The Sentinel-Record

‘Pop-up’ screening clinics


LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin recently alerted Arkansans about unregister­ed businesses and unlicensed health care providers conducting “pop-up” medical screening clinics for student-athletes.

“The health of our children is a priority for parents and schools. Unfortunat­ely, some businesses prey upon the concerns of parents and the goodwill of schools by offering ‘pop-up’ medical screening clinics performed by unlicensed health care providers in order to provide a false sense of security that they are working in the best interests of children,” Griffin said in a news release.

Griffin said parents should be aware of the following claims made by these fraudsters:

• Claims to look for routine injuries or preexistin­g cardiac conditions that may pose a risk to some student-athletes.

• Promises to parents — which are likely untrue and possibly illegal — that parents will not have any out-of-pocket costs.

Griffin recommends the following tips to parents and schools to protect themselves from falling prey to illegitima­te businesses promoting or conducting “pop-up” medical screening clinics:

• Coordinate with local doctors and hospitals to conduct screenings.

• Ask any company offering to conduct screenings for proof they are registered to do business in Arkansas.

• Ask any health care provider conducting a screening if they are licensed in the state of Arkansas.

• Do not provide any insurance informatio­n to an unregister­ed business or unlicensed health care provider.

Parents or schools that wish to report concerns about the subject of this Consumer Alert or desire more informatio­n should contact the attorney general’s office by calling 800-482-8982, or online at

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