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Be Safe Around Water

By afmcblogger on 6/29/2015

Arkansans love to spend time near the water. But, our seventh highest drowning rate in the nation means we’re not practicing water safety. Drownings happen fast and anyone can drown in any type of water. Practice water safety at home and away.

ICD-10 Testing: The time is now!

By HostChris on 6/23/2015
As the industry continues to prepare for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, systems testing becomes increasingly important. The final phase of end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractors will be conducted the week of July 20 – 24. 

Avoid Wrecking Your Liver: Why you need to know about hepatitis A, B, C

By afmcblogger on 6/22/2015

Learn how to keep your liver healthy, how to avoid hepatitis A, B and C, and who should be tested for it. Illness and deaths from hepatitis C have increased by almost 50 percent in Arkansas over the past 10 years. Hep C now causes more deaths than HIV-AIDS.

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DHS to hold town hall meetings to prepare providers for ICD-10

By HostChris on 6/19/2015
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Arkansas Medicaid will be hosting a series of town halls across the state to help prepare doctors and other providers for the ICD-10 code switch. The ICD-10 coding system is what providers use to bill Medicaid, Medicare and private insurers for claims. The federal government is requiring providers to switch to ICD-10 by October 1.

Alcohol: When and Where to Seek Help

By afmcblogger on 6/15/2015

How do you know if moderate social drinking has turned into alcoholism? Learn how to spot problem drinking and about the variety of treatments available. Most people can be helped by treating this chronic disease.

Why You need Folic Acid

By afmcblogger on 6/11/2015

Folic acid, the miracle vitamin that everyone needs, also helps prevent birth defects. It produces healthy skin, hair and nails, and contributes to overall health by helping prevent strokes, heart disease and colon cancer.

50 Years of Medicare

By afmcblogger on 6/9/2015

Americans appreciate the Medicare program for the health care and dignity it provides to their older loved ones. Learn how health care reform improved Medicare and why it is an important and innovative leader in health services.

Contaminated Beaches Closed

By afmcblogger on 6/4/2015
 19 Arkansas beaches have been closed due to E. coli contamination, by order of the Arkansas Department of Health. Learn what E. coli symptoms are and how to prevent it.

Free Health Care

By afmcblogger on 6/2/2015

Would you like to have something free that could be very valuable to you and your family? Find out which preventive health care services you can get at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Get the facts and start improving your health today!

Protect Your Children from Secondhand Smoke

By afmcblogger on 5/26/2015

Did you know it is against the law in Arkansas to smoke in a vehicle if there is a 14-year-old or younger child in the car? Find out how to protect the kids in your life from poisonous secondhand tobacco smoke.