| Current Arkansas Medical News|
|Potential Loss of Over 25,000 Jobs from Arkansas Medicaid Cuts|
The state Department of Human Services (DHS) is currently reviewing responses from stakeholders regarding the DHS "Bending the Curve" Medicaid Cost Reduction Strategies proposed to help address looming cuts in the program that provides health services to the poor and handicapped.
BECKY GILLETTE - 1 opinion posted
|Survival Guide to Health-System Reform|
Where Do Providers Focus Their Attention First?
So, now what?
The massive health-system reform legislation dubbed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is law, enacting the most sweeping changes in America's health system since Medicare. Experts say now is the time providers should take a deep, cleansing breath, then jump into action with short-term strategies that could pay off down the road.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|Growing Need Seen for Advanced Nursing|
Healthcare Reform and Medicaid Shortfall Expected to Spur Demand
Healthcare reform and state economics will likely increase demand in Arkansas for Advanced Practice Nurses over the next few years, said Jean K. Zehler, MSE, president of the Arkansas Nurses Association.
|Access to Healthcare Could be Adversely Affected by Medicaid Cutbacks |
While looming cutbacks of $400 million for the Arkansas Medicaid program in fiscal 2011 may be reduced because of a lawsuit settlement with a drug company, there is still widespread concern in the medical community about large decreases in funding for a program that provides healthcare to a large segment of the population of Arkansas.
|Meet Medical News’ Rebekah Hardin|
LITTLE ROCK—Former At Home in Arkansas publisher Rebekah Boyd Hardin has joined the Medical News team as associate publisher in Little Rock.
|Mental Healthcare Takes a Hit from Budget Cuts|
Current and potential future cuts of state funding for Medicaid come at a hard time for mental healthcare in Arkansas. That is because demand is up, both from soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and because more people who need assistance are unemployed because of the recession.
| HealthCare Marketing Focus|
|Before the Breathin' Air is Gone|
Luring Physicians "Out in the Country"
Grady, S.C., was one of the lucky rural communities. Unfortunately, it was fictional.
In the 1991 film "Doc Hollywood" with Michael J. Fox, the Porsche Speedster of hotshot plastic surgeon Benjamin Stone breaks down in Grady, and the charms of the community, its people and one woman in particular entice the young physician to hang his family-practice shingle in the rural Southeast.
SHARON H. FITZGERALD
|UAMS’ MammoVan Goes to Where the Patients Are|
More Convenience Equals Better Community Health
Today’s mammograms in Hazen will begin not when a technician starts the scans but when Kimberly Enoch turns the ignition.
|Breaking Through the OR Glass Ceiling|
Women Making Strides in Pursuit of Surgery
When interviewing for postgraduate residency positions soon after giving birth to her third child, Sharona Ross, MD, was very hesitant to bring up the subject of children. She was concerned that divulging having an infant and two small children at home would hinder her chances for a career in surgery.
|PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Terry Green, MD|
District 1 Congressional Candidate
MOUNTAIN HOME — Earlier this spring, outdone by the passage of healthcare reform with so many unknowns, Terry Green, MD, decided to make a difference.