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  • AMS Member Authors “Amazing Nature” Column

    Dr. Michale Pafford, an internist from Benton, recently authored a column in the Benton County Courier. His work about the “Arkansas Sabertooth” which was published in the Sunday, August 12 edition of the paper, can be found below.   Mysterious cave in the Buffalo National River Forest intrigues Benton physician  By Dr. Michael Pafford What do a forgotten Ozark cave, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Pleistocene saber-toothed cats have in common?  Follow along with me, and I’ll explain. I’ve always had a… Read More

  • Important Drug Warning from Amylin

    An important FDA-approved Drug Alert for Bydureon affecting Family/General Practice, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants was published on August 1, 2012. This PDR® Drug Alert was delivered electronically to all Arkansas Medical… Read More

  • Important Drug Warning Recently Issued

    An important FDA-approved Drug Alert for BRILINTA (ticagrelor) affecting Interventional Cardiologists, Clinical Cardiologists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Internal Medicine Physicians and Primary Care Physicians was published on July 19, 2012. This PDR® Drug Alert was delivered… Read More

  • Medicaid Set to Mail “Sample” Reports

    Initial Set of Episodes:  Acute Upper Respiratory Infections, ADHD, and Pregnancy Episodes Within the next couple of days, physicians and other providers who have been identified as principal accountable providers (PAP) for the first set… Read More

  • Medicaid Implements “Preventable Condition” Rule

    Effective July 1, 2012, Arkansas Medicaid will be implementing 42 CFR 477.26 (c)(1); which requires that all state Medicaid plans prohibit payment for “provider-preventable conditions.” The umbrella term “provider-preventable conditions” (PPCs) includes two separate categories:… Read More

  • CPCI Application Period Open Now

    Primary care practices considering applying for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative pilot program have until July 20 to submit applications.  AMS has learned that currently there are approximately 84 clinics that have begun the process… Read More

  • Medicaid Releases Episode Thresholds

    The Arkansas Medicaid program has released the cost threshold targets for its initial set of treatment episodes under the episode of care payment model. Those thresholds are: Non-specific Acute Ambulatory Upper Respiratory Infection $46-67 Acute… Read More

  • US Supreme Court Upholds Mandate

    On Thursday, June 28, the US Supreme Court issued its much anticipated ruling on the Obama health reform law. In a 5-4 decision the Court upheld the controversial individual mandate while negating a provision related… Read More