Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD. has retired from Arkansas Mutual as our Risk Manager and Patient Safety Consultant as of December 25, 2019. She is a huge asset to our company and many of you, our policyholders, have talked to her and taken advantage of her wealth of knowledge. We are sad about her departure but know she will enjoy her retirement.
Going forward, please direct whatever questions you would have posed to her to Betty Van Woert, RN BSN, CPHRM. Betty will be able to work with you as Rebecca did. Please click her name for her Bio and Contact Information. You may also contact Joyce Wilson, Customer Service at our office 501-716-9190.
As always, you will still have access to the ‘Patient Safety’ section of our website to access all of our Risk Management and Patient Safety resources: https://www.arkansasmutual.com/risk-management/
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2018 Financial Highlights – Constellation Insurance Companies
Constellation is a growing portfolio of medical professional liability insurance companies, which currently includes MMIC in the Midwest, UMIA in the Mountain States, and Arkansas Mutual. Together, these organizations collaborate throughout much of the country to offer our health care and long-term care clients a market-leading blend of financial stability, highly responsive customer service, and innovative approaches to liability risk management. Our dedication to care teams informs all we do, as we believe that what’s good for care teams is good for business. In 2018, we worked “together for the common good” to achieve another year of impressive results, as well as strong positioning for our future.
“A” rated by A.M. Best
A.M. Best, the most widely recognized insurance rating agency, affirmed our financial stability with an “A” (“Excellent”) rating. Our ongoing financial strength enables us to deliver superior service to our policyholders while continuing to invest in opportunities that will drive future growth. Ultimately, our solid financial position fuels our mission to help physicians and all those who devote their lives to health care attain their dream—to help, heal and serve.
Google said it would begin showing people where to discard unneeded medications, at places such as local pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings.
Users can type “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” to see locations on Google Maps (a free app).
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To: Arkansas Mutual Policyholders: OB/GYN, Family Practitioners, Plastic Surgeons
From: Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD, Risk and Patient Safety, Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company, Rebecca.email@example.com
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.
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.
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