State Legislature

2015 Doctor of the Day

The Arkansas Medical Society will again sponsor the "Doctor of the Day" program for the 2015 session of the Arkansas legislature. The legislative session will convene on January 12, 2015, and continues for a minimum of 60 days, but the time can be extended by action of the…

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Vote!!

Early voting runs from October 20 to November 3.  AMS encourages you and your staff to get out and make a difference.  One vote CAN make that difference.  A 2010 example from here in Arkansas ... two candidates for sheriff in Stone County tied twice, both in the…

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Public Hearing – Office Based Surgery

The Arkansas State Medical Board will hold a public hearing on Proposed Regulation 35, which establishes rules for physicians performing office based surgery. During the 2013 legislative session, AMS sponsored legislation that became Act 587. Prior to Act 587, the Arkansas Department of Health had determined that office…

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Legislators Press ABCBS on Fee Changes

In a public hearing on November 4, legislators on the Joint Interim Committee on Insurance & Commerce pressed representatives of ABCBS on their decision to reduce their current fee schedule by 15 percent for "non-primary care" specialties.  The reduced fee schedule applies to the new products being offered…

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ARKANSAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY GOES HOME AFTER LONGEST SESSION SINCE THE DEPRESSION; HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAID HIGHLIGHT THE SESSION

Health Law Bulletin from the Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers and Sneddon law firm “Private option” is Arkansas’ answer to federal health care reform.  In the longest legislative session since the early 1930’s, the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation that will have an unprecedented impact on the Arkansas Medicaid program,…

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Three New Laws With Immediate Impact

The 2013 meeting of the Arkansas Legislature will be remembered most for adopting the "private option," an innovative and game-changing alternative to expanding the Arkansas Medicaid program to persons making up to 138 percent of poverty. AMS played a major role in helping pass the private option, but…

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