Huntsville Inpatient Hospice Facility a Dream Come True

The construction of a new inpatient hospice facility on the campus of Redstone Village in Huntsville has fulfilled a dream for the staff and patients of Hospice Family Care (HFC).

Business

Addressing Opioid Addiction in America

Addressing Opioid Addiction in America

Even as the AMA works with physicians and other providers to address opioid addiction, the national epidemic continues to evolve.

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The Rise of Prior Authorizations

The Rise of Prior Authorizations

There are better things we could do for patient care than spending hours chasing down a prior authorization," says Jennifer Neal, administrator with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Birmingham.

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Feature Profiles

The Accidental General, Shane Lee, MD

The Accidental General, Shane Lee, MD

The city of Marion is rich in Alabama history that pre-dates the Civil War. The town boasts a number of antebellum homes, along with Judson College and Marion Military Institute.

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Regulatory/Compliance

In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

On Sept. 8, 2016 the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published in the Federal Register. By Nov. 16, 2017, providers and suppliers must be in compliance.

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CMS Changes Policy on Mandatory Bundled Payments In Key Areas

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Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.

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End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take over 10 years to have an appeal heard.

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Reseach

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease and the composition of the microbiome of the gut.

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Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Can stem cells mend a broken heart? Which approach to managing carotid stenosis is the best option to help which patients avoid a stroke?

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HudsonAlpha Rearchers Identify Genetic Variants That Cause Intellectual Delay

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, along with an international team of collaborators from six countries, have identified a new genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delay in children.

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UAB Involved in Study Identifying Genomic Features of Cervical Cancer

Investigators with The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, including a researcher from the UAB, have identified novel genomic characteristics of cervical cancer that will aid in the subclassification of the disease and may help target therapies that are most appropriate for each individual patient.

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Clinical

Huntsville Inpatient Hospice Facility a Dream Come True

Huntsville Inpatient Hospice Facility a Dream Come True

The construction of a new inpatient hospice facility on the campus of Redstone Village in Huntsville has fulfilled a dream for the staff and patients of Hospice Family Care (HFC).

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The Largest EMTALA Settlement Underscores the Difficulty of Treating Behavioral Health Patients in the Emergency Room

On June 2, 2017, Anderson, S.C.-based AnMed Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General entered into the largest settlement under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA").

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Mental Hygiene of Meditation for Health

Mental Hygiene of Meditation for Health

We brush our teeth daily. Why not brush our brains? Not literally, of course, but there are interesting parallels between dental hygiene and mental hygiene that can have significant implications for our health, according to Micah Howard, MD.

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Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus

Pregnant women take vitamins to avoid neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

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Advancements in Ankle Arthroplasty Are Changing Lives

Advancements in Ankle Arthroplasty Are Changing Lives

Ankle arthroplasty can relieve pain and maintain motion in an arthritic ankle joint. The procedure is an alternative to ankle fusion which also can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint.

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Grand Rounds

Granger Promoted to Regional President and Market CEO

Granger Promoted to Regional President and Market CEO

Community Health Systems has promoted Grandview Medical Center CEO Keith Granger to the position of CHSPSC Regional President and Market CEO for Alabama.

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Innova Primary Care Unveils New Technology

Huntsville-based Innova Primary Care has moved into a new location and has formed a new technology partnership with PLUS Location Systems.

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Morales Joins Alabama Cardiovascular Group

Morales Joins Alabama Cardiovascular Group

Gustavo X. Morales, MD has joined the Grandview Medical Center medical staff where he will practice with Alabama Cardiovascular Group.

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UAB Establishes NSF Innovation Corps Site

The National Science Foundation has designated UAB as an Innovation Corps Site.

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Andrews Sports Medicine Opens New Clinic and Adds New Physician

Andrews Sports Medicine Opens New Clinic and Adds New Physician

Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center has opened a new clinic in Gardendale.

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HudsonAlpha and CHDI Foundation Announce Huntington Disease Collaboration

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and CHDI Foundation have announced a research collaboration to study the gene regulatory network controlling the expression of the huntingtin (HTT) gene that, when mutated, causes Huntington disease, a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Richard Myers, PhD, president of HudsonAlpha is leading the project along with senior scientist Brian Roberts.

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Pediatricians Leading the Way as Antibiotic Prescription Rates Decline in Alabama

Antibiotic prescription fill rates are declining in Alabama. Appropriate prescribing of antibiotics is important because the overuse of antibiotics can allow diseases to build resistance against antibiotic treatments.

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Humphrey Appointed Chairman of Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees

Humphrey Appointed Chairman of Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees

Roger Humphrey, who is a board member of Cullman Regional Hospital, will serve as chairman of the board of the Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees (ACHT) for the next year.

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Dr. Tyler Poston Joins Urology Centers of Alabama

Dr. Tyler Poston Joins Urology Centers of Alabama

Tyler Poston, MD has joined Urology Centers of Alabama and will be seeing patients at their St. Vincent's East and Homewood locations.

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Joiner Receives Excellence Award at DCH

Joiner Receives Excellence Award at DCH

Darryl Joiner, who delivers and stocks supplies at DCH Regional Medical Center, has received the DCH Excellence Award.

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Dwivedi Chairs NIH Study Section

Dwivedi Chairs NIH Study Section

Yogesh Dwivedi, PhD, Professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has been appointed as the chair of the National Institutes of Health's Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

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Brookwood Baptist Health Named in Nation's Most Wired List for 3rd Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, the Brookwood Baptist Health system has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals and health systems according to the 19th annual Health Care's Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association's Health Forum.

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