Arkansas malpractice law illegal, Griffen rules before trial

This story is from NWA Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Please click here for the original article.

January 9, 2018

By John Lynch

A Pulaski County circuit judge has declared as unconstitutional a law that shields Arkansas doctors accused of malpractice from being questioned at trial about whether their performance was adequate.

In a lawsuit against a Little Rock plastic surgeon scheduled for to begin January 9, 2018, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled that the law, a provision of the Arkansas Medical Malpractice Act, illegally bars patients who have sued their doctors from being able to ask the physicians about the “core” issue of their litigation.

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Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen

Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen 

Agreement expands Constellation’s support of health care clients beyond medical professional liability insurance  

Minneapolis – Jan. 26, 2018 – Constellation, Inc., today announced a strategic collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), a leading health care professional services firm whose clients include more than 8,300 health care and senior living clients across the country.

“Our agreement with CLA marks a significant milestone as we expand our offerings beyond managing the risk of medical professional liability,” said Bill McDonough, CEO of Constellation. “CLA is a reliable advisor who understands the business of health care. As CLA puts it, its advisors ‘transform complexity into opportunity’ by considering its clients’ financial, strategic, and operational needs. CLA’s deep industry specialization and ability to integrate with customers’ existing programs and products, combined with its desire to truly understand and help its customers makes it an excellent fit for Constellation. We are proud to help connect CLA with our physician, hospital, and long-term care clients.”

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Mourning the Loss of a founding Board Member: Dick Horne

We are mourning the loss and remembering the great life of one of our beloved founding Board Members, Dick Horne. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family members.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at Pleasant Valley Country Club, 1 Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 West 17th Street, Little Rock. Arrangements are by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to the Compassion Center, the Salvation Army, Our House or The Van.

Please click here for Dick Horne’s full obituary:

Invoicing Scam Targeting AR Physician Offices



EVM Compliance based out of Dallas has sent one of our clients a bill for $139.50 for credit card terminal download. THIS IS A SCAM.

EVM Claims to be a liability insurance for people who use chip type credit cards. They target physician offices hoping the office manager will pay the bill without checking to see if it’s legit.  IT IS NOT.

There are two claims with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, one from a West Memphis physician and one from our client.

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AR Mutual Scholarship Recipient: Jacquelyn Bailey

Original article from UAMS: By Benjamin Waldrum, 10/26/2017

Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis Receives $10,000 Arkansas Mutual Scholarship to Pursue Rural Primary Care

Corey Little, president of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co.; College of Medicine student Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis; and Pope L. Moseley, M.D., UAMS executive vice chancellor and College of Medicine dean.

Oct. 26, 2017 — Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis has been awarded 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.

Bailey, a first-generation college graduate, found her inspiration for primary care as she learned about her grandmother, Beatrice Henderson, who died when Bailey was barely a year old.

“My mother attributes much of my grandmother’s death to the notion that doctors did not provide quality medical care because she was African-American and uninsured,” she said. “However, this was not the only instance of lack of care that she received.”

Bailey keeps a medical record of her grandmother’s that shows she had three children, but also five stillbirths. “As I thought about the period in which she lived, my heart became heavy because I knew this was the fate of many black women like her,” she said.

“My grandmother’s life and death have been my inspiration and motivation to become a primary care physician,” she said. “Although racial discrimination was and continues to be a cause for health disparities, it is now compounded by the inability of many working Americans to afford health care.”

Bailey said that she intends to practice family medicine in West Memphis. With a background in epidemiology from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, she intends to emphasize disease prevention programs to improve community health.

Corey Little, president of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co., the only medical liability insurance provider headquartered in Arkansas, said the company is deeply committed to improving rural health care in the state.

“We are so pleased to offer this scholarship to such a deserving student as Jacquelyn Bailey,” Little said. “She will make a very fine physician and is clearly committed to improving the health of citizens in medically underserved areas.”

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