Approval from state legislative council needed next to tap $16.47 million
Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a $16.47 million federal grant to help enroll people in an insurance pool required by the federal health-care law.
Arkansas plans to expand its “episodes of care” approach for health-care-cost containment to as many as 100 medical conditions in the next few years, according to Rhonda Hill, director of health-care finance for Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.
Disparity into thousands
What Arkansas hospitals charge, even for the same medical procedure within the same city, can vary by tens of thousands of dollars, according to recently released 2011 federal data.