Category Archives: Uncategorized

19 Jul
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Sparks Health in Fort Smith, Van Buren sold to Little Rock-based Baptist Health

For the third time in less than 10 years, Sparks Health System will have a new owner. Little Rock-based Baptist Health System has agreed to acquire the Fort Smith hospital from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems (CHS). A transaction amount ...

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19 Jul
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Trump administration to give Kentucky Medicaid work requirement a second chance

The Trump administration is reviving its efforts to let Kentucky compel hundreds of thousands of poor residents to work or prepare for jobs to qualify for Medicaid, after a recent federal court order struck down the plan. Federal health officials ...

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16 Jul
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7,000 people fail to meet Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

By Associated Press  | July 16, 2018 More than 7,000 people on Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion didn’t meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail ...

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16 Jul
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Doctors worry CMS proposals will slow the move to value-based pay

By Virgil Dickson  | July 14, 2018 An avalanche of new pay proposals from the CMS seeks to reduce provider burden, so much so that it could undermine efforts to shift Medicare to a value-based system, doctors warned. The agency released ...

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06 Jul
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Here’s what we are reading

• Is It Getting Harder to Care for Poor Patients? • Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk • Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Whither Work Requirements? • Doctors, nurses, insurance companies spending big ...

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06 Jul
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Governor: Kentucky work ruling doesn’t affect Arkansas Works

Arkansas is continuing to implement work requirements for Arkansas Works beneficiaries while similar requirements were struck down by a federal judge in Kentucky. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday (July 3) that he had read the court ruling, ...

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03 Jul
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Here’s what we are reading

• Ky. governor cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits after losing work requirement ruling • Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-abortion law in Arkansas • Study: Coffee Drinkers Live Longer • Digital health funding shows no signs of tapering off with ...

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03 Jul
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CMS pitches MA demo letting doctors avoid MIPS rules

Dive Brief: CMS proposed a Medicare Advantage demonstration that would allow clinicians to sidestep Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for those who participate “sufficiently” in certain risk-based MA plans. The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) would offer ...

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03 Jul
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CMS: Unsubsidized ACA enrollment dropped 20% in 2017

Dive Brief: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued three new reports on the Affordable Care Act Monday, noting a 20% drop in enrollment during plan year 2017 among those not getting subsidies, and casting the data to make their ...

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03 Jul
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Report: Arkansas ends fiscal 2018 with $41.7 million above forecast

Arkansas ended fiscal 2018 with $41.7 million above forecast, as revenues were buoyed by stronger-than-expected individual income and sales tax collections, according to the annual revenue report released Tuesday. Gross collections by the state totaled $6.76 billion during the fiscal ...

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