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  1. Another criminal charge in Medicaid fraud caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    A former billing clerk for an affiliate of Preferred Family Healthcare has been charged with a felony count of Medicaid fraud for making false statements that caused overpayments to Health Resources of Arkansas, a behavioral health agency in Batesville. Vicki Chisam, 65, allegedly submitted false statements from January 2015 to November 9, 2015.

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  2. Mental health cuts stir controversyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    BRACING FOR CUTS: Mental health advocate and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy addresses a crowd at the state Capitol on Sept. 27. A group of behavioral health providers and patients rallied at the Arkansas Capitol last Thursday to protest reductions in Medicaid reimbursement rates that they say threaten to drive mental health agencies out of business.

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  3. Ousted Preferred Family executive complains about coverage of scandalRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    SO WHY WON'T SHE TELL IT: Ousted leader of scandal-ridden health provider complains full story hasn't been told. She's still not talking, however.

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  4. U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Suhl convictionRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    The United States Supreme Court today denied a request to hear an appeal of Ted Suhl's conviction for bribing an Arkansas Human Services Department official to help his behavioral treatment business. The denial was one of a long list issued as the court opened its fall term.

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  5. Patrick Kennedy headlines Arkansas rally against state mental health cutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Behavioral health advocates, providers and patients rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon to protest state spending cuts they say are forcing providers out of business and reducing services for people in need. Changes implemented by the state Department of Human Services and the legislature have led to an 11 percent across-the-board cut for providers, according to Luke Kramer.

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  6. Preferred Family Healthcare 'turning the page'Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 12, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Preferred Family Healthcare, its behavioral health businesses at the center of a sprawling public corruption scandal, issued a news release today again emphasizing it was endeavoring to cleanse itself of past associations. It issued this news release: Preferred Family Healthcare continues to cooperate with government authorities regarding investigations into the alleged misdeeds of several former Alternative Opportunities leaders and employees.

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  7. Another guilty plea in Preferred Family Healthcare probeRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 12, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    David Ramsey pointed the finger at Noble in a July article. It was only after that article that Noble was removed from the PFH payroll, joining three other former top executives and Rusty Cranford , the PFH employee and lobbyist who's pleaded guilty to a massive fraud scheme that has ensnared four former Arkansas legislators among others.

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  8. DHS continues to reimburse Medicaid managed care company co-owned by Preferred Family HealthcareRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    The Arkansas Department of Human Services continues to use a provider-led Medicaid managed care company that is part-owned by Preferred Family Healthcare , despite the DHS' recent decision to cut other ties with the Springfield, Mo.-based nonprofit enmeshed in multiple corruption scandals. Empower Healthcare Solutions is one of four companies in the state known as PASSEs that are offering services for certain high-needs Medicaid beneficiaries beginning this year.

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  9. State yanks PFH fundsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2016 | Arkansas Times

    The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Office of Medicaid Inspector General suspended Medicaid payments to one of the state's largest behavioral health providers Friday, June 29, hours after the arrest of a former executive vice president. Preferred Family Healthcare, a nonprofit based in Springfield, Mo., that employs some 4,000 people at 47 locations across Arkansas, said it would appeal the state's decision.

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  10. Letter says Preferred Family Healthcare will end Arkansas operations if state contracts ceaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 3, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Preferred Family Healthcare , one of Arkansas's largest behavioral health providers, notified its workers Tuesday afternoon that it will no longer be able to operate in Arkansas if the state moves forward with plans to terminate the provider's contracts. The news came in a letter entitled " An Update from the Executive Leadership of Preferred Family Healthcare to Our Arkansas Employees ," which was forwarded to the Arkansas Times by an employee on Tuesday.

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  11. State suspends Preferred Family Healthcare from Medicaid; DHS moves to terminate contractsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 29, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Big news: The state Human Services Department and the Office of Medicaid Inspector General have suspended Preferred Family Healthcare from the Medicaid program in the wake of former employee Robin Raveendran's arrest this morning. The suspension is effective today, DHS announced.

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  12. What's old is new: the lawsuit against Jeremy HutchinsonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson's mishandling of a lawsuit, subject of an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today, is old news to readers of the Arkansas Blog. The Batesville Guard broke this story more than a year ago, in February 2017, and we reported that here .

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  13. Rusty Cranford enters guilty pleaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Rusty Cranford, the former lobbyist and health company executive involved in bribery and kickback schemes with various Arkansas legislators and others, entered a negotiated guilty plea last week in federal court in Springfield, Mo. The criminal information documented hundreds of thousands of dollars steered to state lawmakers with the intention of aiding Preferred Family Healthcare, a nonprofit that employed Cranford.

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  14. Legislative boodlersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Which sounds like the best use of your taxpayer dollars: helping pay for medical care for unemployed people, or bribing and lobbying legislators and other government officials to bestow millions of your tax dollars on a corrupt organization that claims it helps poor people who have drug problems or disabilities? Sure, the question is a clever setup to make you sympathetic not to the political crowd but to the jobless folks, commonly known in today's political lexicon as deadbeats and welfare boodlers. But it is not an unrealistic statement of the options.

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  15. Lobbyist Cranford's trial pushed back to SeptemberRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2018 | Arkansas Times

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  16. Rusty Cranford seeks trial delay, expects more chargesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2018 | Arkansas Times

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  17. Memory lane: When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson heaped praise on nonprofit...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 30, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    If you've been following the federal corruption trial against former state Sen. Jon Woods , or the indictment in a separate case against former Little Rock lobbyist Rusty Cranford , you may have seen the names Tom and Bonitea Goss . First things first, to be clear up front: Neither Tom nor Bonitea Goss has been charged with a crime.

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  18. 'A new bubba for our team': Testimony at Woods trial details role of...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Yet more from the federal corruption trial against former state Sen. Jon Woods , which Doug Thompson is covering in detail for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette : Former Little Rock superlobbyist Rusty Cranford , indicted in a separate federal corruption case, helped grease the hiring of Woods' fiancee at an unusually high salary at Dayspring Behavioral Health Services , according to testimony yesterday and today. Dayspring is one of the entities under the umbrella of Missouri-based Preferred Family Healthcare , the Medicaid-enriched nonprofit that made millions providing mental health and other services in Arkansas and neighboring states.

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  19. State Sen. Linda Chesterfield draws challenger in Democratic primaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    In Little Rock's Senate District 30, longtime incumbent Sen. Linda Chesterfield has drawn a challenger in the Democratic primary: James Andre Pendleton , a businessman State Farm insurance agent. Pendleton, 60, is a Pine Bluff native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Webster University, according to a press release announcing his candidacy.

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  20. Rusty Cranford denied bail because of alleged plot to murder co-conspiratorRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2018 | Arkansas Times

    Doug Thompson at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has the latest in the lurid saga of the former Little Rock super-lobbyist Rusty Cranford : A federal judge today denied bail to Cranford because he found credible allegations that Cranford attempted to hire someone to murder his co-conspirator. The alleged murder target was D.A. Jones , a Pennsylvania consultant and lobbyist who's pleaded guilty to receiving nearly $1 million in a bribery scheme from Preferred Family Healthcare in Springfield, Mo., the Medicaid-enriched nonprofit that made millions providing mental health and other services in Arkansas and neighboring states.

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