FDA Warning on Vaginal Cosmetic Procedures

MEMO

To:                  Arkansas Mutual Policyholders: OB/GYN, Family Practitioners, Plastic Surgeons
From:              Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD, Risk and Patient Safety, Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company, Rebecca.tutton@arkansasmutual.com

Dear Policyholders:

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.”

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Is the Sky Really Falling? An Attorney’s Perspective on Tort Reform

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.

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Zoe Weeks of Jonesboro Receives $10,000 Arkansas Mutual Scholarship to Pursue Rural Primary Care

Christopher T. Westfall, MD: UAMS College of Medicine Dean; Zoe Weeks: 3rd Year Med Student; Corey Little, President of AR Mutual Insurance

Click here to view the original article at UAMS.com

Sept. 21, 2018 | Zoe Weeks of Jonesboro has been awarded the $10,000 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.

Weeks, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, first pursued a career in teaching and decided to switch to medicine after spending a summer in the Delta and seeing the health care challenges there.

“Throughout my time in education working in underserved communities, I found the challenges facing our rural communities to be particularly unique and intertwined with so many other barriers, like access to health care,” Weeks said. “This is why I came to medical school, and I hope to one day be a part of a bigger solution that focuses on improved health care access and preventive medicine in rural Arkansas.”

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Arkansas Mutual Financial Highlights: 2017

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Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company completed 2017 in a solid financial position affirmed by an “A” (“Excellent”) rating by A.M. Best, the insurance industry’s leading rating agency. Since 2015, Arkansas Mutual has been a member of the Constellation family of companies, which also includes MMIC, the largest medical professional liability insurance organization in the Midwest, and UMIA, a leading medical professional liability insurance organization in the Mountain States. Arkansas Mutual is able to draw upon Constellation’s strong financial resources and dedicated team members to support the needs of Arkansas physicians and healthcare providers through a team of local experts.

In 2017, Constellation reported increased members’ surplus, strong net income and outstanding customer retention. This collective financial strength and security is reflected by the “A” “Excellent”) rating received from A.M. Best by each of our members of the Constellation insurance group.

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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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Invoicing Scam Targeting AR Physician Offices

WARNING!

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.

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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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