NOV. 7, 2005 |
Despite such obstacles, the
Meeting at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, the state Senate and House Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor seemed especially pleased with reports from UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., and
Gardner showed that UAMS is helping save millions of dollars in state Medicaid prescription drug costs, and Wilson outlined UAMS’ major growth plans to be accomplished without additional state revenues.
“This committee is excited because this is going to be a tremendous benefit to
For example, UAMS has treated patients from 40 foreign countries and in the past three years has had revenues from outside the state totaling $250 million. And while state funding for UAMS has risen since 1985, it has dropped significantly as a percentage of the state’s budget. A graphic used by
A committee of doctors and pharmacists considers drugs to be placed on the Preferred Drug List with input from the public, including the drug manufacturers.
Drugs that make the list are those considered to be the most effective and have the least cost. Costs are reduced with significant discounts and rebates from the manufacturer,
The program has been a huge success with few complaints, she said.
“Obviously, we made the right decision,” said Rep. Jay Bradford of White Hall, chairman of the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.
“My concerns have been addressed,” said Rep. Bill Pritchard of Elkins.
Lawmakers also learned that the Colorectal Cancer Act they approved earlier this year will be the focus of research overseen by UAMS’ Arkansas Cancer Research Center Cancer Control Department and
The new law provides $1 million so that UAMS can set up a two-year demonstration project to provide colorectal cancer screenings in
It dovetails perfectly with a new, $4.2 million, five-year
This grant is to develop research, education, and policy interventions to reduce cancer health disparities in minority and underserved communities, said Charlotte Lewellen-Williams, the project’s policy analyst, and Glen Mays, associate professor and vice chairman for the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health.
The Arkansas Cancer Community Networks policy model will provide a framework for evaluating and improving the colorectal cancer law, Lewellen-Williams said. The research also will provide evidence-based information for state and local policy-makers trying to decide the best ways to reduce other cancer disparities in