Sarah Franklin named the first recipient of the Arkansas Mutual Medical Student Award

Sarah Franklin of Gurdon, Ark., has been named the first recipient of the Arkansas Mutual Medical Student Award, a scholarship for third-year medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) who want to practice primary care in rural Arkansas.

The $10,000 scholarship was funded by Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. in partnership with UAMS College of Medicine to encourage more medical students to enter primary care fields such as family practice and general internal medicine and to practice in rural Arkansas where access to physicians is limited.

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CMS Launches Road to 10 Webcast Series, Fall 2014 NL

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the “Road to 10” tool. Accessible through the “Road to 10” link on the CMS website. The webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in the new “Road to 10” webcast series. Five more webcasts will follow—all aimed at helping small practices get ready for ICD-10 by the October 1, 2015, compliance date.

Also available now is a brief video introduction to the “Road to 10” tool. Developed in collaboration with physicians, the “Road to 10” tool offers:

  • Clinical documentation tips
  • Coding concepts
  • Clinical scenarios
  • Training calendar

Go to the CMS ICD-10 website at

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/ProviderResources.html to get started on the “Road to 10” today.

HIPAA Training Requirements, Spring 2014 NL

HIPAA was enacted to safeguard patient security and privacy. The act includes 2 key pieces: The Privacy Rule and the Security Rule. The Privacy Rule helps protect private patient information and the Security Rule standardizes security protocols for electronic health information. Covered groups, including health care providers must adhere
to all provisions, including training requirements. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) oversees and enforces all
activities.

Training of your workforce is a requirement. I have divided this into four (4) training groups:

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Arkansas Takes Care of Its Own: A message from your CEO

April marks the 7th anniversary of the initial meetings regarding the creation of Arkansas Mutual Insurance  Company, the only single state medical professional liability company in Arkansas. After measuring interest from several dozen Arkansas physicians, on April 19, 2007, I met with the Friday firm attorney Mike Pickens, former two-term Arkansas insurance commissioner and past president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. This was followed by a meeting with UALR insurance Professor Lars Powell, PhD. Over the next year and a half I had countless meetings with physicians, attorneys, accountants, bankers, consultants, financial advisors, etc. The list of meetings that had to take place to form such a highly regulated company seemed endless.  But all these meetings had one thing in common: they were with Arkansans.

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Mutual Interest Fall 2013: AMIC Welcomes New Board Member Jason Lofton, MD

AMIC IS PROUD to announce that Jason Lofton, MD has joined the Board of Directors. Jason is a family practice doctor practicing in DeQueen, AR. Jason was born in Texarkana, TX and lived in Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Carolina as a child. His family moved back to DeQueen in 1994, his senior year of high school and he has called DeQueen home ever since. Jason is Texas born but he is Arkansas educated. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in  Fayetteville and then medical school at UAMS. He did his residency training in Family Medicine at the AHEC in Fayetteville.

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Mutual Interest Fall 2013: Risk Management: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

By: Rebecca Tutton, RN JD

I JOINED ARKANSAS MUTUAL in July 2013 with the assignment to build the risk management program for you, the policyholders. As I listened to policyholders and their staffs, it became apparent that the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act, known as HIPAA, was paramount on everyone’s agenda and providing resources for HIPAA training and compliance became my first focus.

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Mutual Interest Summer 2013: When Insurance & Politics Collide

By Lars Powell, PhD

When government and commerce collide, it can leave behind sticky residue that economists call inefficiency. Decades of academic studies pose theories and parse terabytes of data to determine why this happens and how much it costs. The insurance industry stands out in the economic literature as a frequent loser among regulated sectors.

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Mutual Interest Summer 2013: Arkansas Mutual’s Game Plan…Take Care Of Our Own

A message from your CEO, Corey Little

WHEN I FIRST STARTED meeting with Arkansas physicians and insurance experts about the formation of an Arkansas medical malpractice insurance company, Houston Nutt and Stan Heath were Razorback coaches. It was 2007 and Razorback fans were not happy. Neither were the Arkansas doctors that I visited with. These doctors were irritated by being abandoned by St. Paul and unhappy with St. Paul’s decision to leave the med-mal market. They realized that as long as they were with an out-of-state company they would not be able to control such events. Just like with the Hogs,
it was time for a change.

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Mutual Interest Winter 2011: Reflections

Human nature tends to dictate “follow the path of least resistance.” As physicians, we are no different, at least in this regard. During 2002, Arkansas physicians had to endure considerable angst and uncertainty when St Paul pulled out of the medical malpractice insurance market. At that time, most states that did not already have a medical malpractice company domiciled in their own state, established one-usually following the single state mutual model. This was accomplished with the help of their respective Medical Societies. Arkansas, for whatever reason, chose not to establish our own in-state company. We chose to go to out of state companies, and at the time I’m sure that seemed the most logical decision, especially considering what limited options were available at the time. The decision to go with an out of state company has provided Arkansas doctors with excellent malpractice coverage from an excellent company, however, there have been several aspects of this decision that now deserve examination.

Personally, I would like to know someone in the company that is entrusted to provide my malpractice coverage.

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