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Mid-Delta Health Systems Celebrates New Facility Grand Opening

Mid-Delta Ribbon Cutting

Arkansas Senator John Boozman Helps Establish Senate Community Health Centers Caucus

Via NACHC - Arkansas Senator John Boozman (R) joins Senators Carper (D-DE), Cornyn (R-TX), Cardin (D-MD), Blunt (R-MO), Stabenow (D-MI) in announcing the formation of the very first Senate Community Health Centers Caucus. On Monday, these six members sent out a Dear Colleague Letter announcing the establishment of the new bipartisan caucus and seeking new members.

New Research Shows How Health Centers Stack Up Against Private Practices

Via NACHC - Community Health Centers demonstrated equal or better quality performance than private practices on ambulatory quality measures, despite serving patients with more chronic disease and socieoeconomic complexity.

Three Arkansas Health Centers receive over $1.7 million in federal grants for New Access Points

On Wednesday, June 20, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new grant awards to 219 health centers, including three in Arkansas. Arkansas health centers will use these grants to open new locations and to hire additional health care providers.

ARcare, headquartered in Augusta, received $441,595 to open a location in Melbourne.

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, in Marshall, received $379,167 to open a location in Yellville.

East Arkansas Family Health Center, in West Memphis, received $900,079 to open a location in Helena/West Helena.

New York Times article highlights Medicaid and health care access in Arkansas

New York Times reporter Robert Pear recently visited Arkansas to learn about how the expansion of Medicaid would impact the state. The expansion of Medicaid would have a large impact on the state as current eligibility criteria for adults are strict and chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes are widespread. Mr. Pear visited with a number of state officials and leaders, including CHCA CEO Sip Mouden and ARcare CEO Dr. Steven Collier. Mr. Pear also toured ARcare facilities in England and CABUN facilities in Hampton.

CHCA Celebrates National Nurses Week 2012

National Nurses Week - May 6-12, 2012

Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. Nurses have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Arkansas Health Centers receive $9,462,361 in capital development grants

Thousands of Arkansans will benefit from capital development grants awarded to the several Arkansas CHCs by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

$9,462,361 in grants from the Affordable Care Act will help build and expand health centers, create jobs, and expand access to an additional 19,472 new patients in Arkansas. A full list of Arkansas grantees can be found below. 

Capital Development - Building Capacity Program

ARcare's Jonesboro South Location Achieves NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition

CHCA congratulates ARcare and their Jonesboro South location for achieving Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Level 3 is the highest level of recognition awarded. The Joensboro South health center scored a 97 out of a possible 100 points on their application.

Five Arkansas Health Centers Receive Komen Grants

Recently, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate handed out 23 grants totaling over $1.25 million to Arkansas organizations. This year marks the 18th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer.

Promoting primary care can help bend the Medicare cost curve

Via the Commonwealth Fund - The health reform law boosted Medicare fees for primary care ambulatory visits by 10 percent for five years starting in 2011. Using a simulation model with real-world parameters, researchers evaluated the effects of a permanent 10 percent increase in these fees. The analysis shows the fee increase would increase primary care visits by 8.8 percent, and raise the overall cost of primary care visits by 17 percent.

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