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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.

12 Tips for Healthy Beautiful Skin

By afmcblogger on 5/19/2015

Follow these top 12 tips for beautiful, healthy skin this summer.

Bridging Gaps in Healthcare

By afmcblogger on 5/18/2015

“Healthcare in Arkansas: Bridging Gaps and Improving Outcomes” is the theme for the 2015 Governor’s Quality Award Healthcare Seminar.

F.A.S.T. Action Needed To Survive Stroke

By afmcblogger on 5/13/2015

Stroke is always a medical emergency. Every minute counts and fast medical treatment is the key to surviving stroke and making a full recovery. Time lost is brain lost! Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should know the warning signs.

How To Compare Hospitals: New rating system makes it easier

By afmcblogger on 5/7/2015

At last, an objective way to compare the quality and consumer satisfaction with hospitals. A new star rating – Hospitals Compare – will help you choose the best hospital for your needs.

Diabetic? Learn What To Eat and When

By afmcblogger on 5/4/2015

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or your diabetes is poorly controlled, you may be struggling with what to eat, how much and when. These food tips for diabetics will get you started on a healthier eating plan to help control diabetes and avoid the complications of this dangerous disease.

Open Payments Program Increases Transparency in Health Care

By afmcblogger on 5/1/2015

 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Open Payments program collects data from drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals. The program also reports information about ownership interests in drug and device manufacturers and GPOs held by physicians and their immediate family members. It’s important that physicians and teaching hospitals confirm the accuracy of the financial relationships reported about them.

Open Payments: Data review and dispute underway for physicians – log in today

By afmcblogger on 5/1/2015
In its second year, the Open Payments program continues to promote transparency and accountability in health care by providing consumers with information about financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals. The data posted has been viewed nearly 6 million times and we’re pleased with the continuing engagement of stakeholders on this important transparency initiative.

Three Ways To Prevent Cancer

By afmcblogger on 4/23/2015

Avoid getting cancer and pre-cancerous conditions by having these screening tests. Learn which ones you need and how often, and the ones to avoid because they don’t reduce cancer deaths.

Medicare Doctor Payments Stabilized: Will help rural elderly keep their doctors

By afmcblogger on 4/16/2015

If you have Medicare but have had trouble finding a doctor that accepts Medicare patients, help has arrived. Congress just changed the way they pay Medicare doctors. It is expected to keep more doctors in the Medicare program.