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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.

State Medicaid rolls up 25,000

posted: 06/09/2016 5:46 a.m. Comments 4

The number of Arkansans approved for coverage under the state's expanded Medicaid program increased by almost 25,000 from February through April, reaching more than 290,000, the director of the state Department of Human Services told legislators Wednesday.

State seeks grip on health insurance exchange

updated: 06/02/2016 4:56 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants the state to take over responsibility for its health insurance exchange for individual consumers but continue enrolling them in coverage through the mechanisms of the federal system, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Public mum on private option

posted: 05/27/2016 2:30 a.m. Discuss

No one commented Thursday at a public hearing in Little Rock on Arkansas' plan to seek federal approval to make changes to the private option and extend the waiver authorizing it through 2021.

Arkansas' largest health insurer seeks 14.7% uptick in premiums

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Arkansas' largest health insurer has proposed a 14.7 percent average increase in the cost of plans that cover more than 200,000 people, including about 130,000 whose premiums are paid by Medicaid under the so-called private option, the state Insurance Department announced Tuesday.

Hutchinson, nursing homes vow cost cuts

posted: 05/21/2016 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and nursing home industry representatives signed a pledge Friday to save the state's Medicaid program $250 million over five years by curbing the growth of spending on care for the elderly and physically disabled.

DHS asks judge to toss care suit

posted: 05/21/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys with the state Department of Human Services on Friday asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by two Medicaid recipients who say their home-based services were unfairly reduced after an annual assessment of their needs.

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