Our office is closing early Wednesday, 11/21/18, and will be closed all day Thursday and Friday, 11/22-11/23, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you are needing immediate assistance, please call Joyce Wilson: (501) 580-3028.
We hope you and your family have a safe Holiday!
–Your Arkansas Mutual Team
To: Arkansas Mutual Policyholders: OB/GYN, Family Practitioners, Plastic Surgeons
From: Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD, Risk and Patient Safety, Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company, Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
I have provided a link to an FDA warning that came out June 30, 2018 regarding the use of energy-based devices to perform vaginal “rejuvenation” or vaginal cosmetic procedures, at the end of this memo.
An FDA August 2, 2018 update letter included some manufacturers that had been overlooked in the June 30 letter. I have included the link to this letter as well.
The warning states
“we alert patients and health care providers that the use of energy-based devices (commonly radiofrequency or laser) to perform vaginal rejuvenation, cosmetic vaginal procedures or non-surgical vaginal procedures to treat symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function may be associated with serious adverse events. The safety and effectiveness of energy-based devices for treatment of these conditions has not been established.”
By Jason Hendren with Wright, Lindsey & Jennigs LLP (Rogers, AR)
Original Publication in Arkansas Hospitals (AR Hospital Association), Summer 2018 Publication
On November 6, 2018, Arkansans will have the opportunity to vote on “issue 1,” which if passed would put several “tort reform” measures into effect beginning 1/1/2019. Issue 1 contains five proposals: (1) limits on attorney contingency fees; (2) caps on non-economic damages; (3) caps on punitive damages; (4) changes in the way rules of pleading, practice and procedure are governed in civil court cases; and (5) preservation of the right to trial by jury.
This is an informative PowerPoint Presentation by Jason B Hendren, JD with Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP in Rogers, AR.
A Tort Reform amendment to the Arkansas Constitution will be available to vote, on the November 2018 ballot.
Policyholders, please click here, and login to view this PowerPoint.
Click here to view and download the Spring/Summer 2018 Issue: Communication- To the Heart of the Matter
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.
Click Here to View and Download the Winter 2018 Issue: The Call for Telemedicine
EMV COMPLIANCE SCAM!!
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.
Click Here to View and Download the Summer 2017 Issue: The Opioid Dilemma