Prostate Treatment Offers Higher Cure Rate with Fewer Complications

Birmingham St. Vincent's Hospital is the first in the state to offer the SpaceOAR® System, a new, less invasive treatment for prostate cancer that offers a higher cure rate and fewer side effects than traditional therapies.

The Breach Risk of Using a Remote Desktop

On April 24, Greenway Health, a vendor providing cloud-based healthcare computer services to 75,000 customers, announced a ransomware attack on their system.

Business

The Breach Risk of Using a Remote Desktop

The Breach Risk of Using a Remote Desktop

On April 24, Greenway Health, a vendor providing cloud-based healthcare computer services to 75,000 customers, announced a ransomware attack on their system.

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Anticipating a New Era of Healthcare Enforcement

Regardless of political persuasion, few would argue with the notion that the first five months of the Trump administration have been a turbulent ride, thrusting front and center a range of hot button issues.

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Feature Profiles

From Nurse to Physician

From Nurse to Physician

The wall in Dr. Suzanne Blaylock's office is covered with framed reminders of why she choose anesthesiology - awards recognizing her from the Peer Reviewed Professionals; the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of America's Top Anesthesiologists; and the Consumers' Research Council of America's Top Physicians.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Staying Compliant by Avoiding Complacency

Staying Compliant by Avoiding Complacency

A new presidential administration doesn't mean the long list of DOJ regulations impacting healthcare has gone to the wayside. Instead, federal agents continue to up their game when it comes to cracking down on fraud, Stark violations.

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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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OIG Authorizes Per-Dispense Fee for Vaccination Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

OIG Authorizes Per-Dispense Fee for Vaccination Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector (OIG ) recently issued an that determined that a vaccine storage and dispensing system with a per-dispense fee did not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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Reseach

UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative Awarded $5.8M for MS research

UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative Awarded $5.8M for MS research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved a $5.8 million grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions' James Rimmer, PhD to fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.

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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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UAB's Lay Navigation Program Demonstrates Significant Cuts in Costs

UAB's Lay Navigation Program Demonstrates Significant Cuts in Costs

A new UAB study shows that, when older cancer patients were paired with trained nonmedical professionals in the form of lay navigators, there was significant decline in health care resource utilization and Medicare costs, providing an innovative model in transitioning to value-based health care on a national scale.

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Clinical

Prostate Treatment Offers Higher Cure Rate with Fewer Complications

Prostate Treatment Offers Higher Cure Rate with Fewer Complications

Birmingham St. Vincent's Hospital is the first in the state to offer the SpaceOAR® System, a new, less invasive treatment for prostate cancer that offers a higher cure rate and fewer side effects than traditional therapies.

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UAB Focuses on Personalized Medicine

UAB Focuses on Personalized Medicine

When Matthew Might's son was diagnosed in 2012 with the first case of NGLY1 deficiency -- an ultra-rare genetic disorder -- the computer scientist altered his career focus into genetics and drug development.

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Research Nursing

Research Nursing

Translating a brilliant idea into an effective FDA-approved treatment takes years of science, clinical trials and meticulous work.

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Nourishing the Nursing Spirit

Nourishing the Nursing Spirit

Why nursing? Why not banking or marketing or any of the other majors a student can choose when deciding how they want to spend their working life?

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RNs Seek Independence, Expanded Responsibility through Advanced Training

RNs Seek Independence, Expanded Responsibility through Advanced Training

D'Ann Somerall, DNP, FNP-BC, says people tend to look at nursing differently from other professions. In general, they assume that nurses will give bedside care for their entire career.

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Grand Rounds

ATI Physical Therapy Expands with Three New Locations

ATI Physical Therapy Expands with Three New Locations

ATI Physical Therapy is expanding with the opening of new clinics in Trussville, Cullman and Birmingham-St. Vincent.

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Menendez Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Menendez Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Josh Menendez, MD has joined Neurosurgical Associates, practicing at the Neurosurgery Outpatient Surgery Center at St. Vincent's Birmingham.

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Perrin and Uhrig Join Grandview

Perrin and Uhrig Join Grandview

Brian Perrin, MD and Drew Uhrig, MD have joined the Grandview Medical Center staff where they will practice with Grandview Medical Group Neurology.

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MediSYS to Provide Specialized Ophthalmology EMR

MediSYS, a leader in medical practice solutions for Practice Management Systems, Electronic Health Records and Medical Billing Services, has formed a partnership with EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems, a leader in electronic medical record software specifically for ophthalmology practices.

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Pulmonary Associates Offers SmartDollar to Employees

Pulmonary Associates of the Southeast is helping its team take control of their personal finances by offering Ramsey Solutions' SmartDollar as an employee benefit.

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Grandview Recognized with Award for Heart Failure Care

Grandview Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

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Powerhouse Oncologist Joins UAB as Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center

Powerhouse Oncologist Joins UAB as Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center

Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD, a leading medical oncologist and trailblazer in the early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers, has been named director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Medical Malpractice Now Offered to ANPA Members

ELKINS - The Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association has announced that Security Benefits Solutions is now offering medical malpractice to the members of ANPA.

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Carlton Promoted to President NBC Birmingham Market

Carlton Promoted to President NBC Birmingham Market

Patrick Carlton has assumed the role of President of the National Bank of Commerce Birmingham market.

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Lazar Joins McKnight Institute at UAB

Lazar Joins McKnight Institute at UAB

Ronald M. Lazar, PhD has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham as director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute in the School of Medicine and will hold the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging in the Department of Neurology.

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UAB Joins TAPUR Study

UAB Joins TAPUR Study

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of eight new institutions, and the only one from Alabama, selected to participate in the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR™) Study run by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®).

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Sarnecki Joins Children's

Sarnecki Joins Children's

Bob Sarnecki has joined Children's of Alabama as interim chief information officer, managing all the hospital's information technology functions. Sarnecki reports to Mike Warren, president and chief executive officer of Children's.

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