Arkansas Business Investigates Disciplinary Inconsistencies at the Arkansas Medical Board

I’m really not an impartial observer here, but this week’s edition of Arkansas Business has to be one of the strongest I’ve seen in 10 years working as the paper’s Internet Editor. And the centerpiece of this edition is Mark Friedman’s in-depth look at the Arkansas Medical Board’s inconsistent track record of disciplinary action.

We start with Dr. Randeep Mann, who allegedly car bombed the head of the state medical board. Despite that — plus accusations that he over-prescribing medications that led to the deaths of 10 of his patients — Mann still has his medical license. And there are other strange cases to boot.

The lead:

Before being accused of bombing the car of the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board, Dr. Randeep Mann of Russellville was accused of over-prescribing medications that led to the deaths of 10 of his patients.

Yet he is still a licensed physician in Arkansas while doctors whose transgressions seem far less serious – having a consensual affair with a patient that led to marriage, for instance – have had their licenses yanked.

Arkansas Business reviewed the board’s files on several doctors and found startling inconsistencies in the way doctors are held accountable, a situation that the Arkansas Supreme Court described as “arbitrary and capricious” in one case and which other researchers found to be common across the country.

You can see the full four-part package via the links here, including a look at the board’s “conspiracy of silence” and one legislator’s attempt to prevent a private attorney from representing the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Also This Week

This is fun. Remember Michael J. Wasserman’s proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos in Arkansas? Sam Eifling sent copies to gambling experts, who “were gobsmacked by the proposal, which they described as so tilted toward the casino operator that it would be unprecedented, if not completely unrealistic.” The word “silly” is also used.

And talk about “creative deal making.” A lawsuit that revealed the broken personal and professional relationship between Rick Ferguson and Steve Wortman provides some interesting glimpses into property valuations in west Little Rock’s fanciest digs.

Oops! They forgot to include The Morning News in this year’s Arkansas Press Association guide. “They” meaning the folks at Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, which now controls the 30,000-circ. newspaper.

And the list of the state’s biggest hotels.

And for the Golfers!

Included in this weeks’ Arkansas Business: The Executive Golfer! You can see it all online here, along with a link to a digital edition. Includes the directory of Arkansas golf courses, a profile of pro Bryce Molder, profiles of top executive golfers, the results of our readers poll of the state’s top courses and much much more.


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