommendation that the state continue using the same criteria it set last year for plans offered on the exchange.

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