On primary care 

On primary care

In a recent article on the Lee County Clinic, Ms. Sip Mouden was quoted as saying, “Unlike outposts of the state's Arkansas Health Education Centers, community health centers function as ‘medical homes,' keeping clinical records on their patients in the same way private health care providers do.”

Unfortunately, Ms. Mouden's statement is not accurate. Six of our eight Area Health Education Centers house family medicine residency programs, the faculty and residents of which provide primary care services to all ages and genders of patients in their family medicine centers. These family medicine centers act as medical homes for those patients and keep records on those patients on our EMR system. In fact, we are moving forward to implement more advanced models of primary care, now that we have laid the foundation by implementing an EMR system.

To give you a feeling for the extent of primary care/medical home services we provide, in fiscal year 2008 our faculty and residents provided: 161,962 outpatient visits; 9,861 hospital admissions; 3,849 nursing home visits; 2,329 babies delivered, and $2.4 million in uncompensated care. Medicaid patients provided 41 percent of net collections.

Dr. Mark B. Mengel

Vice chancellor, UAMS regional programs


Your lack of objectivity in your article titled “The Religious Right has muscle” is shocking.

It was made very clear from the first sentence where you stand on the issue. It would be one thing if this was an op-ed piece, but no, this was the front page. This was a gross demonstration of biased reporting. Frankly just terrible journalism. The quotes you incorporated in your article where appalling. Did you even read them?

There were multiple threats on his life. Do you really think that it is appropriate to put in a newspaper? Please do not try and justify them by saying that it proves your point he is a hated man. The very fact that that is what you aimed to prove shows the lack of objectiveness in your reporting. I have seen more civil blogs on the issue than your report.

I do not agree on every issue that Jerry Cox lobbies. He does it appropriately. He believes what he believes. That is his right. Nothing he is doing is outside the law. He defiantly has one thing you do not, integrity.

By the way, I am a liberal. Please stop making us look bad.

Jeff Arnold


Same old garbage

I just saw Rush Limbaugh on CNN telling a conservative group that he hopes our president fails. Fox News has Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and that freak Anne Coulter (Andy Dick in drag) talking the same garbage. I got a news flash for the Republican Party. You better hope Obama turns this country around. The Republicans had control of the White House for eight years and Congress for six years and created the mess we are in now. They cannot blame that on Clinton. If you cannot help get us out of your mess, then just get out of our way.

America has spoken. There is hope in the air for the first time in eight years. People are tired of the divide-and-conquer mentality the Republicans continue to follow. It will take time to undo what the Republican Party has done to our nation and economy.

If Rush is in fact the leader of the Republican Party they are in a sad state. He is a once drug-addicted, hypocritical fat pig, who speaks only of hate and division. He and the others betray all that is great about America. This generation could use a Bob Dylan: “Congressmen and senators heed ye the call, don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall. For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled.”



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