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