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Boozman Introduces Bill To Improve Health Care Services

WASHINGTONU.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is working to address the rising demand and clinical need for timely medical imaging services by introducing legislation that enhances the role of radiology assistants (RAs).

The increased complexity of radiologic studies, coupled with high demand for radiology services, has placed an added burden on our already strained Medicare program. One value-based, efficient solution to address this need and improve patient outcome is to enhance the role of RAs.

Boozman’s legislation—the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act—would enable radiologists to submit claims to Medicare for non-diagnostic services performed by RAs they directly supervise in both the hospital and office setting. It will ensure patients—particularly those in rural areas where health care options are fewer—have timely and quality access to services.     MORE

Cotton, Colleagues Introduce SOFA Act To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), joined by Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), introduced the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act Wednesday, legislation to give law enforcement enhanced tools to combat the opioid epidemic and close a loophole in current law that makes it difficult to prosecute crimes involving some synthetic opioids.

“Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, can be easily changed to form many new opioids known as fentanyl analogues. Unfortunately, current drug laws can’t keep up with the rapid introduction of these dangerous derivatives. Our bill would classify known analogues as Schedule I substances and allow law enforcement to quickly target new ones as they appear,” said Cotton.      MORE

Cotton, Shelby, Byrne Introduce No Leniency For Terrorists Act Of 2019

Washington – On Thursday, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) introduced legislation making anyone convicted of a terrorist offense ineligible for early release from federal prison for “good behavior.” Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Our safety depends on keeping dangerous terrorists where they can’t harm Americans, but right now even unrepentant terrorists are eligible for early release from prison, sometimes for so-called ‘good behavior.’ Supporting radical Islamist groups like ISIS is savage behavior, not good behavior. Our bill would make convicted terrorists ineligible for early release,” said Cotton.      MORE

Panera BREAD At HOME Chicken Tortilla Soup Recall

WASHINGTONBlount Fine Foods, a McKinney, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 6,690 pounds of soup with chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The ready-to-eat chicken tortilla soup items were produced on April 26, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 16-oz. plastic bowls containing “Panera BREAD at HOME Chicken Tortilla Soup” with a “Use By date” of 07/05/2019 and lot codes 042619-3V or 042619-4V printed on the bottom of the container.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13130” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers and retail locations in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia. This recall only impacts Panera Bread at Home products. It does not include any product sold at Panera Bread restaurants.      MORE

Despite A Cooling Housing Market, Buyers Bust Their Budgets

A nationwide housing shortage has eased somewhat. Home price gains have moderated. And bidding wars are no longer commonplace.

Yet buyers are still blowing through their budgets by ever-higher amounts to lasso their dream homes, according to a recent survey by Owners.com, a real estate brokerage.

The finding shows that even in a more buyer-friendly market with more choices, many shoppers still struggle to land the house that meets their needs.     MORE

Key To Pave ‘P-20’ Highway As Education Secretary

As Arkansas’ first secretary of education, Johnny Key will implement Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s government transformation efforts for students in pre-kindergarten through graduate school.  Hutchinson announced Key, the current education commissioner, as one of 15 cabinet secretaries Wednesday.

The act, which takes effect July 1, combines the Department of Education, led by Key; Department of Higher Education, led by Dr. Maria Markham; and Department of Career Education, previously led by Dr. Charisse Childers. Also part of the new department will be the School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, the School for the Deaf, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and the Arkansas State Library.      MORE

Increase In Number Of Illegal Passes Of Stopped School Buses

LITTLE ROCK —Arkansas school bus drivers recently reported an alarming 884 instances of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses in one day.

A total of 3,896 school bus drivers representing 227 school districts participated in the yearly, one-day survey that occurred on April 24. This reflects an increase from April 2018, when 3,258 bus drivers representing 194 districts participated and reported 857 instances of illegal passes.

“I want to thank the bus drivers and school districts for participating in this year’s survey,” said Jerry Owens, senior transportation manager for the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. “Never before have we achieved almost 100 percent participation by districts.This indicates that our bus drivers and school districts are making school bus safety a priority and are expressing their concern about the high number of instances regarding illegal passes of stopped school buses. I believe motorists are becoming more aware of the law, but one instance is one too many. Let’s all do our part to ensure our students arrive to and from school safely. Remember:Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.”       MORE

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